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Approximately 3 Hours
Learn about the Arctic fox while visiting the charming and quaint village of Súðavík. The drive from the pier in Ísafjörður to Súðavík village is a scenic one, with majestic snow-white and gray-striped mountains set against the sky and the ever-changing ocean below.
Súðavík, founded in the 19th century, has only 200 inhabitants. The village is divided into two halves -- the Old Town and the New Town. The Old Town was hit by a massive avalanche during the winter of 1995, destroying a part of the village and claiming numerous lives. After the avalanche, the villagers sought a safer place to build new houses, and that's how the New Town came into existence.
In the middle of the divided town, you will find the Arctic Fox Center -- a non-profit research center and museum dedicated to the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland. The museum focuses on the biology and natural history of the Arctic fox as well as the social history of Iceland in relation to it. Enjoy coffee and refreshments in the lovely café.
Visit the local church for a traditional Icelandic music program. The church was originally built in Hesteyri -- a village that was later abandoned. Several decades later, the church was moved to its current location despite vehement protests from the former villagers of Hesteyri.
Continue your drive to the Langeyri Peninsula. Two whaling stations that used to be located here provided work for more than a hundred people. Little remains of this industry today except for a few old whalebones dotted along the coast.
Before heading back to Ísafjörður and the ship, you'll stop briefly in the fjord to visit the avalanche memorial.
It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion; outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Due to Ísafjörður's remoteness and the scarcity of professional guides, all guiding is handled by locals; some are not professional, but all have great experience in guiding and extensive knowledge of the area. Parents traveling with children under the age of 3 must rent a child's car seat from the tour operator; please see the Shore Excursions team on board. You cannot use your child's car seat from home in Iceland.