About me

Life before Swoop

Growing up in Devon ensured that the great outdoors was always of paramount interest throughout my childhood, and I was always looking to be fairly active through swimming, surfing or playing football. University was swiftly followed by an adventure to Latin America where I well and truly caught the travel bug, which set me on this course of pursuing my great passion for ends of the earth exploration in both my life and career.

My Antarctic experience

I first travelled to the White Continent in March 2018 onboard the Ocean Diamond. My 13-day voyage was everything I had hoped it would be, full of humpback whale sightings, zodiac cruising to towering glaciers and spending quality time with inquisitive penguins. The cherry on top was a 2am toast as we crossed the Antarctic Circle, certainly a memory I will forever cherish.

I’m always keen to take a look around the vessels that head down south, and this particular keen interest led me to spend an off-the-grid week in Longyearbyen in 2019 checking out several of our favourite expedition ships before they headed north. It’s the small details that can make a big difference.


Day to Day at Swoop

I love helping our adventurous clients get their adventure to the end of the earth right, as I know it’s normally a once-in-a-lifetime type of trip. Having visited and travelled around Patagonia extensively over the last 5 years, I love building itineraries that combine both. This is very much all part of the fun; be it a few days in Torres del Paine National Park, or a three week trekking expedition before setting sail, I’d love to help.

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What our customers think of Iain

Initial contact with Iain at Swoop was very good and he gave us a very good deal. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Graham Collins - Canada

You guys were great. A special thanks to Iain for telling us the trip we wanted was possible and encouraging us to go. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2022

Stephanie Krolick - 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

When I reached out to Swoop the response was quick from Iain. He answered lots of questions via email. He organized a video call and gave us assurance of our concerns. He gave us a great picture of what to expect. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Sribardhan Patnaik - USA


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