AECO

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, the Russian Arctic National Park and Iceland.

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Clean Seas

AECO is working with UN Environment to combat marine plastic pollution. As part of these efforts, AECO will work to drastically cut back on single-use plastics on Arctic expedition cruise vessels, as well as enhance cruise passengers’ involvement in regular beach cleanups.

 

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Events

Friske Fraspark 2018
Longyearbyen, November 27-29, 2018.

 

FOURTH JOINT ARCTIC SAR WORKSHOP AND TTX 2019
Reykjavik, April 9-10, 2019

 

AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference and Annual meeting 2019
Oslo, October 16-17, 2019

 

 

Our Guidelines

 

wildlifeWildlife Guidelines ›

Information and guidelines for encounters with Arctic wildlife.

CLEANUP GUIDELINES

Join the Clean up Svalbard campaign.

 

Community Guidelines

Guidelines when visiting communities

VIDEO: GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS ›

Video presenting general  guidelines for travellers visiting the Arctic.

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Visitor Guidelines ›

General  guidelines for travellers visiting the Arctic.

Site Guidelines ›

Information and guidelines on selected and specific sites in the Arctic.

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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

 

 

01.11.18:

Sisimiut launches Community Specific Guidelines

Sisimiut has become the first Greenlandic town to launch its own Community Specific Guidelines. The guidelines instruct tourists on how…

29.10.18:

Welcome to AECO as Affiliate Member Pelorus

AECO is pleased to welcome Pelorus an Affiliate member to AECO. Pelorus is a London based experiential travel and yacht…

29.10.18:

AECO includes Iceland in geographical range

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has decided to include Iceland in the association’s geographical range. Guidelines and…

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