Crossing the Drake

Crossing the Drake

One of the most common pre-voyage questions I get asked is: “What’s the Drake Passage like?” Returning clients rarely mention the Drake, especially if they enjoyed two easy crossings (one there and one back). With an estimated one in three crossing being a bit lumpy, those who have experienced the storms and rocked their way […]

Why not all expedition teams are the same

Why not all expedition teams are the same

I have now sailed into Wilhelmina Bay on two separate voyages, and kayaked there once. Along with Cuverville Island, it’s my favourite place on the Antarctic peninsular. If the sun is shining, Wilhelmina, literally sparkles, huge mountains rise from a crystal sea, and the icebergs are the size of houses, with shapes, moulded by time […]

Declan & Karl’s Basecamp Adventure

Declan & Karl’s Basecamp Adventure

“No matter how well travelled anyone was, we all had the same sense of childlike wonder in Antarctica. It exceeded all expectations: the scale, serenity and beauty of the continent makes an indelible mark on the soul.” Swoop Antarctica customer Declan took the trip of a lifetime on Swoop’s Antarctic Basecamp Adventure in December 2016. […]

Graffiti tour of Buenos Aires

Graffiti tour of Buenos Aires

My home city of Bristol is also amongst other things, home to Swoop Antarctica, graffiti artist Banksy, and the UK’s biggest street art festival, UpFest. I’m not really a huge fan of tours, and to be honest I’m not all that bothered about street art, which until very recently, I considered vandalism. So, on my […]

Rediscovering the Arctic

Rediscovering the Arctic

I recently returned to the Arctic for the first time in four years. It was a cathartic moment: feeling the cold chill on my face and the fresh smell of ice burn my nostrils. All so very familiar, except this time I was travelling as a tourist, not going home. Northern Finland had been my home […]

Chasing polar bears in the Arctic

Chasing polar bears in the Arctic

Deep inside the Arctic Circle only 500 miles from the North Pole, yet easily accessible from Europe and with more polar bears than humans, Svalbard beckons the adventurer. Never one to turn down a challenge, Swoop’s very own Lauren headed to Svalbard to see what it has to offer and know more about the third region […]

A little piece of Antarctica in Warwickshire

A little piece of Antarctica in Warwickshire

In preparation for his trip to Antarctica, Swoop’s polar specialist John found himself swept up in more than mundane logistics and flight times; the intrigue of an English church, an Antarctica voyage, and Scott’s last ever journey had him captivated long before he left the UK. “Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of […]