When you think of Shetland, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Puffins? Ponies? Dogs? (Of course!) All good answers, but undoubtedly one of the most common things associated with these islands is our Viking heritage. From our famous fire festival - Up Helly Aa - to the endless number of historic locations, Shetland is the ideal place to get stuck into if you love these norse "pirates". Vikings have occupied Shetland from around 800AD and nobody is totally sure what happened to the original dwellers - there are equal arguments supporting that they either settled peacefully or shall we say... issued an eviction notice to the Pictish people! The island of Unst (the most northerly island in the UK) has loads of Viking attractions but our favourite is this full scale lookalike of a real galley ship - The Skidbladner. This brilliant vessel was built by a Swedish team attempting to emulate the famous journey of Lief Erikson from Norway to North America and is a replica of the Gokstad ship which was excavated from a Viking burial mound in Vestfold. Unfortunately, the team came into bother around the rough seas surrounding Shetland and the mission had to be abandoned. The Skidbladner was then aquired by the Shetland Amenity Trust and now proudly sits in Haroldswick - a location named after King Harald I Fairhair who was said to have visited the point, which is also regarded as the first landing site of the Vikings in Shetland.
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Our products are made to order, using premium quality paper, inks, artists' canvas and real wood frame. They are printed with care, checked thoroughly and packed by hand to help ensure they reach you in perfect condition to take pride of place on your wall. Because your product is made to order, the following lead times apply:
We aim to dispatch print-only orders within one week, framed prints within 10 days and canvas prints within two weeks of your order date, following which postage times within the UK should take 2-3 days. For more on our delivery information, click here.
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Please note that our two largest frame sizes (for 16x24” and 20x30” prints) are fitted with acrylic ‘plexiglass’ to help ensure your items are not damaged on their way to you, and for the safety of all handlers in transit and recipients.
About our Products
Our best images deserve the best-quality paper, so for all of our framed and unframed prints we use award-winning Fotospeed Bright White Fine Art paper, loved by illustrators, painters and photographers alike. This paper is a 315gsm natural but bright white with a slightly textured etching surface and excellent colour gamut for colour photography – not your standard photo paper.
Our images are printed in Shetland and are carefully inspected before the packing stage to ensure they’re going to look perfect on your wall. We aim to dispatch print-only orders within 1 week.
Our prints are available in a choice of three frame finishes – oak, black and white, all featuring a white mount surrounding the image. Our frames have been chosen for their classic yet sleek design, and importantly they are solid wood rather than wood veneer or plastic. Each frame has a 2cm flat profile and is 2.95cm deep, and has wall hangings affixed to its reverse side. We aim to dispatch framed print orders within 10 days.
Our canvas prints feature white edge wrapping with a depth of 1.5” for a clean and contemporary feel, and are printed here in Shetland using high grade 340g artists' canvas with Epson Ultrachrome inks.
Canvases are left to cure before being hand-painted with several coats of UV-protective lacquer to ensure they won’t fade. They are then stretched by hand over premium, lightweight stretcher bars with tensioning wedges, and are finished off with a string for easy hanging. We aim to dispatch canvases within 2 weeks.