Volunteering at the Arctic Fox Research Station

Trying to find an excuse to extend your Icelandic vacation? Look no further than the Arctic Fox Research Station, situated on the northern cliffs of the jaw-dropping Hornstrandir Peninsula – a photographer’s Eden and naturalist’s dream.

The research station at Hornbjarg is just a cluster of tents and an outhouse. Each day from June to August, the team of researchers and volunteers sets off for six-hour viewing shifts, during which they monitor fox behaviour and changes in location. There’s a lot of sitting and looking involved, but we can’t think of a more stunning location to take in the views.

Volunteers are required to have been educated in a relevant subject (eg a degree) or have skills and experience in fields such as biology, ecology, conservation or photography. Applications are competitive.

You're asked to give at least 12 days of your time and pay 30,000kr, to cover onward transport to Hornstrandir, food and equipment. You’ll also need personal kit such as hiking boots, a tent, thermal sleeping bag and clothing appropriate for negative temperatures.

Volunteers also help at the Arctic Fox Center headquarters in Suðavík, near Ísafjörður. The duties of those working there include caring for any orphaned foxes on site.