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The Polar Environment

  • Polar bear on an ice floe, Spitsbergen

    Polar bear on an ice floe, Spitsbergen

IAATO logoMinke Whale and Zodiac at Paradise Harbour, AntarcticaWe take extremely seriously our responsibility to minimise our impact on these pristine areas.

Exodus is an Associate Member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and has agreed to abide by one of the tourism world's most conscientious codes of conduct. Our ship operators in Spitsbergen are also members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which covers operations in Spitsbergen.

Exodus support various conservation initiatives:

 Penguin Lifelines
As part of Exodus' commitment to conservation and responsible travel, we have teamed up with Penguin Lifelines, a conservation project set up by the Zoological Society of London and Oxford University to understand the impact of climate change and fisheries on Antarctic penguins and to design a protected area network.  Penguinologist Tom Hart will be travelling on a number of trips to Antarctica, picking up feathers and setting time-lapse cameras, in order to research threats to penguins and to identify protected areas for them.

For more information, please see the Penguin Lifelines page.

Polar Bear Study
The Polar bear’s migratory patterns have long been a mystery to conservationists. With money raised from expeditions and donations, we have made valuable contributions to the purchase of the expensive tracking collars – critical in monitoring their hunting and mating patterns.

Albatross Campaign
Almost half a million US dollars has been raised through staff and passengers towards the ‘Get the Albatross off the Hook’ campaign, aimed at stopping the butchery of albatrosses by long-line fishing.

Scott Polar Research logoScott Polar Research Institute
Exodus supports the work of the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge. The Institute is the oldest international centre for Polar Research within a university. To find out more visit their website.

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