In 2017, David Gibbon became the first British person ever to visit Hornstrandir to capture Arctic Fox in its winter environment as it was previously inaccessible, but now the boat owner that David works with has been granted permission by the Icelandic Environment Agency . The Hornstrandir nature reserve is regarded as the most remote and hostile place in Europe and since the 1950's it has been completely uninhabited by man. Around 400 to 600 Arctic Fox live there and are completely protected by law, where it is illegal to hunt them. Around the world, the blue morph Arctic Fox is extremely rare (it's called blue but it's actually brown) but on Hornstrandir 80% of the Arctic Fox there are Blue Morph and 20% are white.
Arctic Fox are very territorial and in the area where we stay, we will be right in the territory of two fox and close sightings are virtually guaranteed. Other fox are also likely to visit the area, maybe even a white morph which happened during David's trip - as seen below.
Photographing Arctic Fox in their harsh winter environment is something most photographers can only dream of and on this trip you will have that, plus the luxury of a lovely warm heated house right on hand should you need to heat up. After his recce visit in 2017 where he spent time on Hornstrandir with an Icelandic Arctic Fox expert, David now knows and understands how the Arctic Fox of Honstrandir work and will be on hand to offer his experience of capturing images of them to clients.
Furthermore, due to its location of being just 22 miles from the Arctic Circle Northern Lights' sightings are regular on clear nights. This is a shot David took in February of the lights shooting over the top of the house we will be staying at.
A derelict building just a few years ago, a lot of hard work has gone into restoring this former working farmhouse to become a liveable property that is now perfect for photography clients.
Featuring six bedrooms and 15 made up beds, the house is powered by solar panels but also features a back-up generator allowing for day and night electricity and heating. Power sockets in the dining room allow clients to charge up camera batteries and mobile phones (there is a small amount of reception on Hornstrandir depending on weather). The house is very warm and cosy and also includes a fully working toilet and shower in the basement. Next door to the house there is even a wood burning sauna which is free to use for guests.
A diesel powered oven is in the kitchen and all of our meals will be cooked from scratch here. All diets can be catered for, just let us know at the time of booking.
This is a photo of David (on the left) , clients, the boat owner and our Arctic Fox expert all enjoying home cooked food in the dining room. In addition to the dining room, another living area allows clients to view the images they have taken on a night and process them. More photos of the house are featured below - click on any of the images to see them full size.
This video below shows David photographing the Arctic Fox in February of 2017 to give you some idea of what you can expect. And also featured below are some of the images David captured during his trip to photograph Arctic Fox - click on any of the images to see them full size.