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 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.
Opened 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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  • Small museum, you won’t need an hour to see it all. What I loved is that you’re allowed to touch the stuffed foxes inside!!! I’ve never seen a museum that lets you so that. It just asks that you be...  more »
  • Some lovely stuffed foxes and one sleeping one. Good information about this lovely animal. Shop. Friendly staff  more »
  • An interesting spot to learn about the only native mammal predator to Iceland. The exhibits include many informational placards as well as several videos. There are also several taxidermied foxes inside the museum that you can touch to feel the fur of the foxes. There were currently two foxes in the enclosure outside - these were rescues are not able to be reintroduced into the wild. The enclosure was small, but they are well taken care of.
  • Great little museum with lots of information about the arctic fox - we spent about 45 minutes here and learned a lot about this cute little animal!
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