June 2010 saw the opening of Iceland’s new Arctic Fox Centre,
the designated home of the organisation initially set up in 2007 which
has grown in strength and importance. It is a non-profit research and
exhibition centre, focussing on Iceland’s only native terrestrial
mammal Vulpes lagopus.
The exhibition covers both the biology and the history of the arctic
fox as a species. It also tells the story of the war that has been waged
between man and fox for the past 1,100 years in Iceland. Participation
in the Centre’s research programmes is encouraged and welcomed,
and collaboration with other academic and research centres is key to
their success. Additionally, individuals regardless of age are invited
to share their photographs on their online gallery, and stories too,
making this a totally inclusive venture.
The Centre is an active partner in The Wild North, a European project
aimed at developing sustainable wildlife tourism in Iceland. This includes
guided wildlife photography tours to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
in collaboration with local tourist agencies.
Located in a beautiful old house, Eyrardalur, in Sudavik, the Arctic
Fox Centre facilities include a café offering coffee, tea, fresh
juice, cold beer and sumptuous homebaked food which can be enjoyed indoors
or outdoors until 10 p.m. on a summer’s evening. The magnificent
view over the fjord, sheltered by the mountains, is a perfect place
to relax. Souvenirs and postcards are on sale, and open Internet access
Anyone travelling in the Westfjords region really should not miss out
on this, where a hearty welcome awaits families and academics alike.
The Arctic Fox Centre
Eyrardal, Súðavík, Iceland
Tel: +354 456 4922
June to August
Café 10.00–22.00 hrs daily
Exhibition 10.00–18.00 hrs, 800 Ikr per person, free for accompanied
Winter 10.00-17.00 hrs weekdays