KEEPING THE ARCTIC
Part of what keeps the Arctic such a pure destination is visitors’ commitment to ensure no invasive or non-native species find their way to the region. But any and all precautions explorers take before stepping foot on Arctic lands helps reduce the spread of such species.
DO YOUR PART
The Arctic is a delicate ecosystem, and it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure it remains pristine. That means doing your best not to bring in foreign particles to the environment. One of the ways you can do this is by avoiding use of products with microplastics. Many bath amenities such as exfoliants, facial scrubs, and body washes contain these tiny beads that are not a natural part of the environment. Even after washing the product away, some of them can still cling to your skin and become embedded in your clothing, which can then fall off when stepping on shore.
If you’ve ever been to national parks, you may be acquainted with their environmental regulations. When you visit an ecosystem, many of those microbes and organisms can stay stuck to your clothes and shoes, so it’s best practice to clean those same articles of clothing prior to visiting another sensitive environment. The same concept can be applied to visiting the Arctic. Make sure not to pack unwashed clothes and shoes that you’ve worn in the past within other fragile ecosystems, such as caves, to avoid cross contamination of natural environments.
RESPECT AND PROTECT
THE WILDLIFE AND ENVIRONMENT
The many animals seen across the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords make the region an unforgettable destination. It’s important that you only take memories with you and leave as few footprints behind as possible.
FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOU STAY
SAFE AND KEEP THE ANIMALS SAFE AS WELL:
REMAIN AT LEAST 15 FEET AWAY FROM ANIMALS AND WATCH THEIR BEHAVIOR
FOR SIGNS OF DISTURBANCE. IF THEY APPEARED BOTHERED BY YOUR PRESENCE,
BACK AWAY AND RETREAT TO SAFETY.
KEEP NOISE TO A MINIMUM SO AS NOT TO STARTLE OR DISTURB THE WILDLIFE.
WALK SLOW AND PAUSE WITH AMPLE SPACE WHEN NECESSARY, TO LET ANIMALS
PASS AS THEY NEED.
REMAIN AWARE OF YOUR POSITION IN RELATION TO YOUR FELLOW EXPLORERS.
MAKE SURE TO LEAVE OPEN SPACES SO THAT THE WILDLIFE IS NOT SURROUNDED
AND ALWAYS HAS A WAY TO MAKE IT TO THE OCEAN.
LISTEN TO YOUR GUIDES AT ALL TIMES AND HEED THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.
MAKE SURE NOT TO FEED, TOUCH, OR HANDLE ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY WHEN
PHOTOGRAPHING THEM, SO AS NOT TO ALTER THEIR BEHAVIOR. BE EXTRA
CAREFUL IF THEY ARE MOLTING OR BREEDING.
TRY NOT TO DAMAGE PLANTS BY TREADING OVER THEM.
BECOME FAMILIAR WITH PROTECTED AREAS TO KNOW THEIR LIMITATIONS SO YOU
AVOID STEPPING WITHIN THEIR BOUNDS. IN SOME CASES YOU MAY BE ALLOWED
TO STEP INTO DESIGNATED HISTORIC SITES WITH SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS.
TO HELP KEEP THE ARCTIC, TAKE ANY LITTER OR GARBAGE WITH
YOU BACK TO THE SHIP OR LEAVE IT BEHIND IN YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS.
LEAVE ANY ROCKS, FOSSILS, EGGS, BONES, AND OTHER BIOLOGICAL AND
GEOLOGICAL SPECIMENS WHERE YOU FOUND THEM.
ABSTAIN FROM CARVING INTO OR ADDING GRAFFITI TO ROCKS AND BUILDINGS ON LAND
As responsible global citizens, we set out to lessen our footprint in this pristine destination. We always make the effort to show respect for all, from the ecosystems to the wildlife we encounter. Taking these careful actions helps us keep the environment thriving for today’s explorers and future generations.
Our intimate, yacht-style ships realize the possibilities of environmental stewardship with the latest hybrid power management and propulsion systems, maximizing fuel efficiency and consuming as low as one-fifth the fuel compared to conventional cruise-ship systems, reducing our impact on the environment. That’s a win for all. What makes the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords so enthralling is the unspoiled beauty. We minimize underwater noise that stresses marine wildlife by using a hydro-jet propulsion system that allows our ships to cruise virtually silent up to five knots for incomparable, up-close encounters while keeping the sensitive ecosystem in mind.
It’s our responsibility to prevent damage to the fragile ecosystems on ocean floors. That’s why we avoid using anchors to maintain ship position by using a GPS-based Dynamic Position System.
It’s important to make the effort to keep waterways clear for a cleaner environment. By building our ships with the latest and most advanced waste management and water treatment plant in the cruise industry, we take the proper steps to control waste on board. That includes storing litter that cannot be repurposed or reclaimed in a dedicated hold until landing, where it will be disposed of responsibly.