This is the maiden voyage of the brand new and “green” vessel m/v Hondius. You could start the tour either from Vlissingen in the Netherlands (June 3) or in Aberdeen/Scotland (June 5), and then visit the bird paradise, Fair Isle, pass along the Shetland Islands, reach up to the seldom visited Arctic island, Jan Mayen, before sailing along the whale-rich sea-ice to Spitsbergen. You likely will see most of the bird species breeding on the Shetland islands and Svalbard as well as a variety of sea mammals, such as whales, seals, walrus and polar bear. Our LT&C-founding member Oceanwide Expeditions will perform this tour, and Peter Prokosch will be the LT&C tour guide. If you join this study tour as LT&C-member you can get on for a 20% reduced price.
This is a great opportunity to sail up from Mid-Europe to the High Arctic and observe wildlife within the different climate zones, including seabirds by the hundred thousand. If you want to see, where LT&C once started, or if you have never been in the Arctic, or if you want to make a very special present for a friend, or if you just want to be active yourself for the environment on Svalbard, you should get interested in this offer of LT&C-member Oceanwide Expeditions and register for the expedition through LT&C.
It all started in the 90s when cooperation
between conservation NGOs and Arctic tour operators resulted in new national parks and improved environmental policies for Svalbard. Norway even set the goal to make Svalbard the best-managed wilderness area in the world. Building on this success, WWF with partners from tourism business and research, developed the Arctic tourism guidelines “Linking Tourism & Conservation in the Arctic”, which were distributed in several Arctic languages.
Meanwhile, several examples in the world have been described (so-called “LT&C Examples“; Svalbard is just one of them), where the cooperation between conservation and tourism had led to the establishment of protected areas or the support and improvement of their management. It is now time to make these examples better known, learn from them and identify incentives and tools to replicate or boost them. In this context, in recent years study tours to the Arctic have been conducted, where the LT&C concept was presented on site.
Our Dutch tour-operating partner and LT&C member, “Oceanwide Expeditions” has participated during the last 20 years in cooperation with conservation organizations and Linking Tourism & Conservation. LT&C has agreed to bring an own group of conservation-minded passengers on board the to experience the high Arctic nature and learn about Svalbard as an LT&C example, how tourism is supporting national parks.
If you are interested in this Arctic LT&C-study tour, you only need to express your interest to us and let us forward your name and contact to the tour operator and LT&C member Oceanwide Expeditions. You then will be contacted by the tour operator, who will do the booking with you. The official prices you always can find on the website of Oceanwide Expeditions. As a member of LT&C you get a discount of 20% on these published prices. You just need to let us know your interest as soon as possible, and you are very welcome to spread the information also to others you know that may be interested in experiencing pristine high Arctic nature and learn how tourism can support nature conservation.
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