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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  • August 12, 2017
    This was a nice stop on our way into the Westfjords. The museum is in a small house with a cafe. The exhibits are interesting and well done. There are several stuffed (taxidermist) arctic foxes to ill...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Our 3 kids had been excited to visit this place for months. We had read various reviews in travel books and on the internet indicating that visitors could play with and/or feed the foxes. We visited t...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    I was with a study abroad program that was heavily interested in seeing the live foxes. We had a long presentation about arctic foxes in both Iceland and the more continental parts of the world (Canad...  more »
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  • December 22, 2016
    Hello There is a problem with the communication around the schedule. We came today at 1230 after 6 hours of road.. to find the center closed. Even if it was supposed to be open until 14 pm However, the two young fox were outside. So we have been able to play with them and photography them until we were ton cold. They are so cute! All in all a great experience. But call before to be sure of the opening hours.
  • May 28, 2016
    Wonderful little place. They have coffee and tea, and they offer a short informative tour through the place in an effort to educate people about arctic foxes. They also have rescued foxes in the back that you can see. When I was there, one of them was playful and would come to the edge to play with your shoe. Petting an arctic fox is amazing. Not to mention the small amount you pay here goes toward research for these marvelous little creatures.
  • August 29, 2016
    The place is small but interesting. A worthwhile stop if you are in the area. On the other hand, try to find some friends to split the €150 it costs for a private car to take you from the cruise terminal in Istajfjord to the Centre.
  • September 20, 2016
    An absolute must go if you're into an educative vacation. It's a research center, with guided tours and amazing arctic fox facts.
  • August 7, 2016
    This is such a cool place, a must see, the foxes have gotten a bigger cage. And it is so funny when the run to their keepers. They do know when food is coming. The museum it self is interesting and it has a nice cafe.

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