The Arctic Fox Centre, Sudavik

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The Arctic Fox Center is a research center with an enclosed exhibition and café in the municipality Súðavík in the Westfjords in Iceland. It focuses on the Arctic fox which is the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland. The center was founded in 2007 by locals who are interested in the Arctic fox. It has a strong emphasis on ecotourism. The center is a non-profit-partner of 1% for the planet and a member of The Wild North.The houseThe house is located in the new part of Súðavík, on the land of the former farm Eyrardalur. It was built in the last decade of the 19th century and has been renovated recently by the authorities of Súðavík.HistoryOpened in 2010, the Center was founded by Páll Herssteinsson PhD and Ester Rut Unnsteinsdóttir MSc, Arctic fox experts as well as professor and pupil. Herssteinsson and Unnsteinsdóttir originally started studying the Arctic fox together on the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in 1998, one of the few areas in Iceland where the Arctic fox is protected from hunting, and wished to secure the continued study of the fox and to educate people on the facts of the Arctic fox, which in Iceland had a tarnished image and reputation. From this need grew the idea for the creation of the Arctic Fox Center, a den for collecting and displaying information on Arctic foxes as well as creating a foundation for the research which they had begun in 1998.After introducing the idea to a mixed reception in a tourism conference in the town of Ísafjörður in 2005 the researchers began receiving supporters and backers, and by 2007 the Arctic Fox Center was officially created as a non profit organisation with 42 shareholders. The municipality of Súðavíkurhreppur had donated the oldest, but dilapidated house in the town of Súðavík to the project, and financed the complete restoration of the building. During this time Herssteinsson and Unnsteinsdóttir raised funds, collecting Arctic fox material and knowledge for the exhibitions as well as continuing with their research. On the 10th of June 2010 the Arctic Fox Centre was officially opened.
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  • Research center with an enclosed exhibition and museum. It focuses on the Arctic fox (Vulpus lagopus) which is the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland.The museum area contained information, stuf...  more »
  • This place is a must if you're in the area. Interesting and informative films and display items and friendly staff keen to discuss arctic foxes with visitors. Some rather depressing facts about foxes ...  more »
  • We stopped here a couple of weeks ago during our trip to the Westfjords. It costs ISK 1200 per person entry, but you will receive a warm welcome and there's a lot of information available. There is a ...  more »
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  • One of the best experiences we had in Iceland. Midge, the guy working the place, was super nice and helpful. You should go here if you're in the area.
  • Nice self tour inside the building. Then you go outside to see the foxes with the guide, which was really kind and he explained us a lot of things about arctic foxes.
  • Informative little place with friendly staff and two very curious foxes out back in an enclosure (they came to the center 5-ish years ago, and the center is not able to re-release them into the wild by law).
  • Only two foxes, but worth the drive. One was friendly, but ate my shirt, and the other napped.
  • Great, informative museum, with knowledgeable tour guides, live arctic foxes, and a cafe with WI-FI and washrooms. Probably about 1 hour.

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