• Galley sailing from Clickimin Broch
  • Tom Ward with Guizer Jarl Rae Simpson, photo by Millgaet Media
  • Ross Mainland making the presentation to Sandy Cluness, photo by Billy Fox Photography
  • Laldy, who performed at the Welcome Reception, photo by Billy Fox Photography
  • Flags at the Shetland Museum, photo submitted by hamefarer Caralyn Harrison
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Welcome Home

In June 2010, Shetland hosted a 'Hamefarin' (homecoming), welcoming Shetlanders from all around the world back to their home islands. The ceremonial return of those of Shetland extraction offered an opportunity for Hamefarers to reforge lost connections, enjoy the culture and heritage of Shetland and to enjoy a very special holiday.  Hamefarers came from as far afield as Austrialisia and North America and for many, the visit to the land of their forebears was for the first time.

Shetland Hamefarin 2010 was the third such event to be staged, following official Hamefarins in 1960 and 1985. The 2010 event saw the largest number of visitors yet, with 683 Hamefarers registered for the event and evidence to suggest that many more Hamefarers attended the event without registering their attendance. 

Now that the event has been and gone the website now gives a review of Shetland Hamefarin 2010.  You can also find out how to research your family history, browse through the area guide pages and explore how to get to Shetland and where to stay once you get here.  There are also many links to other Shetland websites that can assist you to plan your trip to Shetland. 

There are no firm plans (yet) to hold another Hamefarin event in the near future.  A 25 year rule has been established however many folk are calling for it to be held much sooner, perhaps in 5 or 10 years time.  If you would like to receive updates on plans for the next Hamefarin and other events in Shetland then please subscribe to our mailing list.

If you have any comments on the site or would like further information then please contact us.

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2010 Shetland Hamefarin Hailed A Resounding Success

2010 Shetland Hamefarin Hailed A Resounding Success

After several years of planning, and a summer of reminiscences, reacquaintances, music and activities, Shetland Hamefarin 2010 has been hailed a resounding success by the organisers, visiting hamefarers and the local community

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