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 and the Russian Arctic National Park.

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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

AECO’S ARCTIC CRUISE CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL MEETING 2018
Oslo, October 17 – 18, 2018

 

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

 

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

 

 

17.10.18:

AECO conference celebrates 15 years of sustainable tourism

This week, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) marks its 15-year anniversary. Sustainable tourism is on the agenda…

25.09.18:

AECO participates in ARCSAR kick-off

Last month, AECO  and AECO member PolarQuest participated in the kick-off meeting of the ARCSAR project in Bodø. ARCSAR is…

14.09.18:

Arctic cruise operators celebrate World Cleanup Day

As the Arctic cruise season draws to a close, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) marks World Cleanup…

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