The Arctic Fox in Scandinavia is at a crossroads. There are only a couple hundred left. The most well adapted species on Earth to cold conditions needs our help. Like countless other species, the Arctic Fox is losing ground on multiple fronts. Climate change is reducing suitable habitat and possibly altering natural prey cycles. The Red Fox, seen as an invasive species is out-competing the Arctic Fox and moving into its rapidly changing historical range. Researchers continue to analyze DNA, tag, and monitor foxes. Rangers work tirelessly behind the scenes. Until recently there was a captive breeding program in place and in some parts of Scandinavia food supplementation is still provided to try and improve population health. Even Red Foxes are sometimes hunted in order to help the Arctic Fox survive. The situation is quite depressing and beyond frustrating for those of us who care deeply about wildlife. Don't say survival of the fittest, this phrase is too often hijacked by people who don't think critically about what is actually going on. This is a story about racing extinction, and one of the questions that keeps coming to mind is: Do we really want to live in a more diminished world?
~ ”The arctic is changing faster than the rest of the world. Up here you really can see the big differences in shrinking glaciers & warmer temperatures which make you more aware of the effects of the climate change” ~ Ove, Head of ICOS Zeppelin Observatory station. #icoscapes@icosri
Mountains stretching out towards the sea. Kind of looks like the arm of a starfish, right? This is the actual view from this spot btw, not shot with a drone!
The beaches in Lofoten comes in many different shapes🌧
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Fjordviews in Norway - can you spot the remote fishing village at the end of it?
Unpredictability appears to be a new constant of the Greenlandic changing climate. Earlier the Inuit hunters could just look at the weather and see how it is going to be the next few days. But today this is no longer possible because the change of the weather happens from day to day, or from hour to hour. The photo was taken in Upernavik, a small town in the northwest of Greenland, while I was waiting a couple of days for a delayed flight that was cancelled due to bad weather. I remember the town’s life was brought to a standstill while the power of nature took over. #Arctic#Greenland#climatechange
Hi. I’m Gunnar Freyr. Thanks for following my adventures around Iceland and other cold places. Many of you know me - but as the profile grows, there are also many of you who don’t. So, I thought I’d share a quick word about myself. I haven’t always lived the adventurous life that I do today. Before all of that, I had grown up as an Icelander living in Denmark. I studied business and accounting and later worked at a large multinational consulting and auditing firm. You might ask, why would anyone ever do that? Well, ask an accountant 😊 In my case, it comes from a lifelong habit of sticking to the safe choices and always trying to do the most reasonable thing. Then one day, I realised that going against my own true nature wasn’t a reasonable at all. So, I quit. Slowly I managed to turn my passion for Iceland, exploration and photography into a lifestyle - one that would pay the bills and allow me to follow my passion. But it’s not always easy either. On a constant basis, I’m doing things that I have never done before, always staying on the edge of the comfort zone (outer edge that is), putting my name and reputation on the line – most of the times it goes well – and in the end, it turns out that I’m often my own worst enemy. Being able to create a new industry, one that didn’t exist just a few years ago, is probably one of the things that drive me the most, together with that immense feeling and desire for exploring places that blow me away. I’m also pretty hooked on creating something that I can show to the world. I don’t have any pets, even though I always wanted a dog. I have a girlfriend and nearly 1 year old son. They are the most important treasures in my life. I try to take them along my adventures whenever an opportunity allows for it. For now, I’m primarily focused on my home country Iceland – a place that I feel holds the perfect balance between quality of life and proximity to adventure, something you won’t find many places in the world. Maybe I'll branch out one day. I’m very grateful to all of you who follow me and for all your amazing support – I had never thought it would be possible to have such kind and inspiring followers! #iceland