WATCH: Viking season gets underway with Scalloway Fire Festival

The first fire festival of the year got underway in Scalloway this morning, as Guizer Jarl George Martin led his squad of 46 vikings through the streets of the village.

Mr Martin, from Trondra,  has chosen to take on the guise of the Norse god Balder, and the Gotland sun wheel plays an integral part throughout their suit, as the centrepiece of the squad’s shield and dominating the back of their grey cloaks.

The squad have opted for light-blue kirtles under dark-brown stained breastplates and for tall, slender silver axes.

Spectators lined both sides of Main Street to cheer on the squad this morning, and were treated to a show courtesy of galley Hringhorn, which this year blows smoke from its nostrils.

Twelve squads will tonight visit the six halls around Tingwall, Burra and Scalloway.



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  • Margaret Morgan

    • January 10th, 2020 22:35

    So proud of Guizer Jarl Balder (George Martin) and his wife Janne Glesnes Martin. Their costumes are great. The galley is great. A real link to the real Viking, blended with Shetland roots and well researched. Congratulations to the team.

    • George Martin

      • April 29th, 2020 22:54

      Thank you so much Margaret, a very special memory from a very different time


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