The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has decided to include Iceland in the association’s geographical range. Guidelines and other measures will be applied to ensure sustainable expedition cruise operations in Iceland.
AECO is an international association for expedition cruise operators operating in the Arctic. The association’s geographical range encompasses Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland, Arctic Canada and the Russian Arctic National Park, and from 2019 also Iceland. At least 25% of AECO’s operating members have itineraries that already include or will include Iceland in the future.
The Association has Icelandic members and have had been involved in Iceland for some years. AECO’s executive director Frigg Jørgensen is very glad AECO members have decided to include Iceland in the Association’s geographical range: “Over many years, we have built beneficial cooperation with several stakeholders in Iceland. We have been watching the increase in tourism, including cruise tourism, and we believe AECO’s guidelines, measures and tools can be helpful”.