AECO

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.

vEGETATION Guidelines

Preventing disturbance of Arctic plant life.

Cultural remains Guidelines

Stories from the past.

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.

13.09.19:

Optimal Balance – tourism management workshop in Longyearbyen

This week a workshop focusing on a balanced approach to tourism development in Svalbard has taken place in Longyearbyen. The…

11.09.19:

Cruise tourism brought Svalbard NOK 110 million in earnings in 2018

A new study of the economic impact of cruise tourism in Svalbard shows that expedition and conventional cruise ships made…

11.09.19:

Crystal Cruises joins AECO as Provisional Member

AECO is pleased to welcome Crystal Cruises as a Provisional Member. Crystal Cruises will be entering the Expedition market with…

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