The Arctic Fox Center in Sudavik gives a comprehensive perspective on the Arctic fox, the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland. 

Apart from being a research center with a major on-going monitoring projects in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, the center also houses a couple of educational exhibitions.

One of the exhibitions describes the biology and natural history of the Arctic fox such as distribution, genetics and diet. It also tells details about their behavior and the difference between ‘white’ and ‘blue’ morph Arctic foxes. The lesser known blue morph is especially significant to the region.

The Arctic Fox Center also portrays the social history of Iceland in relation to Arctic foxes, which is complex and reaches back over 1000 years. This part of the exhibition explores Iceland‘s fox-hunting tradition which continues to affect Iceland‘s relationship with the fox.

Opening hours of the museum

June – August: 9 am – 18 (6 pm)

May, September and October: 9 am – 16 (4 pm)

Rest of the year: Upon request

Where is the Arctic Fox Center?

It is located in the small village of Sudavik, about 20 minutes drive from Isafjordur

 

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