Antarctica is unique, and one of the most perfectly preserved regions on the planet. On December 1, 1959, twelve countries active in Antarctic scientific research signed the Antarctica Treaty. This came into force June 23, 1961, creating an unprecedented global partnership that now includes more than 50 countries.
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators is a member organisation founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
In 1991, seven companies that had already been operating expeditions to Antarctica for several years founded the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators – a global, non-profit industry alliance dedicated to safe and responsible private-sector travel to the White Continent. Today IAATO’s membership is comprised of more than 100 respected companies from across the world, each working to ensure the protection and preservation of the unique place that is Antarctica.
As members of IAATO, Arctic Elements in cooperation with Pelorus are licensed to operate in Antarctica and are committed to protecting and respecting the region’s fragile ecosystem. We only work with expedition leaders and expert guides whose qualifications fully comply with IAATO regulations and our Antarctic yacht expeditions always adhere to IAATO legal requirements.
All members are committed to IAATO’s mission of advocating and promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible private sector travel to the Antarctic.