The Guardian followed the lead of the other news outlets and posted this image gallery, with both David and Chris making appearances. However, one disgruntled commenter disapproved of their breakfast choices...
"A proper viking would not eat a pre-prepared sandwich for breakfast. These pale imitators should man up and swallow a hearty chunk of salted blubber then wash it down with a stoop of fine ale before marching about the place starting unnecessary fires and upsetting decent law abiding Scottish folk".
Up Helly Aa often features on the televised news too, and this year was no different. This clip is taken from STV's 'Live At Five' news show:
Many people are documenting their adventures around the world through blogging these days, and some of these travellers stopped along Shetland to take in this year's festival. Here are a couple of posts we've managed to find (please do share any more if you happen to come across them):
Shetland often doesn't even appear on maps of the United Kingdom (or at least not without being boxed off into the corned...), but on the last Tuesday of January, the World's journalists pick up on the festivities.
We've managed to track down coverage from North America to the Far East and everywhere in between. Some of these reports need to be translated into English, and often lead to some interesting descriptions of events! (Note: Your browser should offer to translate all foreign-language articles for you!)
United States of America Major networks such as ABC and NBC managed to break away from the latest updates on their new President to share some articles and photo galleries of the festival. Up Helly Aa even picked up some coverage in more local American news outlets, for example, The Baltimore Sun.
If you happen to come across any other interesting articles on Up Helly Aa, from any part of the World, we'd love to take a look, so feel free to contact us share them with us!
Updated on the 24th February Following a plea to our readers, we found out that Up Helly Aa also hit the headlines in:
Australia Lawrence Henderson reported the festival was mentioned in national papers and the television 6 o'clock News in Melbourne. Lawrence sent us a link to the digital edition of the Western Australian.