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The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) 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

 

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

 

POLAR FIELD STAFF CONFERENCE
Polar Field Staff Conference, September 22 – 25, 2019

 

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

 

 

Our Guidelines

visitors

Visitor Guidelines ›

General  guidelines for travelers visiting the Arctic.

YACHT GUIDELINES

For private yachts and sailboats

CLEAN SEAS GUIDELINES

Combating marine plastic pollution.

Community Guidelines

Guidelines when visiting communities

wildlifeWildlife Guidelines ›

Information and guidelines for encounters with Arctic wildlife.

BIOSECURITY GUIDELINES

Guidelines for protection of the environment

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Operational Guidelines ›

Mandatory guidelines for tour operators that are members of AECO.

SITE GUIDELINES ›

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

POLAR FIELD STAFF ONLINE ASSESSMENT ›

Online exams for guides and expedition leaders.

16.04.19:

AECO signs MOU with Government of Nunavut

Iqaluit, Nunavut (April 16, 2019) – The Government of Nunavut (GN) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO),…

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New guidelines for private yachts 

To ensure sustainable and safe travel, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has issued guidelines for private yachts…

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Have you checked your baggage for alien species?

Are you travelling to the Arctic? Seeds, insects and parasites can travel with you as stowaways without your knowledge. A…

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