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Swoop Specialist

Environment

The Future of The White Continent

Swoop Specialist

The bedrock of east Antarctica is more than three billion years old. Pause for a moment and say that out loud: “three billion years”. It’s difficult to imagine a time line that long, or to try to visualise what earth would have been like three billion years ago, a time when multi-cellular Read More


Antarctic / IAATO / Tourism / Wildlife
Environment

Do we all have the Right to Roam?

Swoop Specialist

Argentina has the third oldest national park system in the world and Chile has one of the most extensive. These national parks are a matter of great national pride: they conserve huge areas of land and they also give people the right to access some of the most beautiful and wild areas Read More


Hiking / National Park / Torres del Paine / W Trek
Environment

The Call of the White Continent

Swoop Specialist

I remember the feeling of embarking on my first expedition to Antarctica very clearly. Cruising the Beagle Channel during the first day in early March 2006 brought back that incredible sense of freedom that I had only ever experienced sailing. It also awakened many memories of my family, Read More


Antarctica / Penguins / Whales / Wildlife
History

Pass the Penguin: Diets of the Early Explorers

Swoop Specialist

One stinging truth the study revealed was quite obvious: most heroes tend to die. Scott, Shackleton, Franklin, and my favourite, Titus Oates – who spoke the immortal last words – “I’m just going outside and may be some time”, all perished. But is it the actions of a person, or their last words that make Read More


Antarctica / History / Polar Exploration
History

A Little Piece of Antarctica in Warwickshire

Swoop Specialist

In preparing for a voyage to Antarctica, I had written the usual packing lists, read some more books about Antarctica, and checked the weather forecast plenty of times. In my research I stumbled across an intriguing story of an English church, an Antarctic voyage and Sir Robert Falcon Scott’s last ever journey. Read More


Antarctica / History
Culture

An Englishman in Patagonia: Book Review

Swoop Specialist

In ‘An Englishman in Patagonia’, John Pilkington beautifully details his eight-month backpacking trip, south from Santiago, winding his way along the Andes, through the heart of Patagonia to the end of the world in Ushuaia, before heading back up the Argentine coastline. Read More


Argentina / Aysen / Chile / Chiloe Island / Fitz Roy / Punta Arenas / Santiago / Torres del Paine
Wildlife

Chloe’s Top 5 Wildlife Experiences

Swoop Specialist

If you’re a wildlife fanatic like me, the variety of magnificent creatures to be found in Patagonia makes it the ideal place for an outdoor adventure: from the apex predator, the Andean puma, to the gargantuan humpback whale, with a whole plethora of weird and wonderful birds and mammals in between. Read More


Penguins / Whale Watching / Whales / Wilderness / Wildlife
Environment

Rediscovering the Arctic: Iceland to Svalbard

Swoop Specialist

Landing in the Arctic felt cathartic: the cold chill on my face and the fresh smell of ice burn my nostrils. The cold, ice and snow are so familiar, in fact they’ve been tattooed into my memory after over a decade living in Finland. I was very much looking forward to my adventure. Read More


Arctic / History / Iceland / Svalbard / Wildlife