The Arctic fox is often white in winter, but in Iceland it's the
'blue morph" that predominates.
They are shy creatures surviving in a harsh and cold environment with mostly shellfish from the beach and birds to survive on through the winter
With time and patience you may be able to get them to come close out of 'curiousity' or perhaps interest in the smell of what you had for lunch
When the weather's bad you may worry that they want to have you for lunch
But in general the seem somewhat stoic in the snow and cold
Finding a meal can mean digging trhrough the snow in pursuit of something that smells interesting
I hope this is going to be worth it in the end
Obvously the fox rather enthusiastically thinks it is
They are quite agile, jumping the rocks, crossing streams and doing whatever else is required to find food
An clearly always following their noses toward anything that smells good
After a few days of observation this guy was getting used to having us around and remained very curious about what we were doing. He'd often circle around behind us for a closer look.
Climbing the rock walls left on the abandoned sheep farm in Hornstandir national park certainly was no problem.
But when the weather turned snowy he looked like he wasn't enjoying it
Sometimes it seemed to be getting him down when it was snowing really heavily
But then he decided to just curl up and go to sleep behing a small hillock
That big fluffy tail certainly helps to keep warm when it's put over your face
The sudden appearance of company was a real challenge
Watching the interloper disappear into the distance
I'm still here if you want to come visit, but it's a long plane ride, another plane rised and then a long boat ride folowed by a hike if you want to come see me.
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