About me


Life before Swoop

I spent two years of my early twenties living in the far north of Chile, teaching English and hopping on long distance coaches to explore new parts of the region at any given opportunity. Upon returning to the UK, I sought a job which allowed me to escape my desk and delve back into my explorations at least part of the time.

I have now been in the Latin America and Antarctica travel industry for the past decade. I embarked upon my career in travel from the sleepy Buckinghamshire village of Waddesdon and traded that in for four years in the urban jungle of Singapore, in 2016. I joined Swoop in December 2020 in a fully remote manner but hope to make it to the Bristol office before too long.

My polar experience

My first trip to Antarctica in early 2017 was undoubtedly the most inspiring and soul-stirring journey I have been on. The mammoth journey from Southeast Asia to the end of the earth, across continents, time zones, temperatures and the infamous Drake Passage, almost felt too short for the ethereal reward.

I expected to be enchanted by the penguins, enraptured by the history and numbed by the cold. I was not prepared for the impact this dramatic, inhospitable land would have, for the magnitude of the scenery or the silence or indeed the beauty and versatility of the ice. I was completely spellbound (and pleasantly warmer than imagined much of the time).

Claire Betts, Swoop Antarctica

Day to day at Swoop

I specialise in Antarctica here at Swoop. Antarctica is such an unknown entity and unimaginable place for those yet to visit, it can be hard to know where to start. I love guiding clients through the daunting process of whittling down their options, finding the trip, ship and time best suited to their personal preferences and interests. Whilst we have the odd Polar fanatic making sure we are top of our game, for most clients Antarctica is a once in a lifetime trip.

You may not know if your particular trip is the most suitable option for you, but we do. We've tried the different ships and the shifting seasons, we know the guides. Luckily, Antarctica as a destination rarely disappoints, but it's the details that really make the magic. We come to work each day to make sure that each trip is as special as it can be.

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What our customers think of Claire

All the adventures that were planned were beyond my expectations. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Anna Mori - USA

Claire really seemed to listen and assisted us in finding the right fit. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Tim Leitner - USA

Ready to plan your Antarctic adventure?



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



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



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.