Team Swoop

In the complex and competitive market of Antarctic travel, Swoop Antarctica has risen to become one of the top global agents thanks to our commitment to the destination and delivery of unparalleled value and expertise to our customers. We love Antarctica and we love helping others experience the White Continent.

How We Can Help You

We understand the importance of this long anticipated trip and how crucial it is to get it just right. We'll guide you throughout your Antarctic journey - from making the right choices when booking, to packing the correct clothing and equipment - offering sound, impartial advice and support at every stage.

  1. Find your perfect expedition

    We work with all the Antarctic expedition operators, offering 25 different vessels and over 80 Antarctic voyages and land-based expeditions.

  2. Help you decide when to take your trip of a lifetime

    We can help you decide which month will suit you best and advise when to start planning ahead for the best choice of cabins and voyages.

  3. Arrange your pre and post-Antarctic travel

    Our Patagonia experts would love to help you discover Patagonia before or after your Antarctic expedition. We'd also be pleased to help advise you on flights.

The Team

Alex

Alex

Alex is our Head of Antarctica, he returned from his first trip to the 7th continent sixteen years ago firmly bitten by 'polar fever' and obsessed with icebergs. Since then, in …

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Loli

Loli

Loli set foot on The White Continent for the first time during the 2005/6 Antarctic season. Since then, she's returned to Antarctica more than 130 times over 11 years. Loli loves …

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Lizzie

Lizzie is happiest in her thermals and waterproofs, heading out onto the ice. With over a decade of experience working in the expedition travel industry, there is nothing she likes…

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David

David

David dreamt of visiting Antarctica as a child​. His chance came in 2012 and since then he's clocked up 20 Antarctic trips. His Antarctic knowledge is encyclopedic and his …

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John

John

World explorer, John has travelled into over 160 countries, and set foot on all 7 continents. Working as a fisherman in northern Finland for 13 years gave John polar fever and a …

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Molly

Molly

Molly has crossed the Antarctic Circle and camped on the Antarctic continent. An avid traveller, she has spent over a decade exploring on five continents. Molly has extensive …

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Cassia

Cassia

Cassia’s extensive polar experience stretches over a decade. She’s one of the lucky few to have visited Antarctica’s historic heart, the Ross Sea, as well as South Georgia, …

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Iain

Iain

Iain loves all things wild, icy and dramatic. He first ventured to Antarctica in 2018 where he hiked on the Continent, cruised through the Lemaire Channel, landed at Deception …

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Emma

Emma

Having qualified as a solicitor, Emma was so taken by travel, that she cancelled her intended return flights from a short exploratory trip to Southern Africa, and only set foot on …

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Tennessee

Tennessee

A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Tennessee has had a passion for exploration and the polar regions since his earliest days.

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Brandon

Brandon

Brandon has been hooked on the polar regions since his first trip to Antarctica in 2015. Since then he has returned multiple times and he has also headed north to the Arctic to get…

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Emma

Emma

A full-time Customer Service Coordinator and a part-time explorer, Emma will happily get muddy boots and climb mountains for the best views! 

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Venus

Venus

Having lived in the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the UK – and travelled to over 40 countries – Venus loves helping others discover the powerful experience of travel.

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Malva

Malva

Former tour leader, Malva, has voyaged to Antarctica, visited Shackleton’s grave and crossed the Antarctic Circle. She is now a Customer Experience Coordinator here at …

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Mariana

Mariana

As a child, Mariana used to spend family holidays in northern Patagonia, so she has always felt she belonged in nature. After studying tourism and working for a travel agency, …

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Hannah

Hannah

Having worked for over a decade in the adventure travel industry, travelling to a number of destinations, Hannah's first taste of Polar travel came when she voyaged to Antarctica, …

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Ali

Ali

Ali’s love for travelling took her around the world, exploring more than 25 countries. Her passion for nature and horses took her to Patagonia, where she guided and explored …

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What our customers think of Swoop Antarctica

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You are the best! We felt well looked after. Keep up the good work. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2020

Lesley Tosh - United Kingdom

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Every step of the way Swoop made for the perfect booking agent. I had all the right equipment and then some. Swoop answered all my questions with quick turn around every time. Thank you.

Travelled: March 2019

Catherine - United States

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Flawless service from everyone at Swoop Antarctica! Great communication with the team throughout the planning stages. Our itinerary was spelt out in detail, and all accommodations were exactly as promised. Special thanks to Alex on his recommendations on our cabin. No one handles an Antarctica expedition like Swoop Antarctica.

Travelled: December 2017

Chris & Amy - Florida

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Swoop's service prior to the voyage was excellent, you answered my queries promptly, nothing was too much trouble and I felt well taken care of.

Travelled: December 2017

Val - UK

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Book through people who have been there repeatedly; Swoop was an excellent choice. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2017

Marc Renzema - United States Of America

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The people at Swoop were amazing. From the initial recommendations to the very detailed pre-cruise information, we always felt comfortable knowing that they would be there to answer any concerns.

Travelled: November 2017

Joey & Sheri - Washington

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We want to thank Alex and his Swoop family very much for the extreme service they provided us. Thank you very much!

Travelled: December 2015

Erik - The Netherlands

From the initial contact with Molly through the booking and travel coordination with Andy your company was professional and thorough. Answered all our questions promptly and helped make for a smooth vacation. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Scott Hunter - USA

I originally booked for the trip going in March 2020. SWOOP were very good at keeping in touch and coping with all the Covid problems. The updates and all the detailed information needed to actually make it happen in 2022 were excellent. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Sue Gatenby - UK

I am so thankful that Molly spent the time with my group and selected this cruise as the right one for us; given all the options and how hard it is to choose, her guidance was invaluable and now that we're back I can absolutely say that there couldn't have been a better choice for us. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Jennifer Ruth - USA

We had a great experience throughout the planning stage and beyond. We had as much information as Swoop could provide in advance and found it all very simple and easy. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Lauren Woosey - UK

Swoop provided incredible support throughout the process of arranging and implementing this trip. This was especially important since there were so many Covid-related uncertainties and Covid-related requirements to navigate. Email enquiries were answered in a timely fashion and with the information needed. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2022

Fred Delcomyn - USA

The entire experience was well planned with necessary information given to trip participants in a timely manner. And besides logistics, the number and variety of off-ship excursions were outstanding, allowing us to see and experience so much of what Antarctica has to offer even in a short visit. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2022

Fred Delcomyn - USA

The Swoop team did a great job of recommending a few trips that met my pricing and timeline expectations for Antarctica, and I chose the winner. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Christopher Norton - USA

Swoop has been absolutely fantastic! I will not only recommend Swoop wholeheartedly, but will surely return as a customer for future voyages. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Mohit Kallianpur - USA

The customer service provided by Swoop - specifically Emma and also Iain - was nothing short of amazing. From answering our endless questions to providing all the information we needed. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Mohit Kallianpur - USA

I was impressed with the informative website and the excellent customer service as I was shopping for an Antarctica trip. With the everchanging challenges of the pandemic, we were impressed with the communications that we received from Swoop. The adjustments with the ship and date made our trip possible as well as unforgettable. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Jeannette Shull - USA

The care and detailed attention to booking and seeing the journey through from start to end was the best one could ever expect. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Karen Getzel - USA

The entire trip was organized by an amazing team. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Jade Griffin - USA

Outstanding. Communications were personal and accurate. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Sheila Porter - USA

Swoop made the process really easy from start to finish with accurate and helpful info. on activities, costs, etc. It was nice to receive a full itinerary prior to leaving home, which included all of our flight info., hotels, tour details, recommendations on taxis in the various cities, etc. Well done! Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

George Parson - Australia

Just leave it to the experts at Swoop to organise. So simple and worry free. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

Janette Harrison - Australia

I am and will be singing the praises of this memorable cruise forever! Thank you, Swoop! Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

Kara Knox - United States Of America

From the very beginning, Swoop was with us. They educated us about the perfect trip, the perfect boat, what to sign up for, the clothing to bring, hotels to stay at, restaurants to go to in Ushuaia. When our ship had an issue and there was a one day delay, Swoop literally "swooped in" and had their expert on Ushuaia contact us and give us recommendations. They became like "family"...we adore Ange and Alex and the entire team!!! Read the full review

Travelled: January 2020

Marina Angleton - United States Of America

Well organized and very professional. Very nice people to work with. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2020

John Cox - United States Of America

The team was super professional, friendly, responsive, awesome. Thumbs up for making our trip as enjoyable as it was. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

Günter & Sabine - Austria

Booking with Swoop was the best decision I made about the trip. Swoop's services were some of the best we have experienced. Always responsive to any questions I had and very timely. Their recommendations were spot on. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2019

Charles Loflin - United States Of America

I was really impressed with Swoop and so grateful for the helpful information, advice, support and assistance with all our travel and bookings. The staff were fantastic - so helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. It made for a trouble free, well organized and wondeful trip of a lifetime. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2019

Catherine Samuels - Australia

Swoop did a terrific job helping us plan and select our expedition. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Elaine Green - United States Of America

We are satisfied with Swoop's service and would recommend you guys to other travellers. You have been very helpful with your website and emails. Thank you! Read the full review

Travelled: November 2018

Patrick & Yu Huang - Taiwan

I went as one person and came back another: seeing the land of wonder, and enjoyed Swoop's service which was not done as an agent but more like my own family.

Travelled: January 2016

Peace - California

Antarctica was the most amazing experience of my life. And Swoop were great! Always available to answer questions, provide guidance, whatever I needed.

Travelled: December 2015

Leslie - USA

5 reasons to choose Swoop

1. We know Antarctica

We have over 15 years' experience in Antarctica. As Antarctic specialists, we're lucky enough to visit every year, so we know the strengths and weaknesses of every vessel and the ins and outs of every voyage. 

What this means for you:

We'll save you time by guiding you through the maze of options as well as giving you our first-hand recommendations for where to go, when to travel and how to get there. We can also help advise and arrange pre- and/or post-South America extensions to your voyage, and with flights.

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2. We offer you incredible choice

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We work directly with all of the Antarctic small ship operators, so we can offer you the widest possible choice of options - 25 ships and over 80 voyages. For the more intrepid adventurer, we can arrange Antarctic interior trips and expeditionary sailing trips.

What this means for you:

Whatever kind of adventure you're looking for, we can help. We'll work with you to find your perfect expedition: one that suits your budget and appetite for adventure.

3. We're not biased towards any expedition operator, vessel or voyage

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We have no commitment to anyone else but you as our customer. Our objectivity and expertise means you can expect accurate, unbiased and honest advice at every step, and at no cost.

What this means for you:

We'll listen to what you want from your experience and suggest an expedition based on your exact requirements. We don't charge for our advice and you'll pay no more or less than if you booked directly with the operator.

4. We'll keep you informed & safe

When you travel with Swoop, you can expect to receive a lot of advice and support in the run up to and during your trip. 

What this means for you:

We’ll make sure you’re 100% ready and prepared for your big trip, with regular contact from your dedicated trip coordinator. And when travelling, Swoop maintains a 24/7/365 back-up hotline if you need our assistance. Our many years of travel planning experience means we know where to look for solutions when travel gets complicated. We’ll have your back.

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5. Committed to protecting Antarctica

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We are proud to be an associate of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and we adhere to their guidelines throughout our work. We only work with ship operators that are part of IAATO, and who abide by regulations that will protect the continent we love.

What this means for you:

Travel safe in the knowledge that your expedition team are helping protect Antarctica, without compromising on your experience. Find out more about Swoop and IAATO.

Swoop and LATA

Founded in 1992, the Latin American Travel Association champions Latin America’s diverse and beautiful destinations. LATA nurtures a community of over 350 specialist members including travel agents, tour operators, airlines, tourist boards and hotels.

Swoop Antarctica has been a LATA member since 2016. Our membership is just one representation of our commitment to Latin America and our love for Antarctica, which is included in LATA’s list of destinations, along with the gateways to the White Continent, Chile and Argentina. LATA encourage best practices and increase standards across all aspects of travel in Latin America, a mission that we believe benefits LATA members, travellers and Latin American communities alike.

LATA’s registered charity, the LATA Foundation, launched in 2007. It is a volunteer-led organisation that brings LATA members together to support and fund grassroots projects throughout Latin America. The aim of the foundation is to give back to the communities that LATA and its members promote in the hope that it will make a difference in the lives of Latin American people.

About Swoop Antarctica

More about Swoop

Swoop takes people on adventures to the ends of the earth. Patagonia, Antarctica and the Arctic are all remote, wild and awe-inspiring in their own unique way. We have the knowledge, relationships and experience to create a trip worthy of these destinations, that also matches our customers’ dreams, budget and appetite for adventure.

We’re a passionate, dedicated and spirited bunch of specialists who love the outdoors. We care deeply about our destinations and want to protect them for future generations to explore.

About Swoop Antarctica
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The price you pay for booking an expedition with us is no more and no less than if you were to book directly with the operator. We help Antarctic operators to market themselves and their voyages to the international market and when you book with us they will pay us a small commission. 

As Antarctic specialists, we'll save you time by helping you navigate the maze of options and find the perfect expedition. You'll benefit from our free, impartial and expert advice. 

Ready to plan your Antarctic adventure?

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Listen

Listen

We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.

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Match

Match

Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.

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Reserve

Reserve

We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.

With over 50 years of Antarctic experience between us, we can help guide you to exactly the right trip for you.

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