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AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators – is an international association for expedition cruise operators operating in the Arctic and others with interests in this industry.

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The association was founded in 2003 and has since become an  important organization representing the concerns and views of arctic expedition cruise operators. AECO is dedicated to managing responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic and strive to set the highest possible operating standards.

The association’s geographical range is considered to encompass the Arctic area north of 60 degrees north latitude. The core areas are Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Arctic Canada and the national park “Russian Arctic”.

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AECO’s 11th Arctic Cruise Conference

October 14th, 2014, Oslo, Norway

AECO’s Arctic Cruise conference gathers AECO’s members, other associations, governmental officials from different Arctic countries, researchers, service providers,  NGO’s and others with connection to or interest for Arctic cruise tourism.

The programme includes updates and statistics related to Arctic cruise operations, presented by the industry and the authorities, updates on new regulations, management and other initiatives from governments - other related to cruise tourism in the Arctic.

For more information and registration, contact AECO’s secretariat

Our Guidelines

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Visitors Guidelines ›

General  guidelines for travellers visiting the Arctic.

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Site Guidelines ›

Information and guidelines on selected and specific sites in Svalbard.

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Wildlife Guidelines ›

Information and guidelines for encounters with Arctic wildlife.

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Operational Guidelines ›

Mandatory guidelines for tour operators that are members of AECO.

 

Biosecurity guidelinesBIOSECURITY GUIDELINES

Guidelines for protection of the environment

 

 

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