Antarctic Tourism

Chinstrap Penguin as a model

Tourism on Antarcttica is well regulated. The expedition cruise operators work together in IAATO, the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators and they, together with the Antarctic Treaty, set the rules for tourism. There are guidelines on how to behave close to seals, penguins and whales and many places we land have site specific guidelines telling us to which places we can and which places we can’t go at a certain site. Also the maximum number of people ashore and ships per day are regulated this way. All this to minimise impact on the Antarctic wildlife and to ensure everybody can enjoy this very special part of the Earth.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


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