AECO’s guidelines are in many ways the association’s backbone and very important tools to achieve the objectives to ensure that cruise tourism in the Arctic is carried out with the utmost consideration of the natural environment, local cultures, as well as challenging safety hazards at sea and on land. But AECO’s objectives and strategies stretches further and the association is involved in many activities.


To ensure that expedition cruises and tourism in the Arctic is carried out with the utmost consideration for the vulnerable, natural environment, local cultures and cultural remains, as well as the challenging safety hazards at sea and on land.

To be recognized as the primary organization representing the concerns and views of the expedition cruise tourism companies operating in the Arctic.

To agree upon and encourage the incorporation of specific standards and guidelines of operating expedition cruises in the Arctic.

To encourage the use of the highest qualified guides and staff knowledgeable and experienced in the Arctic environment, it’s natural and human history and contemporary culture.

To stimulate and encourage coordination among expedition cruise operators offering voyages to the Arctic.

To serve as a contact and advisory group to government ministries and agencies responsible for managing and regulating the lands, surrounding marine waters, and human activities in the Arctic

To interact with and maintain an open dialogue with non-governmental organizations interested in the Arctic.

To educate all interested groups and people about the Arctic and its unique environment, culture and natural history.


  • Frigg Jørgensen, Executive Director
  • Anders la Cour Vahl, Deputy Director
  • André Skrivervik, Head of HR & Organizational Development
  • Melissa Nacke, Environmental Specialist
  • Troels Jacobsen, Field Operations Manager
  • Maria Florencia Becherini, Office Manager
  • Anne Øien, Communications Manager
  • Ilja Leo Lang, Community Engagement Project Manager- Short term engagement
  • Gyða GuðmundsdóttirCommunity Engagement Specialist

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Executive Committee

  • Karin Strand, Hurtigruten (Chair)
  • Marie Lannborn Barker, PolarQuest AB (Vice Chair)
  • Peter Garapick, Quark Expeditions
  • Bill Davis, Silversea Cruises
  • Mark van der Hulst, Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Alana Bradley-Swan, Adventure Canada

Marine Committee

  • Mark van der Hulst, Oceanwide Expeditions (chair)
  • Thiko Natke, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Richard Boydon , Seabourn
  • Prash Karnik, Lindblad Expeditions
  • William Bennett, Quark Expeditions
  • Stanislav Kozhuharov, Silversea Cruises

Guidelines Committee

  • Kara Weller, Seabourn (Chair)
  • Susan Adie, G Adventures
  • Niki Trudeau, Quark Expeditions
  • Adam Turner, Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Jim Mayer, Hurtigruten
  • Anja Erdmann-Rutten, Poseidon Expeditions
  • Pamela Le Noury, Noble Caledonia
  • Stefan Kredel, Silversea Cruises
  • Thomas Olufson, Albatros
  • Christian Kempf, Grands Espaces

Membership Committee

  • Stefan Kredel, Silversea Cruises (Chair)
  • Tudor Morgan, Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Tomas Holik, Aurora Expeditions
  • Alana Bradley-Swan, Adventure Canada
  • Mia Lundqvist, PolarQuest
  • Alastair Newton, Ponant

Election Committee

  • Tudor Morgan, Hurtigruten (Chair)
  • Alana Bradley-Swan, Adventure Canada
  • Bill Davis, Silversea Cruises

Community Engagement Committee

  • Jason Edmunds, Adventure Canada
  • Karin Strand, Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Sarah Apfeldorfer, Grands Espaces
  • Jen Martin, Seabourn

Compliance and Dispute Resolution Committee

  • Jørn Henriksen, Viking Cruises (Chair)
  • Stefan Kredel, Silversea Cruises
  • Alistair Newton, Ponant
  • Tudor Morgan, Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Tomas Holik, Aurora Expeditions

Yacht Committee

  • Christian Engelke, PolarQuest (Chair)
  • Arthur Voirin, Polaris Expeditions
  • Mathieu Ramus, Grands Espaces

Clean Ships, Healthy People Working Group

  • Angie Cowan, Silversea Cruises
  • Tudor Morgen, Hurtigruten
  • Mark van der Hulst, Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Pamela Le Noury, Noble Caledonia
  • Peter Garapick, Quark Expeditions

Greenland Resource Group

  • Anja Erdmann-Rutten, Poseidon Expeditions
  • John Chardine, Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Christian Kempf, Grands Espaces
  • Alex Mc Neil, Quark Expeditions
  • Stefan Kredel, Silversea Cruises
  • Heike Fries, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Adam Turner, Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Robin West, Seabourn
  • Henry Pall Wulff, Mystic Cruises

Canada Resource Group

  • Alana Bradley-Swan, Adventure Canada
  • John Chardine, Hurtigruten
  • Peter Garapick, Quark Expeditions
  • Heike Fries, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Stanislav Kozhuarov, Silversea Cruises
  • Isabelle Brisset, Grands Espaces
  • Luciano Bernacchi, Seabourn

Russia Resource Group

  • Alex McNeil, Quark Expeditions
  • Stanislav Kozhuarov, Silversea Cruises
  • Adam Turner, Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Arne Kertelhein, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Lisa Bolton, Scenic Cruises
  • Juan Carlos Restrepo, Seabourn
  • Isabelle Brisset, Grands Espaces,
  • Karin Strand, Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Denis Cheprasov, Poseidon Expeditions

Clean Seas Working Group

  • Mathieu Ramus, Grands Espaces
  • Lyndsey Lewis, Quark Expeditions
  • Verana Meraldi, Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Sasha Buch, Aurora Expeditions
  • Angie Cowan, Silversea Cruises
  • Robin West, Seabourn
  • Pamela Le Noury, Noble Caledonia

Iceland Resource Group

  • Pamela Le Noury, Noble Caledonia
  • Anne Grete Lund Hanssen, Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Jason Edmunds, Adventure Canada
  • Mark van der Hulst, Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Peter Garapick, Quark Expeditions
  • Stefan Kredel, Silversea Cruises
  • Henry Pall Wulff, Mystic Cruises
  • Nicole Thorton, Lindblad Expeditions


  • AECO’s Annual Arctic cruise conference
  • IAATO and AECO Joint Polar field staff conferences
  • Joint Arctic SAR workshop and TTX


AECO has extensive involvement in relevant research projects and citizen science. Learn more here.

Clean Seas  Efforts

  • Read about AECO’s efforts to combat marine plastic pollution here.


  • AECO supports a ban on use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic and has signed the “The Arctic Commitment”, which calls for a phase-out of polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping.
  • AECO has signed the Travel & Tourism Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade, a commitment to participate actively in the global fight against illegal wildlife trade.
  • AECO has banned the recreational use of drones by passengers traveling with AECO vessels.


  • Arctic cruise database
  • Vessel tracking
  • Field Staff Online Assessment
  • Off-vessel risk assessment tool
  • Observer scheme
  • More than 50 guidelines for expedition cruise operations in the Arctic
  • AECO’s Clean Seas project
  • AECO’s Community Engagement project


AECO advocates for the Arctic expedition cruise industry and have been involed in numerous policies -, management- and regulatory processes. Our involvement is connected to environmental -, safety and maritime issues, as well as community engagement and general issues.  AECO can provide competence and information on expedition cruise tourism in the Arctic and has been  invited to serve on committees and experts groups.

groups and committees

    • Svalbard Prepardness Council
    • International Hydrographic Organisation
    • National committee considering search and rescue in Norway and Svalbard


AECO works with many stakeholders and inter alia have a strong cooperation with:

  • IAATO – International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators
  • CLIA – Cruise Liners International
  • Visit Svalbard
  • Visit Greenland
  • Cruise Iceland
  • North Atlantic Agency
  • Governor of Svalbard
  • Government of Nunavut
  • Arctic Council, PAME – Protection of the Arctic Environment working group
  • Arctic Council, EPPR – Emergency Polution Protection Response working group
  • Joint Rescue Coordination Center Northern Norway
  • Norwegian Coast Guard
  • Icelandic Coast Guard
  • Joint Arctic Command
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Norwegian Coastal Administration
  • Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Norwegian Nature Research Institute
  • National Canadian Research Institute
  • Norwegian Arctic University
  • Nord University
  • Campus Kujalleq, Greenland
  • Greenland National Museum and Archives
  • Various research and educational institutions
  • Various destination stakeholder

Present ongoing projects

  • ARCSAR  – Arctic and North Atlantic Search and Rescue Coordination, 21 international partners
  • INTERACT – Building an Arctic integrated reseach structure, involving major research institutions in the Arctic
  • NEPTUNE – Utilizing expedition cruise vessels in Arctic oil spill prepardness and response, together with EPPR and the Norwegian Coastal Administration
  • Balancing Act – Balancing tourism development with political objectives and climate change. Involving Nord University, UNIS, Visit Svalbard and other partners
  • Guidelines as management tool in Arctic tourism – involving PAME
  • AECO’s Clean Seas project – involving local stakeholders, IAATO and UN Environment
  • AECO’s Community Engagement Project – involving local stakeholders and other partners
  • AECO’s Citizen Science project
  • Crowd sourcing of depth sounding
  • Marine Mammal Sighting project – collecting observations for the Norwegian Polar Institute and others


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