We're a small team of Polar and Patagonia enthusiasts. We enjoy mountain biking, trail running, bird watching and generally exploring the great outdoors. Between us, we’re lucky enough to have visited the Arctic over 25 times, and John even lived just below the Arctic Circle for 13 years. When we're not exploring the Arctic, Antarctica and Patagonia - which we do every year - we love nothing more than talking to people who are planning their own adventure.
Alex heads up both Swoop as General Manager and he's just back from discovering some of the best treks that Greenland has to offer. He returned from his first Antarctica trip ten …
John first set foot from the UK, aged 20, on a flight to South Africa. He quickly realised he wanted to visit every country in the world. He found his way to Finland, where he …
Loli visited the Arctic for the first time in 2008 on the way to the Geographical North Pole. Since then, she has taken part in over twenty Arctic expeditions, travelling …
Jon has a love of all places cold and remote - the more extreme the better. He has set foot on all seven continents and sailed extensively, first crossing the Arctic circle in …
It all began in 2006, after our founder Luke fell in love with Patagonia. Swoop, named after the Andean Condor, was born in 2010. Prompted by requests from customers to help them discover The White Continent, Swoop Antarctica launched in 2013 and we welcomed our third and final region, the Arctic, in 2016. We are proud to specialise exclusively in these three extraordinary destinations.
What our customers think
Swoop's dedication and care to achieve a high value, high-quality experience is exceptional. The staff are extremely knowledgeable about the ships, and the itinerary of the expeditions and are able to offer the best advice to maximize the travel experience.
Rob & Bonnie Lesnick United States Of America June 2018
Swoop arranged extra night hotel and provided all the details and arranged webinars to educate about Greenland and what we would see. We have not seen this kind of detail from any other travel agency.
Veena Arora United States Of America August 2018
Faultless service, as always in our experience. We knew the ship and even the cabin beforehand, but great to have Swoop’s help in setting it up and talking us through the options for the choice of voyage and extras.
Steve & Tina O'Shea United Kingdom July 2018
Once again, Swoop’s service and advice were immaculate. The fact that we are returning clients says it all!
Charles & Lesley Cook United Kingdom August 2018
Talking to Swoop made all the difference for us. Being able to cut through all the detail to find the perfect trip for us was invaluable. Alex was able to ask us the questions that helped us crystallise what we actually wanted from such a trip. These trips aren't cheap so you want to be sure you're going to get something that's right for you. Swoop made that happen for us.
Kay & Richard Howells (Baker) United Kingdom July 2018
1. We Know The Arctic
We have over 10 years' experience in the Arctic. As polar specialists, we’re lucky enough to visit the Arctic (and Antarctic) every year, so we know the strengths and weaknesses of every vessel and the ins and outs of every trip.
What this means for you:
We’ll save you time by guiding you through the maze of options, as well as giving you first-hand recommendations for where to go, when to travel and how to get there.
2. We offer you incredible choice
We work directly with a handpicked stable of outstanding Arctic operators, so we can offer you a choice of the best small ship cruises, as well as a mix of outstanding land-based trips.
What this means for you:
Whatever kind of adventure you're looking for, Swoop can help. We'll work with you to plan your perfect expedition: one that suits both your budget and appetite for adventure.
3. We're not biased towards any expedition operator, vessel or voyage
We are 100% independent and have no commitment to anyone but you.
What this means for you:
We'll listen to what you want from your trip and suggest carefully selected ideas 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 (more below about how we make our money).
The price you pay for booking a trip or voyage with us is no more and no less than if you were to book directly with the operator. We help Arctic 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 polar specialists, we'll save you time by helping you find the perfect expedition. You'll benefit from our free, impartial and expert advice.
How We Can Help You
We'll guide you throughout your Arctic journey - from making the right choices when booking, to packing the correct clothing and equipment - offering sound, impartial advice and support at every stage.
Find Your Perfect Expedition
We work with all the main Arctic small ship operators, offering 15 different vessels and over 40 Arctic voyages and land-based expeditions.
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 trips and voyages.
Arrange your pre and post-Arctic travel
We can help you book your flights, so you’re entire adventure is taken care of and runs seamlessly.
Have you been lucky enough to explore Antarctica or the Arctic? Are you passionate about the poles? If you have a connection with the White Continent or experience of life above the Arctic circle, then do get in touch and tell us a bit about you - we're always on the lookout for ambassadors to join our team.
Take a peek at our jobs page for our current vacancies.