27.10.2009 - 10:54

University of Iceland

Prof. Pall Hersteinsson (1951-2011) studied the arctic foxes in Iceland since the early 80´s - his work has resulted in valuable information about the biology of the species and population dynamics in Iceland. The arctic fox is the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland and has been intensively hunted for over 1000 years.
Pall´s data is to a large extent based on long time hunting statistics and dissections on carcasses from fox hunters for over 20 years.


The Westfjords Research Center in Bolungarvik (NAVE) mainly focuses on the foxes in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Contact: Dr. Þorleifur Eiríksson

The Arctic Fox Centre in Sudavik (AFC)
Contact: Ester Rut Unnsteinsdóttir
04.04.2011 - 09:45

Field work March 2011

Conor and Lexie
Conor and Lexie
Volunteering for the Arctic Fox Centre was an unforgettable experience.
The first day we arrived in Heydalur we were greeted with a delicious soup made by our host, Stella, a kind and ever giving woman. That evening of our first watch was quite stunning and pleasantly nerve shaking when we found a few tracks. Although the wind had a cold bite, the scenery around us was breathtaking. The majestic fjord, surrounded by tall snowy mountains and open terrain where the fox(s) tracks were all around us....
04.04.2011 - 09:25

Field work of the summer 2010

In the base tent. Photo: Jean Larsson
In the base tent. Photo: Jean Larsson
Volunteers at the Center - renovating work:

Volunteers in the field - monitoring:
Abby Sullivan
Alan Deverell
Edwin Liebig
Jean Larsson
Julia Lüscher
Megan Veley
26.10.2009 - 18:15

Field work in Hornvik summer 2009

Cliff Hornbjarg when we arrived in early June
Cliff Hornbjarg when we arrived in early June
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As before, we had our base camp in Horn, eastern Hornvik in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, and the key-area was the three walleyes of the cliff as well as the coastline, usually 6 territories and 13-16 den sites. This cliff probably hosts the highest arctic fox density in Iceland, perhaps vider.

Ester (AFC-NAVE) visited the area for one week in June, two weeks in July and five days in August. 
The object of the first week in June was to assist Tobias Mennle, film producer and Frank Drygala, biologist. They were introduced to the area and the fox couples who had territories in Cliff Hornbjarg. They then continued independently and Tobias filmed the life of the foxes, the birds and the landscape of Hornstrandir throughout the summer....