Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Specialist introduces polar expedition portfolio in time for austral spring

In response to customer demand, Patagonian travel specialist Swoop Patagonia  now offers a range of Antarctic adventures boasting exhilarating sea voyages, encounters with rare wildlife and access to one of the world’s most remote landscapes.

Swoop Patagonia, in collaboration with destination experts Antarctic Dream, Aurora Expeditions and Polar Star Expeditions, has selected a range of itineraries to provide travellers with authentic, exciting and responsible Antarctic adventures. Patagonia is the ideal starting point for an Antarctic adventure that includes sea and air crossings of Drake Passage and visits to the glaciers, volcanoes and animal colonies of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Luke Errington, CEO of Swoop Patagonia said: “Patagonia is the gateway to the Antarctic region, and our expertise and unique model have enabled us to offer trips working directly with Antarctic cruises so we deliver the best value for money and latest availability. Swoop allows travellers to compare different polar trips in one place, seeking our impartial advice on which adventure is exactly right for them whether that’s a fly and cruise option or a trip that includes camping on the ice and sea swimming.”

He continued: “The British winter months are an excellent time to visit Antarctica and take advantage of the 24-hour austral spring daylight that allows visitors to see so much of the landscape and wildlife in a relatively short trip.”
Example itineraries include:

Classic Antarctic Aboard Ushuaia: 11 days from £5,980 per person (dep. 10 Dec 2011)

Navigate through icebergs and ice-filled channels, spot elephant seals and fur seals, and observe the whales, dolphins, seabirds and penguins that thrive in the majestic Antarctic environment. Agile zodiac boats allow land visits to places including Petermann Island and the cruise passes through the breath taking Gerlache Strait and Lemaine Channel.

Antarctic Dream Expedition: 11 days from £4,400 per person (dep. 11 Nov 2011)
Explore the abundance of natural wonders and human history in the South Shetland Islands and the western Antarctic Peninsula, including a landing at Petermann Island to see the southern-most Gentoo penguin colony, the region’s most active volcano at Deception Island and an opportunity to swim in the Antarctic waters at Whaler's Bay and Pendulum Cove.

Antarctica Fly & Sail: eight days exploring the Peninsula – from £5,990 per person (dep 22 Dec 2011)

Sail the legendary Drake Passage, encounter Antarctic penguins and albatross aplenty and cruise through icebergs to admire glaciers and historic sites. Visit the South Shetland Islands and discover the history of human expeditions in the breath taking wilderness.

In addition to its new Antarctic portfolio, Swoop Patagonia provides a free, comprehensive catalogue of vetted local operators and trekking, horse riding and kayaking trips in the Patagonia region, as well as in-depth knowledge of Patagonia’s adventure travel opportunities. Book with the only UK based Patagonian adventure travel specialist, http://www.swoop-patagonia.co.uk/ or call 0117 369 0196.

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