Arctic cruises, Spitsbergen to Franz Josef Land
Description of Arctic cruises, Spitsbergen to Franz Josef Land
2022: 15 Aug
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe operator leading this expedition is a member of both the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). They have pledged a commitment to the further development of Arctic and Antarctic conservation and support of related scientific research.
On every voyage they strive to improvide conservation efforts to and region and to leave as small a footprint as possible, through a range a measures. One of these is that they actively encourage participation in the expeditions by naturalists and scientists, thus offering a platform from which they can pursue important and vital work as well as a forum where they can voice a unique understanding of some of the most fragile and remote ecosystems on the planet.
There are certain rules which visitors must abide by in visiting the Artic and the expert team on board will keep guests informed of these. They must never disturb the Arctic wildlife, you cannot touch, feed or do anything to alter the behaviour of animals. Noise must be kept to a minimum and flash photography avoid. Animals may approach you guests if they keep still and quiet however guests must never interfere with them. Care should also be taken around the unique flora of this region some of the moss, lichen and herbs can take decades to grow, so try not to damage or step on them.
PeopleWe are very proud to be a committed provider of holidays focused on responsible travel and sustainability. We work closely with local suppliers who share our dedication to responsible tourism and who echo our values of having a positive impact on the environment, conservation and local communities.
All local guides mentioned in our itineraries are paid a fair wage, from the crew who will accompany you on your Arctic cruise, to the team of experts on board, to the drivers used for your transfers.
Many of the talks and lectures provided by the ship’s team of experts focus on conservation and the environment, this aims to help passengers understand the importance of keeping the polar regions pristine for future generations. Guests are encouraged to return home and share what they have learnt with friends and loved ones in order to spread the message on the importance of preserving these wild and important parts of the planet.
Our excellent partner running this trip is also an active member of 'Clean up Svalbard' which helps the community by removing rubbish on each of their arctic landings, they have also pioneered the same initiative on Franz Josef Land