Oceanwide Expeditions has been operating for 25 years, repurposing scientific research vessels to transport guests to far reaches of the Artic and Antarctic. It has an ethical approach to tourism, ensuring its cruises never disturb local flora and fauna and keeping group sizes small to prevent overtourism. It is doing more than just reducing its impact; passengers on its expeditions around the Artic Circle are helping to clean up the surroundings that provide them with a once in a lifetime experience. “It’s concrete, you use your own hands to clean up the beaches,” said Franklin Braeckman, Oceanwide’s chief of marketing and sales. “Whatever we find on the land we take with us,” he said.

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