Rubbish from the seas is piling up on shores all over the world. In Spitsbergen this litter is often hazardous for reindeer which get entangled in fish nets and die of starvation. Polar bears, Arctic foxes and shorebirds also suffer.
Supported by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators and with a contribution from the Governor of Spitsbergen, our partners Oceanwide Expeditions are offering passengers the opportunity to involved in the clean up.
The carrot is a 20% reduction on the cost of the voyage on m/v Ortelius from 28th August to 4th September next year. Oceanwide's proposal is that half the passengers clean in the morning (having received equipment and instruction) while the other half have an excursion in a different area. In the afternoon the two groups will switch roles.
It will be an adventurous experience. Often it won't be possible to clean a certain area because of roaming Polar Bears. If this happens we'll move to a different area and very possibly one which we've never been to before.
I think this is a terrific idea and hope that you will to. I'm holding a small allocation of cabins so if you're interested do get in touch as soon as you can. It's really good when we can offer an opportunity to do something constructive to help as well as a terrific holiday experience. I believe it's known as "Voluntourism" which seems a bit laboured (if you'll pardon the pun).