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.
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.
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.
Reykjavik, April 9-10, 2019
Polar Field Staff Conference, September 22 – 25, 2019
Oslo, October 16-17, 2019
General guidelines for travellers visiting the Arctic.
Combating marine plastic pollution.
Guidelines when visiting communities
Information and guidelines for encounters with Arctic wildlife.
Guidelines for protection of the environment
Mandatory guidelines for tour operators that are members of AECO.
Information and guidelines on selected and specific sites in the Arctic.
Online exams for guides and expedition leaders.