Kimkim Trip Reviews for Iceland

4.8
Based on 516 ratings
Read 516 verified reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim. You can also read reviews about kimkim on 3rd party sites including Google, TrustPilot and Yelp.

My May trip was one of the best and most exci...
Iceland | May 13 - May 25, 2022

Christine
Christine C.
Bristol, CT | Reviewed on Jan 28, 2023

My May trip was one of the best and most exciting adventure travel I have had in many years and it was all because of Terry! She was an amazing trip guide, counselor and expert. Nothing went wrong, she was always available to help with clarification or make suggestions. I will use Kim Kim again for planning - their thoughtful and thorough knowledge of the country (and other place) makes them a go-to resource for travel and adventure!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Jan 29, 2023

Hi Christine, I'm so glad to hear that it turned out to be just as exciting as we'd planned! It was a total blast creating this for the two of you! Thank you for the wonderful review. All my best, Terry

Terri and Kim Kim made all our dreams come tr...
Iceland | Jan 10 - Jan 19, 2023

patty
patty p.
Palm Valley, FL | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Terri and Kim Kim made all our dreams come true! Trip of a lifetime made easy with their help and service. Every wish granted… every desire met, and done so with kindness and grace. Thank you for everything! Couldn’t have had such a fabulous trip without Terri and crew! If I could hug a company and a travel planner extraordinaire, I would! read more

Terri and Kim Kim made all our dreams come true! Trip of a lifetime made easy with their help and service. Every wish granted… every desire met, and done so with kindness and grace. Thank you for everything! Couldn’t have had such a fabulous trip without Terri and crew! If I could hug a company and a travel planner extraordinaire, I would!

Hotel Reviews
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Reykjavík

The front desk staff made us feel welcome and at home. We used it as a home base, checking in and out as we toured various parts of Iceland. They stored luggage, helped with arranging taxis as well as making recommendations with smiles and kindness! Restaurant staff was equally amazing! Thank you all for making our dreams come true!!

Authenticity & Character
The history of the build was quite interesting
Location
It was close to everything we were interested in but wished the tour buses could have come directly to hotel.
Staff
Front desk was consider and super accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything!
Hotel Borgarnes
Borgarnes

The room was large by Icelandic and the bed was extremely comfortable!

Staff
The feeling
Cleanliness & Comfort
Adventure Hotel Hof
Hof

Arriving cold and tired to find that the reservation was incorrect and front desk said he did not have authority to make a change despite us having a printed copy of our confirmed reservation. The guide had to call the tour company and let their representative speak to front desk before the error could be corrected. Also there are no elevators to accommodate guests with mobility issues

Authenticity & Character
That it was away from city light
Location
Staff
Except for front desk personnel, everyone was super accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lovely room and comfie c
Bubble Hotel
Selfoss

The bed was so very comfie. Loved being able to watch the light from snug and warm in bed was incredible

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
None present
Cleanliness & Comfort
I bit of explanation on how to warm the bubble/bed would have been helpful
Activity Reviews
Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
Reykjavík

Even though it was cold, we loved every minute of it!!

Sky Lagoon
Iceland

Staff was very helpful and the facility was clean and accommodating The lagoon was beautiful and the entire experience was incredible

Quality of Experience
Everything
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Went out of their way to make the experience phenomenal
Transport
The guide was most helpful
Dog Sledding
Iceland

The entire experience was beyond our expectations! The people running the tour were joyful and extremely accommodating! Loved every minute of it

Quality of Experience
Beyond expectations
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Helpful and kind
Transport
Two day/One night Snaefellsnes & West Iceland tour
Iceland

The trip to the horse farm was worth the trip

Quality of Experience
Seeing the lights
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Martin was our guide and his care and concern for the comfort of the travelers was excellent!
Transport
When there are many people on the tour, the Bus is really tight when wearing all the winter coats and such
Northern Lights Hunt Super Jeep Tour
Reykjavík

The lights showed up at first stop. That was amazing

Quality of Experience
Successful sighting of the lights
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The driver was one of the rudest people I have ever met. In addition, his Russian accent was very very heavy making it almost impossible to understand. He is clearly in the wrong profession
Transport
Difficult to get in/out in ice and the driver was not very helpful with that
Two Day/One Night South Coast tour
Iceland

Well planned and beautiful

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very knowledgeable and mst helpful
Transport
Full Day Tour to Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon (Super Jeep)
Iceland

What made this trip was the driver who made many accommodations for three not so young travelers with some mobility issues !

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was Sims who was extremely kind and thoughtful. He was knowledgeable and his English was impeccable! He went way above and beyond to make our trip extraordinary! Thank you
Transport
It was quite comfortable, and Sims took a step stool with us to make getting in and out of the big bad awesome jeep easy!!
Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon & Bubble Tour
Iceland

Outstanding experience

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Thank you so much for the lovely review! It was so much fun putting this together for the three of you. And you all were such a delight to deal with! All my best, Terry

Honeymoon in Iceland.
Iceland | Jan 3 - Jan 8, 2023

Stephanie
Stephanie M.
Dubuque, IA | Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

When setting out to plan our honeymoon we ran across Kimkim. Having never heard of it before we were a bit skeptical, but we are so glad we did some research and committed! Having someone on your side to book events and offer optional sightseeing advice was amazing. With our busy schedules we would have never had the time to research Iceland in this depth.

Silvía was amazing in helping to plan our trip, as well as with helping coordinate several last minute changes during our trip.... read more

When setting out to plan our honeymoon we ran across Kimkim. Having never heard of it before we were a bit skeptical, but we are so glad we did some research and committed! Having someone on your side to book events and offer optional sightseeing advice was amazing. With our busy schedules we would have never had the time to research Iceland in this depth.

Silvía was amazing in helping to plan our trip, as well as with helping coordinate several last minute changes during our trip. Because of her invaluable help, we were able to see everything we hoped for and many places we would have otherwise missed.

Silvía handled everything from the car rental to booking hotels and activities that require advance ticketing, making the entire process easy and stress free.

We began our trip to Iceland by picking up our rental car and immediately setting off for a winter snorkeling session in a national park, followed by a dip into a nearby hot spring, Secret Lagoon.

The second day was filled with sightseeing waterfalls and a snow mobile ride on a glacier.

The next day, we explored natural ice caves and Diamond Beach.

Our 4th day was spent in Reykjavik, relaxing at the Sky Lagoon and exploring much of the city.

Day 5 we attempted to search out the northern lights. Although it wasn’t a good night for the lights, we were able to check out several restaurants and tried some traditional Icelandic cuisine.

The hotels each night were very nice and accommodating, often with their own restaurants with great food.

We would recommend this trip, especially with Silvia’s help, to anyone. Without her help, we would not have experienced nearly as much as we did.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Vík í Mýrdal
Vík

Clean, modern, and friendly staff. The hotel’s restaurant was great! We had the artic char and lamb shank, both were delicious!

Authenticity & Character
Loved the stone and glass contrast.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Clean hotel with friendly staff. The cocktails at the hotels bar were great!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Silfra Snorkeling
Iceland

Our guide Eeva was great! Very friendly and easy to talk to. It was surprisingly warmer in the water than out! A fun experience I am they were able to reschedule for us (due to flight delay)!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Myrdalsjokull glacier snowmobiling
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Crystal Blue Ice Cave
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hunting the Northern Lights with a Guide -Private tour
Iceland

We didn’t see any of the lights, but still had a good time trying. Our guide was very friendly and offered new knowledge of Iceland!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir
Silvía
Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir
Local specialist in Sweden | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Hey Stephanie and Joshua,

Thanks so much for the awesome review! So happy to hear that your honeymoon in Iceland was a blast.

Cheers,
Silvia

Amazing trip
Iceland | Jan 2 - Jan 7, 2023

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Ana R.
Puerto Rico | Reviewed on Jan 08, 2023

We had our first trip with Kim Kim to Iceland and Emanuela Grieco was our travel designer.

By providing her our must and nice to see, she was able to coordinate a trip itinerary that ensure we maximize our time in the country and we were able to do and see all we wanted. Her experience and recommendations were exactly what we were looking for. She was very attentive and responsive before and during the trip.

The hotel selection was comfortable and with a great location to walk around... read more

We had our first trip with Kim Kim to Iceland and Emanuela Grieco was our travel designer.

By providing her our must and nice to see, she was able to coordinate a trip itinerary that ensure we maximize our time in the country and we were able to do and see all we wanted. Her experience and recommendations were exactly what we were looking for. She was very attentive and responsive before and during the trip.

The hotel selection was comfortable and with a great location to walk around to the recommended places of the city. She provided a written itinerary, inclusive of sightseeing and restaurants suggestions. If you are coming to Iceland, Emanuela is your person.

Activity Reviews
Ice cave tour and back to Reykjavik - Day 2
Iceland

This has a great experience, hiking in the glacier and learning about its changes provides perspective.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Kostas was our tour guide and he was patient with the team understanding the different people needs.
Transport
South Coast on small group tour - Day 1
Skaftafell
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was Asi from Troll Experiences and we was very attentive, telling stories about the locations, changing music based the place or story he was telling and knowledgeable of questions we had.
Transport
Snorkeling at Silfra fissure
Selfoss

The snorkeling experience is a unique one, however the preparation period during the cold weather was difficult. The companies managing this tour should be able to attend this process better for the group as well for the guides.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2023

My dear Ana,
thank you for your beautiful review, just a day after you came back from your trip!
Starting the new year with happy travelers is wonderful. Your happiness is mine and I truly appreciate your kind words.
Hoping to have you back here again, one day.

All the best to all of you,
Emanuela

Eva was an excellent resource before and duri...
Iceland | Dec 28 - Dec 31, 2022

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Kristin T.
Canada | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2023

Eva was an excellent resource before and during the trip when things didn't go exactly according to plan. I highly recommend her, as well as Sky Lagoon, the Lava Tunnel, the Lava Show in Vik, and driving around the magical landscape that is Iceland. read more

Eva was an excellent resource before and during the trip when things didn't go exactly according to plan. I highly recommend her, as well as Sky Lagoon, the Lava Tunnel, the Lava Show in Vik, and driving around the magical landscape that is Iceland.

Hotel Reviews
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Reykjavík

Thoughtful, funky decor, great food and excellent hospitality.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Icelandair Hotel Vík
Vík

Excellent restaurant. Rooms functional, but not much more. Staff less friendly / hospitable than elsewhere.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Lava Tunnel Tour
Iceland

Tour guide, Soleil, was informative and charming. Lava tunnel was impressive. A unique experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Icelandic Lava show
Iceland

Fascinating experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Katla Ice Cave- under the Volcano
Iceland

This tour was a negligent disaster from start to finish. A 3 hour tour that consumed 9+ hours. The van was not properly equipped to handle the snow on the way to the cave. Consequently we got stuck and were pulled out dozens of times. It took over 6 hours to get to the ice cave after the sun had already gone down. During that time the driver provided no updates and refused to turn around even after being asked to do so when it had become apparent that we were well beyond the time allotted for the tour. At the ice cave we were not provided with either the helmets or head lamps other groups were using. As a result, we fumbled around in the dark. And the only provisions were one snack size bag of peanuts and a snack size bag of raisins that were shared by 13 people. We were towed out the entire way to the road, otherwise it would have taken us the same amount of time to get out of there.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Eva Sigurðardóttir

Five Stars is Not Enough
Iceland | Dec 17 - Dec 23, 2022

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Hannah R.
Columbia, MD | Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

I cannot speak highly enough of the team at kimkim based in Iceland. During the planning phase, Francesca was highly communicative, accommodating, and responsive. Then, when we arrived in the midst of a blizzard and subsequent wind storm that forced all roads to close for 24+ hours, Sigurour was a godsend, helping us cancel and book and rebook and reroute all of the planned activities and hotel reservations that had to be changed without warning. He advised us on when and where to go, what to... read more

I cannot speak highly enough of the team at kimkim based in Iceland. During the planning phase, Francesca was highly communicative, accommodating, and responsive. Then, when we arrived in the midst of a blizzard and subsequent wind storm that forced all roads to close for 24+ hours, Sigurour was a godsend, helping us cancel and book and rebook and reroute all of the planned activities and hotel reservations that had to be changed without warning. He advised us on when and where to go, what to see, what to skip, etc. and was consistently available to respond to ever-shifting circumstances. I am a very experienced traveler, having lived abroad for most of my adult life, and juggling the logistics of this trip due to weather were beyond me. I am deeply grateful and appreciative for the flexibility, responsiveness, and kindness of the entire kimkim team and will treasure my memories of the adventure for a lifetime.

Hotel Review
Inni - Boutique Apartments

Not only was this apartment perfect for my family, but the kindness of the property owners went above and beyond. We were stranded in Hveragerði due to a blizzard and windstorm and were unable to travel due to road closures. Inni not only allowed us to extend our reservation, but juggled other bookings to allow us to stay in the wonderful two-bedroom we had rented. The property was clean, comfortable, nicely appointed, and cozy -- a perfect place to wait out a storm.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Francesca Stoppani
Francesca
Francesca Stoppani
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2023

Thank you so much Hannah for keeping up a good spirit with a poorly behaved weather and thanks a lot for your kind words!

This trip was everything I hoped it would be....
Iceland | Dec 9 - Dec 14, 2022

Debbi
Debbi N.
Grants Pass, OR | Reviewed on Dec 25, 2022

This trip was everything I hoped it would be. Lisbet was very responsive to our numerous questions and clarifications. Patient and very clear. She accommodated all our requests with ease. We hoped to meet her, but alas she was on vacation when we were on vacation. Good for her! But, I did have a small tremor about her not being available while we were in Iceland. No worries! I left a glove behind on a tour and contacted KimKim. Immediate response! I highly recommend KimKim! read more

This trip was everything I hoped it would be. Lisbet was very responsive to our numerous questions and clarifications. Patient and very clear. She accommodated all our requests with ease. We hoped to meet her, but alas she was on vacation when we were on vacation. Good for her! But, I did have a small tremor about her not being available while we were in Iceland. No worries! I left a glove behind on a tour and contacted KimKim. Immediate response! I highly recommend KimKim!

Hotel Review
Hotel Island
Reykjavík

We loved Hotel Island! Note - the pronunciation is “Iceland” or “eslanf”. Not I-land!

Authenticity & Character
Location
We loved NOT being in the “tourist” section of Reykjavík!
Staff
Our staff recognized us and engaged us in authentic conversation.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Apparently we needed a ton of pillows. No problem! The beds were very comfortable.
Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

No matter the hype - go to the Blue Lagoon - it lives up to the hype!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We did this upon arrival. We were feeling overwhelmed and tired. The staff were very patient and helpful.
Transport
Katla Ice Cave from Reykjavik
Reykjavík

I am so glad I did this. Mind you , it was hard and sometimes scary. But, ever so stunning!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The staff and fellow travelers were extremely helpful!
Transport
Golden Circle & Farm Visit
Golden Circle

The waterfalls you get to see are beyond stunning.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
I think we learned the most about Iceland and Icelanders from oor guide.
Transport
Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
Reykjavík

We spotted 2 humpbacks about 10 minutes from leaving the dock! Holy cow!

Local specialist: Lisbet Grönvaldt
Lisbet
Lisbet Grönvaldt
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Dec 26, 2022

I'm so happy you had a wonderful time on your trip! Thank you for the amazing review!

First trip to Iceland
Iceland | Oct 3 - Oct 10, 2022

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Cathrynne N.
South Lake Tahoe, CA | Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Working with KimKim (and Duncan in particular) was great! This trip was our first time using kimkim and our first time visiting Iceland. Duncan was very responsive to our requests and planned a great introductory trip to Iceland, including some must-see stops plus some stops off the beaten path. We especially enjoyed Mosfellsbakarí, Sky Lagoon, and Seljalandsfoss. We would've loved to stay longer at 360 Hotel & Thermal Baths. Overall, it was an amazing and memorable trip. I'm looking forward... read more

Working with KimKim (and Duncan in particular) was great! This trip was our first time using kimkim and our first time visiting Iceland. Duncan was very responsive to our requests and planned a great introductory trip to Iceland, including some must-see stops plus some stops off the beaten path. We especially enjoyed Mosfellsbakarí, Sky Lagoon, and Seljalandsfoss. We would've loved to stay longer at 360 Hotel & Thermal Baths. Overall, it was an amazing and memorable trip. I'm looking forward to revisiting Iceland and using kimkim again for all my future travel planning.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Búdir
Búðir

We had a great stay at Hotel Budir. There are great views, and the restaurant is nice and convenient. We ended up catching a sunset view of the glacier on our first night. I'd recommend ear plugs if you're a light sleeper - there was a bit of bad weather when we visited, and the wind was pretty loud.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
360 Hotel & Thermal Baths
Selfoss

We absolutely loved our stay at 360 Hotel & Thermal Baths and wished we could've stayed longer than one night on our trip. We didn't get a chance to take advantage of the thermal baths (ended up going to Secret Lagoon instead) but would opt to next time. It's a great space with friendly staff (and two lovely hotel pups). If we had the chance to stay longer, I'd love to see the property's horses as well.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

Hi Cathrynne, thanks so much for your positive feedback, it's greatly appreciated.
Regards
Duncan

Dream Team
Iceland | Dec 6 - Dec 15, 2022

Sonnya
Sonnya D.
Spring Valley, NV | Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Duncan was a dream to work with. Our trip was meticulously planned and laid out for us. All we had to do was follow it. We appreciated Duncan checking in during the trip to ensure things were going well. When we requested to change a planned event, he was quick to cancel for us. We would definitely work with Dunan and KimKim again!

Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Thanks for your positive review Sonnya, you were always easy to work with and positivie throughout. Happy travels for the future.

Iceland is an extraordinary experience of a lifetime
Iceland | Nov 26 - Dec 2, 2022

Nilanjana
Nilanjana G.
the United Arab Emirates | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2022

Iceland has been our favourite travel destination so far with its extraordinary experiences. We worked with Jenny for the last 5-6 months to plan the itinerary. She was supportive and patient while listening to our interests and suggested a trip plan accordingly. I was very keen on seeing the Northern lights and thankfully she booked the ‘superjeep tour’ for us instead of the regular bus tour as it was faster and we could do off-roading. The tour was booked on the second last day of our trip,... read more

Iceland has been our favourite travel destination so far with its extraordinary experiences. We worked with Jenny for the last 5-6 months to plan the itinerary. She was supportive and patient while listening to our interests and suggested a trip plan accordingly. I was very keen on seeing the Northern lights and thankfully she booked the ‘superjeep tour’ for us instead of the regular bus tour as it was faster and we could do off-roading. The tour was booked on the second last day of our trip, however after my request it was rescheduled to the first day in order to maximise our chances of viewing them. We were so lucky that we saw the lights on the first day itself, that too within 30 minutes of meeting the tour operator. The experience made all the difference to our Iceland trip. The other tours – Golden Circle, South Coast 2-day tour and dog sledding – were all amazing. The suggestion of booking a two-day South Coast trip was a great one by Jenny. It included glacier hiking which was wonderful. We had told her early on to avoid a strenuous hike and so she had booked accordingly.

One of our feedbacks would be to have a whatsapp group in order to enable quicker communication during our stay in Iceland. We had one when we went to Greece with kimkim last year and that was super helpful. Also, it took a long time to receive a final itinerary because of weather-related concerns, which made us nervous. But ultimately it all worked out and we are thankful to Jenny and the team for their hard work and for organising an amazing trip for us. Iceland is truly one of a kind.

Thank you,
Nilanjana and Cody

Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

This is definitely a must-do in Iceland.

Northern Lights Hunt Super Jeep Tour
Reykjavík

This tour was definitely the cherry on top of the cake. The guide (Hjortur with Arctic Adventures) was funny and knowledgeable. He took us straight to a breathtaking view of Northern Lights within 30 minutes of picking us up from our hotel. The hot chocolate was spot on. We are glad Jenny booked the superjeep tour as it was faster, more efficient and we could do off-roading and go to places where a regular bus wouldn't. The aurora forecast was just moderate but the lights turned out more than spectacular and we consider ourselves very lucky. We are glad we booked this tour on the first night of our trip because it kept raining continuously the last three days of our stay.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Skaftafell Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Walk
Iceland

The name of our mountain guide from Troll expeditions was Sighvatur. He is 68 years old but very fit and active. He guided us very well through the glacier. The weather forecast showed rain on the second day of the two-day South Coast tour so he wisely scheduled the glacier hike on the first day of the tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dog Sledding
Iceland

The dog sledding was exhilarating and every bit as good as we imagined. We were concerned about the lack of snow but it proved to be just as wonderful. Jenny was quick to rebook us on dry land when the tour company said there would not be any snow.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Jenny Booth
Jenny
Jenny Booth
Local specialist in Sweden | Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

What a great start to your trip seeing the aurora borealis on your first night!
Thank you for your suggestion of a Whattsapp group. This is not something we have at present, but we do have a 24 hour telephone number which, as a team, we share the responsibility of.
Sometimes the weather can change the best made plans and for you both this was the case. I am so glad you chose to take the 'dry land' dog tour after your sled tour was cancelled, I know meeting the dogs was something you were really looking forward to.

Amazing trip to Iceland!
Iceland | Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2022

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Sejal S.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

We visited Iceland in November 2022 and our trip was planned by Terry. Terry was extremely helpful throughout the planning process and provided us with great suggestions to make our trip memorable. She was extremely attentive and provided prompt responses to our queries. She gave us all information to help us prepare for the trip.

We were also given a local contact Sigurdur who sorted out tour cancellations quickly making our experience less stressful. We would like to say a big thank you... read more

We visited Iceland in November 2022 and our trip was planned by Terry. Terry was extremely helpful throughout the planning process and provided us with great suggestions to make our trip memorable. She was extremely attentive and provided prompt responses to our queries. She gave us all information to help us prepare for the trip.

We were also given a local contact Sigurdur who sorted out tour cancellations quickly making our experience less stressful. We would like to say a big thank you to Terry and Sigurdur for helping us plan the most memorable trip and we will be recommending Kim Kim to our friends who would like to visit Iceland in the future 😊

Hotel Review
Hotel Rangá
Hella
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Dec 06, 2022

Thank you so much for the lovely review, Sejal. I am so glad that you enjoyed your trip even with the multiple snowmobile tour cancellations. Persistence paid off and I'm happy that you were eventually able to experience this "must do" activity. The surprise engagement was fun to be a part of and I'm thrilled for the two of you. Thanks.

Best Trip of Our Lives
Iceland | Sep 2 - Sep 12, 2022

Jacob
Jacob G.
Cullman, AL | Reviewed on Dec 01, 2022

This was the best trip of our lives! The travel agent, Terry, was amazing and planned our trip to the fullest extent possible! We will use her again in the future! read more

This was the best trip of our lives! The travel agent, Terry, was amazing and planned our trip to the fullest extent possible! We will use her again in the future!

Activity Reviews
Jokulsarlon Glacier Kayaking Adventure
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Everything!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guide was amazing!
Transport
Perfect!
East Glacial River Whitewater Rafting
Iceland

This was the best thing we've ever done!

Quality of Experience
Absolutely breathtaking!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Viking rafting was phenomenal!
Transport
Perfect!
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Dec 02, 2022

Thank you for the kind words, Jacob. It was a lot of fun putting this adventure together for the three of you. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time!

Iceland Driving Adventure
Iceland | Aug 1 - Aug 13, 2022

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Eliza M.
Towson, MD | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

My sister and I had an amazing adventure driving all around Iceland. We are sure to come back as there is so much to see in this beautiful country. read more

My sister and I had an amazing adventure driving all around Iceland. We are sure to come back as there is so much to see in this beautiful country.

Hotel Review
Hotel Tindastóll and Annex
Skagafjörour

Excellent staff and very interesting building. They have their own geothermal pool - small but very nice!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Staff was fantastic
Local specialist: Rinolda Juodvirsyte
Rinolda
Rinolda Juodvirsyte
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Dec 02, 2022

Hi Eliza,

I really enjoyed looking at your pictures! Thank you for you nice feedback, it was my pleasure working with you.

My wife and I had the most amazing trip to Ic...
Iceland | Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2022

Scott
Scott D.
Washington, DC | Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

My wife and I had the most amazing trip to Iceland, and that was because of KimKim and our specialist Terry.

Having never travelled to Iceland, I contacted KimKim to help us with our travel. I could not have been more pleased. They assigned us our very own specialist (Terry) and she was communicative, eager to help, professional, and super, super nice. I gave Terry some broad-stroke ideas about the types of things we wanted to do as well as the parameters (like days there, activity levels,... read more

My wife and I had the most amazing trip to Iceland, and that was because of KimKim and our specialist Terry.

Having never travelled to Iceland, I contacted KimKim to help us with our travel. I could not have been more pleased. They assigned us our very own specialist (Terry) and she was communicative, eager to help, professional, and super, super nice. I gave Terry some broad-stroke ideas about the types of things we wanted to do as well as the parameters (like days there, activity levels, and other logistical ideas), and Terry took those ideas and provided me with a fantastic draft plan.

Terry was very willing to work with me on refining the plan, and the end result was absolutely phenomenal.

We traveled for five days, four nights, staying two nights apiece at Hotel Ranga and Hotel Apotek. We saw a lava tunnel, stunning waterfalls, craters, geothermal areas, gorgeous landscapes, the city Reykjavik, and a couple spas. All of it was perfect. The two highlights were the ice cave near Vik and Sky Lagoon in Reykjavik.

More so, the planning done by Terry and KimKim was SO smart. The driving directions Terry provided us with ensured our travels were not only full of adventure but also smartly designed. This was actually the key to KimKim's success on our trip - they planned everything to my design and desire and set my wife and I up for success with a smartly designed plan.

I will admit was a little hesitant to do a self-guided tour (KimKim has other options too), but KimKim made it so easy and so wonderful that those fears and anxieties of being in a new country were immediately resolved.

Anytime I travel, I'm going to use KimKim. One of the top trips in my entire life. And, my wife was thrilled (:

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Rangá
Hella

PHENOMENAL hotel!! Super friendly, professional, and terrific facility. Restaurant was out of this world, but you do need a reservation (can be made early in day). My wife and I found out the hard way and there were no seats available until later in the evening, but the staff immediately rallied and served us dinner upstairs. I could not believe the service. Best hotel staff I've ever experienced. In addition to the staff, the hotel has a service where you can be alerted to Northern Lights when they appear, increasing your odds of seeing them! I would recommend Hotel Ranga to anyone. Phenomenal.

Authenticity & Character
Location
great opportunity to see northern lights
Staff
Phenomenal staff - best I've ever experienced.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Apótek Hotel Reykjavík by Keahotels
Reykjavík

Hotel Apotek has the perfect location in Reykjavik - right in the center of downtown, walking distance to everything. Very friendly staff and GREAT rooms. Be aware, because Hotel Apotek is downtown, the parking can be very tough (no parking garage or lot). That said, the staff was willing to help me with figuring out Iceland's parking app and even brought my bags up to my room while I searched for parking. Hotel Apotek has a restaurant, and the breakfast buffet is the best I've ever had. Great choices to fill us up before exploring the city. No uber in Iceland, but the staff of Hotel Apotek helped us whenever we needed a taxi.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Perfect location. Right in the middle of everything.
Staff
Super friendly and helpful staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cleaning crew for the hotel was outstanding.
Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

Was a great first stop in Iceland! Arrived in Iceland at 6a and headed straight there. Was super dark and cold and miserable outside, but the lagoon itself was warm. Staff not overly friendly, but the amentities were nice.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Lava Tunnel Tour
Iceland

Good stop! Very cool to see. Guide was phenomenal. Tour was very good.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Secret Ice Cave
Iceland

This was the best tour we did in Iceland, and perhaps one of the best we've done in the world (rivals a nature tour we did in Costa Rica). The guides are PHENOMENAL. The views are unreal. It feels like it is totally different planet than Earth. Absolutely loved this tour.

Quality of Experience
Unbelievable tour. One of the two best activities I've done on holiday in the world.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Best tour operators / guides of every activity we did in Iceland
Transport
Fun super jeep travel to get out to the glacier! My wife has motion sickness, and the ride was bumpy, but the team put her (and another tourist) in the front row and both were ok.
Sky Lagoon
Iceland

This was the best spa I've ever experienced in all my world travels (we've been to 15+ countries). The staff are super friendly and professional. Definitely recommend the Sky package. This is where we saw the Northern Lights. Perfect for us on our last night in Iceland. Because Sky Lagoon is on a peninsula outside Reykjavik, it's a great way to see the Northern Lights.

Quality of Experience
Unbelievable experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very friendly staff
Transport
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Thank you very much for the great review, Scott! It was so much fun putting this adventure together for the two of you and I'm glad that it surpassed your expectations.
Warmest regards,
Terry

Spontaneous Iceland
Iceland | Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022

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Barbara D.
Reno, NV | Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

I wanted to go to Iceland and had no idea how to plan the trip. Janel did a great job of putting together a trip for my son and me that was just about perfect! Kimkim was so responsive, even helped us make changes once we wee in the country. We got to snorkel, ice caves were perfect and Blue Lagoon on the last day was the perfect end to a beautiful trip. read more

I wanted to go to Iceland and had no idea how to plan the trip. Janel did a great job of putting together a trip for my son and me that was just about perfect! Kimkim was so responsive, even helped us make changes once we wee in the country. We got to snorkel, ice caves were perfect and Blue Lagoon on the last day was the perfect end to a beautiful trip.

Hotel Reviews
Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Authenticity & Character
Location
We were within walking distance of the public pool and were able to soak for about $10 US dollars.
Staff
Breakfast staff were very attentive and made sure food was replenished quickly. Front desk staff friendly and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Langaholt
Stadarstadur

Authentic little place. It felt as though we were in a Wes Anderson movie😂.

Authenticity & Character
Several little sitting rooms to explore
Location
It was quite a distance north and we enjoyed our visit to the region. Being the beginning of the winter it was pretty quiet.
Staff
Helpful. We were leaving before breakfast and they made us sandwiches on homemade bread, fruit and hard boiled eggs
Cleanliness & Comfort
Guesthouse Flúðir - Grund
Hrunamannahreppur

Comfortable room and great location. Right next to the liquor store and a small grocery for snacks! Also close to the oldest hot springs in Iceland so we got a lovely soak after a busy day.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Reykjavík

The hotel front desk staff were so welcoming. The time change for us was a bit much and they let us check in early and upgraded us to a suite! Coming back to spend our last night at the same hotel was perfect. We felt comfortable and the hotel had live music in the bar to open the Christmas season. I sat in the lobby by the fire with a glass of wine and enjoyed the people watching and the memories of the trip.

Authenticity & Character
Wooden people and sheep scattered
Location
close to downtown and easy to find.
Staff
Front desk and restaurant staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The suite (of course) and the breakfast was the best we had on our trip.
Local specialist: Janel Doyle
Janel
Janel Doyle
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

I really enjoyed working with you and your family and am so pleased that your trip was so magical. Please reach out if you have any friends who would like to visit Iceland, or if you would like to further explore the county.

Iceland is like a dream land
Iceland | Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2022

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Rupali T.
Morrisville, NC | Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Iceland is like a dream land - it has a different beauty with glaciers, abundance of waterfalls and black sand beaches. Our trip was planned out by Lisbet with all the spots we wanted to visit in our short 5 days. Everything was very well lined up and Lisbet’s restaurant and cafe recommendations were spot on!
The overall experience was good but I would only recommend that Lisbet could have kept in touch with us while we were in Iceland. Iceland weather is very unpredictable and we were... read more

Iceland is like a dream land - it has a different beauty with glaciers, abundance of waterfalls and black sand beaches. Our trip was planned out by Lisbet with all the spots we wanted to visit in our short 5 days. Everything was very well lined up and Lisbet’s restaurant and cafe recommendations were spot on!
The overall experience was good but I would only recommend that Lisbet could have kept in touch with us while we were in Iceland. Iceland weather is very unpredictable and we were cautioned to not drive if there were high wind gusts - which was the case on our Day 2 and we were left a bit unsure of the trip. Another point we felt has scope of improvement - was the hotel at Hella. We were literally the only family in the whole hotel.

Hotel Reviews
Vik Apartments
Vik I Myrdal
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Hnappavellir
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Hella
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Reykjavik
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
The Secret Lagoon
Iceland

We nice experience

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Crystal Blue Ice Cave
Iceland

The cave was beautiful and we got some very beautiful pictures. The hike was simple but it was pouring the whole time with wind gusts up to 17mps - although we did get wet completely, put outer layer kept us warm and did not freeze us.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
ATV to the Black Beach and Plane Wreck
Iceland

Best experience!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Blue Lagoon
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The staff in women’s changing room was rude and not at all helpful.
Local specialist: Lisbet Grönvaldt
Lisbet
Lisbet Grönvaldt
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Thank you for your review, Rupali and Ashish. I am really happy you enjoyed my country even though the weather wasn't great. Also, I'm sorry you felt I didn't keep in touch enough during the weather crisis. But I'm glad the ATV tour was your best experience since it was a replacement for a canceled snowmobile tour!

A truly 'Unforgettable Iceland' trip!
Iceland | Oct 1 - Oct 15, 2022

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vivian y.
Taiwan | Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

Before the trip, to be honest, within the family, we have been debating whether or not we should use the Kimkim service as it is not cheap at all. After the trip, I have to say we are very glad that we did!

Halldór and Silvia have saved me enormous research time to customize a trip that fits the very different needs and interests of 4 family members. My mom, brother, husband and I all had a great time in Iceland. Everyone’s wishes were fulfilled.

They have also saved me a lot of time and... read more

Before the trip, to be honest, within the family, we have been debating whether or not we should use the Kimkim service as it is not cheap at all. After the trip, I have to say we are very glad that we did!

Halldór and Silvia have saved me enormous research time to customize a trip that fits the very different needs and interests of 4 family members. My mom, brother, husband and I all had a great time in Iceland. Everyone’s wishes were fulfilled.

They have also saved me a lot of time and headaches readjusting the hotel and tour bookings when our plan changed. Indeed they were the reason why I could focus on the journey and experience instead of logistic chores.

They have recommended the best ice cave + lagoon + whale tour in each area during the season. We compared ours with the others and were happy that they'd chosen the best for us. They’ve also warned us in advance when a severe snowstorm was about to hit and readjusted the route and hotel accommodation right away. It was life-saving!

If there is anything that can be improved, I will say I wish we had more transparency in the fee and also what to expect from their service right at the beginning. That would have made our initial communication much smoother.

But overall, I am very happy with Halldór and Silvia, and I would highly recommend any first-time Iceland visitors to use their service.

Hotel Reviews
Room With A View Apartment Hotel
Reykjavík

The location is great. But the room in reality is not as cool and as comfortable as the photos in their website! It was relatively worn out and old-fashioned. The shower was not functioning properly. Also it is impossible to find a parking space near the hotel. So don't choose this hotel if you are driving.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The broken shower and the dirty jacuzzi
Icelandair Hotel Fludir
Fludir

The mattress was worn out and was too soft to hold my body. But besides that, this hotel is clean and nice and comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hótel Kría
Vík

Beautiful hotel with a beautiful view. The restaurant and its food were remarkable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Höfn
Hofn

A decent clean hotel, good for a short stay. The room is a bit too small for a couple though. And I wish we stayed in the main building, not the extension blocks. The main building is much more stylish. Also you don't need to walk in the freezing wind to get your breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
The extended building isn't as cool as the main building :(
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
I wish the room is slightly bigger!
Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstadir
Egilsstöðum

A beautiful classic hotel with an amazing restaurant that served one of the best dinners we had in Iceland. The room is spacious and it comes with a lake view.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Kea by Keahotels
Akureyri

We were stuck in a snowstorm in Akureyri, and we were glad that we have been sheltered from this hotel for 3 days. It is a corporate hotel but the room is spacious and comfortable. There are parking spaces nearby, and the location is convenient. The only thing that takes one star away is its restaurant and its okay food.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Laugarbakki
Hvammstangi

A nice, clean and comfortable hotel for en route stop. The dinner of its restaurant was surprisingly impressive. One of the best dinners we had in Iceland indeed!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
B59 Hotel
Borgarnes

It comes with a basement gym which is a rare thing in Iceland. Plenty of parking space. Nice decent hotel rooms. Their breakfast was quite underwhelming though.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Reykjavík Lights by Kea Hotels
Reykjavík

Located in the commercial district of Reykjavik with not much to see around for tourists. But if you have a car, this hotel is perfect. It is modern, tasteful and spacious. Plenty of parking space (it is impossible to find a parking space in downtown Reykjavik!) and it is just 10 mins drive to almost everywhere you want to go in Reykyavik.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Eldey Airport Hotel
Reykjanesbær

A clean comfortable hotel that is super closed to the airport. Good enough for your last night in Iceland before you catch the flight back home.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Halldór Haraldsson
Halldór
Halldór Haraldsson
Local specialist in Sweden | Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Vivian

Thank you for your positive feedback, as unforgettable Icelands first ring road collaboration with kimkim there is definitely room for reflection, especially regarding selected accomodations.

Our goal is to provide hands on quality support to all our clients. It was our pleasure to help with logistics during on of the worst blizzards to hit north Iceland in a decade.

Best
Halldór

Amazing Iceland self-drive
Iceland | Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2022

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Daniel C.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Trip was amazing! Eva did a great job scheduling out all the activities for each day…never felt rushed on any day and each day had the perfect amount of activities. It was a great mixture of active, fun, and more leisurely things to do. Each excursion went off without a hitch and it was a great time! read more

Trip was amazing! Eva did a great job scheduling out all the activities for each day…never felt rushed on any day and each day had the perfect amount of activities. It was a great mixture of active, fun, and more leisurely things to do. Each excursion went off without a hitch and it was a great time!

Hotel Reviews
Fosshotel SAGA
Reykjavík
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hótel Kría
Vík
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Hnappavellir
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stracta Hotel Hella
Hella
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Alda Hotel Reykjavík
Reykjavík
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
Stykkishólmur
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Djupalonsandur Black Sand Beach
Iceland
Cliffside walk at Arnarstapi
Iceland
Reykjavík Food Walk Tour
Reykjavík
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Langjokull glacier snowmobiling
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ice Cave Expedition
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Solheimajokull Glacier Hike
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Zodiac Boat tour
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Lava Tunnel Tour
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Black Sand Diamond Beach
Iceland
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Iceland
Gerduberg Basalt Cliffs
Iceland
Explore the Lóndrangar lava formations
Iceland
Local specialist: Eva Sigurðardóttir

Emanuela was so very helpful and accommodating ....
Iceland | Sep 16 - Sep 27, 2022

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Laurie A.
Beckley, WV | Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Emanuela was very helpful and accommodating . She provided us with the perfect itinerary, capturing as much as possible of sites and experiences that mattered most to us. She was able to make adjustments as our travel plans changed and was extremely helpful when we were faced with an unexpected Icelandic storm, throwing everyone into a state of emergency, and causing our Zodiak iceberg tour to be cancelled. She urged us to leave the area quickly and found us new accommodations further... read more

Emanuela was very helpful and accommodating . She provided us with the perfect itinerary, capturing as much as possible of sites and experiences that mattered most to us. She was able to make adjustments as our travel plans changed and was extremely helpful when we were faced with an unexpected Icelandic storm, throwing everyone into a state of emergency, and causing our Zodiak iceberg tour to be cancelled. She urged us to leave the area quickly and found us new accommodations further South. The next morning the ring road was closed from our new location northward. We would have been trapped without her assistance. Instead, we had 2 more very lovely days to explore Vik and surrounding area with plenty of time to regroup in Reykjavik before heading home. Though we enjoyed all of Iceland, our favorite place was Seydisfjordur, where we stayed with Hotel Aldan (Highly recommend them). We loved our room in the Old Bank and they served the best breakfast of our entire trip. This is also where we finally witnessed the Northern Lights' splendor. Shout out to Martin (works with Anton) - our guide on our Northern Lights tour in Lake Myvatn, who taught us a lot about how to look for them and, though we did not see them that night, I credit him with teaching us how to find them the next.

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Dear Laurie,
thank you so much for this beautiful note and your kind words. It was lovely to be in touch with you since the beginning of your planning and, indeed, what an adventure you got when the storm hit South Iceland! Luckily we managed to make it work and you could enjoy the rest of the trip without issues.

Thanks again for having booked your trip with me and I hope to have back here again one day.

All the best,
Emanuela

Land of fire and ice
Iceland | Nov 5 - Nov 13, 2022

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Mario H.
| Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

My wife and I had an incredible experience in Iceland, largely thanks to KimKim.

More specifically, our local specialist Sylvia. She was responsive and organized. She suggested many activities we would have never thought of by ourselves and help us coordinate along the way as our plans changed. I can’t stress enough how amazing she was!

Countless waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, lakes, and of course natural hot baths. I would recommend to anyone that they visit, and get Sylvia’s help to... read more

My wife and I had an incredible experience in Iceland, largely thanks to KimKim.

More specifically, our local specialist Sylvia. She was responsive and organized. She suggested many activities we would have never thought of by ourselves and help us coordinate along the way as our plans changed. I can’t stress enough how amazing she was!

Countless waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, lakes, and of course natural hot baths. I would recommend to anyone that they visit, and get Sylvia’s help to do so!

Hotel Review
Sæluhus Hotel Apartments & Houses
Akureyri

Very nice apartment in a great location. The owners even shipped me an iPad internationally that I left behind.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir
Silvía
Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir
Local specialist in Sweden | Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Thank you so much for your lovely review, Mario & Karolina!

I'm so happy that you had a great trip to Iceland.
Looking forward to planning your next adventure :)

What a great experience!
Iceland | Nov 3 - Nov 10, 2022

Kayla
Kayla P.
Orlando, FL | Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

What a great experience! Jenny was a perfect coordinator with our plans. She stayed in constant contact, if we had any concerns or questions. 100% recommend to anyone traveling to a new place. Everything was easy to navigate, locations, hotels, car, I could not have asked for anything better. Thank you!! read more

What a great experience! Jenny was a perfect coordinator with our plans. She stayed in constant contact, if we had any concerns or questions. 100% recommend to anyone traveling to a new place. Everything was easy to navigate, locations, hotels, car, I could not have asked for anything better. Thank you!!

Activity Review
Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike
Iceland

Our guide, Pascal, was informative and awesome. We learned a lot about the landscape and how to climb safely. 100% recommend!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Jenny Booth
Jenny
Jenny Booth
Local specialist in Sweden | Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Hi Kayla,
Thank you for the five star review. I'm happy to hear you had a great trip!

Lisbet did an incredible job planning our twe...
Iceland | Oct 16 - Oct 27, 2022

Andrew
Andrew T.
Arlington, TX | Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022

Lisbet did an incredible job planning our twelve day trip to Iceland. She really listened to our needs and gave us a very structured list that made planning the trip easy to follow. Not only that, she was very responsive to any messages we sent regarding changes to our itinerary or any other questions we may have had. In fact, one day an excursion we had planned was canceled due to the weather and she contacted us before we had a chance to reach out to her to reschedule at a different... read more

Lisbet did an incredible job planning our twelve day trip to Iceland. She really listened to our needs and gave us a very structured list that made planning the trip easy to follow. Not only that, she was very responsive to any messages we sent regarding changes to our itinerary or any other questions we may have had. In fact, one day an excursion we had planned was canceled due to the weather and she contacted us before we had a chance to reach out to her to reschedule at a different location. There is so much to see and do in Iceland (and the language is so difficult) that it was a huge relief to have someone who lives in and knows the country plan our stops and ensure that our trip stayed on a realistic schedule. We loved our horseback riding trip at Hellasport. I have every reason to believe those horses are very humanely kept. Vok Baths, the Secret Lagoon, and Sky Lagoon were our favorites. Blue Lagoon is a must stop, but the other three places were more intimate. I wish we would have had time to fit in a dog sledding excursion, perhaps another time. Our favorite hotels were Hotel Geysir in the Golden Circle and Hotel Laxa at Lake Myrvatn. Hotel Laxa’s staff were so warm and welcoming, and they’re manager, Fion, has created and nurtured a fun, friendly, very comfortable environment. Be wary of the IcelandAir/Berjaya hotels. Evidently, they behave been purchased by another company and are planning to renovate, but some of the rooms look like they haven’t been renovated since the 90s. It’s also a more family friendly chain, which isn’t the environment one would hope for when celebrating a wedding anniversary. However, some places are so remote that they were likely the best options. All in all, I’m very grateful to Lisbet and kimkim for taking the stress out of a fabulous vacation.

Local specialist: Lisbet Grönvaldt
Lisbet
Lisbet Grönvaldt
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Thank you, Andrew and Angela, for an amazing review. It was a pleasure helping you plan your anniversary trip.

Iceland Road Warriors
Iceland | Oct 22 - Oct 31, 2022

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Barry G.
Dublin, CA | Reviewed on Nov 02, 2022

Overall, the planning and support by Eva of Iceland Untouched was terrific. We had a small hiccup in that the airport transfer for one of two couples on arrival never showed due to a travel agent miscommunication, but was remedied quickly. If there were any complaints, I would say there was very little down time. We were constantly moving in a hurry to keep on schedule. Because the days were planned around our ability to stay in certain hotels, when one hotel was unavailable, the driving went... read more

Overall, the planning and support by Eva of Iceland Untouched was terrific. We had a small hiccup in that the airport transfer for one of two couples on arrival never showed due to a travel agent miscommunication, but was remedied quickly. If there were any complaints, I would say there was very little down time. We were constantly moving in a hurry to keep on schedule. Because the days were planned around our ability to stay in certain hotels, when one hotel was unavailable, the driving went from 4 hs to 5 1/2 hrs on one day, which was very difficult.

Generally, our guides were excellent, except for one: Ricky, of Glacier Adventures, for our Ice Cave Expedition. He was always in a hurry (our hike from the van to the cave was done at a far faster than needed or normal pace) and he was void of personality. We were the last ones to check in at the facility because we had a 1 1/2 hour drive under normal conditions, but because of the hotel change, we had to leave the hotel well before sunrise and travel on icy roads, which slowed us down considerably. When we were boarding the van to depart Base Camp for the cave, my wife asked if she had time to use the restroom before departure. Ricky appeared irritated and anxious to leave. His response was ok, but there's always the river. My wife, sensing his desire to be on the road, climbed aboard. The ensuing expedition was not very comfortable for her.

If we were to do it again, we would work to limit the amount of driving and build in time each day for some relaxation, instead of always being in a rush.

Local specialist: Eva Sigurðardóttir

8 Day Complete Excursion
Iceland | Oct 1 - Oct 9, 2022

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Daniel W.
Randolph, NJ | Reviewed on Nov 01, 2022

I was a bit skeptical with using a professional because I have always booked my own trips, but I will say that it was 100% worth giving up the reigns with Emanuela. She took just a few tidbits of what I was looking for and was able to deliver really the perfect trip. There were so many examples of places that I would have missed seeing because they were tucked away off the main road. Emanuela provided a very detailed, but simplified itinerary that I was able to follow without any issues.... read more

I was a bit skeptical with using a professional because I have always booked my own trips, but I will say that it was 100% worth giving up the reigns with Emanuela. She took just a few tidbits of what I was looking for and was able to deliver really the perfect trip. There were so many examples of places that I would have missed seeing because they were tucked away off the main road. Emanuela provided a very detailed, but simplified itinerary that I was able to follow without any issues. Thank you Emanuela, I hope to have another trip in the future!

**If you usually book your own trips like I do, I would suggest for Iceland that you avoid that. I met people who were "doing their own thing" and so many of them seemed a bit lost and missed the off-the-beaten path sights. For Iceland specifically, I'd highly recommend using a local professional like Emanuela.

Activity Review
The Secret Lagoon
Iceland
Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Nov 02, 2022

Hi Daniel,
thank you for your beautiful review and your super kind words.
It was a pleasure and very funny to stay in touch while you were traveling and enjoying Iceland. I am very happy you made the most out of your time here and you managed to see all the great spots that were on your detailed trip plan.

Thank you again for having booked your trip with me and for the trust.

Emanuela

Emanuela was incredibly responsive and answer...
Iceland | Oct 14 - Oct 21, 2022

Ian
Ian M.
Evans, GA | Reviewed on Nov 01, 2022

Emanuela was incredibly responsive and answered all my questions. There were some great recommendations that we checked out and found some of our own…definitely include the “Icelandic Phallological Museum” for places to see on Reykjavik 😁

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Nov 02, 2022

Hi Ian,
so happy to hear you had a wonderful time in Iceland and you enjoyed my recommendations.

All the best to both of you and come back soon!
Emanuela

Highly recommend! Fantastic Experience!
Iceland | Oct 7 - Oct 17, 2022

Erica
Erica B.
Waukesha, WI | Reviewed on Oct 29, 2022

I can't say enough about using kimkim for our Iceland trip! After reading reviews, we decided to explore the service. Preeti asked us a series of questions to gauge the experience and price point we were looking for, then she sent us a starting-point trip. From there, we were able to tweak and customize every aspect of this "bucket list" trip. She helped us navigate the covid cancellation of 2020. She helped us navigate the cancer cancellation of 2021. Through all this time, we always... read more

I can't say enough about using kimkim for our Iceland trip! After reading reviews, we decided to explore the service. Preeti asked us a series of questions to gauge the experience and price point we were looking for, then she sent us a starting-point trip. From there, we were able to tweak and customize every aspect of this "bucket list" trip. She helped us navigate the covid cancellation of 2020. She helped us navigate the cancer cancellation of 2021. Through all this time, we always felt supported and actually cared for. This year we finally got to see the planning through! During our trip we had some weather issues that affected our bookings - Preeti and her team were there for us. They rearranged our hotel accommodations and our trip bookings for us and made the whole process so easy and effortless on our part. And for the bookings that couldn't be rescheduled, we had a refund within days. I've never had this level of service or support from any other travel agency. I already have, and will continue to talk about our experience with Preeti, and kimkim. We will absolutely recommend, and will plan our next trip with kimkim!

Hotel Review
Hotel Rangá
Hella

I had hand-picked this hotel to be part of our Iceland experience, and it did not disappoint! The check-in experience was friendly and efficient. The hotel was comfortable and offered features that really enhanced our stay - like the game room, the multiple HOT hot tubs, and the Aurora wake-up call! Not only did we sign up for it, but we got the call and saw the lights for the first time in Iceland! We were also able to enjoy the observatory. Our dinner was splendid, and the first time we had been able to order reindeer. And the breakfast buffet included MIMOSAS as well as a hot entree in addition to the standard buffet. Our stay had everything we were hoping for. My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. I highly recommend Hotel Ranga'!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon Zodiac boat tour
Iceland

This was my favorite tour on our Iceland trip! We got up close with an iceberg breaking up, and with seals! You know when your guide gets their phone out to start capturing a moment, you're witnessing something special! Also loved that it was only about an hour long, so it didn't take up a big chunk of precious time. There were food trucks onsite for lunch too! Highly recommend!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Julian was funny and really knowledgeable of the area and the history
Transport
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

So glad we made this our first stop from the airport! I was worried that we might be too tired to enjoy it, but the excitement and adrenaline keep that from happening. This was the perfect start before hitting the road. Relaxing, warm and comfortable, fun! Love that there are fresh cold drinking spouts (we call them bubblers here) to stay hydrated. I would absolutely do it this way again!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Iceland did not disappoint and Kimkim as well...
Iceland | Oct 16 - Oct 23, 2022

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Kim G.
Trinidad and Tobago | Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

Iceland did not disappoint and Kimkim as well. The entire process of selecting dates, tours and accommodations was pleasant and seamless. My specialist Terry was very responsive to my questions and provided information that I specifically was interested in, in a professional and friendly manner, so I felt confident embarking on the trip. My 7 day vacation saw me reaching most of the sights and experiences that i shortlisted, and then some, in an unhurried, safe and comfortable manner. The... read more

Iceland did not disappoint and Kimkim as well. The entire process of selecting dates, tours and accommodations was pleasant and seamless. My specialist Terry was very responsive to my questions and provided information that I specifically was interested in, in a professional and friendly manner, so I felt confident embarking on the trip. My 7 day vacation saw me reaching most of the sights and experiences that i shortlisted, and then some, in an unhurried, safe and comfortable manner. The tour guides on the ground were knowledgeable and able to add much local colour and info about Iceland over and above the bare facts. Felag was the most notable of the guides but all were good and spoke excellent English. If anything could be improved the choice of hotel in the city centre could be revisited - the Holt is centrally located when its possible to walk around to sights and activities, the breakfast was AWESOME and the front desk staff, the breakfast staff and bartender were EXCELLENT, but the rooms are somewhat shabby with barely single beds with thin mattresses, and thin walls (so we could hear a heated, scary, quarrel next door during one night). Also drop offs to the Holt involved a 5 -10 minute walk which felt safe but we often got lost in the cold while seeking out a meal along the way. Communications with the tour agency while in Iceland could also be improved if an Iceland sim is included in the package with a small amount of data or some communication through the hotels - even though wifi is available on the buses and in the hotels, we didnt receive news of a cancellation until it was too late and wasted taxi fare and nearly half day of our first day (and i could have gone to the Settlement Museum in that time - sniff).
Overall I would definitely recommend Kimkim as a travel agency with the expertise to craft a totally enjoyable vacation adventure, to suit a wide range of interests.

Activity Reviews
Sky Lagoon
Iceland

This was not my 1st experience of natural thermal baths, but the 1st in Iceland, and it was awesome. My sister and I became friendly with a few other visitors on the bus to Sky Lagoon and that added to the social aspect. We were fortunate to see the northern lights come up while we were luxuriating in the warm infinity pool, overlooking the sea - believe me, nothing tops that experience! The rest of the Pure spa experience- the cold bath, the body scrub, all were fabulous, to top off a totally memorable experience.

Quality of Experience
the location and service is unparalleled
Guides, Drivers and Staff
It's a self guided experience
Transport
Pick up and drop off at hotel would be much better. I had to walk to/ from bus stop ion the cold - it almost killed the buzz
Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
Reykjavík

A really Thrilling experience, even if one does not handle the sea well. The tour company Elding, was very thorough about the safety considerations and on checking in they offered motion sickness pill to any who felt they would need it. The crew gave information on the population of mammals that they observe and study, and we were fortunate to see two groups of white billed dolphins, 3 humpback and a minke whale during the hour trip. The weather was fine so no rain coats were needed and there were life jackets on board for any emergency. It was exciting and the ride was smooth. My only reservation is that the initial booking was cancelled due to bad weather(understandably) but this was communicated to me after I arrived, which derailed my day plan and cost me extra taxi fare.

Quality of Experience
the ride was smooth and the staff knew where to search
Guides, Drivers and Staff
very knowledgeable and chatty staff. The sent photos afterwards but their photos were as crappy as mine
Transport
Golden Circle One Day tour
Iceland

A very enjoyable and informative tour all round. The vistas in the rift area and the geothermal area were spectacular. The waterfalls, hot spring baths and horse ranch visits were also lovely. The guide Siggi Anton was really helpful and knowledgeable (5 Star). The only inconveniences were that drop off and pick up were some distance from the hotel in Reykjavik, which in cold weather was a bother, and that participants who smoked during stops, trailed the cigarette smoke scent into the small bus, making it uncomfortable for others.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Two Day/One Night South Coast tour
Iceland

The two day trip was wonderful and many unique sites were visited - Jukulsarlon and the Vatnajokul glacier being just 2 of them. Overall I would say that this tour was my favourite of three that i participated in. The guide was phenomenally knowledgeable and gave us just a tidbit about each site and about Icelandic history and life in general - he left us wanting more info on the folklore and growth of the nation. The overnight hotel was spartan but adequate and the meals were typically expensive, tasty and filling. I had not anticipated a 2km trek over uneven ground to and from the ice cave and it was not mentioned in the tour description - it should be - I would still have gone but people need to know. It seems that Iceland expects all its visitors to be at least a contender for the olympic games, if not the world games, to fully participate in the tour activities. Overall, a great experience. Being picked up and dropped off at a remote site in the cold was difficult, because, although the distance was not great, getting around in the dark, finding an open dinner spot that didn't require a reservation somewhere nearby and not getting lost in the maze of streets in the town centre was challenging.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The wide knowledge of the guide, although he only teased us
Two day/One night Snaefellsnes & West Iceland tour
Iceland

We got off on the wrong foot because the bus didnt arrive until 9:20 and I was already flustered as to whether I'd missed it in the half hour that i was waiting. Since i did not have an international sim, i contacted the tour operator using a borrowed phone- ugh. Anyway, Tomas (Thomas?) the guide was lovely and conducted the tour well. We visited some interesting sites - waterfalls, larva cave, seal coast, the glacier used as the Wall in Game of Thrones, and some less than amazing ones, among them a random lighthouse and a church. I felt that better information on why these were important or of interest could have allowed us to appreciate them more but as it was, some stops just seemed random and just a drive around with no purpose. We also spent an inordinate amount of time at Oddi - once the home of Snorri Sturluson, whose significance was not known to us and really the adulation of him was lost on us visitors without a prior backstory. It seemed like a waste of time, especially after finally being admitted to the church gift shop and finding that the exhibit on him was closed. Bummer. Tomas was engaging and as a point to improve, he could say why things or places or people are important to the Icelandic story. The accommodations in Borgarnes was fine- food was delicious. The prediction for northern lights was way low and we didnt see any. That should not be in the tour title.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rather than random facts, the reason why or the importance of the next stop should be stated so that participants can be c,ued in
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

Thanks Kim for the wonderful review. I'm so glad that you had such a great trip. It was too bad that we didn't receive notification sooner from the tour operator about the cancellation, however, I am glad that we were able to re-book you so that you could experience this tour later in your trip. Thanks again.

It's A Wonderful Trip
Iceland | Sep 7 - Sep 18, 2022

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Debbie I.
New Brighton, MN | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Words cannot express how wonderful our Iceland trip was. Jenny planned it perfectly for us. She listened to what we wanted our trip to be like and was spot on from what we discussed with her. The whole trip was put together in such a timely manner -- and whenever we had questions for Jenny she responded immediately. Most of our activities were self-guided, and Jenny provided us with suggestions on sites to visit, the history of those sites, and how to get there. Also provided were places... read more

Words cannot express how wonderful our Iceland trip was. Jenny planned it perfectly for us. She listened to what we wanted our trip to be like and was spot on from what we discussed with her. The whole trip was put together in such a timely manner -- and whenever we had questions for Jenny she responded immediately. Most of our activities were self-guided, and Jenny provided us with suggestions on sites to visit, the history of those sites, and how to get there. Also provided were places to eat, several which we tried, and we were never disappointed. Our nightly accommodations were just so great – clean and so comfortable and we liked the variety. Hotel staff was always so pleasant and helpful. With the maps provided by Jenny and the help of the car’s GPS we were able to get around without any difficulty. We never got lost!
The views were breathtaking – every turn on the road. So many different types of views: glaciers, volcanoes, craters, gorges, canyons, geothermal areas, black beaches, lava fields, seas, and an ocean. And don’t forget the waterfalls – everywhere you look there is a waterfall. The big ones were truly spectacular.
Not sure where our next trip will be, but we will definitely use kimkim again.

Activity Reviews
GeoSea Geothermal Baths
Iceland

We were in the GeoSea Geothermal Bath in the afternoon -- it was not busy. This bath flowed into the Greenland Sea, which we thought was surreal. Thoroughly enjoy it.

Quality of Experience
Relaxing.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Pleasant. We arrived an hour early, and that was no problem at all.
Transport
We drove ourselves to the site.
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

The Blue Lagoon sits in the middle of a lava field, was quite a site. We were there for the morning and then headed to the airport. It was a perfect way to end our trip.

Quality of Experience
Just fun.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Always pleasant.
Transport
We drove ourselves.
Local specialist: Jenny Booth
Jenny
Jenny Booth
Local specialist in Sweden | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Thank you for your fabulous review.
Your timely picture of the Geyser is just perfect.
Happy travels for the future.

Amazing Icelandic Adventure!Othman worked w...
Iceland | Oct 15 - Oct 21, 2022

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Shannon K.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Amazing Icelandic Adventure!

Othman worked with us to plan a spectacular trip to Iceland! Our trip was a trip of a lifetime for me, my husband, and my father. We participated in amazing activities, saw spectacular sites, and fell in love with every part of Iceland that we visited. I would highly recommend KimKim to anyone who is looking for expert guidance and planning for their trip to Iceland. We loved every thing we did and cannot thank KimKim enough for helping us plan this trip, and I... read more

Amazing Icelandic Adventure!

Othman worked with us to plan a spectacular trip to Iceland! Our trip was a trip of a lifetime for me, my husband, and my father. We participated in amazing activities, saw spectacular sites, and fell in love with every part of Iceland that we visited. I would highly recommend KimKim to anyone who is looking for expert guidance and planning for their trip to Iceland. We loved every thing we did and cannot thank KimKim enough for helping us plan this trip, and I will definitely use them for trips in the future.

Shannon Kearney

Activity Reviews
The Secret Lagoon
Iceland

Beautiful setting to relax in a geothermal bath.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sky Lagoon
Iceland

We loved it! Beautiful facilities right on the ocean!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Helicopter Tour - from Reykjavik
Reykjavík

This is was definitely one of the best things we did in Iceland! I would do this again in a heartbeat. We loved that we experienced Iceland from land, sea, and air.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
Reykjavík

The staff was amazing. We found the tour very informative and enjoyed being out on the ocean.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Othman A

Lisbet customized and planned the perfect tri...
Iceland | Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2022

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Joe E.
Evansville, IN | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Lisbet customized and planned the perfect trip for our specific tastes. She was a fantastic communicator and responded to us whenever we requested assistance or information. We have done several kimkim trips in the past couple of years, and this was up to the company's high standards. read more

Lisbet customized and planned the perfect trip for our specific tastes. She was a fantastic communicator and responded to us whenever we requested assistance or information. We have done several kimkim trips in the past couple of years, and this was up to the company's high standards.

Hotel Review
Hotel Holt
Reykjavík

We stayed in multiple hotel properties in Iceland, but Holt Hotel was by far the most memorable. Not only was the room fantastic, but the front desk went above and beyond to help us. And the art displayed throughout the hotel is amazing!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to the heart of the city
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Lisbet Grönvaldt
Lisbet
Lisbet Grönvaldt
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Thank you so much for your review, Joe.

Iceland . was . AMAZING!!! Our local special...
Iceland | Oct 9 - Oct 16, 2022

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Audey V.
Wake Forest, NC | Reviewed on Oct 23, 2022

Iceland . was . AMAZING!!! Our local specialist, Lisbet, went above and beyond to make our dream vacation and reality before and during our trip. All of the excursions we booked were incredible (ice cave, horseback riding, dog sledding, into the glacier, blue lagoon, krauma and more) plus the personalized driving plans were easy to follow and super convenient. We had some snags along the way with an entire day cancelled for bad weather and an important item forgotten at a hotel and Lisbet... read more

Iceland . was . AMAZING!!! Our local specialist, Lisbet, went above and beyond to make our dream vacation and reality before and during our trip. All of the excursions we booked were incredible (ice cave, horseback riding, dog sledding, into the glacier, blue lagoon, krauma and more) plus the personalized driving plans were easy to follow and super convenient. We had some snags along the way with an entire day cancelled for bad weather and an important item forgotten at a hotel and Lisbet was super responsive and worked diligently to reschedule and rearrange things as needed and help to retrieve our lost item. Couldn't recommend more!

Activity Review
Dog Sledding
Iceland

What a great experience! Kids all loved it, our guide was super knowledgeable and passionate about the dogs and we all had a great time.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Lisbet Grönvaldt
Lisbet
Lisbet Grönvaldt
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Thank you so much for your review Audey! I'm so glad you had an amazing time :)

Reliable, resourceful, responsive and fair
Iceland | Sep 22 - Oct 1, 2022

Marcos
Marcos M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

Our trip to Iceland was unusual in many predictable and unpredictable ways. The Iceland Offbeat team stepped up to the plate and provided a high quality of service and support before and during the trip.

Starting at the planning phase, they had to deal with different expectations and requests from the 2 travelers, both for activities and hotel stays. Duncan did a great job in showing different options for both of us.

During the trip we faced unpredictable challenges, beginning with me... read more

Our trip to Iceland was unusual in many predictable and unpredictable ways. The Iceland Offbeat team stepped up to the plate and provided a high quality of service and support before and during the trip.

Starting at the planning phase, they had to deal with different expectations and requests from the 2 travelers, both for activities and hotel stays. Duncan did a great job in showing different options for both of us.

During the trip we faced unpredictable challenges, beginning with me missing the departure flight and culminating in a wind storm that left us stranded in the southeast of the country for 2 days. Duncan and Sigurður were there on every step of the way providing updates and adjusting the itinerary to the extent possible. They went above and beyond and managed to negotiate refunds for a couple of activities and hotel stays we missed because of the wind storm.

We are grateful for having them as our specialists for this trip and recommend them for the next travelers to Iceland.

Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Thanks for your kind words, Marcos, I hope that despite the disruptions to your schedule, your trip was still compelling, energizing and fulfilling.

Amazing Iceland!
Iceland | Oct 8 - Oct 21, 2022

Johnna
Johnna T.
Wayne, NJ | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

I'm a professional travel planner in the US, and could not find a supplier of mine that was able to accomplish what Andres Ulfur did for us, price wise and itinerary wise!
His guide service personally was excellent in the Icelandic highlands without exception! and the guest house he put us at, Hrifunes glacier view guesthouse was an incredible suggestion and one where we saw an extreme Northern lights!
There was only a small bump in the road on arrival when our private transfer was not... read more

I'm a professional travel planner in the US, and could not find a supplier of mine that was able to accomplish what Andres Ulfur did for us, price wise and itinerary wise!
His guide service personally was excellent in the Icelandic highlands without exception! and the guest house he put us at, Hrifunes glacier view guesthouse was an incredible suggestion and one where we saw an extreme Northern lights!
There was only a small bump in the road on arrival when our private transfer was not at the airport, but I called Andres around 6 am from there and he picked up the phone and quickly rectified the situation by getting us another driver. He sent us a nice bottle of red wine as an apology for the mix up. All accommodations he had for us and itinerary suggestions were spot on! Staying the last night at the Silica hotel at the Blue lagoon was a great suggestion as it's 20 minutes from the airport, a luxurious hotel and you. have the private area of the lagoon available to you without being in the large touristed part of it in your usually only steps from your room with a fabulous room and amazing breakfast and food at the facility and the people at the hotel couldn't have been nicer. Iceland itself is the most amazing country! it's wild and untamed, clean as you could ever imagine. and the food is all locally sourced and grass-fed and the water is so clean. all you need is a refillable water bottle and you drink from the top! again couldn't have done it without Andres and Untouched Iceland! thank you 🙏💖

Local specialist: Andrés Úlfur Helguson

Iceland 2022
Iceland | Aug 26 - Aug 31, 2022

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gavin c.
Pearl River, NY | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

So we managed to squeeze an extra vacation in last minute this summer, and the KimKim delivered. They set us up in great hotels, we nailed all the sites we wanted, and had some action/adventure every day. Preeti and Sigudur( I know its not a d, but i cant find the keystroke on my Mac) were there for us from beginning to end. I recommend both of them if you are looking into an Iceland adventure.

Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Absolutely Amazing Experience!
Iceland | Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2022

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LIz B.
Plano, TX | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Terry was absolutely incredible! We could not have imagined a more magical time in Iceland. The entire process was effortless. We simply told Terry what we wanted, and she put EVERYTHING together. From the restaurant recommendations to the hotels to the excursions - it was truly perfect. I have never had a vacation run so smoothly and seamlessly, nor have I ever had as much fun. My husband and I could not have asked for anything more from Terry and the Kim Kim team!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

Thank you so very much for your amazing review; I was definitely blushing as I read it! And I am just so happy that you and George had such a great time - that is always my ultimate goal. Enjoy your memories (and your photos)! Warmest regards, Terry

Iceland Expectations Exceeded!
Iceland | Oct 2 - Oct 11, 2022

Allison
Allison G.
Oak Ridge, TN | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Our trip to Iceland was our first trip with Kim Kim and we have already recommended both (Iceland and Kim Kim) to friends.

Emanuela Grieco was fabulous to work with. She developed a trip itinerary that checked all of the boxes for things I wanted to see and do in Iceland. Her expertise was invaluable in knowing what were the not-to-miss sights and experiences as well as what might not be worth our time or further driving distance. Some of our favorite things were hiking Fjadrargljufur... read more

Our trip to Iceland was our first trip with Kim Kim and we have already recommended both (Iceland and Kim Kim) to friends.

Emanuela Grieco was fabulous to work with. She developed a trip itinerary that checked all of the boxes for things I wanted to see and do in Iceland. Her expertise was invaluable in knowing what were the not-to-miss sights and experiences as well as what might not be worth our time or further driving distance. Some of our favorite things were hiking Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Skogafoss and the trail that starts above it to so many beautiful waterfalls, and up along the river to Hengifoss.

Our accommodations were exactly what we had asked for and Emanuela planned our itinerary for the perfect driving distance between each stop so there was time to enjoy the sights and relax in the evenings. We loved her restaurant recommendations from elegant dining in unexpected places (Narfeyrarstofa in Stykkisholmar) to casual, non-touristy breweries (Ölverk in Selfoss).

We also truly appreciated that Emanuela was looking out for us during our trip. At one point a big storm was headed to Iceland and Emanuela got in touch to make sure we knew to headed to our next destination early, before the Ring Road was closed. She managed a couple of tours that were canceled because of the storm and made sure we were refunded - no extra work for us. With her guidance we were safe and sound!

Activity Reviews
Silfra Snorkeling
Iceland

Silfra Snorkeling was one of the most unique experiences of our trip. The water was so blue, so clear and so cold! But the equipment kept us comfortable and we have a great story to tell!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Vatnshellir Lava Cave Tour
Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Driving around Iceland you see plenty of lava fields but seeing what lava does underground is amazing!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Hi Allison,
Thank you so much for your beautiful review and the time you took to write it.
What a pleasure it has been to follow you on the road, in such an adventure on one of the first storms of Iceland!
Thank you for sharing your amazing photos while you were traveling and happy we managed to create together exactly what you were looking for on your Iceland trip.

All the best to both of you and I hope to have you back here again, one day,

Emanuela

Five of the most amazing days ever.
Iceland | Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022

John
John F.
Columbus, IN | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

We did so much in five days that my head is still spinning. The detailed plan, with driving directions and all confirmations and reservations made it possible to stay on schedule and see as much as we possibly could. Duncan worked with me to make changes as needed before the trip, including some last minute changes due to a traveller not being able to go with us. It all worked out with minimal stress for me. Duncan's expertise and knowledge of Iceland was invaluable, and resulted in a... read more

We did so much in five days that my head is still spinning. The detailed plan, with driving directions and all confirmations and reservations made it possible to stay on schedule and see as much as we possibly could. Duncan worked with me to make changes as needed before the trip, including some last minute changes due to a traveller not being able to go with us. It all worked out with minimal stress for me. Duncan's expertise and knowledge of Iceland was invaluable, and resulted in a week packed with activities and no wasted time.

Iceland itself is an incredibly beautiful country, with dramatic, and at times otherworldly landscapes that have to be seen to fully appreciate. Waterfalls everywhere, history that goes back over a thousand years, and the "Fire and Ice" aspect make it a destination for anyone, but especially those who enjoy the outdoors. We bought new hiking boots for the trip and they were well used every day. We were cautioned that a fall (October) trip meant potentially mixed weather, and this trip didn't disappoint in that regard, but we got three nice days out of five, with one incredibly windy day, and one very rainy and cloudy day to round it out. We packed layers, with a good winter coat and rain pants to keep us warm and dry, and they worked. Our rainy day was just as full and fun as the others.

Must see spots from our trip and our perspective would include the lava fields at Fagradalsfjall. Parking area P2 is a short hike to the tip of the flow, and about a ten minute walk to the edge of the lava field where you can collect a sample for a souvenir and photo. If there's an active eruption (which there wasn't for us) it will take a much longer hike to see it, but this stop is easy. There are other trails that go farther to other parts of the valley and lava fields.

The Bridge Across the Continents is another quick and easy stop. There isn't much to it, but the impact of standing at the rift between two active tectonic plates is pretty impressive to contemplate, and it's fun to walk across the bridge from Eurasia to North America (and back).

The Blue Lagoon is a classic, and while more touristy than other hot springs, it is big and impressive, and warm and nice. I would recommend it for a final day activity to relax and unwind before flying home.

We spent the first night in Reykjavik and enjoyed the town. If seeing the city itself is on your list, then plan to spend one or two days there. It's a great town, and worth seeing, but we had a quick afternoon before dinner and bed and then on to the next day's adventures.

Whale watching at Reykjavik harbor was fun and easy, and we got to see whales! Several white nosed dolphins, four Minke whales, and two Humpback whales. The boat is large and comfortable, with inside seating to keep you warm, as well as full weather suits so that you can go up on deck without freezing when it's cold outside. On deck is definitely the best experience, even if it's cold. Our crew did a great job of looking out for whales, and helping us all look in the right places to see them. The two humpbacks came up alongside the stern for photos, which was a real treat. Do be careful with the directions to the ticket office; there is more than one operator, with different locations at the harbor. You don't want to be at the wrong one and miss your boat. If you are heading out of town afterward and want a good burger for the road, I recommend the Plan-B burger place on Grandagarður street. Very tasty.

Þingvellir National Park was a great stop for us. The visitor center has a large area that shows the history of Þingvellir back to its use in the earliest days of Iceland's history as a place of government. You can easily spend an hour in the visitor center, and there's a lot of park outside of that, so plan your time accordingly. We took a hike to the waterfall and then back past Thingvallakirkja (church). There are many hiking trails that you can follow if you want to spend the day.

The Geysir geothermal area is small but a fun visit. It doesn't have to take much time, so it fits into the schedule pretty easily. There were two highlights for us; one was visiting the place where all geysers got their name (though that original Geysir is no longer active), and the other was the very active geyser that erupts on about a five to seven minute cycle, so you never have to wait long for a show. More for the "fire" list. We were scheduled to go to Gullfoss after Geysir, but we spent so much time in Thingvellir that we ran out of daylight, so that will have to be on the "come back for more" list.

Kerid crater is a good stop for a short hike. The crater adds to the "fire" checklist, and there is a hiking trail around the upper rim, as well as inside along the water's edge. The blue-green water is beautiful. It makes for another easy and impressive stop.

Waterfalls. What can I say? Each is different, and all of them are beautiful. Seljalandsfoss was especially fun to walk behind the falls. The climb to the top of Skógafoss is a steep and long one, but the view is impressive. On sunny days, when the sun is right, the spray from the falls creates a beautiful rainbow.

The black sand beaches are really impressive, and there are many to choose from. We stopped at Dyrhólaey, which has a few hiking trails, one leading to the ideal spot for a photo of the "door hole" arch. Just up the road from Dyrhólaey is Reynisfjara, which was a big hit with my son, who loved to explore the caves and climb on the rocks. The scenery is dramatic, so be ready with a camera, but stay clear of the waves and be aware; the surf is dangerous and bitterly cold. Don't mess with it.

Vik is a charming little town on the south coast. We didn't have time to explore but it would be worth going back to. In Vik there is a "Lava Show" where they melt lava rock and black sand in a furnace and then pour it down a sloping display in front of the crowd. The heat and sound and sight is really amazing, as is the information provided by the guide who runs the show. You learn a lot about lava, how it forms, how it flows, as well as some local history about the nearby Katla volcano and the glacier that covers it. We enjoyed the show a lot. There is a nice little cafe outside of the theater where you can have lunch. They have some really great soups and light sandwiches.

Further east is Jökulsárlón, where icebergs break off from Vatnajokull (say "vat-na yokurk" and you'll sound like a local) glacier and float out to sea past the "Diamond Beach". There are lots of icebergs to see, as well as some harbor seals swimming among them. You don't need to go out on a boat to enjoy the bay, but we took the amphibian boat tour, which was fun just for the amphibious boat, but also for the informative tour and ability to get closer to the icebergs. The tour guide did a nice job of presenting information about Jökulsárlón and Vatnajokull. It was interesting and a pleasant half hour tour. There are also tours that go out on smaller, faster, inflatable boats.

On the beach side of the road is "Diamond Beach" where pieces of ice from Jökulsárlón wash up on shore and sit on the black sand like diamonds in the sun. It is very pretty and you can get some nice photos, but be aware that, like Reynisfjara, and other popular places, it can be crowded, so you will probably not get that "lonely beach" photo.

Further east was our easternmost stop, for the Crystal Blue Ice Cave tour under the Breidamerkurjokull glacier. The tour begins with a ride in a large off road capable van, which carries you down a bumpy, twisty, though flat, "F road" for about a half hour to a parking area where you then hike across the glacial moraine to the foot of the glacier. The walk is about twenty minutes and is not difficult, though the path is not paved. The view of the landscape is dramatic and enjoyable in and of itself. Our tour guide Andrea was a wonderful resource, providing history, and natural science information about the glacier and its moraine valley. Once at the glacier it's similar to entering any cave, but this one is made of ice. The color and shapes were spectacular. The cave is large, and although there were a fair number of people there from multiple tours, there was plenty of room. Again, be aware that you aren't likely to get a photo without people in it. This tour was one of the real highlights of our trip. The folks at GlacierAdventure.is were great and provided a very memorable experience. If you've worked up an appetite on your tour, there is a restaurant just across from their office that serves Icelandic dishes. "Ice theme"; check, check, and check.

Along the ring road is Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which was formed by a glacial lake that overflowed and cut the canyon long ago. It is deep and dramatic with a waterfall down one side. It doesn't take long to see it, and is a nice stop that won't take all day.

Back toward the west the "Lava Tunnel tour" is a cave tour of a lava tube that formed during an eruption long ago. If you have toured a cave before, this one is nothing unexpected, and in some ways less dramatic. There are no stalactites or stalagmites, but there are basalt formations and some mineral colors on the walls and ceiling that are unique to the lava tube. What makes this tour interesting is understanding how the tube was formed and seeing how the lava created the structures that cover the walls and ceiling. This tour isn't long, and it's not too far off the main road, so it would fit into a busy day without too much time taken. If you've seen other caves, and don't have a lot of time, this might be one to skip. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't give up a glacier tour or famous waterfall for it.

Iceland is a spectacular country; from the mountain climbing sheep to the volcanos, and glaciers, it is dramatically beautiful and full of surprises. My advice is to pack well for all types of weather because you are likely to see them all. Bring rain suits or a waterproof coat and rain pants. Waterproof hiking boots are a must. Most of all bring an adventurous spirit because this place has a lot to offer and it's almost all outdoors. Make sure that you pay attention to the cautions and advice about driving; there are some "gotchas" like the gasoline pump handle being green and the Diesel handle being black. Don't mess that one up. Make sure that your cell phone works in Iceland for voice as well as data. Mine (Verizon) worked fine for text and data, but was hit and miss for voice calls. Food was a question in my mind, especially in some of the less built up areas, but in general it's not hard to find something to eat, and as long as you are flexible, you will not go hungry.

October in Iceland was beautiful and amazing. We need to come back to see the summer, hopefully very soon.

Thanks to Duncan and kimkim for the excellent trip plan and coordination. It made getting the most out of our time so much easier. I have a memory with my sons that none of us will forget.

Hotel Reviews
Room With A View Apartment Hotel
Reykjavík

This hotel is downtown on one of the main shopping streets. The location is very good for someone staying to see the city for a day or two. The rooms are nice, with a European style. The restaurant for breakfast was great. You'll want to figure out where to park in advance since there is no parking associated with the hotel itself. Street parking is available if you can find a spot, and there is a parking lot not far away but you don't want to be searching at the last minute.

Authenticity & Character
The decor was nice, it was contemporary European style, which fit the area.
Location
Right in the shopping district.
Staff
Friendly staff, especially at the restaurant.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfortable beds, everything was clean and working as expected.
Blue Hotel Fagrilundur - On The Golden Circle
Bláskógabyggd

The hotel is right on the Golden Circle, which makes it a good stop. The check-in area has a sort of family feel, while the separate building with the rooms is more like a traditional hotel. Breakfast in the morning is a continental buffet as at most places, and it was good. They have hot tubs out back in the evening to relax in.

Authenticity & Character
The layout of the hotel was different, the rooms were simple and nice. It was just a pleasant place.
Location
Right on the Golden Circle. Very convenient. There is a nice restaurant "Restaurant Mica" right next door. It was very good, with a varied menu. Note that this is the only restaurant in the area, so be prepared. They're open for lunch and dinner. There was a 1 hour wait for dinner when we dropped in unannounced. Not a problem for us, but it pushed bedtime back a little.
Staff
Very friendly, helpful and nice people. Everyone in Iceland is nice.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Laki
Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Hotel Laki is an interesting mix for me. The location is stunning, with scenic countryside all around. The hotel itself presents well in the exterior and public areas. The restaurant, though a bit expensive, is nice and puts on a great buffet for dinner and breakfast (maybe lunch too?). There is a roof terrace that has a beautiful view, and is a great place to view the northern lights at night (if they cooperate). The surprise that cost them a star was the corridors and interior of the rooms. Both were clean and in good condition, but the decor was what I'd describe as "cell block chic", with plain, undecorated surfaces, and steel doors with turn-key deadbolts. It gave the impression of being fairly old, but maintained reasonably well, though it could definitely use an update. The rooms were compact but perfectly comfortable and clean. I would stay there again, but not if I was trying to impress a traveling companion. Any shortcomings were more than made up for by "Lady", a delightful Border Colley puppy (ca 2022) who met us in the front yard and invited us to play "fetch the stick", which of course we did.

Authenticity & Character
The rooms and corridors need a make-over.
Location
Very convenient location between Vik and the more eastern glacier areas.
Staff
Nice, friendly, and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was clean and working.
Eldey Airport Hotel
Reykjanesbær

Eldey is nothing fancy, but it is very convenient for staging prior to a departure the next morning. The rooms were simple and comfortable. There was a continental buffet breakfast in the morning, which helped get everyone going before heading out to our flight.

Authenticity & Character
It's just a hotel. No special theme, none needed. It doesn't have "character", but it was a nice stay.
Location
Right on the airport, it's a ten minute drive to the terminal.
Staff
Very friendly staff. The woman at the reservation desk gave us an excellent recommendation for a restaurant for dinner.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and comfortable rooms. Nothing fancy, but they did the job. The rooms have very large closets and a counter with a sink that suggests maybe longer stays would be suited to it, though I'm not sure why you would do so in this area.
Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

This is probably the most "touristy" thing we did on our visit, but it's almost required. They have a kind of spa theme now, that has been added since I was last there many years ago, but it is still warm and wonderful to soak in the water while the cold Icelandic air swirls around.

Quality of Experience
Well organized and easy to get in and out. Everything was clean, the water was wonderful.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Helpful, friendly.
Transport
We drove ourselves there. Parking was close and sufficient. It's easy to find the entrance.
Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
Reykjavík

This was a great activity. The boat and crew were wonderful, with constant communication about what we were seeing outside, where to look for whales, and dolphins, etc. There was a large indoor cabin where you could stay dry and warm, and they provided cold weather coveralls so that you could go out on deck without getting too cold. Being on deck was the best place to be for seeing the wildlife. We got to see several Minke whales, two Humpback whales who came alongside for close up pictures, and many white nosed dolphins and countless sea birds.

Quality of Experience
The great crew kept us informed and entertained. There was a place inside to get snacks and things to drink. The boat was large and comfortable. We got to see whales!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Excellent staff. They were constantly working to help us find whales and other things to see.
Transport
We drove ourselves. If a tour operator takes you there, it's no fuss, but otherwise you have to find your own parking and then walk over to the ticket office.
Icelandic Lava Show
Iceland

I really enjoyed this presentation. They have a great presentation where the presenter talks about the types of lava, how it forms and flows, the geology of the local area and the huge Katla volcano that sits under a glacier just outside of town, complete with a story from the last eruption in the early 20th century. The lava show itself is impressive. The heat and sound and bright glow of the lava as it flows out is very cool. The presenter does a great job of helping the audience learn about the nature and behavior of lava. It's a great activity, especially on a rainy day.

Quality of Experience
It was dramatic, beautiful, and educational.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our presenter was very knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor and personality. He gave us a great show.
Transport
We drove ourselves. Finding the place was easy, and there was plenty of parking available.
Crystal Blue Ice Cave
Iceland

Wow. This was my favorite activity of our trip. From the bumpy van ride to the parking area to the hike through the glacial moraine valley to get to the cave, just getting there was an adventure. The cave itself is beautiful and dramatic. Large enough to have many areas to see and photograph. I consider this a unique experience. There aren't many places where you can explore underneath a glacier.

Quality of Experience
Magnificent scenery to and from the cave, and the absolutely beautiful cave itself. The whole trip was an adventure.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide, Andrea, was excellent. She was engaging, and knew the area well, providing history, science, and climatological information all along the way, as well as being a great driver and entertainer.
Transport
The ride to the parking area was an adventure in and of itself. Some will disagree because it is very bumpy and twisty, but it's clear that you are going somewhere off the beaten path!
Lava Tunnel Tour
Iceland

This was an interesting and fun stop. Anyone who has gone on a cave tour will recognize this, however unlike a "normal" cave, the geology of the lava tunnel is very different. For example there are no stalagmites or stalactites, but there are basalt formations and colors created by the minerals deposited by the lava as it flowed through. I would say that this tunnel is not as visually dramatic as a lot of traditional limestone caves, but I found that the reality of what it is, a tube that lava flowed through and formed, was really special.

Quality of Experience
Different, educational, unusual type of cave to see and experience.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a great personality. The staff was very friendly and extremely helpful, even accommodating a change in tour times for us.
Transport
We drove there ourselves. It was easy to find the location, there was adequate parking, and the ticket office is right at the entrance to the lava tunnel.
Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Dec 14, 2022

Thanks so much for your glowing review, John. It's great to get such detailed feedback on all aspects of your trip. You and your sons certainly packed it all in, never wasted a moment, and truly immersed yourself in the country. I'm so pleased that the rewards you received were commensurate with the effort you put into it. Now for the east, the north and the west! :)
Duncan

Ring Road September 5th - 12th
Iceland | Sep 5 - Sep 12, 2022

Lydia
Lydia S.
Mercer Island, WA | Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

Emanuela was great to work with. We had a few starts and stops with our planning and each time she was flexible and understanding.
She provided us with options for our trip and each time we provided feedback, she came back with updates to the plan that better reflected what we wanted. She was very responsive and got back to us quickly each time we had a question.
Hotels were very nice and ones we wouldn't have found in our own searching. That was a nice perk of having someone who is... read more

Emanuela was great to work with. We had a few starts and stops with our planning and each time she was flexible and understanding.
She provided us with options for our trip and each time we provided feedback, she came back with updates to the plan that better reflected what we wanted. She was very responsive and got back to us quickly each time we had a question.
Hotels were very nice and ones we wouldn't have found in our own searching. That was a nice perk of having someone who is familiar with the area.
We drove the ring road and Emanuela provided detailed Google map driving directions with detailed stops of each attraction plus a few cafes and restaurants she recommended. This was so helpful.
She also was available and checked in on us during the trip. She was able to change some departure times for us on our last day.
Overall I would recommend working with Emanuela.
**Highlights**:
Zodiac boat tour among icebergs
Relaxing geothermal waters
Loads of waterfalls

The ring road has many worthwhile stops, but is very long so give yourself time at each waypoint to enjoy it while not feeling rushed. 8 days left us changing hotels almost every day.

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Hi Lydia,
Thank you so much for your lovely words.
It has been a pleasure to connect and stay in touch before and during your trip and I am so happy we managed to create together a great trip to Iceland and that you had a great time.

All the best,
Emanuela

The best possible adventure.
Iceland | Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2022

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Sabrina H.
Butte, MT | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

Francesca was incredible! She took our likes, dislikes, dietary restrictions, etc. into account and had incredible recommendations; she worked with us to make sure we had the best possible hotels for our budget, too. We had a minor hiccup when our plane couldn't land (weather at Keflavik) and were delayed a day, and she helped us to get refunds and to adjust our trip so that we didn't miss anything. Every time we talk about Iceland, I recommend KimKim and Francesca. She is the best! read more

Francesca was incredible! She took our likes, dislikes, dietary restrictions, etc. into account and had incredible recommendations; she worked with us to make sure we had the best possible hotels for our budget, too. We had a minor hiccup when our plane couldn't land (weather at Keflavik) and were delayed a day, and she helped us to get refunds and to adjust our trip so that we didn't miss anything. Every time we talk about Iceland, I recommend KimKim and Francesca. She is the best!

Activity Review
Jokulsarlon Glacier Kayaking Adventure
Iceland
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Local specialist: Francesca Stoppani
Francesca
Francesca Stoppani
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Wow, thank you so much Sabrina! It was a pleasure working with you :)

The perfect first foray into a country we would love to return to!
Iceland | Oct 2 - Oct 11, 2022

Rachel
Rachel G.
Middletown, RI | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

My husband and I just returned from an amazing 10 days in southern Iceland. The stunningly beautiful landscapes together with the detailed itinerary that Terry put together for us made for a trip that exceeded all of our expectations. We wanted a trip that was hiking based and Terry had wonderful suggestions that kept us happy and wanting more! We started in the Reykadalur Valley which was beautiful and an introduction to Iceland's many hot springs. Our Super Jeep trip to Thorsmork was... read more

My husband and I just returned from an amazing 10 days in southern Iceland. The stunningly beautiful landscapes together with the detailed itinerary that Terry put together for us made for a trip that exceeded all of our expectations. We wanted a trip that was hiking based and Terry had wonderful suggestions that kept us happy and wanting more! We started in the Reykadalur Valley which was beautiful and an introduction to Iceland's many hot springs. Our Super Jeep trip to Thorsmork was definitely a highlight with an amazing hike that provided spectacular views from above of the valley, glaciers and mountains. The Mulagliufur Canyon was a trip into another world with 2 waterfalls and moss covered cliffs. We loved the Svartifloss waterfall and the stunning lava columns that surround it. We hiked up the Hjorleifshofdi Cape and also walked a trail from Vik's center where the views of Reynisdramgar beach's black sands and sea stacks from above were amazing. Terry nailed it and made it possible to put all of our energy into satisfying all of our senses and our love of exploration with none of the usual travel concerns about logistics. Thank you Terry!

Activity Reviews
Super Jeep One Day Tour to Thorsmork
Iceland
Quality of Experience
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Transport
Zipline Adventure Tour
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Wonderful guides made it a great adventure
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Thank you so very much for the wonderful review, Rachel! I greatly appreciate it. Most of all, I'm thrilled that you had such an amazing trip! It was such a pleasure working with you while creating this itinerary.

Above and Beyond our Expectations (even with a broken foot!)
Iceland | Sep 18 - Sep 26, 2022

Jay
Jay B.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Just returned from a brilliant trip to Iceland and have to thank Eva for putting together such a wonderful itinerary! As a "type A" trip planner kind of person, I am usually in charge of all of the details surrounding any trip we take as a family and/or with friends. That said, releasing everything to a stranger wasn't easy at first but the communication and suggestions from Eva quickly helped put me at ease. Hotels, tours, driving itineraries, etc - it was done with excellence and all... read more

Just returned from a brilliant trip to Iceland and have to thank Eva for putting together such a wonderful itinerary! As a "type A" trip planner kind of person, I am usually in charge of all of the details surrounding any trip we take as a family and/or with friends. That said, releasing everything to a stranger wasn't easy at first but the communication and suggestions from Eva quickly helped put me at ease. Hotels, tours, driving itineraries, etc - it was done with excellence and all there! She managed to fit in everything we requested and more in the 8 full days we had in Iceland and our tour around the ring road. Our only regret was that we didn't have more time to spend in her beautiful country!

One amazing detail Eva made happen was contacting her friend in Akuyeri to arrange a private opening of the Icelandic Aviation museum for my aviation obsessed father the day after his 75th birthday. Wow. That was above and beyond!

My wife also broke her foot a week before our trip and Eva was able to secure refunds for parts of the trip she couldn't participate in and provided great suggestions on how/where to navigate many of the places along the way so she could see as much as possible. Again, insights only an experienced local like Eva could provide.

All in all, dealing with Eva and KimKim was such a positive experience that I can see myself becoming a little less type A and using more of their services in the future! On behalf of myself, my wife, and my parents, thank you again for all you did to arrange and coordinate such a logistically seamless and wonderful trip for us!!!

Hotel Reviews
Alda Hotel Reykjavík
Reykjavík

Great hotel, staff, location and breakfast. Only downside was finding parking in the area. Still, as a home base to explore downtown Reykjavik it was great!

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Sigló Hotel
Siglufjörður

Beautiful location with really large rooms. The outdoor hot tub on the bay was brilliant and of course having the northern lights show up overhead was a definite plus too!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Really attentive to when the northern lights were coming out and quick to alert anyone interested!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fosshotel Eastfjords
Fáskrúðsfjörður

Really nice hotel with a fascinating little museum too. Having a porch in the bay was beautiful as the fog slowly disappeared off the bay in the morning. Wish we had more time here!

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Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
Stykkishólmur

Nice Dini g room and great food. The rooms were a little smaller and the views a little less dramatic than the other Fosshotels we stayed at but still very nice.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room was a little smaller than we expected but well appointed.
Hotel Vík í Mýrdal
Vík

Nice hotel, a little dated compared to some of the other hotels we stayed at during our time in Iceland but still clean and comfortable. Had a great meal in the dining room.

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Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Hnappavellir

Very stylish hotel and dining room. The rooms were comfortably large with nice views, same for the dining room. Nice location between the glacier fields and lagoons where you can get on the water with the icebergs calving off the glaciers.

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Fosshótel Mývatn
Myvatn

Top notch hotel and dining room. A little out of town but that only adds to the views and feeling of seclusion chances are you are looking for! A great home base to explore the Myvatn area from.

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Local specialist: Eva Sigurðardóttir

A family friend recommended kimkim to us for ...
Iceland | Sep 20 - Sep 30, 2022

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evelyn F.
Clifton Park, NY | Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

A family friend recommended kimkim to us for our trip to Iceland. We had an itinerary of locations to explore.
We shared this info with Lisbet, who added a stop in the highlands, and suggested additional stops along our route with pertinent information for each site.
She was able to secure lodging for us that was convenient to all our “must see “ attractions.
Each hotel had a restaurant on site with breakfast buffet.
After a busy day of sightseeing, we often chose to settle in with... read more

A family friend recommended kimkim to us for our trip to Iceland. We had an itinerary of locations to explore.
We shared this info with Lisbet, who added a stop in the highlands, and suggested additional stops along our route with pertinent information for each site.
She was able to secure lodging for us that was convenient to all our “must see “ attractions.
Each hotel had a restaurant on site with breakfast buffet.
After a busy day of sightseeing, we often chose to settle in with wine and dinner there and enjoyed our meals immensely.
We were very pleased with the accommodations she chose for us!
Thank you, Lisbet!
Evelyn and Tom

Local specialist: Lisbet Grönvaldt
Lisbet
Lisbet Grönvaldt
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Oct 11, 2022

Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you liked the additional stops and the accommodations!

Lisbet

ABSOLUTLEY INCREDIBLE
Iceland | Sep 25 - Oct 2, 2022

Nick
Nick G.
Nicetown-Tioga, PA | Reviewed on Oct 09, 2022

I don't know what else to say other then everything was INCREDIBLE. Silvia was so helpful with everything we needed. She planned the perfect trip for us, down to every detail. Our biggest concerns before going to Iceland were; where are we driving every day, and the food. But Silvia made the driving effortless with daily google map itineraries, and in addition to daily local food recommendations, was able to get us hard to get reservations at amazing restaurants. My wife and I have already... read more

I don't know what else to say other then everything was INCREDIBLE. Silvia was so helpful with everything we needed. She planned the perfect trip for us, down to every detail. Our biggest concerns before going to Iceland were; where are we driving every day, and the food. But Silvia made the driving effortless with daily google map itineraries, and in addition to daily local food recommendations, was able to get us hard to get reservations at amazing restaurants. My wife and I have already started talking about our plans to visit Sweden or Switzerland and would love to have Silvia as our agent again!

Activity Review
The Retreat Spa.
Iceland

So glad we ended our 8 day trip at the Retreat Spa. The best possible way to wind down a very busy and exciting week.

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Local specialist: Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir
Silvía
Silvía Ástvaldsdóttir
Local specialist in Sweden | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Thank you Nick for such a wonderful review!

It's been a pleasure helping you plan your anniversary/honeymoon in Icleand.
I'm so happy that the trip was a success :)
If you decide to visit Sweden, I would be more then happy to help you plan your next trip!

Excellent planning by Jenny and the KimKim Te...
Iceland | Sep 1 - Sep 12, 2022

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Deborah C.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 09, 2022

Excellent planning by Jenny and the KimKim Team. Just one small clitch at the start re whether we'd prepaid for the hotel in Reykjavik but quickly sorted out and thereafter no problems. Useful to note also that when using the bus transfer from Keflavik airport you are taken to a terminal and then change onto minibuses to take you to the drop off point for your hotel. Otherwise everything worked as per the Travel Plan with maps, suggestions for places to visit and possible detours.
Our trip... read more

Excellent planning by Jenny and the KimKim Team. Just one small clitch at the start re whether we'd prepaid for the hotel in Reykjavik but quickly sorted out and thereafter no problems. Useful to note also that when using the bus transfer from Keflavik airport you are taken to a terminal and then change onto minibuses to take you to the drop off point for your hotel. Otherwise everything worked as per the Travel Plan with maps, suggestions for places to visit and possible detours.
Our trip involved an internal flight to Egilsstadir where we picked up the hire car and then working our way back to Reykjavik via Lake Myvatn, Husavik, Laugarbakki, Heydalur, Isafjordur and the Snaesfellsnes Peninsula. Highlights were the Whale Trip at Husavik, seeing the Northern Lights and whales in the fjord at Hvammstangi and the stunning West Fjords but throughout the trip the scenery was fascinating and surprisingly varied.
We found Icelanders very helpful and friendly and most of the people we met spoke English. Not sure what it's like on the more touristy routes but it's work noting that there are very few public toilets when out in the country areas.

Local specialist: Jenny Booth
Jenny
Jenny Booth
Local specialist in Sweden | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Hi Deborah,
Thank you for your comments and five star rating.
You chose to take the lesser visited route traveling from the North via the West fjords. It's fantastic news to hear you got to see the Northern lights.

Regarding the hotel not being aware that your room was paid for. This seems to have been a miss understanding at the hotels reception. Often we (Iceland Offbeat) are invoiced after you have stayed with certain accommodation providers. This was not a problem though and was cleared up quickly.

Magical Driving Holiday in Iceland
Iceland | Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2022

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Kathleen D.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2022

We had an absolutely magical 10 days in Iceland. The itinerary developed for us was perfect, taking into consideration our preferences. We particularly enjoyed the inclusion of Hornstrandir, the western fjords and Husafell. The accommodations selected for us were perfect and it is unlikely we could have found them on our own. Loved our stay at the Lysuholl Farm and Skalholt. Rinolda was excellent. So responsive, quick to understand our needs and to develop a brilliant itinerary. The detailed... read more

We had an absolutely magical 10 days in Iceland. The itinerary developed for us was perfect, taking into consideration our preferences. We particularly enjoyed the inclusion of Hornstrandir, the western fjords and Husafell. The accommodations selected for us were perfect and it is unlikely we could have found them on our own. Loved our stay at the Lysuholl Farm and Skalholt. Rinolda was excellent. So responsive, quick to understand our needs and to develop a brilliant itinerary. The detailed itinerary was very informative and really helped us plan our days. We appreciated the dining and shopping suggestions too. Rinolda checked in throughout the trip, was quick to address minor issues that arose (for example, for some reason I couldn't download the ferry ticket, Rinolda got me a copy within minutes). Have recommended Kim Kim and Rinolda to several friends and look forward to being able to use Kim Kim again for future trips.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Horn
Ísafjörður

The room was very comfortable. The only downside was it was necessary to walk to a sister hotel for breakfast. This was a very minor inconvenience. We would happily recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Isafjordur

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Fosshotel Westfjords
Patreksfjörður

Lovely hotel, beautiful views

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The view
Staff
Very friendly staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lysuholl
Snaefellsnes

We had a wonderful cottage with glorious views of the Snaefellsnes Mountain and glacier. Amazing Sunset! Lovely to have the animals around. Great breakfast included with the room. Dinner was available for guests at a reasonable cost and it was very good.

Authenticity & Character
Nice little cottage rooms with fabulous views
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Skalholt
Selfoss

This was a very interesting location. It was a little difficult to figure out how to check in and dragging bags to the room wasn't necessarily easy. However, the room was comfortable, wifi was very good, and the included breakfast was fabulous. The restaurant served phenomenal meals.

Authenticity & Character
We very much liked the Church and the archeological aspects of the church grounds
Location
Staff
Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Beautiful hotel in a lovely town. Fantastic room, good wifi

Authenticity & Character
Location
Good place to explore from
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Lotus
Reykjavik

This was a delightful little hotel not far from downtown. We arrived in the afternoon and were offered a piece of cake! The breakfast room offered a lovely breakfast. The rooms were new and modern and very well appointed. Loved the bathroom!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Very convenient to downtown, and lots of dining options close buy
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Wildlife and Arctic Foxes tour in Hornstrandir
Iceland

We very much enjoyed the day, but I think it was because there were only 6 guests. The guide mentioned that in busier times they have many more, and that would have diminished the experience. There was some confusion over whether or not lunch was included. Arriving late the night before and departing early in the morning meant it was difficult for us to arrange to bring our own lunch (we brought a pizza that we had ordered the night before). However, the soup, bread and wild mushrooms provided prior to our departure from Hornstrandir was fabulous. We also enjoyed the bonus whale watching on the boat ride over.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Husafell Canyon Baths
Iceland

This was as unexpected delight. The Canyon baths are very private (only six guests when we did it). The changing rooms are amazing, and the bathes themselves quite wonderful. The guide was amazing, knew so much about the region, the history of the bathes etc.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Rinolda Juodvirsyte

Iceland 11 Day Self Drive
Iceland | Sep 23 - Oct 3, 2022

Kathy
Kathy S.
Clovis, CA | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2022

Thank you Duncan for arranging our 11 day self drive adventure in Iceland. Also, thank you to a local agent, Sigurdur, who provided much needed information when our wifi didn't work.

We definitely recommend KimKim to all our friends. Your complete plan was easy to follow and allowed for just the right amount of time to drive from one destination to the next. The hotels were all clean with great beds. All the little things really do add up. We would never have been able to see as... read more

Thank you Duncan for arranging our 11 day self drive adventure in Iceland. Also, thank you to a local agent, Sigurdur, who provided much needed information when our wifi didn't work.

We definitely recommend KimKim to all our friends. Your complete plan was easy to follow and allowed for just the right amount of time to drive from one destination to the next. The hotels were all clean with great beds. All the little things really do add up. We would never have been able to see as much of Iceland as we did had we planned this self drive trip by ourselves.

KimKim seems to have everything covered and was timely in negotiating our trip plan. Duncan was quick to redo our plan when we added a day and also delayed our departure.

We look forward to arranging another adventure in the future with KimKim.

Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2022

Thanks so much for your review, Kathy, it was a pleasure working with you. Your positive outlook throughout made it easy, even when things weren't going quite as planned. I wish you and Bob all the best in your future travels!
Duncan

Amazing trip
Iceland | Sep 23 - Sep 28, 2022

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Shanna C.
Duxbury, MA | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

We had an absolutely fantastic vacation and really enjoyed experiencing Iceland. There are a few questions that I should have asked in retrospect, but nothing that detracted from our experience.

Local specialist: Andrés Úlfur Helguson