AECO’s Community Guidelines provide travelers with useful dos and don’ts when visiting Arctic communities. The guidelines have been developed with the input of local stakeholders and with funding from NORA. AECO’s Template for Development of Community Specific Guidelines is a tool used by Arctic communities to create guidelines specific to their own community. So far, Community Specific Guidelines have been created by Longyearbyen in Svalbard and Sisimiut in Greenland.
Many of the countries and regions in the North Atlantic and the High Arctic are characterized by vast wilderness areas and a diversity of people, cultures and societies. We wish you a warm welcome to the North, and kindly ask you to follow some important guidelines to ensure that your visit results in a happy, friendly and sustainable experience for everyone.
AECO is happy to present a template to those communities that wish to develop community specific guidelines, intended as helpful advice and an inspiration for those who would like to undertake such a project. The template contains an example of what such Community Specific Guidelines may look like.
Welcome to Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world. You are visiting for a short period – let local knowledge guide you. We encourage you to do as the locals: respect wildlife, nature and each other!
Sisimiut is known for its will to do things its own way. It is the second largest town in Greenland with approximately 5,500 citizens. The town and its surrounding area have a rich history and boast archaeological ruins dating back more than 4,000 years.