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Adventurers traveling to extraordinary destinations

ABOUT US

REAL EXPLORERS

In the early ‘90’s the people who preceded Swan Expeditions were the first adventurers with the idea of travel with a classic Tall Ship to extraordinary destinations. Until then, there was no such thing. So we have been real explorers for almost 30 years!

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UNIQUE DESTINATIONS

Swan Expeditions’ Tall Ships sail to unique destinations. What exactly makes a destination so special? If you can easily get to a place by car, then everyone can get there. That is not special and not the right place. If budget airliners go somewhere, you know for sure that you are in the wrong place. The exclusivity of beautiful areas often lies in their inaccessibility for the masses. The remote islands, deep bays and fjords frequented by Swan Expeditions’ Tall Ships are often only accessible by ship. You are going to experience something really extraordinary.

TRAVELING BY SHIP

Traveling by sailing ship is an adventure in itself, apart from the unique destinations. You are immediately away from mass tourism. A few miles from shore your cellphone range is lost and you live in the present moment again. Sailing the Tall Ship together is very special and creates a wonderful bond with the other expedition members. With that team you will travel to the remote and undiscovered nature.

The combination of the Swan fleet and the destinations that only we can visit makes Swan Expeditions a special travel agency.

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READE SWAN // NOORDERLICHT

Our Reade Swan origins from 1910. She was then called Kalkgrund II. As a lightship, the three-masted schooner was anchored in the limestone soils of Flensburg. The sails were only used for emergencies or to sail to the harbor for major maintenance. In 1993 it was decided to refit the old hull and convert it into a two-masted schooner. The Reade Swan has an ice-strengthened bow and can therefore sail in the polar regions: In the middle of winter in Antarctica and in the middle of summer in Spitsbergen.

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WYLDE SWAN

The Wylde Swan origins from 1920. She was first called Jemo, served as a herring hunter in the North Sea and came into service in 2010 as a two-masted topsail schooner. The Wylde Swan is fast and wild. She sails in summer in Iceland and Greenland and sometimes participates in the Tallship races around Europe. In winter she mainly sails in the Caribbean.

In spring and autumn, the two ships can be found on various islands between the North and the South pole. For example the Canary, Cape Verde and Caribbean islands. The Azores and Iceland. But both ships also visit the coasts of Brazil, Western Europe and Scandinavia.

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OUR TEAM

We are a team of professionals that have the right experience and competences for carrying out our jobs. The crew of our Tall Ships has a lot of experience in sailing with students, individuals and groups of people. Our team aboard is fully international. On the shore you’ll find the office of our shipping company. The crew of our office manages HR, planning, logistics and every operational activity you can imagine.

Tsjerk Hesling Hoekstra

CAPTAIN

Marco van der Werf

CAPTAIN

Richard Slootweg

CAPTAIN

Martijn ten Buur

CHIEF OFFICER

Francisco Oliveira

CHIEF OFFICER

Nik van Marsbergen

CHIEF OFFICER

Jarno Meinders

ENGINEER

Pim van Dijk

ENGINEER

Alvaro Moratalla Anaya

BOSUN

Rutger Lugies

BOSUN

Lotte Grootveld

DECKHAND

Asta Emilia Andersen

DECKHAND

Mathias Markvardsen

DECKHAND

Rinske Perdijk

DECKHAND

Dorette Spaans

DECKHAND

Tina Diphoorn

COOK

Christophe Meijer

DIRECTOR

Ibrichje Engelsma

HR & LOGISTICS

Nynke Verduyn

EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR

Elise Westermann

EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR

Frank Stienstra

SUPERINTENDENT

Jildert Holtrop

ONLINE MARKETEER

Jildert Holtrop

ONLINE MARKETEER

Jildert Holtrop

ONLINE MARKETEER

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