AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is an international organization for expedition cruise operators and associates in the Arctic, dedicated to managing environmentally friendly, safe and considerate cruise tourism. With close to 70 international members – including 40 vessel operators, owners and management, and 50 expedition cruise vessels that are organized by the association – AECO represent the great majority of these operations in the Arctic.
SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR – is regarded by many as one of Iceland ‘s most picturesque towns, due to its impressive environment and the towns well preserved old wooden houses. The long, calm deep fjord of Seyðisfjörður twists and turns 17 kilometers with waterfalls all around. Today around 700 people live in Seyðisfjörður. The local economy has long been based on fisheries, but tourism is playing a growing role, with a focus on history, arts and culture. Seyðisfjörður provides an ideal destination for cruise ships and ferries. The anchorage is excellent surrounded by mountains all around and the number of ship visits and passengers has increased a lot the last few years. The port has a cruise and ferry terminal that also has the tourist information center.
NORA (North Atlantic Cooperation) is an intergovernmental organization under the regional cooperation program of the Nordic Council of Ministers and it brings together Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Coastal Norway. The organization builds on the West Nordic cooperation founded in 1981 and became NORA when Coastal Norway joined in 1996. The NORA countries are interlinked by their geographic location, shared traits and common challenges, in addition to multiple historical, institutional and cultural ties.
Seyðisfjörður’s Community Specific Guidelines offer tips and tricks to get around and advice on how to be a considerate guest. Among other things, the guidelines encourage visitors to enjoy the town and landscape, but to leave native flora, animals and heritage untouched. Tourists are given useful pointers on when they put the camera away to avoid disturbing people’s privacy. The guidelines also describe sites worth visiting and areas suited for hiking.
You can download the Community Specific Guidelines ,clicking on the link below