Guidelines

AECO members are obligated to operate in accordance with national and international laws and regulations and have, in addition, agreed to follow an extensive set of guidelines to ensure operations are in accordance with our objectives, including a number of site-specific guidelines and guidelines for visitors to the Arctic.

Visitor Guidelines

General guidelines for travellers visiting the Arctic

Visitor Guidelines

There are a few basic rules that we ask you as a visitor to the Arctic to read carefully and act in accordance with.

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Clean Seas Guidelines

Join the Clean up Svalbard campaign

Clean Seas Guidelines

AECO’s Clean Seas Guidelines provide useful information about combating marine plastic pollution.

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Yacht Guidelines

Guidelines for private yachts and sailboats

Yacht Guidelines

This page gathers useful information and resources for travelers who are planning to visit the Arctic with a private vessel.

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Community guidelines

Guidelines when visiting communities

Community guidelines

It is important to be considerate and sensitive when visiting, especially small communities and communities in remote areas.

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Vegetation Guidelines

Arctic plant life

Vegetation Guidelines

Arctic summers are short, cold and unpredictable, but plants live even in the most barren places and the region is greener than you might expect.

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Cultural Remains Guidelines

Stories from the past

Cultural Remains Guidelines

Cultural remains are the traces humans have left behind. They are story-tellers of lived life and past times.

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Wildlife Guidelines

Information and guidelines for encounters with Arctic wildlife

Wildlife Guidelines

We wish to ensure that the Arctic wildlife stays unaffected by tourism. Please follow the wildlife guidelines to ensure considerate conduct.

 

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Biosecurity Guidelines

Guidelines for protection of the environment

Biosecurity Guidelines

AECO’s biosecurity guidelines aim to minimize the risk of future introductions of non-native species to the Arctic.

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Operational Guidelines

Mandatory guidelines for tour operators that are members of AECO

Operational Guidelines

AECO’ Operational guidelines are guidelines the cruise operators and members of AECO are obliged to follow.

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Site Guidelines

Information and guidelines on selected and specific sites in the Arctic

Site Guidelines

The site guidelines gives information on specific sites and gives guidance to how visits can be carried out without negative impact on the environment and the cultural remains.

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Posters

Aimed at visitors to the Arctic

Posters

AECO has developed posters to be displayed on expedition cruise vessels sailing in the Arctic. The aim of the posters is inform guests about AECO’s guidelines for responsible Arctic tourism.

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Polar Field Staff Online Assessment

Online tests for Arctic field staff

Polar Field Staff Online Assessment

Through three online exams, guides and expedition leaders can test their knowledge of AECO guidelines and relevant regulations.

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