Photo by Tommy Prestø New guidelines have been published outlining information on the variety of Arctic flora and the correct methods of protecting plant life when out in the field, both for the individual, and the group leader. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has released informative guidelines that give an introduction to the vegetation that can be found in Arctic regions. They describe […]
The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) this week have been part of a cross-sectional group of professionals that have gathered in Svalbard to test the efficiency of lifesaving appliances and to discuss polar survival strategies. Under the scope of SARex Svalbard, a multiple day exercise onboard a Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel KV Svalbard has been organized in Isfjorden, Svalbard with the aim of researching best […]
On June 16, people around the world will carry out cleanup actions in their local environment. This global effort will mark the birthday of Sarah Auffret, a polar professional who dedicated many years of her life to protecting the environment, and in particular the marine environment in polar regions. A tragic accident has inspired a […]
AECO is pleased to welcome Heritage Expeditions as a Provisional Member. Heritage Expeditions was formed in 1985, as a way of increasing awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel. Based in New Zealand, Heritage Expeditions which is still family owned, operates its own Polar Research Vessel, Spirit of Enderby, on expeditions to […]
Photo: Ómar Bogason Seyðisfjördur is presenting a new tool for tourism management: Community specific guidelines targeted at tourists. The launch coincides with the arrival of the first cruise ship of the season in Seyðisfjördur port. Inhabited by about 700 people, the Icelandic coastal town receives around 30 000 passengers per year. The town’s message to visitors is clear: “Everybody is welcome to our little paradise and […]
New guidelines have been released outlining the necessity of reducing plastic waste on cruise ships and bringing responsible travel to the forefront for Arctic cruise passengers.