Arctic Voyage Spitsbergen Clean up 2020

Volunteer your time to help clean up the Arctic on your Spitsbergen voyage.

Garbage from the oceans is piling up on shores all over the world. In Spitsbergen this litter is often hazardous for reindeer, who get entangled in fish nets and die of starvation. Also shore birds, foxes and bears suffer from it. Supported by AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) and with the contribution of the Governor of Spitsbergen, you can have a chance to clean the shores in North Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet. Alongside your regular sightseeing, passengers will work together in smaller groups to help the environment. It's an adventurous experience as often you will not be able to clean a certain area, because of roaming bears.

If you have a zeal for nature conservation and want to give back to the environment as you travel, each summer there are Clean Up Svalbard journeys for you. Ask us which Arctic Voyages are offering this service in 2020.

Each year Clean Up Svalbard removes about 20 tons of plastic waste from Svalbard, with expedition ships like Oceanwide’s accounting for about three to four tons of that removal. The governor of Svalbard also organizes two yearly beach cleanups composed of local citizens.