Hello from Sudavik,
it’s now seven days since we came here with a very small plane via Isafjördur.
Now, sitting at the little tiny cafe at the arctic fox centre, I can not imagine to be here only since one week. It feels like a few weeks, but not in a bad way, it’s more like feeling home. We live at the campsite, a few minutes from here. A very quiet and beautiful place with all you need and lots of space you got most of the time on your own. But it’s not only the Campingground that makes me feel like home, it’s the combination of it: The people around the centre “the fox pack”, the heartly and warm atmosphere in the centre, people you meet, nature all around you, the Fjord, the space and of course: Freddy! Our little cute fox, even around 8weeks old is a real heartbreaker and…he knows 🙂
So we all love Freddy-time, time to get him feeded, but it gets more and more difficult because he’s getting more and more clever by jumping around, playing, eating your rubberboots, digging holes…going crazy. So after feeding him, you can relax with the visitors inside the centre. The first day at the centre, we came in time with a group of almost 60 people at once. Just throw over a shirt, right size doesn’t matter, don’t even understand what’s going on, but nevertheless learn the first important stuff about the foxes and their visitors. Thanks to Mitch, our supervisor 🙂
After one week, i would recommend the following things to you, as a the next, coming up volunteer:
-Don’t think it’s really cold here. I had to buy some new thinner socks because i’m not well prepared for the sunny days [just sitting here in short trousers at the moment..]
-Feeding Freddy: Is getting easier when there’s someone around who is distracting him from outside, in order to get in without letting him out.
-Groups: You don’t have to be an arctic fox expert. The job is becoming more and more easier after just a few tours. You will see, suddenly you find yourself talking about this and that, the foxes, freddy, the travel, iceland and all the experiences you heard from other people. So, you’ll become something like a crossing point for all the stories and people who came across. It’s really interesting and you won’t even feel like you are working.
-If you got your Day Off, make a trip, don’t worry about your return. Hitchhiking is always first choice and very recommended because you’ll meet nice icelandic people and their stories.
-Weather: An intelligent british/icelandic guy told me there’s always the sun. It’s just above the clouds.. Questions?
-Breaking News: If suddenly (almost at the end of your working day) it’s getting really crowdy in the cafe while you’re writing your blog, you can find yourself just a few seconds later in the kitchen, making waffles and cream, one after another..the message is: be flexible. What goes around, comes around 🙂
I guess, these are the most important facts. I added you some pictures to get an impression of this beautiful place. If you are interested in more stuff & stories, feel free to visit our own blog: http://www.thearcticfoxproject.wordpress.com. It’s written in german, but even the pictures are telling the stories.
Thanks a lot and best wishes from the fox pack in Sudavik ❤
Tanja & Andrea [cologne]