The Arctic Fox

The Arctic Fox is a true Icelander with roots in Iceland all the way from last ice age. He is believed to have lived in Iceland since the ice-cap redraw some thousands of years ago. This small animal (3-4 kg) has adapted quite well to sometimes cruel nature and often lack of food. The Arctic Fox can be found throughout Iceland but the largest part of the breed is on the Westfjords. The most likely reason for that is the long coastline with thousands of thousands of seabird on each kilometer, which in eyes of the fox is like a Christmas buffet in our eyes. To spice up the bird buffet the Arctic Fox also eat eggs, carrion and berries but this can be found everywhere in the Westfjords.  

The Arctic Fox can be found in two different colors, the white and the blue. The white one is almost totally white at wintertime but the fur get mixed with some brownish color at summer time. The blue one is actually brown and stays like that the whole year. Part of the adaption spoken about earlier is that the fox has a thick winter fur at winter time, making him looks fat or at least chubby with short legs, rather funny to watch some times. The summer fur is much shorter and the fox looks slim with long legs.  

Hunting of fox has always been practiced in Iceland most of the time because of the fur but also to protect the livestock, lambs, chicken and sheep. The method of hunting is most of the time den hunting, which means that all the foxes are killed by watching the den, waiting for them to exit or use dogs to force them to exit. 

However since 1994 the Arctic Fox has been protected in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve at Westfjords and the foxes there have become tame and sometimes even so tame that the approach people to “beg” for food or just some attention.