Founding Partner, Expedition Leader
Tim Soper, EYOS Founding Partner, since joining his first expedition ship in 1994, has spent over two decades immersed in the expedition travel business.Email Tim ›
Working year-round as Expedition Leader, diver, boatman and guide, he makes seasonal migrations between the Polar Regions and tropics, gaining intimate knowledge of multitudes of cruising destinations.
Tim was raised on the Devon coast of Southwest England. Growing up constantly in and around boats, he developed a passion for the sea that led him to study at the University of Wales’ marine laboratories on the Isle of Anglesey, where he combined oceanography and marine biology to earn an honors degree in Ocean Sciences.
Due to his remarkable Antarctic experience, Tim is a representative to IAATO, where he has sat on the Field Operations and Membership Committees.
Condé Nast Traveler
In every year since 2017, Tim has been selected by Conde Nast Traveler as one of their Top Travel Specialists We Trust, a testament to his unsurpassed expertise of expedition geographies and remote logistics.
Antarctic Expedition Experience
As well as scores of voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula region, Tim has led helicopter-equipped icebreaker expeditions deep into the Ross Sea & Weddell Sea.
He has completely circumnavigated the Antarctic continent, venturing to the far side of East Antarctica, and the seldom-visited Phantom Coast.
Always keen to explore, he has pioneered many new landings and discovered a previously unknown Emperor Penguin rookery.
Arctic Expedition Experience
As well as leading frequent expeditions to Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Tim has transited the North-East passage, visiting the islands of the Russian High Arctic; Franz Josef Land, Severnya Zemlya and the New Siberian Islands, and reached the North Pole by icebreaker.
He has led expeditions to the Canadian Arctic, Labrador and Greenland, as well as sub-Arctic Greenland, Canada, Norway, and Islands of the North Atlantic and Russian Far East.
Tropics Expedition Experience
In the tropics, Tim has worked as Dive Guide or Expedition Leader on voyages across the Indian and Pacific Oceans, through Southeast Asia including the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and Vietnam, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, East Africa, Central America, Caribbean, and the great rivers of South America.