Arctic Fox Monitoring Volunteers

Monitoring Dates 2016

June 9th to 20th - CLOSED
July 14th to 1st August- CLOSED

Those interested in Arctic fox monitoring require a certain education level, skills and experience in the fields of biology and/or ecology.  there is also a certain level of equipment needed to be able to commit to the entire span of the monitoring program. Additionally there is a 30,000ISK cost per volunteer per monitoring trip to cover the costs of transport to the Hornstrandir nature reserve, food, equipment etc.

Our work at Hornvík in the Hornstrandir nature reserve revolves around the monitoing of Arctic fox individuals, pups and dens during June and July and is a unique opertunity to see the foxes upclose in their natural habitat whilst providing us with valuable data in our on going research projects.

The June monitoring trip consists of a total of 11 days, 7 days on the nature reserve (including transport days), with 2 days of training and preperation before departure, and 2 days of data entry and "unwinding" upon return to Súðavík.

The July trip consists of 19 days. the planned leaving date is on the 16th for 1 week on the reserve but due to unpredictable weather and sea crossings in previous years we have had to delay the trip by one week so you must be availible for that time period also including 2 days prior to departure fr traning and preperation and two days after return for data entry, relax etc.

For each trip we need a maximum of 6 volunteers, and as such we prioritise applicants with skills, experience or education in connection with the research work and/or the conditions of Hornstrandir.

We have no accommodation to offer volunteers, however when in Súðavík you will get free usage of the local campsite. We also have a house for our centre volunteers with kitchen and space to sit together where you have free access to relax and cook for yourselves. We will provide you with basic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner (porridge, pasta, vegtables etc.) The village has a small grocery shop, 2 restraunts, bank, post office etc and also has a regular bus service into the bigger town of Ísafjörður just 20mins away.

When in Hornstrandir we provide all of your food and cooking needs (stove, pots and pans etc.) at our base camp..which in reality is the collection of your tents around our kitchen tent! This is tho a very remote, unpopulated wilderness with no phone signal and the living and working conditions are very basic. Please read through the links below for detailed information on what you will need to beable to take part in the monitoring.

Download the application form here to fill out and send to together with any other attachments you feel nessesary.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

The Foxes of Súðavík

List of required equipment
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve - conditions and info
Life of an Arctic fox monitoring volunteer (in french)