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

 

 

10.12.18:

AECO signs declaration to combat illegal wildlife trade

AECO has signed the Travel and Tourism Declaration on Illegal Trade in Wildlife. AECO is an industry association dedicated to…

26.11.18:

Are you AECO's new marine operations agent?

AECO, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, is an international association for Arctic expedition cruise operators and associates. Our…

23.11.18:

AECO receives USD 62,000 in funding from Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund

Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund (SEPF) announced that AECO was among the applicants that had been granted funding in this year’s…

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