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Book with fine art photos of fantastic landscapes and stories of bizarre Monsters, Spirits & Beasts from traditional Icelandic folklore and Viking Sagas.
Book with fine art photos of fantastic landscapes and stories of bizarre Monsters, Spirits & Beasts from traditional Icelandic folklore and Viking Sagas.
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Sagaøya - Book about Monsters from Iceland and Viking Sagas

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Creatures of Sagaøya

Sagaøya means The Saga Island. It's a book about mythical creatures that live in Iceland according to traditional folklore. These are the creatures from the age of vikings described in numerous Icelandic Sagas. Many icelanders to this day believe that these monsters, spirits and beasts are still exist. 

The Saga Island combines stories and descriptions of these mythical beasts with a conceptual series of fine art photographs shot on location in Iceland. Each photograph depicts a unique location in Iceland corresponding to creature's natural habitat and encounters with humans.  In addition to many captivating and often terrifying stories you will also read about creature's magical abilities as well as methods to defeat them, which might prove very useful next time you are in Iceland.

In Iceland I explored drastically changing landscapes formed over thousands of years through earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and geothermal activity. I wanted to document this constant movement of surreal and beautiful scenery through motion capture and connect them to fascinating Icelandic mythology and folklore. It is easy to imagine all of those mythical creatures live among the moss, lava fields, majestic fjords, mountains and cold ocean waters that surround Iceland. 

These landscapes are both minimal and complex. They vary in color, contrast, texture, mood and evoke a range of emotions reminiscent of impressionist paintings by Monet or Sisley. 

The Saga Island tells stories about 20 creatures printed on 40 pages (more creatures will be added with stretch goals). This is a Fiction Art Book and the quality of images and the print speaks for itself. It has robust binding and pages made of 200gsm thick, strong press paper specially coated to display vivid, lifelike colors.

Some of the creatures are:

  • Skeljaskrímsli – Shell Monster 
  • Múshveli – Mouse Whale 
  • Gryla – Evil Witch 
  • Skoffín – Killer Fox 
  • Hrökkáll – Toxic Coil Eel 
  • Bjarndýrakóngur – Bear King 
  • Selamóðir – Seal Mother 
  • Dvergur – Day Dwarf
  • and many more

I am an artist and designer and I love paying attention to details in order to create an outstanding experience. I have designed the pages to reflect minimal scandinavian style with accent typography and illustration elements to allow the content to flow beautifully and interact with unique photographs of Iceland.

The Rewards

The Books

There are four types of books available (all books will be personally signed by the author):

  • Ebook
  • Softcover edition 8 x 11" (signed)
  • Hardcover edition 8 x 11" (signed)
  • Large Collector's edition Hardcover 11 x 14" (signed)

Fine Art Prints

Printed on high quality matte paper and available in three sizes:

  • 8 x 12"
  • 12 x 18"
  • 20 x 30"
  • Special fine art edition of large 20 x 30" Canvas print ready to hang.
  • Special fine art edition of large 20 x 30" Metal print ready to hang.

Postcards

Set of 10 4x6 postcards ready to be mailed as well as single postcards from the book.

How will the money be used?

Self publishing is expensive mostly because of boutique prinitng of low quantities. The majority of the money raised will go into printing and shipping costs for the rewards. Hopefully the other chunk will be used to fulfill stretch goals. I don't have any publishing company to back me up financially, I need your support to make this unique book possible.

Risks and challenges

The Saga Island is almost ready. I have all of the artwork as well as stories for initial launch. Based on stretch goals I would be happy to add more creatures and photos. Possible delays could come from the printing / production process, but I don't expect any significant delays.

I am hoping to start shipping rewards in early December just in time for the holiday gifts season. Thank you.

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    Postcards, Thank You, Insider Access

    10 unique postcards with amazing Icelandic landscapes from the book plus Insider Access to all updates and availability of the book and art prints even after end of this fundraiser as well as a huge Thank You.

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    The Ebook

    Copy of the EBOOK (digital) edition of "The Saga Island" and more.

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    • Postcard from The Saga Island
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    The Ebook and the Set of 10 Postcards

    Copy of the EBOOK (digital) edition of "The Saga Island" plus 10 unique postcards with amazing Icelandic landscapes and more.

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    The Art Print of your choice (medium)

    Fine art print with one of the fantastic Icelandic landscapes from the book, printed on archival matte paper (8x12 in.) and more.

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    • Fine art print (medium)
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    The Art Print of your choice (large)

    LARGE fine art print with one of the fantastic Icelandic landscapes from the book, printed on archival matte paper (12x18 in.) and more.

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    The Softcover Book (signed)

    Copy of the SOFTCOVER edition of "The Saga Island" printed on a premium heavyweight paper, and more.

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    • Ebook of The Saga Island
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    The Art Print of your choice (oversized)

    EXTRA LARGE fine art print with one of the fantastic Icelandic landscapes from the book, printed on archival matte paper (20x30 in.) and more.

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    The Hardcover Book

    Limited edition HARDCOVER version of "The Saga Island" printed on a premium heavyweight paper, and more.

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    The Collector's Edition Hardcover

    Collector's edition 11x14" LARGE HARDCOVER version of "The Saga Island" printed on a premium heavyweight paper, and more.

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    • Collector's Edition of The Saga Island
    • Ebook of The Saga Island
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    The Hardcover & Fine Art Print

    Limited edition HARDCOVER version of "The Saga Island" plus EXTRA LARGE fine art print, and more.

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    The Canvas Fine Art Print

    EXTRA LARGE CANVAS art print (20x30 in.) with one of the fantastic Icelandic landscapes, of your choice. Elegant gallery wrapped canvas print comes stretched and ready to hang, and more.

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    • Canvas fine art print
    • Hardcover of The Saga Island
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    Choice of Metal or Canvas Art

    Your choice of METAL or CANVAS art print (20x30 in.) with one of the fantastic Icelandic landscapes, of your choice. Metal print is beautifully functional artwork that comes ready to hang. Elegant gallery wrapped canvas print comes stretched and ready to hang, and more.

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