Arctic Fox portrait, hornstrandir nature reserve, Westfjords, Iceland.
The arctic fox is truly an important part of the fauna of the Icelandic nature and it was the only land mammal living in Iceland before the viking settled here for more than 1000 years ago.
Arctic foxes have become most iconic worldwide in their winter white fur, but the species actually comes in 3 colour types, known as colour “morphs”.
In Iceland the rarer Blue morph, or brown coloured Arctic fox is the most common colouration with around 60-70% of the countries population that colour type, against less then 10% of the world population. Blue morph Arctic foxes are a milk to dark chocolate brown all year, slightly darker in the summer time when they can often look black from a distance.