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7 days explore norway, fjords & mountains, Norway - Oct 4 - Oct 11, 2019

Traveler: Russ G. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Thank you Linda and the Kimkim team for a wonderful, well planned holiday!

15 day | oslo - fjords and mountains- bergen - tromsø, Norway - Oct 2 - Oct 16, 2019

Traveler: Robin W. - Local specialist: André Larsen

Wow! A magical trip to Norway! We started our journey in Oslo and ended in Tromsø. We opted to go with KimKim because the logistics we had in mind were more complicated than what we wanted to deal with... Definitely a very good decision on our part. I sent Andre a list of what we had in mind and he came through like a champ. Our desire was not to have to rent a car but travel using buses, trains, ferries and planes. Andre put it all together and made reservations for us a much as... read more

Wow! A magical trip to Norway! We started our journey in Oslo and ended in Tromsø. We opted to go with KimKim because the logistics we had in mind were more complicated than what we wanted to deal with... Definitely a very good decision on our part. I sent Andre a list of what we had in mind and he came through like a champ. Our desire was not to have to rent a car but travel using buses, trains, ferries and planes. Andre put it all together and made reservations for us a much as possible. A summary and detailed itinerary was provided just prior to the trip.
We stayed in Oslo (our own reservations), Aurland, Voss, Bergen and Tromsø. We visited museums, cruised fiords, took Flam scenic tour, rode cable cars and funicular up mountains for tremendous views, took a great walking tour of Bergen with David (knowledgeable fun guy), hunted Northern lights with Opel (very entertaining and knowledgeable) and an outstanding 5 hour Tromsø boat cruise with professional and fun Captain and mates (shoot, forgot their names) that including a bit of eagle and seal sightings, fishing and a delicious soup prepared while we were google eyeing the beauty of the waterways.
Our hotels were very comfortable and clean. The dinners at our inn in Aurland were so good and the service was outstanding. The hotel breakfasts in Bergen and Tromsø provided a huge variety of excellent foods. And the service at both hotels were good. The hotel in Voss was good but the breakfasts lacked appeal.
Each city, town and village we visited had its own unique characteristics and we found it all very interesting and beautiful.
We did have one boat cruise cancellation but opted for the later trip. Andre was extremely helpful in rearranging our day and reservations. Also we requested a change in hotel upon our return to Oslo as we wanted to be near the airport given an early morning flight back to the states. Andre made the change and all went amazingly well. Thanks KimKim staff (Andre and Ingrid) for your outstanding communications and excellent planning expertise. Although we normally like to make our own travel arrangements I would not hesitate to request KimKim's services again. We've already spread the word on their 'job well done'!

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the great review. It was great helping you with your trip to Norway and I'm so happy you enjoyed your time here in Norway. I hope you have the chance to come back some day.

oslo | geilo | balestrand | bergen - 9 days, Norway - Sep 21 - Sep 27, 2019

Traveler: Varun U. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

My wife and I had the most amazing time travelling around Norway, this was very easily the best trip we've ever taken. We got to see some amazing sights, untouched beauty, and explore Norway in a way that its meant to be. Through our entire journey, we took trains, busses and ferries which gave us the opportunity to see some of the most stunning landscapes imaginable.

Fridur did such a good job of putting all this together, she was very responsive and always full of suggestions on what we... read more

My wife and I had the most amazing time travelling around Norway, this was very easily the best trip we've ever taken. We got to see some amazing sights, untouched beauty, and explore Norway in a way that its meant to be. Through our entire journey, we took trains, busses and ferries which gave us the opportunity to see some of the most stunning landscapes imaginable.

Fridur did such a good job of putting all this together, she was very responsive and always full of suggestions on what we could do. We started off in Oslo and then travelled to Bergen via Geilo, Flam, and Balestrand - which had to be the most memorable place in our trip. Our hotel room had the most amazing view of the Fjord and snowcapped mountains which made it something I'll never forget. We had a great time with Balestrand Fjord Adventure when we went out sightseeing on the rib boat. I recommend them to anyone looking to see the fjords in a more fun way. When we got to Bergen we had a very nice walking tour of the city centre with David Pavels. He was funny, informative, and had so many interesting stories about life in Bergen and Norway. Sadly he doesn't have a TripAdvisor page or I would have written him a review.

Overall, Kimkim did a fantastic job of putting our Norwegian holiday together and if all their trip experts are as good as Fridur, we'd be more than happy to use their services once again on our next adventure.

Oslo, the fjords and bergen - 6 days, Norway - Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2019

Traveler: Vivian N. - Local specialist: André Larsen

My son and I were planning for a trip to Norway in early October, without knowing that it was the period in-between Summer and Winter when the standard Norway Nutshell tours were not available. Then we came across Kim Kim Travel and decided to give it a try.

The decision won us a wonderful trip. Our specialist Andre was instant with his responses. He was thoughtful in planning for our itinerary, and patient in answering my endless questions and requests. He even provided maps indicating... read more

My son and I were planning for a trip to Norway in early October, without knowing that it was the period in-between Summer and Winter when the standard Norway Nutshell tours were not available. Then we came across Kim Kim Travel and decided to give it a try.

The decision won us a wonderful trip. Our specialist Andre was instant with his responses. He was thoughtful in planning for our itinerary, and patient in answering my endless questions and requests. He even provided maps indicating where, when and how to go for our cruises, trains, taxis, etc. This provided the assurance I needed, and a promising start.

All arrangements on our 6-day Fjord trip from Oslo to Bergen went as smooth as silk. We enjoyed in particular the waterfront cabin at the Vangsgaarden Gjestgiveri Hotel in Aurland, and the delightful room at the Midtnes Hotel in Balestrand, both of which provided panoramic view of the Sognefjord. It was not a trip which would make one bubble with excitement; it was one which was so scenic and tranquil that it felt like being in paradise. And all these due in no small part to Andre!

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

I'm very happy that you had a good time in Norway and thank you for the great review. Great to hear that you found the trip so scenic and tranquil.

Western norway's rivers, islands & fjords - 10 days, Norway - Sep 18 - Sep 25, 2019

Traveler: Mary K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

All the hotels were great. All but 2 transportation arrangements went off without a flaw. Overall, we are very pleased with our visit to Norway. I am thankful that Ingrid helped me to arrange everything!

In Oslo, we liked the Thon Europa more than the Thon Spectrum. The Europa had a better breakfast buffet, was an easier walk from the train station & the neighborhood seems a bit better. Next door to the Europa is the Brunello Ristorante. You should recommend this to others! This was some... read more

All the hotels were great. All but 2 transportation arrangements went off without a flaw. Overall, we are very pleased with our visit to Norway. I am thankful that Ingrid helped me to arrange everything!

In Oslo, we liked the Thon Europa more than the Thon Spectrum. The Europa had a better breakfast buffet, was an easier walk from the train station & the neighborhood seems a bit better. Next door to the Europa is the Brunello Ristorante. You should recommend this to others! This was some of the best Italian food we have ever had.

The Hurtigruten lobby is on a small side street and was not obvious. If possible, maybe provide a bit more detailed map. Since it's so late, there are not people around to ask for help. We did find it, but we had our concerns for a few minutes!

The bus & ferry to Geiranger was very enjoyable. The ferry back showed us some gorgeous scenery. We very much enjoyed that day.

The time with John Grahl-Madsen was not time well spent. He just didn't seem engaged. On other trips, in other countries, we have had guides who have made a significantly better impression. During planning, I had expressed an interest in going up the funicular. He pointed it out & said we could do that on our own. Our itinerary didn't allow time for that.

The ferry from Bergen to Aurland was a great way to move locations and see more of the scenery.

Aurland: you are already aware of the issue with the taxi company. I'm not sure what options there are, but I would suggest finding other options for sightseeing & transport to Flam. I'm very glad that the taxi did eventually show up that morning so we were able to see the Borgund Stave Church. That was very special. The Fisherman's Cabin at Vangsgaarden was charming with a view that was magnificent. It was a little surprising that we had to make our own beds, strip them at check-out, sweep the floor, take out the garbage, & do a light cleaning of the bathroom.

Flam to Oslo by train: Our itinerary was that we made this trip on September 24. No one looked at our tickets Flam to Myrdal. Myrdal to Oslo we learned that our tickets were for September 23. The conductor found 3 unsold seats for us and allowed us to stay on the train.

Oslo: We had a tour with Stig Frislid Torset. He was better than John, but again we have had better. Our travel companion had been told by a friend of Norwegian descent to try a specific type of pastry. Stig found a shop that sold it for her. We requested that we see the Vigeland Sculpture Park. He commented that was not normally what he did, but if that's what we wanted ... we said we did. He did have interesting commentary about some of the sculptures. Afterwards, he showed us some of the "hidden gems" that he normally focuses on, which included Grass Roots Square. Grass Roots Square is very special & we were very glad that we saw it.

I would recommend Kimkim to others. Thanks for your help in creating a memorable trip for us.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mary,
Thank you so so much for taking the time to write such a detailed feedback for us! I am happy that you all in all had a good time despite the hick up with the transfer in Aurland. This is certainly valuable information we will bring with us in the future so that we can improve as much as possible.

Thank you so much again for traveling with us and it was a pleasure planning the trip for you!
All the very very best.
Ingrid

Norwegian city, mountain & fjord adventure | hiking - 7 days, Norway - Sep 14 - Sep 20, 2019

Traveler: Michael H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I are so pleased we decided to hire Kimkim to plan our first trip to Norway. We had a limited time (6-7 days) and felt they did a wonderful job giving us the best itinerary for our interests/time constraints. The accommodations they selected were convenient and comfortable, the detailed itineraries they provided were extremely helpful (including maps, wayfinding info, etc.), and the guides they hired were professional and informative. If we had planned things ourselves we... read more

My wife and I are so pleased we decided to hire Kimkim to plan our first trip to Norway. We had a limited time (6-7 days) and felt they did a wonderful job giving us the best itinerary for our interests/time constraints. The accommodations they selected were convenient and comfortable, the detailed itineraries they provided were extremely helpful (including maps, wayfinding info, etc.), and the guides they hired were professional and informative. If we had planned things ourselves we probably wouldn't have experienced the most special part of our trip, staying in Aurland for a few nights and taking a cruise of the Aurlandsfjord & Nærøyfjord.
Thank you for taking logistics off our plate, allowing us to enjoy your beautiful country free of stress or worry!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Michael and Dorothy,
Thank you so much for your kind words and I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your time here in Norway. Happy to hear you found our service helpful and enjoyed the time you had with the local specialists as well!

All the very best to you both and thank you so much for traveling with us!
Ingrid & Vilde

Western norway's fjord road trip - 8 days, Norway - Sep 20 - Sep 27, 2019

Traveler: Sharon S. - Local specialist: André Larsen

Andre was quick to respond and always accommodating. The hotels he chose were excellent, as were his suggestions for our day trips. We totally appreciated not having huge drives to make. His planning was superb!!! We can’t thank him enough for such an amazing experience!!!!!

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

I'm so happy to hear that you had such a great time in Norway and thank you for the review. It was a pleasure helping you with planing your trip to Norway. I hope you want to visit Norway again sometime.

How to spend two weeks in norway, Norway - Sep 2 - Sep 23, 2019

Traveler: Adolfo B. - Local specialist: Emily Bakker

We had a very very positive experience each step of the way, from planning the trip with Emily (who listened very carefully to what we wanted, found the kinds of places we wanted to stay at, and developed an excellent itinerary that allowed us to see and experience truly beautiful places) , to the places we stayed, all that we saw, our hiking and kayaking experiences, and especially with our guide, Thomas Riis. He was an exceptional guide, outstanding in every way. Thomas was friendly,... read more

We had a very very positive experience each step of the way, from planning the trip with Emily (who listened very carefully to what we wanted, found the kinds of places we wanted to stay at, and developed an excellent itinerary that allowed us to see and experience truly beautiful places) , to the places we stayed, all that we saw, our hiking and kayaking experiences, and especially with our guide, Thomas Riis. He was an exceptional guide, outstanding in every way. Thomas was friendly, flexible, patient, extremely helpful, and very very knowledgeable. He radiated a very positive energy all the way through our time with him. We would wholeheartedly endorse him and would gladly have him as our guide again.

There was one mixup on the travel arrangements but Kim Kim, and specifically Emily, responded quickly and efficiently.

Larry

Western norway's fjord road trip, bergen | aurland | solvorn | geiranger | hjørundfjord | ålesund - 11 days , Norway - Sep 16 - Sep 26, 2019

Traveler: Larry K. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

We took an 11 day road trip through Norway that was a fantastic experience. We wanted to be on our own for the most part, but appreciated having the hotels and activities suggested for us. From there, Fridur helped us to customize something that worked for us. Fridur was also VERY helpful mid-trip proactively helping us to manage detours caused by unexpected weather.

We also very much enjoyed our time with David, our guide in Bergen. It was more like a friend of friend showing you his city than a stuffy tour. That was perfect for us.

Larry

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Fridur Kjartansdottir, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for the kind words, Larry!
I’m glad to know that you enjoyed your trip, even though you had to make some detours due to early autumn weather.. 😊

Thank you again for booking your trip with us and I hope to see you again in Norway someday!

All the best to you and Lea

Norway slow travel: oslo, aurland & bergen - 7 days, Norway - Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2019

Traveler: Rod M. - Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

Rose and I could not be more impressed with the attention to detail that we received from our Kim Kim contact - Julia . Her attention to detail could not have been better

The Trip Julia put together for us was the perfect way to start discovering Norway.

Excellent accommodation in the perfect position to see all the local sites along with the right adventures that suited our style of traveling. This allowed us the time and space to really enjoy the sheer beauty of Norway.

We will certainly be traveling with Kim Kim in future

Rod and Rose

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Julia Plaschke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Rose and Rod, thanks a lot for your feedback. I am glad you had an amazing time in Norway.
I wish you all the best.

6 days in norway, Norway - Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2019

Traveler: Inge H. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

We had an excellent experience with Kimkim in planning our trip. We gave Vilde the general outline of where we wanted to begin and end and she planned it all, hotels and excursions. We drove over 650 miles during our stay and thoroughly enjoyed the drive and landscapes. We loved the Dragsvik Fjordhotel , Bergens Bors hotel, the Fjord Cruise and walking tour of Bergen. Our guide, ( forgotten his name) during our walking tour was great. We were a bit more vigorous than his typical clients, so... read more

We had an excellent experience with Kimkim in planning our trip. We gave Vilde the general outline of where we wanted to begin and end and she planned it all, hotels and excursions. We drove over 650 miles during our stay and thoroughly enjoyed the drive and landscapes. We loved the Dragsvik Fjordhotel , Bergens Bors hotel, the Fjord Cruise and walking tour of Bergen. Our guide, ( forgotten his name) during our walking tour was great. We were a bit more vigorous than his typical clients, so we finished his usual tour in 2hrs rather than 3. No problem we still enjoyed it!! We realized that we prefer a la carte dining rather than the dinner buffets offered in two of the hotels we stayed, for the tour bus crowd. During our trip we needed to adjust our travel and Andre easily took care of cancelling and rebooking our hotel. The Viking Village was a major tourist destination, not our type of thing but the drive there was beautiful! we will most definitely use Kimkim again on our next visit to Norway, when we plan to venture further north!!

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the great review. We are very happy to hear that you had such a good time in Norway and we are very happy to help you plan for a trip to the north of Norway next time.

Bergen | balestrand | geilo | oslo - 9 days , Norway - Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2019

Traveler: Catherine B. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

My two sons (19 & 21) and I wanted to visit Norway but due to my work schedule I left everything to the last minute. I found Kim Kim per chance on the Internet and decided based on their excellent reviews for Norway to give them a try. I completed the questionnaire and Fridur quickly contacted me. She was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and patient in helping us to plan our Itinerary. She focused on basing it on our own special requests - active with multiple hiking days in Bergen and... read more

My two sons (19 & 21) and I wanted to visit Norway but due to my work schedule I left everything to the last minute. I found Kim Kim per chance on the Internet and decided based on their excellent reviews for Norway to give them a try. I completed the questionnaire and Fridur quickly contacted me. She was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and patient in helping us to plan our Itinerary. She focused on basing it on our own special requests - active with multiple hiking days in Bergen and Balestrand plus white water rafting near Geilo. We even squeezed in visits and morning tours of both Bergen and Oslo. The local guides, Fartein in Bergen and Stig in Oslo, were informative and fun to discuss the history of their cities and country. I had never been on a personal local guided tour before and they have convinced me that this is the way to go. We saw so much and learned a great deal in our three hours together.
Fridur sent details on how to travel to the airports and tips on saving money by purchasing the day passes, etc. She responded to all of my 1,000 questions. I also must comment that I had braced myself for sticker shock but was pleasantly surprised that Fridur kept the cost down in our price range while booking us into comfortable 4 star hotels that were well located.
There is so much to see in beautiful Norway, I hope that we are able to return soon. I definitely would love to work with Fridur again.

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Fridur Kjartansdottir, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the lovely review, Catherine!
I'm very glad to know that you enjoyed your trip and that you are interested in visiting Norway again someday.. I hope you get the chance :-)

I really enjoyed working on this with you and thank you again for booking your trip with us!
All the best to you and your family

Journey through norway via lofoten, bodø, trondheim and oslo, Norway - Aug 24 - Sep 10, 2019

Traveler: Gillian M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was great, the whole process made easy.
All hotel bookings and transport bookings ran smoothly.
Always available and ready to help
Will definitely refer and use KimKim again
Highly recommended

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a reveiw for us, Gillian! :-D I am so happy you enjoyed your time in Norway with us and adventure of design! All the best to you and welcome back!

Best,
Ingrid

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure, Norway - Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2019

Traveler: Mary C. - Local specialist: André Larsen

We were so happy with our kimkim experience! André was responsive and very nice to deal with. He set up an itinerary that reflected our interests. All transportation, information, transfers, hotels were nicely chosen and there were no problems or glitches. André gave us great recommendations for restaurants, as did our guides in Bergen, David and Vilde. These two were so important in terms of our overall experience in Scandinavia. They were knowledgeable and fun; it was like going around... read more

We were so happy with our kimkim experience! André was responsive and very nice to deal with. He set up an itinerary that reflected our interests. All transportation, information, transfers, hotels were nicely chosen and there were no problems or glitches. André gave us great recommendations for restaurants, as did our guides in Bergen, David and Vilde. These two were so important in terms of our overall experience in Scandinavia. They were knowledgeable and fun; it was like going around town and on a hike with friends. David's tour was personalized and quirky while encompassing the city's history and significant places. We got a real sense of contemporary Bergen from him, deeper and more interesting than on a typical tour. Vilde took us on a rigorous, enjoyable hike. We learned more about Norway while talking to her about her life.

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the review. I am so happy to hear that you liked your trip in Norway. Also great that you liked the local walks, Vilde and David also enjoyed very much showing you the city.

We hope to see you in Norway again sometime.

Mark

Summer tour in norway's fjords - 14 days, Norway - Aug 22 - Sep 1, 2019

Traveler: Mark B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Outstanding service from Ingrid and the KimKim team before and during my trip - including helping me though an unplanned hiccup in my itinerary!

I absolutely loved my stay in the Lofoten Islands and especially Reine. I'll definitely head back there some day to explore some hikes I had to cancel due to the inclement weather I experienced on my trip.

Bergen was a ton of fun too - great charm, cool vibe along with tons of great shops and restaurants / pubs!

Transportation throughout the country - airfare, buses, trains and taxis - were all super easy and convenient too.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark,
Thank you so so much for taking the time to write a review for us! I am so happy you enjoyed yourself in my home country adn that you would like to come back as well!
All the best to you and thank you so much for traveling with us!
Best,
Ingrid

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 6 days , Norway - Aug 19 - Aug 24, 2019

Traveler: Rita K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a wonderful time in Norway thanks to the Kim Kim team!
To everybody who got involved during our vacation.I would definitely recommend the Kim Kim crew to anyone.

Ingrid did an excellent job putting our busy trip together.We only had 6 days in that beautiful country and we got the most out of it !Even on that rainy day we had in Rosendale. Thanks for Sjur and Laila.
Ingrid booked everything (train and ferry tickets,glacier tour, hotels) for us so we did not have to worry about those... read more

We had a wonderful time in Norway thanks to the Kim Kim team!
To everybody who got involved during our vacation.I would definitely recommend the Kim Kim crew to anyone.

Ingrid did an excellent job putting our busy trip together.We only had 6 days in that beautiful country and we got the most out of it !Even on that rainy day we had in Rosendale. Thanks for Sjur and Laila.
Ingrid booked everything (train and ferry tickets,glacier tour, hotels) for us so we did not have to worry about those and everything went perfectly well.Ingrid even helped us during the days we were there with the transportation in Oslo.Very helpful staff in the Kvikness and Thon hotels as well.
Many thanks Ingrid!!!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rita and family,
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy to hear that you had a good time and thank you for sharing the nice pictures! Very happy that you enjoyed your time in Norway and thank you so much for traveling with us!

All the very best to you all and welcome back!
Ingrid

Brønnøysund to stockholm, Norway - Aug 15 - Aug 30, 2019

Traveler: Alex L. - Local specialist: Emily Bakker

Emily did a super good job building a trip around my existing constraints and interests. Two wishes for the kimkim platform:
- Itemized cost shown both as the trip gets built and when I’m billed.
- Not asking me to review twice, once in TrustPilot and once here.

Western norway's rivers, islands & fjords - 11 days, Norway - Aug 18 - Aug 29, 2019

Traveler: John N. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did an amazing job of organizing our trip, keeping us informed, sending appropriate materials and tickets in a timely manner, and answering our questions with helpful answers. Both of our city guides, Stig and Flemmet, gave us unique perspectives of their cities, an off the beaten path stroll through the city and excellent recommdations of where to eat. Hiking through the hills around Kalvag was enjoyable, even in the light rain. The ride on the ferry from Bergen to Aurland was... read more

Ingrid did an amazing job of organizing our trip, keeping us informed, sending appropriate materials and tickets in a timely manner, and answering our questions with helpful answers. Both of our city guides, Stig and Flemmet, gave us unique perspectives of their cities, an off the beaten path stroll through the city and excellent recommdations of where to eat. Hiking through the hills around Kalvag was enjoyable, even in the light rain. The ride on the ferry from Bergen to Aurland was memorable. The beautiful sunshine made it even more impressive. The 2.6 km hike up to Stegastein viewpoint in Aurland was exhilarating and fun. We ate at a variety of different local restaurants and had some very delicious dishes.
When we first started looking at how we wanted to see Norway, we were looking for something, where the transportation and lodging were taken care of, but where we could do the things we wanted to at the different places. Kimkim's tour offerings and flexibility to add things seemed to offer this. Our 12 day tour, as you described it, is exactly what we wanted and what we got. If anything it exceeded our expectations.
Thank you again to all, who were involved with planning our trip. We are very appreciative of your efforts. We will highly recommend you to anyone, who is considering seeing Norway.
Tusen takk,
John and Sharon Nichols

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear John and Sharon,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! I am so pleased to hear that you had a good time and that everything went to well with the weather as well! Thank you so so much for traveling with us again and welcome back of course anytime!

All the very best to you all!
Ingrid

Southern norway's fjord coast - 8 days, Norway - Aug 16 - Aug 25, 2019

Traveler: Katherine H. - Local specialist: Nina Fossum Andreassen

I cannot thank Nina & kimkim enough for the help planning this trip. My friend and I had an absolutely incredible time in Norway – we were able to fit in so many activities/locations in only 10 days because the trip was so well coordinated. It was the perfect mix of cities and smaller villages (Oslo, Balestrand, Bergen, and Rosendal) – there is nothing we would have changed.

This was also a VERY last minute trip and I was genuinely nervous we were going to show up in Norway with no plans... read more

I cannot thank Nina & kimkim enough for the help planning this trip. My friend and I had an absolutely incredible time in Norway – we were able to fit in so many activities/locations in only 10 days because the trip was so well coordinated. It was the perfect mix of cities and smaller villages (Oslo, Balestrand, Bergen, and Rosendal) – there is nothing we would have changed.

This was also a VERY last minute trip and I was genuinely nervous we were going to show up in Norway with no plans until I found kimkim when I was googling Norway itineraries. I was connected with Nina only about two weeks before we were set to leave. She was so helpful, responsive, and thoughtful when she was putting together our trip plan and she was also available for quick questions when we were in Norway. There is a good chance that our trip may not have happened without Nina – thank you!!!

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Nina Fossum Andreassen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for these nice words, it makes me so happy to hear you had a great time even though it was raining quite a bit. I had a great time making this trip for you and I am so excited you loved it so much! :)

Ultimate norwegian fjord road trip – 10 days, Norway - Aug 14 - Aug 23, 2019

Traveler: stephani o. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid and all the supporting specialists were very helpful to make sure our Norway trip was amazing. All of our activity requirements were executed, which made for a VERY active vacation. We expressed that we wanted to do a lot of hiking, kayaking, eating and fly fishing. They were very much able to piece together a trip that made for a lot of memories and epic photos.

I will definitely use Kim Kim again, as having a specialist select your hotels, itinerary, book train/bus tickets,... read more

Ingrid and all the supporting specialists were very helpful to make sure our Norway trip was amazing. All of our activity requirements were executed, which made for a VERY active vacation. We expressed that we wanted to do a lot of hiking, kayaking, eating and fly fishing. They were very much able to piece together a trip that made for a lot of memories and epic photos.

I will definitely use Kim Kim again, as having a specialist select your hotels, itinerary, book train/bus tickets, find a fly fishing guide, etc is extremely worth the money. Ingrid was more than communicative when planning, asking if we preferred one thing over another, sticking within our budget, giving us weather updates, recommending restaurants and mostly being available when we were in Norway for any questions.

Thank you, Ingrid for all your help!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Stephani,
Thank you so so much for taking the time to write a review! It makes me very happy to read that you had a good time and enjoyed yourselves! Thank you so much for traveling with us and I am happy to hear that you would like to use Kimkim again!

All the very best to you and take care!
Ingrid

Oslo, bergen & southern norway - 8 days, Norway - Aug 20 - Aug 27, 2019

Traveler: Maryellen N. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

When we were planning our trip to Norway, we had two goals in mind - to see as much of this beautiful country as possible and to discover my family roots. With Linda Verasdal's help, we were able to do both. I presented her with a wishlist and she made it all happen. We like to travel on our own and not with a tour group but Linda took care of all of our hotel reservations, train tickets, domestic plane flights and great suggestions for excursions. We also LOVED our local guides -Stig in... read more

When we were planning our trip to Norway, we had two goals in mind - to see as much of this beautiful country as possible and to discover my family roots. With Linda Verasdal's help, we were able to do both. I presented her with a wishlist and she made it all happen. We like to travel on our own and not with a tour group but Linda took care of all of our hotel reservations, train tickets, domestic plane flights and great suggestions for excursions. We also LOVED our local guides -Stig in Oslo and Vilde in Bergen. With their help, we got an inside look of Norwegian culture - touring neighborhoods, having coffee at an "non-touristy" restaurant and a true feel of Norwegian hospitality. We are seasoned travelers and have used many different travel agents but Linda, in our opinion, is the best. We even had a chance to meet her for lunch. Please check her out if you want a fantastic Norwegian experience. And yes, I discovered my grandfather's family - uncles, aunts, the house he was born in (year 1884) and even his school records. Just awesome.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Maryellen, thank you so much for your review and for travelling with us! It was a pleasure helping you out with your trip plan and really nice to meet you and Caitlin in my hometown Arendal! So happy that you discovered more about your family and your roots in Norway. Hope to see you back soon!

Chris

Outdoor norway | oslo, balestrand, trolltunga, bergen - 10 days, Norway - Aug 13 - Aug 22, 2019

Traveler: Chris K. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

We had a GREAT trip! everything went smoothly and we had a fantastic time! Highlights were the Trolltunga hike, the Oslo-to-Myrdal train (and the Flam train), and Fjærland, but everything was fantastic.

One thing that would be helpful is including a short overview of how to see schedules / pay for public transportation. It wasn't hard for us to figure out, but would be good to have folks download things like the Skyss app if they are taking a lot of buses and light trains.

The itinerary that Fridur provided was just perfect for us (lots of activities and sightseeing).

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Fridur Kjartansdottir, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write these kind words, Chris! I'm glad to know that you enjoyed your time in Norway and it was a pleasure working on this with you and Devin.
Also, great feedback regarding the public transportations!

Hope to see you again in Norway someday :))

Western norway's rivers, islands & fjords - 10 days, Norway - Aug 15 - Aug 24, 2019

Traveler: Peter W. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Thanx Ingrid. Norway was great. So friendly, clean and beautiful. Kelvag was very special.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your review Peter! Very happy to hear that you liked my home country! I certainly understand that you like Kalvåg- one of my favorites in Norway too!

Take care and ofcourse- Welcome back! :-)

Prem

Western norway's fjord road trip, Norway - Aug 9 - Aug 16, 2019

Traveler: Prem P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I have used the tour services for the first time and my interactions with Ingrid were simply outstanding. She was always prompt with her responses and provided not just the relevant information, but something extra as well. She took on the recommendations positively and was a life saver when we had to make a last minute change in the fjord cruise. Over all we had an amazing experience and I will be using kimkim for my future travels!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Prem,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! I am so happy to read that you had a good time and the pictures you have taken looks beautiful!
All the very best and take care!
Ingrid

Trip to norway, Norway - Aug 12 - Aug 12, 2019

Traveler: Jane M. - Local specialist: Gareth Hutton

It was sublime. Well organized, varied and very personalized. We loved all of it.

Explore bergen, fjords & waterfalls - 7 days, Norway - Aug 8 - Aug 14, 2019

Traveler: Angeline K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Bergen is a beautiful place to be and walk
We had a guide John great person
Who took us through the little streets
We were very lucky we had great weather
Than we took the ferry to balestrand
Just so beautiful and looks like a postcard!
Time to relax ,walk and bike
After two days We took the ferry to Flåm stayed few hours(rainy) but still beautiful
And from Flåm we took the train to Myrdal (must do) and back to rainy Bergen
But still beautiful
Must do climb the 722stairs and walk till the funicular we enjoyed the view ,the place
Was fun
Thank you Ingrid

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Angeline,
Thank you very much for your feedback and for taking the time to write a review for us! Very happy to hear that you were lucky with the weather (mostly) and enjoyed John, Balestrand, the Flåm railway and the funicular! Thanks so much again for traveling with us and very happy that I was about to make you happy so last minute!

All the best,
Ingrid

Nordic road trip for nature lovers - 14 days, Norway - Jul 26 - Aug 10, 2019

Traveler: Chiara C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a very great experience in Norway thanks to Ingrid's advices! We planned our trip taking inspiration from "Nordic Road Trip for Nature Lovers - 14 Days", we've been put in contact with Ingrid, who did a great job by adapting the tour to our requests. We've had 16 fantastic days hiking and exploring the most scenic views in southern Norway!
We highly recommend this service, as we're totally satisfied with it.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Chiara,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us. I am so happy that you found my suggestions and recommendations helpful and that you enjoyed a lot of hiking while you where here.

Thanks so much again and welcome back of course!
Ingrid

Alissa

Nordic adventure for outdoor lovers | bergen, trolltunga, voss - 5 days, Norway - Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2019

Traveler: Alissa L. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

Our travel guide Fridur helped me plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Norway for me and my family. She quickly assessed what types of activities we were interested in and proposed an itinerary that perfectly met our needs. We're adventurous outdoor enthusiasts, so she tailored the Nordic Adventure for Outdoor Lovers to allow us to spend extra time in the beautiful Hardangerfjord area and to change the Trolltunga hike to the Via Ferrata + Sunset/Sunrise Combo. We had an amazing experience and... read more

Our travel guide Fridur helped me plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Norway for me and my family. She quickly assessed what types of activities we were interested in and proposed an itinerary that perfectly met our needs. We're adventurous outdoor enthusiasts, so she tailored the Nordic Adventure for Outdoor Lovers to allow us to spend extra time in the beautiful Hardangerfjord area and to change the Trolltunga hike to the Via Ferrata + Sunset/Sunrise Combo. We had an amazing experience and look forward to going back to Norway to explore more someday. Having the kimkim team provide local expertise takes a lot of pressure off in planning travel to a new country. Definitely recommend working with them!

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Fridur Kjartansdottir, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alissa, thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review and it was a real pleasure working on this with you! I'm glad to know that you enjoyed your trip and the photos are just amazing!!
Hope to see you back in Norway someday for new adventures! :)

All the best to you and your family
Fridur

Bergen fjord adventure - 4 days, Norway - Aug 14 - Aug 17, 2019

Traveler: Sanjiv B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I visited Norway in August 2019 and Ingrid has been a key part of planning and executing our itinerary. We visited Bergen, Balestrand, Tromso, Lofoten Island and Oslo. Ingrid arranged our local travel visiting fords, Balestrand and then the most beautiful train ride via Myrdal. Ingrid also came to meet us personally at Bergen and walked to the city centre. She is a great asset to her company and I found her extremely helpful. Highly recommend Ingrid and Kimkim,

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Deat Sanjiv,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! I am so happy to read that you enjoyed your days in Norway and it was a pleasure meeting you in Bergen!

Thank you so much again for traveling with us and I wish you a great day!
Best,
Ingrid

Norway's cities, mountains & fjords - 6 days , Norway - Aug 11 - Aug 16, 2019

Traveler: Michael R. - Local specialist: André Larsen

The trip was very well organised by Andre. I found him to be responsive, friendly and helpful all the way through the process. We needed a change of bike (to an e-bike) at the last minute and he organised it for us. The places we stayed varied in quality. The hotel in Oslo was not bad - the rooms and feel of the place was that it was a little pokey but clean. Reception was frequently overloaded when more than a couple of guests arrived. The hotel in Gielo was pretty good. It was crowded with... read more

The trip was very well organised by Andre. I found him to be responsive, friendly and helpful all the way through the process. We needed a change of bike (to an e-bike) at the last minute and he organised it for us. The places we stayed varied in quality. The hotel in Oslo was not bad - the rooms and feel of the place was that it was a little pokey but clean. Reception was frequently overloaded when more than a couple of guests arrived. The hotel in Gielo was pretty good. It was crowded with a bus load of tourists and the hotel had a bit of difficulty handling the numbers. The absolutely loved Balestrand and the Midtnes Hotel. The owner of the hotel really took pride in the place and could not do enough for us. We are glad we had two nights there. Bergen is a beautiful little city and we also enjoyed that. The hotel had a lot of difficulty dealing with crowds from bus loads. The staff were very friendly and worked hard but they were unable to deal with the peak periods and the place was bedlam. Our guide David was hilarious. I liked David and his tour because he didn’t really seem to know any detailed history about Bergen but gave us a good idea of the society and life of the Bergen people. It felt like a stroll around the city with a nice guy who knew a bit about the city from living there for many years. His recommendations for a good coffee shop and restaurants were spot on. The restaurant he recommended was Naboen. We loved it. Reasonable prices and very nice food and service. So his tour suited me but would not be for someone really interested in the history of Bergen. My kids thought it hilarious that outside the oldest church he read out a few points straight from the sign next to the church. Thanks again Andre for organising our tour so we’ll.

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the great review. I'm very happy to hear that you have had such a good time in Norway. And thank you very much for the detailed feedback, I really appreciate that. I hope you want to visit Norway again some time.

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 5 days, Norway - Aug 1 - Aug 8, 2019

Traveler: Peh S. - Local specialist: Nina Fossum Andreassen

The whole itinerary was very well planned and we had a great time in Norway. We couldn’t have visited all the beautiful and scenic locations without Nina’s recommendation. All the hotels are very well located. Nina Andreassen was very helpful and responsive to our queries.
Overall we were satisfied and happy with the service provided by Kim Kim and the team.
We would recommend Kim Kim’s service to anyone who wish to visit Norway.

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Nina Fossum Andreassen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your kind words Peh, it means a lot to me and I had a great time planning this trip with you. I cannot tell you how happy I am to hear you're satisfied. Best of wishes from me and hope you will come back to Norway again!

7 days oslo | local aurland | bergen, Norway - Aug 3 - Aug 10, 2019

Traveler: Brenda N. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

I consider that one of my luckiest "finds" to be when I ran across a personal travel posting that mentioned kimkim. I had already spent many unsuccessful & frustrating hours on my computer trying to plan a week long trip to Norway with our son, daughter-in-law, 6 yr old grandson and 2 year old granddaughter. It had become abundantly clear that I was out of my depth. Linda answered my initial inquiry at kimkim and we began planning an agenda that included the areas we wanted to see, bolstered... read more

I consider that one of my luckiest "finds" to be when I ran across a personal travel posting that mentioned kimkim. I had already spent many unsuccessful & frustrating hours on my computer trying to plan a week long trip to Norway with our son, daughter-in-law, 6 yr old grandson and 2 year old granddaughter. It had become abundantly clear that I was out of my depth. Linda answered my initial inquiry at kimkim and we began planning an agenda that included the areas we wanted to see, bolstered by what sites and activities she recommended in each of those areas. Through efficient and prompt emailing, she helped build a travel schedule with the 6 yr and 2 yr children in mind. At no time, however, did I feel that she was pushing us in any particular direction. She was happy to adjust, consider, re-arrange, explain why something might not work, suggest alternatives --- all with the goal of reaching an agenda that met our varied personal needs. Once the final agenda was set, I was SO impressed when everything we needed was emailed to us about 2 weeks before departure: a very detailed trip agenda; hotel reservations; pre-paid train & ferry tickets; timed taxi reservations; individual maps to use once we arrived at each destination; pre-paid entrance tickets to Viking Valley; names of guides, their contact information, time & place to meet; even a dinner reservation at a popular restaurant -- plus her contact number if we needed anything during the trip. In addition, she double-checked each reservation right before we arrived. I realized how carefully we were being "shadowed" during the trip when I received an email from Linda, just "checking in" to see how we were doing, and a text another day advising me that a guide had become ill, and giving me the name & contact information of the new guide. That was when I clearly realized the most valuable difference in kimkim and the "brick & mortar" travel agencies I have used in past years: a travel agency here in the U.S. would have been finished with us once we paid, and certainly once we had departed on the trip. Linda and our guides (Matilda & Vilde --- both delightful, by the way) were there for us throughout the trip. We knew intuitively that we could count on Linda and her colleagues to help us in any situation that might arise, or even to just answer a question.

I consider myself a walking kimkim advertisement now. I am spreading the word to everyone I know, as this business model offers a level of excellence & stress-free travel that is completely unique in today's world of limited, impersonal customer service. Thank you, Linda! We LOVED your gorgeous Norway! We hope to use kimkim again!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Brenda, thank you so much for your lovely review. This is exactly what we stive for every day. To be at service for our travellers and make sure the process is seamless and taken care of, accordingly to your wishes and requests. I am really happy to read how much you appreciated this and the journey of course! It was a pleasure working with you and planning your trip together. It can indeed be overwhelming with so many options around. hope to see you back one day, or in another KimKim destination!

Road trip scenic landscape - 17 days, Norway - Jul 4 - Jul 20, 2019

Traveler: Anne B. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Norway - Road trip scenic landscape (17 days)

This was my first trip booking through KimKim. Our local agent in Norway (Linda) was fantastic! She did a great job fitting in all our requests of things we wanted to see while in Norway as well as including destinations that were "must sees" for our time in this beautiful country! The hotels were terrific (safe, clean, in nice central locations) and our guides for Oslo and Bergen were fun, knowledgeable, and personable. Linda was also very... read more

Norway - Road trip scenic landscape (17 days)

This was my first trip booking through KimKim. Our local agent in Norway (Linda) was fantastic! She did a great job fitting in all our requests of things we wanted to see while in Norway as well as including destinations that were "must sees" for our time in this beautiful country! The hotels were terrific (safe, clean, in nice central locations) and our guides for Oslo and Bergen were fun, knowledgeable, and personable. Linda was also very responsive to any questions we had while we were on our trip. The price we paid for this service was well worth the money given the time it saved us in researching recommended places to visit as well as to book hotels and transportation. I highly recommend using KimKim and plan to use them again for our next overseas trip!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Anne, thank you so much for the feedback and recommendation! Truly appreciating that. It was great fun plan your trip together and I am really happy to read that it was well worth it! hope to see you back soon, or in one of KimKim´s other destinations!

Beth

Explore oslo and tromsø | hiking and biking, Norway - Aug 6 - Aug 10, 2019

Traveler: Beth S. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

Kimkim was easy to use and my agent, Fridur, was fantastic. Super easy to work with and planned a trip that was spot on what I wanted. Everything was communicated clearly. All the places he chose were excellent. Top notch hotels, great local tours, wonderful all around.

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Fridur Kjartansdottir, local specialist, responded to this review:

Wonderful to know that you enjoyed your trip, Beth! Stig told me he had a great time with you in Oslo.
It was a pleasure working on this with you and I appreciate you taking the time to write this lovely review :)

Norway fjords summer tour - 14 days, Norway - Jul 20 - Aug 3, 2019

Traveler: Sally B. - Local specialist: André Larsen

The help we received made the trip perfect fir us. We had a few snafus along the way but they managed them through with us. The private tour we had in Oslo was great, the one in Bergen not as knowledgeable. Could have had some more knowledge on how to get on and off the cruise on check in times for luggage when we need to be out of cabin.

More guidance on good side of the bus for views, more detail on how the nutshell bus works. That sort of thing.

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your kind words. I am very happy to hear that you liked the trip. And thank you for the feedback as well, I will remember that for the future.

Fjords/kayaking near bergen, Norway - May 31 - Jun 3, 2019

Traveler: Kenneth S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We were disappointed with the service from Kim Kim. The Nærøyfjord fjord itinerary that Ingrid chose for us routed us through the same fjord three times: Flam to Balestrand, then Balestrand to Flam, and then the first hour of the Nærøyfjord “tour” was through the same area for the third time. You called it a tour, but it wasn’t: there was no commentary or information given during the Nærøyfjord trip. On the Norled boats between Flam and Balestrand, there were announcements about towns we were... read more

We were disappointed with the service from Kim Kim. The Nærøyfjord fjord itinerary that Ingrid chose for us routed us through the same fjord three times: Flam to Balestrand, then Balestrand to Flam, and then the first hour of the Nærøyfjord “tour” was through the same area for the third time. You called it a tour, but it wasn’t: there was no commentary or information given during the Nærøyfjord trip. On the Norled boats between Flam and Balestrand, there were announcements about towns we were passing, and they steered the boat close to various waterfalls along the way so we could get a view. On the Nærøyfjord boat there was nothing like that- we just passed scenery we had already seen (twice), then went around the corner, then got dropped off.

Then came the stop in Gudvangen. In the itinerary it says, “Map of bus stop will be provided,” but you did not provide a map. The instructions said to catch the NX450 bus and pay the driver. There was a sign near the boat dock that said “public buses,” but a man in the ticket office said we needed to go to the main road. In the pouring rain, I went to the bus stop on the street, but it didn’t have the Skyss logo or the NX450 schedule on it, so I walked back to the dock area. Worried that we would miss the bus on the main road if it came by, we took our bags to the road, in the rain. Then the bus came, and many people had advance tickets and got on (why didn’t you book us advance tickets?). The bus driver told us the bus was full, so we dragged our bags back to the dock area- still in the rain- and waited there. The next bus came well before its departure time, so we were able to talk to the driver. We finally knew for certain when we would be leaving, so we could relax and have some dinner.

When I mentioned this to Ingrid, she said, "I was honestly not aware that there would be a chance that it would be fully booked on the bus. " Of course there's a chance: if enough people show up.

The whole reason we booked through your service was because we didn’t want to book things ourselves and end up standing in the rain, not knowing where to go next. And yet, that’s exactly where we found ourselves, after paying Kim Kim a large sum of money. It was frustrating to go through that, when it could have been avoided through advance bus tickets or putting us on different transport.

We have a note for you regarding the Gone Paddling tour in Balestrand, as well. The weather was predicted to be rainy and cold the morning of our kayaking trip, and I called them about switching to their 3pm tour, but it wasn’t running that day. We went ahead and took the morning tour, and Gone Paddling had dry suits for protection against the rain. However, they didn’t offer any sort of gloves or headwear, like a hat or hood. You didn’t mention that we should bring a hood and gloves, and neither does their website. The dry suit kept us dry at first, but as we continued paddling in the rain, my wife in particular got very cold and needed to return to shore. I recommend mentioning to future clients that they need to bring their own gear in case of rain, besides the dry suit, and we’ve mentioned it to Gone Paddling, too.

Overall, we booked with you to make the logistics of our trip go smoothly. In the end, there were more bumps than we expected.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kenneth,

I am sorry that parts of the the Norway experience was not quite you expected. Since you specifically wanted to go to Nærøyfjord, we planned it in the only way that was possible, and unfortunately the experience was also shortened and this did not allow for us to take you via another route out!

The weather did not help as well, and I can understand the difficulty you must have faced going to and forth to get to the bus, which unfortunately was full. We can assure you that... read more

Dear Kenneth,

I am sorry that parts of the the Norway experience was not quite you expected. Since you specifically wanted to go to Nærøyfjord, we planned it in the only way that was possible, and unfortunately the experience was also shortened and this did not allow for us to take you via another route out!

The weather did not help as well, and I can understand the difficulty you must have faced going to and forth to get to the bus, which unfortunately was full. We can assure you that this was not intentional, and we have never faced a full bus situation before, so this is quite unusual and unexpected. We have certainly learned from this!

Sorry that the Voss to Bergen train journey did not impress either, this is usually considered a particular spectacular train journey in Norway.

Regardless, I sincerly apologise for any failures on my part, and would like to assure you that this is not intentional.

I also thank you for making the effort to pen down some constructive criticism, which I really value, and will help make each trip that I support better in the future.

Take care and I wish you all the best!
Ingrid

Bergen through the green fjord to oslo - 7 days, Norway - Jul 28 - Aug 3, 2019

Traveler: Christine W. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our trip to the Norwegian Fjords was wonderful.
Until Oslo, our hotels were owned and staffed by local people who provided excellent and friendly service. Our rooms were all different, a good size, clean and colourful with interesting art works on the walls. Our rooms at the Augustin in Bergen and the Kviknes in Balestrand also had lovely views. All hotels were well sited for making the local area easy to explore. In Oslo, the Scandic Byporten was well sited but our room was very... read more

Our trip to the Norwegian Fjords was wonderful.
Until Oslo, our hotels were owned and staffed by local people who provided excellent and friendly service. Our rooms were all different, a good size, clean and colourful with interesting art works on the walls. Our rooms at the Augustin in Bergen and the Kviknes in Balestrand also had lovely views. All hotels were well sited for making the local area easy to explore. In Oslo, the Scandic Byporten was well sited but our room was very noisy all night and the hotel was a little grubby.
Our 2 guides, John in Bergen and Yunelene? [that will not be the spelling of her name!] in Fjaerland for the Mundal Valley hike were a highlight for us. They were each knowledgeable about their area and shared their knowledge and something of themselves as we walked these 2 very different places together.
Balestrand and Fjaerland were our favourite places to be. The scenery, the friendliness of the people and the peacefulness made it such a special time. When we arrived from there to Flam with its rushing crowds of people we were reminded of how lucky we had been to stay in Balestrand.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Christine, great to read your feedback from your recent trip to Norway! It was a pleasure to plan your trip together and wonderful that you enjoyed it so much. I hope to see you back in Norway at some point!

Norway fjords, Norway - Jul 31 - Aug 5, 2019

Traveler: Kathryn A. - Local specialist: Ivan Fesenko

After clarifying our travel dates, which were for this year and a late booking, Ivan made it all work! We were especially delighted with our stay at the Kviknes Hotel in Balstrand! The demi-suite had a superb view of the fjord; comfortable room and lovely balcony.
The 4 course dinner was served to perfection; the lamb was prepared just right; the entire dinner was beyond what we had expected from a large hotel. Our compliments to the entire establishment of the Kviknes. Personnel are... read more

After clarifying our travel dates, which were for this year and a late booking, Ivan made it all work! We were especially delighted with our stay at the Kviknes Hotel in Balstrand! The demi-suite had a superb view of the fjord; comfortable room and lovely balcony.
The 4 course dinner was served to perfection; the lamb was prepared just right; the entire dinner was beyond what we had expected from a large hotel. Our compliments to the entire establishment of the Kviknes. Personnel are polite, professional and welcoming.
Thank you Ivan for your work in making our short stay in Norway so enjoyable. The transfers in Oslo and Bergen were enjoyed, thanks to the personable drivers.
Job well done. We appreciate it!

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Ivan Fesenko, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am very glad you enjoyed your time in Norway, Kathryn! It was my pleasure to serve and I am delighted to read your words of appreciation.
Cheers!

oslo, bergen, geirangerfjord and ålesund - 10 days, Norway - Jul 28 - Aug 6, 2019

Traveler: Michelle C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

This trip was absolutely magical! Ingrid listened to our interests and constructed a trip that allowed us to see a good spectrum of Norway and participate in activities we enjoyed. Ingrid is a great communicator and answered all questions in a timely and straightforward manner. She also gave us suggestions on places to consider for meals and activities during our free time in Norway. We felt like we had a good balance of free time and activities during our vacation. We could not be more pleased with our KimKim experience!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michelle,
Aww thank you so much for sharing all the lovely pictures and I am so happy to hear you had a good time in Norway and it makes me so happy to read that you liked my suggestions as well! Welcome back to Norway any time and thank you again for traveling with us!

All the best,
Ingrid

Zachary

Norway's ultimate fjord road trip - 10 days, Norway - Jul 27 - Aug 5, 2019

Traveler: Zachary M. - Local specialist: André Larsen

Booking our trip with KimKim was a breeze. André and Ingrid from the Ethical Travel team were extremely responsive and helpful with questions we had as we prepared for our trip. The itinerary they created for us was great and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and Norway in general.

They also provided many great recommendations and options of what to do or see in each location, which we really appreciated. They helped take the hassle out of figuring out the best route, hotels to stay at things to see, etc.

Overall a positive experience with the team and reccomend to others.

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the kind words. We are all very happy to hear that you had a great time in Norway and hope to see you back some time.

Rita

Ultimate winter adventure in norway's arctic - 14 days, Norway - Feb 16 - Mar 1, 2019

Traveler: Rita M. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Incredibly, 5 months have passed since our trip to Norway and we still haven´t entered our review.
Maybe unconsciously we don't want to end it! But the truth is we´ve been talking about Norway and remembering it since we´ve arrived. 

It was a trip of a lifetime, so good that we´ve made a promise to go back, in summer to see the country's other season and in winter again because we truly loved it. 

The knowledge and understanding kimkim, and our local specialist Linda, provided along the... read more

Incredibly, 5 months have passed since our trip to Norway and we still haven´t entered our review.
Maybe unconsciously we don't want to end it! But the truth is we´ve been talking about Norway and remembering it since we´ve arrived. 

It was a trip of a lifetime, so good that we´ve made a promise to go back, in summer to see the country's other season and in winter again because we truly loved it. 

The knowledge and understanding kimkim, and our local specialist Linda, provided along the way was invaluable and made the experience of planning the trip a wonderful thing. Since the beginning, Linda understood what we were looking for and most important she understood the way we like to travel. The going back and forward between the three of us with ideas and suggestions made the trip feel very much like our creation. It was a tailored made trip done by us, it was very special.

We arrived in Bodø then traveled to Lofoten, drove to Andenes, sailed to Tromsø and finally, we flew to the wild and fantastic Svalbard. We did see the Northen lights, the reason of our trip (5 times in 14 days), but it was much more than that. The road trip through the Islands, kayaking, horseback riding on the beaches, the snowmobile adventure in Svalbard, everything was memorable.

Thank you kimkim! Thank you Linda!

Rita and Eche

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rita and Eche, has it really gone 5 months?? Great to read you enjoyed Norway so much that you want to experience it during the summer time - and winter again! Happy that you enjoyed the planning process and that the plan came out as you wanted! It is a really good catch to see the Northern Lights 1/3 of all the days you were here! See you back in Norway one day :-)

Bergen to oslo fjord adventure - 5 days, Norway - Jul 30 - Aug 3, 2019

Traveler: Miles S. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

We can't thank Vilde enough for her great work on pretty short notice. She arranged the perfect trip starting in Bergen, migrating to the heart of the fjords/Balestrand, and wrapping up in Oslo at the perfect hotel for our last day. Some highlights include our fun and fantastic tour of Bergen, our ferry rides to Balestrand and Flam, our scenic hotel just outside Balestrand in Dragsvik, and our Flamsbana train ride.

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Miles and Jasper! It was such a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for the lovely words. I am so happy you had a good time here. Welcome back at anything and dont forget to listen to Death Metal :-)

Norwegian highlights: oslo, mountains & fjords, bergen - 8 days, Norway - Jul 17 - Jul 24, 2019

Traveler: Lauren C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We really wished we would’ve gotten to see what we thought we were going to see. On our itinerary, it showed pictures of beautiful places, but that was not what we got to see. One place in particular was over an hour away from where we were, but we were led to believe that is what we would see in the town we were staying in. We also were told that one of our train rides would go through waterfalls, which it did not. All of our accommodations were great.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lauren, thank you for your feedback! I just checked your trip plan again, and I see which photo you are talking about. I apologise about that, unfortunately it has followed on from the trip plan template that I designed your trip from... I will also make sure we change the wording "through waterfalls" to "pass waterfalls". Thank you for pointing that out! Happy to hear you enjoyed your accommodations on your journey! :)

road trip & norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 9 days, Norway - Jul 22 - Jul 30, 2019

Traveler: Leslie Z. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Thank you for everything Linda! We had the best experience working with Linda and she arranged our trip so well. The communication throughout the planning process was very clear, punctual and helpful. Linda checked in with us prior to the trip, sending weather, maps, any last minute changes and made sure we were all set. The planning on her end was awesome!

We loved our tour with Stig, he was super informative about Oslo, Norway, Norwegian history and we had such a great time walking along... read more

Thank you for everything Linda! We had the best experience working with Linda and she arranged our trip so well. The communication throughout the planning process was very clear, punctual and helpful. Linda checked in with us prior to the trip, sending weather, maps, any last minute changes and made sure we were all set. The planning on her end was awesome!

We loved our tour with Stig, he was super informative about Oslo, Norway, Norwegian history and we had such a great time walking along the river.

Our road trip was very successful, even with our two year old! :-) Our favorite fjord town was Fjaerland. It was so quiet and peaceful and the Fjærland Fjordstove Hotel was beautiful (and the food was incredible!!) We had a beautiful hike with Karianne.

The Loen Sky lift was also a wonderful time. It was so beautiful up at the top and we enjoyed hiking and having lunch in the gorgeous restaurant, the view is insane!

The drive along Gaularfjellet Scenic Road should not be missed! It was truly an epic drive. The fjords are other worldly, magical and we felt so lucky to be able to experience this adventure.

We enjoyed Bergen very much as well. Hotel Norge is a beautiful hotel! Our guide in Bergen was Snorre. He was a lot of fun, very informative and chill, which was much appreciated at the end of our 9 day trip.

We very much enjoyed the time with all of our guides.

All of the logistics worked out very well, the car rental, the ferries, the hotels...everything was very seamless and the many transitions easy.

Thank you again for everything! Thank you Linda, thank you Ethical Travel and KimKim.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Leslie, great to read your review and how your journey went! It was a pleasure to work with you and plan your holiday with your family. Good to hear everything went well logistically, and that you enjoyed the experience! Hope to see you back one day, and thanks again for traveling with us!

Gilbert

Experience oslo & the western fjords - 10 days, Norway - Jul 21 - Jul 29, 2019

Traveler: Gilbert R. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Although the trip was enjoyable overall -- and Ingrid was fabulous -- there are several areas in which improvements could be made. First, I would provide more detailed traveler information. Such as for arrival at Oslo airport, include instructions for how to pay for and get on the Airport express train. Detailed instructions are important for first-time visitors. Then, upon arrival at the Central Train Station in Oslo, include instructions such as "look for exit marked "[fill in name of... read more

Although the trip was enjoyable overall -- and Ingrid was fabulous -- there are several areas in which improvements could be made. First, I would provide more detailed traveler information. Such as for arrival at Oslo airport, include instructions for how to pay for and get on the Airport express train. Detailed instructions are important for first-time visitors. Then, upon arrival at the Central Train Station in Oslo, include instructions such as "look for exit marked "[fill in name of street]" and then look for the green hotel with Egon restaurant at street level. That would have made it easier for us to locate the hotel. And for arrival in Bergen, include instructions such as "do not take the pedestrian street to get to your hotel because of the cobblestones; instead, take the following walking route (and fill in the details with street names, directions, etc.)." In terms of guides, Stig (in Oslo) was good but not great. He was just not personable enough, and he did not seem to be enjoying showing off his city. On the other hand, Ingrid's walking tour of Bergen was the highlight of our trip. She was animated and her enthusiasm was palpable. She was, in short, fabulous. And Ingrid was very, very helpful in arranging for room changes in our hotels in both Oslo and Bergen. I know the hot weather was not anyone's fault, but when I expressed concern months ago about whether there was air conditioning in the hotels that were booked for us in Oslo and Bergen, you should have given us hotel options (such as the Opus hotel right next door in Bergen) that did have air conditioning. The lack of air conditioning in all of our Norway hotels detracted significantly from our enjoyment of the trip.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gilbert!
I just came back from my holiday and had a great time! Thank you so so much for taking the time to write a review for us! I highly value your feedback and will make sure to inform my team so that we can improve in the future! Thank you so much and I had such a nice time with you in Bergen! I am very happy to read that you enjoyd the walk with me as well! The weather is still pretty hot here! Still not able to adjust to it! :-) I really enjoyed looking at at your beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!

All the very best to you both!
Ingrid

Wilmer

Southern norway's cabin-to-cabin trek , Norway - Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

Traveler: Wilmer G. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

Managed to arrange a fantastic short hiking trip on pretty short notice (only about three weeks). We didn't know much about Norway and were busy with work, but Vilde's suggested trip worked out great!

All we had to do was follow the trace of the DNT red T rocks, love the scenes and get to the next hut in time. Thanks!

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Awesome Wilmer. Appreciate it! Give me a shout if you guys perhaps are ready for some more Norway adventure in the future. All the best, V

Southern norway's cabin-to-cabin trek , Norway - Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

Traveler: Nobuko A. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

We had an amazing trip thanks to Vilde. The for day hiking trip was not something we could have planned on our own (unless we did a LOT more research) and it was exactly what I was looking for!

Vilde was super responsive throughout the trip and helped us make changes along the way. It would have been even more perfect if she had suggested DMT membership for discounts and packing a thermos for teas during the hikes :-)

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks a lot Nobuko! I am so happy it all worked out and that weather was on your side - all in all great. Really appreciate your feedback and great review. Take care!

Lorna

the best of norway, Norway - Jul 15 - Jul 27, 2019

Traveler: Lorna B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We met up with 2 guides Stig in Oslo and Ingrid in Bergen. We thoroughly enjoyed there company and both took us to places we would not have seen otherwise. Ingrid also arranged our itinerary which was amazing. We did give her some feedback which she has taken on board. We were very fortunate the weather was kind to us bar a couple of days which drizzled but that did not deter us. We were pleasantly surprised with the Hurtigruten and the fit out and food and Artic superior room were really... read more

We met up with 2 guides Stig in Oslo and Ingrid in Bergen. We thoroughly enjoyed there company and both took us to places we would not have seen otherwise. Ingrid also arranged our itinerary which was amazing. We did give her some feedback which she has taken on board. We were very fortunate the weather was kind to us bar a couple of days which drizzled but that did not deter us. We were pleasantly surprised with the Hurtigruten and the fit out and food and Artic superior room were really nice. We had a variety of things to do and we really enjoyed all of them. I would highly recommend you arrange your Norway trip with Ingrid she was great.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lorna,
I just came back from my holiday - I had a great time! Very happy to hear that you had a good time in Norway and enjoyed the North as well! It was lovely to meet you in Bergen after all this time! You guys are great! I hope you got the chance to see the whale in Andenes as well and thank you for all your tips when I get the chance to travel to Australia!

Thank you so much and welcome back!

All the best to the four of you!
Ingrid

Paul

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 5 days , Norway - Jul 21 - Jul 25, 2019

Traveler: Paul S. - Local specialist: André Larsen

Andre did a great job helping me coordinate logistics. Vilde and John were great hiking and walking guides in Bergen. Really enjoyed the entire trip and experience. Will work through KimKim again on future trips.

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Both me and Vilde and John are very happy that you had a good time in Norway. We hope you have had some unforgettable experiences here and hope to see you back in Norway some time.

Christine

6 days oslo | aurland | bergen, Norway - Jul 19 - Jul 24, 2019

Traveler: Christine M. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

Fridur put together a great trip for us from start to finish. She was always accommodating to us before our trip and even during our trip. She was also able to help us on our extended trip to Iceland as well. We would definitely use Kimkim and Fridur again on our next trip back.

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Fridur Kjartansdottir, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the nice words, Christine! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and it sure was a pleasure planning this with you!
I hope you have a wonderful time in Iceland as well :-)

All the best
Fridur

oslo to bergen fjord adventure, Norway - Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2019

Traveler: Kathryn M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was fantastic and helped us each step of the way. Highly recommend Kim Kim. Fast response times, good eateries were recommended and good hotels!!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kathryn,
Thank you so much for taking the them to write a review for us! I am so so happy to read that you had a good time and enjoyed my recommendations!

All the best and welcome back!
Ingrid

Aaron

7 days in norway - 8 unique itinerary ideas, Norway - Jul 6 - Jul 14, 2019

Traveler: Aaron G. - Local specialist: Emily Bakker

Amazing trip and everything went perfectly and Emily's suggestions were excellent.

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 5 days , Norway - Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2019

Traveler: Kara R. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Working with Ingrid was amazing from start to finish! She listened to our preferences, built us a trip around them, and provided a detailed and highly organized trip plan. Her communication was wonderful and answered any questions we had. We particularly loved the breakfast at the Thon Hotel Cecil in Oslo, and the kayaking adventure we had in Fjaerland! We cannot recommend KimKim and Ingrid enough!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kara,
Thank you so much for taking the time to right a review for us! I am so so happy to read that you had such a good time and enjoyed yourselves! Thank you so much for your kind words and I wish you all the very best!

Ingrid

Oslo to bergen to ålesund fjord adventure - 5 days, Norway - Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

Traveler: Carol F. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

We had a wonderful trip to Norway and enjoyed having the expertise of our KimKim specialist, Vilde. Our Norway trip included visits to Oslo, Bergen and Ålesund. We had done our own research, but it was great to have the local touch from Vilde - including some lovely recommendations for where to stay, shop and eat. Our favorite spot was Geirangerfjord - truly spectacular scenery and we lucked out with sunny and clear weather during the majority of our trip (July 2019). Another highlight was... read more

We had a wonderful trip to Norway and enjoyed having the expertise of our KimKim specialist, Vilde. Our Norway trip included visits to Oslo, Bergen and Ålesund. We had done our own research, but it was great to have the local touch from Vilde - including some lovely recommendations for where to stay, shop and eat. Our favorite spot was Geirangerfjord - truly spectacular scenery and we lucked out with sunny and clear weather during the majority of our trip (July 2019). Another highlight was the hike up Fjellstua to see the panoramic views of Ålesund’s architecture, the surrounding archipelago and fjords. Thanks KimKim and Vilde for a memorable vacation!!!

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Carol! It was so fun to meet you guys - say hi to Dave from me. Truly a lovely gang - appreciated the pictures too. It is awesome to get to show you Bergen in particular, and Norway, and it couldn't make me happier than to see you write that you had a blast. Take care, and enjoy your kids :-) Welcome back at any time.

Oslo, bergen & southern norway - 12 days, Norway - Jul 8 - Jul 19, 2019

Traveler: Timothy S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I just enjoyed a wonderful 12 day trip through Norway. Our local specialist Ingrid took care of all the planning for us including the hotels, transportation between our stays and several excursions. The detailed trip plan including maps of all the pick up and drop off points at the areas we stayed in was very useful, it helped take the stress out of traveling through unfamiliar cities.

Our Bergen guide Vilde met us at the airport when we arrived and brought us to our hotel... read more

My wife and I just enjoyed a wonderful 12 day trip through Norway. Our local specialist Ingrid took care of all the planning for us including the hotels, transportation between our stays and several excursions. The detailed trip plan including maps of all the pick up and drop off points at the areas we stayed in was very useful, it helped take the stress out of traveling through unfamiliar cities.

Our Bergen guide Vilde met us at the airport when we arrived and brought us to our hotel where she made sure we were checked in and gave us some restaurant suggestions for dinner. Vilde returned the next morning and guided us on a walking tour of the city. We loved our time with Vilde, she is a gem. Stig was our guide for Oslo and brought us off the beaten path to what he called the hidden gems of Oslo. These are beautiful areas that we would not have expierienced without his guidance. Thank you Stig!

The highlights of the trip (other than Vilde and Stig) were the trip to Flor & Fjære where, because we don't speak norwegian, we virtually had a private tour of the gardens by the owners daughter, a trip to Merdø Island that was suggested by Ingrid, and of course the beauty of travelling through Norway and meeting so many wonderful Norwegian people which cannot be put into words.

The hotels that Ingrid booked were all very nice. The Scandics in Stavanger and Oslo were typical city hotel rooms, clean and neat but tiny. The hotels in Bergen (Bergen Bors) and Larvik (Farris Bad) were exceptional. These are both excellent hotels with a high level of service.

The only hiccup we had during the trip was checking in at Arendal (Grand Arendal Hotel). The not so nice desk clerk claimed the reservation we had was only for a single, the hotel was fully booked and there were no other rooms available for either night. When I said I wanted to contact our specialist she said she didn't have time and if we didn't take the single she would sell it to someone else. I sat in the lobby and contacted Ingrid and she contacted the hotel and I don't know what she said but 5 minutes later the now very nice desk clerk found a second single for the first night and moved us to a two room suite for the second night.

Our experience booking this trip through KimKim was excellent and I would recommend their service highly.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Timothy,
Thank you so so much for taking the time to write such a nice review for us and I am so so happy to hear you had a good time! I will make sure to let Vilde and Stig know how happy you were with the walk you had with them! I am so happy you called me about the hotel in Arendal and that I was able to help out with that right away!

Thank you so so much and I wish you all the best and welcome back if you want to see more of Norway!

Warmest regards!
Ingrid

3 weeks | the best of norway , Norway - Jun 20 - Jul 10, 2019

Traveler: Wesley P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I decided to use KimKim to assist with planning our 3 week trip to Norway. Ingrid was our local specialist.
We wanted to travel to Norway with several family members and everyone had different ideas of what they wanted to do and see in Norway. Plus, some of our party were going only be with us for part of the vacation. So, our needs seemed to be a little complicated, and things did change during the planning phase.
I was impressed by Ingrid's ability to structure an approach... read more

My wife and I decided to use KimKim to assist with planning our 3 week trip to Norway. Ingrid was our local specialist.
We wanted to travel to Norway with several family members and everyone had different ideas of what they wanted to do and see in Norway. Plus, some of our party were going only be with us for part of the vacation. So, our needs seemed to be a little complicated, and things did change during the planning phase.
I was impressed by Ingrid's ability to structure an approach to our visit to Norway that was uncomplicated, yet still offered excitement, and adventure. Ingrid's insight and recommendations were the difference between a confusing/challenging visit and a visit that we will remember for the rest of our lives - - - simply stated, Ingrid was amazing. At no point did she rush us into any quick decisions, she provided options and was able to accommodate the changes we had as we got closer to our departure dates. In addition, Ingrid stayed in communication during our entire planning process. All details were sent to us in advance and this was of great assistance. We discovered during our visit to Norway that Ingrid was constantly confirming our reservations and therefore we did not encounter any unexpected disruptions. I was also impressed with the quality of the recommended hotels, local guides (in Oslo we particularly enjoyed Stig, he was knowledgeable, friendly and fun), travel suggestions (for trains, buses, etc).
I am now a KimKim fan, and I highly recommend Ingrid as the local travel specialist.
If you have ever wondered if Norway is someplace you would like to visit, our experience leads us to say "Just Go, You Will Be Amazed and You Will Have Fun!" And if you want your planning to be easy, trustful and provide peace-of-mind, consider KimKim and especially, Ingrid.
Wes

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Wes,
Thank you so much for your amazing review! I am so so happy that we met your expectations and that you had such a good time in Norway! I will make sure to let Stig know that you were happy with him as well!

Thank you so so much again- I appreciate your feedback more than you know!

Take care and I wish all of you all the best!
Ingrid

Western norway's fjord road trip, Norway - Jul 9 - Jul 17, 2019

Traveler: Michael W. - Local specialist: André Larsen

Andre did an incredible job planning our trip from start to finish. Vilde was also very helpful once we got on the ground in answering a variety of questions as well. We really enjoyed all of our accommodations that Andre selected, especially the places we stayed in Aurland and Fjaerland. In hindsight, we wish we had made the decision to stay at each of those places another night each, as we realized we prefer little towns to larger cities. Alesund, and especially Hotel Brosundet, was very... read more

Andre did an incredible job planning our trip from start to finish. Vilde was also very helpful once we got on the ground in answering a variety of questions as well. We really enjoyed all of our accommodations that Andre selected, especially the places we stayed in Aurland and Fjaerland. In hindsight, we wish we had made the decision to stay at each of those places another night each, as we realized we prefer little towns to larger cities. Alesund, and especially Hotel Brosundet, was very nice. But Alesund got a little old after 2 days. The food scene there was very disappointing. There was little variety and options were either on the high end (expensive) or on the low end (fast good). Big contrast to a city like Copenhagen, which is obviously much bigger, but has a lot more options, especially cheaper options when you think of a place like the Toverhallerne food market. Overall, we absolutely loved Norway. The country is incredible beautiful and picturesque, and many of the landscapes we saw left us speechless. We look forward to coming back in the future to visit and would definitely recommend kimkim and book through kimkim again. Also a shout out to Snorre, our guide in Bergen. We really enjoyed our walk around the city. Snorre took us to places and areas within the city that we definitely would've have seen ourselves. We were expecting a bit more of a history lesson on Bergen, based on Andre's description, but we really enjoyed getting to know Snorre and see the city through his eyes. Wish we had more time in Bergen!

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the kind words and the great review. We are all very happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Norway and we hope to see you back in Norway some time.

Prujal

Oslo | the fjords | bergen | tromsø, Norway - Jul 1 - Jul 10, 2019

Traveler: Prujal P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I went to Norway with my mother and we had a wonderful time there. Everything was perfectly planned by our extremely enthusiastic specialist Ingrid! She was very prompt when it comes to solving any queries I had regarding the itenary or the place itself! We loved how she planned the itenary in the given amount of time. We enjoyed Balestrand the most. We could barely see any tourists there and it was such a wonderful place to be! Truly an advantage of having a local tour specialist!
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I went to Norway with my mother and we had a wonderful time there. Everything was perfectly planned by our extremely enthusiastic specialist Ingrid! She was very prompt when it comes to solving any queries I had regarding the itenary or the place itself! We loved how she planned the itenary in the given amount of time. We enjoyed Balestrand the most. We could barely see any tourists there and it was such a wonderful place to be! Truly an advantage of having a local tour specialist!
The other cities and the hotels were very decent as well. Their location was perfect. Right in the centre of the cities.
The other wonderful experience we had was the historical walk in Bergen by a colleague of Ingrid's - Vilde! We had never done that before, moving around in the city and getting to know about the culture and the history from a resident itself.
The glacier hike at Folgefonna and the midnight sun RIB tour were beautiful as well. We are in love with Norway! Thank you Ingrid! Thank you kimkim!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Prujal,
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed Norway and enjoyed yourselves! Vilde had a wonderful time with you in Bergen and so happy to hear you enjoyed the glacier hike and RIB boat as well!

Welcome back anytime and thank you so much again!
Take care,
Ingrid

western norway's fjord road trip , Norway - Jul 2 - Jul 13, 2019

Traveler: Abbey J. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We loved the trip, especially Kalvåg. That is an amazing little village.

A couple of improvements:

Flåm was beautiful- but they don’t allow kids younger than 12 months on the bike down and our baby was 8 months and our guide knew this. She couldn’t even fit the kids helmet. Maybe they didn’t tell her, but the experience was awful.

One of the ferries ran every 2 hours, and our itinerary said it ran frequently.

There was an overall lack of recommendations on what to see each day, We... read more

We loved the trip, especially Kalvåg. That is an amazing little village.

A couple of improvements:

Flåm was beautiful- but they don’t allow kids younger than 12 months on the bike down and our baby was 8 months and our guide knew this. She couldn’t even fit the kids helmet. Maybe they didn’t tell her, but the experience was awful.

One of the ferries ran every 2 hours, and our itinerary said it ran frequently.

There was an overall lack of recommendations on what to see each day, We relied on hotel staff to tell us where to go.

We did a Nordic Visitor tour and they provide a detailed itinerary for each day that you have to choose because there are so many options. They also provide you with a huge published guide book - we spent half a day looking for a book for Norway.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Abbey,

Thank you very much for your feedback! We highly appreciate you taking the time to review us and I am very happy you had a good time overall!

Thank you very much for your concrete feedback as well- it is very valuable for us to be able to improve in the future so I highly appreciate your opinion.

I am very sorry to hear about the Flåm bike ride! I did call the supplier of this activity to make sure you were allowed to bring your child on the ride. I am very sorry that the... read more

Hi Abbey,

Thank you very much for your feedback! We highly appreciate you taking the time to review us and I am very happy you had a good time overall!

Thank you very much for your concrete feedback as well- it is very valuable for us to be able to improve in the future so I highly appreciate your opinion.

I am very sorry to hear about the Flåm bike ride! I did call the supplier of this activity to make sure you were allowed to bring your child on the ride. I am very sorry that the experience did not meet your expectation and I will make sure to inform the supplier about it so it will not happen again!

Thank you very much again for traveling with us and very happy to read to had a good time all in all.
All the best to you and your family!
Ingrid

Oslo to bergen | explore loen, Norway - Jun 27 - Jul 9, 2019

Traveler: Donna J. S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Stig in Oslo and Ingrid in Bergen had insights that normal guides may not have as they had lived in their respective city’s all their lives. The walking tours were exceptionally and a great way to see these city’s and also have exercise and fresh air. Myself and my three adult children thought this was a fun time together and we got many beautiful pictures.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Donna,
I am so happy to hear that you had a good time in Norway and it was a pleasure meeting you in Bergen as well! Both Stig and I had an amazing time with you all!

Take care and welcome back anytime!
Ingrid

7 days in norway - 8 unique itinerary ideas, Norway - Jul 6 - Jul 14, 2019

Traveler: stephanie g. - Local specialist: Emily Bakker

Emily was amazing and the trip was perfect! We had a sense of what we wanted to do, and Emily made it absolutely flawless. We saw the most amazing scenery, our guide Julia was delightful, and we had the trip of a lifetime! Highly recommend pulpit rock, Kjerag, Via Ferrata Trolltunga, Trollstein, overnight cruise up fjord, kajaking....amazing service and trip!

thank you!

Road trip & norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 15 days , Norway - Jun 29 - Jul 13, 2019

Traveler: Jessica H. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

The trip I did was just incredible thanks to Linda! I came across kimkim while I was doing some research of Norway but finding most of the websites being fragmented and easy for me to get lost. The process of communication and enquiries to shape the schedule has been very easy and seamless. Linda was able to make detailed and immediate feedbacks to address my questions or concerns. My partner and I have bought two more guide books for reference and we were constantly surprised by how the most... read more

The trip I did was just incredible thanks to Linda! I came across kimkim while I was doing some research of Norway but finding most of the websites being fragmented and easy for me to get lost. The process of communication and enquiries to shape the schedule has been very easy and seamless. Linda was able to make detailed and immediate feedbacks to address my questions or concerns. My partner and I have bought two more guide books for reference and we were constantly surprised by how the most frequently visit spots or must-see have been incorporated in our trip one way or another. Not only did we not miss the most beautiful spots of Norway, yet thanks to Linda’s help on the routes and sequences, we were also able had the luxury of time to explore ourselves and avoid crowds. We started a road trip around Sognefjord, this part is my favorite. Driving around the fjords via the national scenic routes and through the small towns really showed the authentic Nordic experience! The night we spent on the classic Nordic cruise, Hurtigruten, was truly memorable as well. It was the first time for both my partner and I to soend the night on the cruise. The ship is well equipped and the food was freshly made, was certainly one of the best meals I had during Norway. City wise, my fav has to be Oslo! I wish we had more time there. The city is full of beautiful architecture, colours, parks and ever district has its unique things to offer and see. Certainly want to go back!
Weather was a lil extreme to begin with but that gave us wonderful opportunity to see the fjords in difference ways. Jenne, who gave a hike in Fjærland was friendly and energetic. The view we got after an 3 hours hike was breathtaking!
We really enjoyed the trip and truly thankful for the help and coordination provided by Linda and Kimkim. I have traveled quite a lot in the world this i’ve considered myself hard to satisfied when it comes to logistics and planning, Kimkim and Linda certainly outbeat my expectation!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey, wow wonderful photos! I can see you had a really nice time!
Thank you so much for you feedback. It is really lovely to read that we manage to plan accordingly to what you wanted to experience, even outdebating your expectation! I am really happy to read that, thank you for letting me know :-) I see you must have has all kinds of weather, even snow...! A full on Norway experience :-)

Norwegian highlights: oslo, bergen & the sognefjord - 8 days | 2019, Norway - Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2019

Traveler: Debby V. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We planned this trip last year, but I broke my foot and we had to cancel. We easily re-booked the whole trip this year, same hotels, same activities. The trip was splendid, we spent time in Copenhagen before and Stockholm after, but Ingrid and kimkim planned the Norway part of the trip with us.

Ingrid was so easy to deal with and so knowledgeable, and always readily available to answer any questions. We were pleased with all our accommodations and activities. We even got to meet Ingrid... read more

We planned this trip last year, but I broke my foot and we had to cancel. We easily re-booked the whole trip this year, same hotels, same activities. The trip was splendid, we spent time in Copenhagen before and Stockholm after, but Ingrid and kimkim planned the Norway part of the trip with us.

Ingrid was so easy to deal with and so knowledgeable, and always readily available to answer any questions. We were pleased with all our accommodations and activities. We even got to meet Ingrid in Bergen and got a personal walking tour!

We particularly liked Balestrand, the area is so beautiful and just getting there is wonderful.

We generally do our own planning, but our experience with kimkim has been very positive and we will likely use their services again.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Debby and Bruce,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! So happy I got to meet you both and that you had a good time!

Thank you so so much again and it was a pleasure planning the trip for you!
Ingrid

Discover norway's cities & villages - 12 days, Norway - Jun 30 - Jul 11, 2019

Traveler: Becca S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Wonderful trip! Hiking the Romsdalseggen ridge was a highlight -- absolutely stunning. (One note -- we took the bus from town but learned afterwards that for two or more people a taxi directly to the trailhead is actually more cost effective). Ingrid was fantastic -- we had a few mix ups with transfers but she fixed it immediately.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi guys,
Thank you so much for your review! So many awesome pictures! :D Very happy to see and hear that you had a good time and I was very happy to plan the trip for you!

Take care and welcome back!
All the best,
Ingrid

3 weeks | the best of norway , Norway - Jun 20 - Jul 10, 2019

Traveler: florence P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a wonderful time and it was very well planned and stress free. Ingrid did a wonderful job both before, during the planning stages and once we arrived at each destination all was arranged perfectly. Oslo was a beautiful city Stig Torset our city guide was personable and so much fun to be with. He made our tour around the city personal and enjoyable. Our stay in Stavanger was also lovely. We hiked to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) with a guide Raul "Off the Beaten Path" recommended by... read more

We had a wonderful time and it was very well planned and stress free. Ingrid did a wonderful job both before, during the planning stages and once we arrived at each destination all was arranged perfectly. Oslo was a beautiful city Stig Torset our city guide was personable and so much fun to be with. He made our tour around the city personal and enjoyable. Our stay in Stavanger was also lovely. We hiked to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) with a guide Raul "Off the Beaten Path" recommended by Ingrid and now recommended by us. Honestly i think i would have been disappointed walking up with so many people the normal path. So coming up a trail where we were the only ones on the path was awesome. From Stavanger we took the Bus to Bergen a fun relaxing trip. Once in Bergen we enjoyed the local shops and food and then took a cruise to Rosendal passing through the Hardangerfjord it was a very cool experience. Then off to Voss by train to White Water Rafting with Voss Active. All i can say is Exciting! They were right on time to pick us up at the Train Station. Again No worries everything went smoothly. After Voss it was off to Finse (all arranged by Ingrid) for our three day hike to Vassbygdi Aurlandsdalen the hike was beautiful with more waterfalls then i could count. After our hike we stayed in Aurland in a very quaint hotel. Then off to Oslo by train the next day to catch a plane to Svalbard. The northern trip was planned by us personally, the landscape was beautiful and quite different from the Southern part of Norway. So we were excited to see both parts of Norway. So happy we found Kimkim and Ingrid would use them again in a heart beat.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Florence!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review for us! You have no idea how happy I am that you had a good time in Norway after your long journey through my country! Great to hear that you enjoyed the off the beaten track walks in Oslo and Preikestolen and the hiking from cabin to the cabin as well as the Rafting at Voss! That is excellent!

You guys are the best and I am so happy you enjoyed yourselves!

Warmest regards,
Ingrid

Explore bergen, fjords & waterfalls - 5 days, Norway - Jul 4 - Jul 8, 2019

Traveler: Samantha C. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

I had an amazing trip and with the help of Fridur's booking I was able to navigate very easily. I liked a lot that the hotels were near transportation and sightseeing opportunities. It was also pretty cool that the first hotel in Bergen and the hotel in Balestrand were historical hotels. And of course Norway itself was just beautiful, so I will certainly want to return! One thing which may be good to note for anyone visiting Balestrand is that there is a tourist office (where I did an awesome... read more

I had an amazing trip and with the help of Fridur's booking I was able to navigate very easily. I liked a lot that the hotels were near transportation and sightseeing opportunities. It was also pretty cool that the first hotel in Bergen and the hotel in Balestrand were historical hotels. And of course Norway itself was just beautiful, so I will certainly want to return! One thing which may be good to note for anyone visiting Balestrand is that there is a tourist office (where I did an awesome Kayaking excursion!) which will guide you to the nearby hiking and activities. Overall, I am very grateful for Fridur's help & assistance booking. Likewise I would certainly consider using kimkim for future travels as well as recommend it.

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Fridur Kjartansdottir, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the lovely review, Samantha - it was a pleasure planning this with you! I'm glad you enjoyed your time and hope to see you back in Norway one day :)

All the best
Fridur

Pam

Bergen | the fjords | oslo | tromsø , Norway - Jun 29 - Jul 10, 2019

Traveler: Pam C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

A big thank you to the Kimkim team and particularly Ingrid. We could not have asked for better planning and would highly recommend this company if you are planning a trip to Norway.
On a personal note
Thank you Ingrid for for everything you did for us we had the most amazing time and the scenery was breathtaking. This is a trip we will never forget and having it organised for us took any stress away and allowed us to just enjoy beautiful , no breathtaking Norway.
We loved everything Ingrid,... read more

A big thank you to the Kimkim team and particularly Ingrid. We could not have asked for better planning and would highly recommend this company if you are planning a trip to Norway.
On a personal note
Thank you Ingrid for for everything you did for us we had the most amazing time and the scenery was breathtaking. This is a trip we will never forget and having it organised for us took any stress away and allowed us to just enjoy beautiful , no breathtaking Norway.
We loved everything Ingrid, we loved the hotel choices (not everyone I guess can afford these) but we loved coming back to a comfortable classy clean hotel room.
We loved the Flåm railway and the tips for restaurants and places to see.
All in all 10/10 or 5 stars :)
Thank you from all of us. We would not hesitate to use your company again and recommend to others
Kindest regards Pam Noel Bryce Pri and little Zayne

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pam,
Thank you so so much for the great feedback! I am so happy you enjoyed yourself! It was a pleasure planning the trip for you and thank you so much for traveling with us!

I hope you will have an excellent time in Croatia and welcome back anytime!
Best,
Ingrid

Experience norway | aurland village, Norway - Jun 30 - Jul 3, 2019

Traveler: Rekha R. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda was great with all the planning and we really enjoyed our Norway trip thanks to all the arrangements made by Linda. We were 5 families and her recommendations were spot-on considering the kids in the group. We did have an issue with mix-up in dates for the local tour on one of the days. However, Linda was quick to take ownership of the issue and was able to arrange the same tour for the same day but at a different time. Our Guide Samuel for the Undredal village tour was awesome.
Other... read more

Linda was great with all the planning and we really enjoyed our Norway trip thanks to all the arrangements made by Linda. We were 5 families and her recommendations were spot-on considering the kids in the group. We did have an issue with mix-up in dates for the local tour on one of the days. However, Linda was quick to take ownership of the issue and was able to arrange the same tour for the same day but at a different time. Our Guide Samuel for the Undredal village tour was awesome.
Other than that issue with the local tour date/time- everything was seamless. We loved the hotel we stayed at with the gorgeous fjord views and the relaxed itinerary that was setup for us. I would highly recommend Linda for anyone planning a trip to Norway.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rekha, thank you so much for your feedback! It was a pleasure to work with you and plan your trip for the whole family. Despite the little hiccup on the dates, I am really happy that you had such a lovely time in Norway with your family and that the recommendations were suitable and worked out! I hope to see you back another time, or in one of our other destinations.

Western norway's rivers, islands & fjords, Norway - Jun 28 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: Joanna H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Our trip to the fiords and western isles of Norway was extremely well organized by Ingrid. The only issue was that she could not control the weather which was generally wet and cold!! But we learned a new Norwegian saying "there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothes"! Despite the weather, we had a great time. The travel details were very specific and all the connections etc. worked like clockwork. All the hotels were first rate. We had some excellent dinners, especially in Alesund... read more

Our trip to the fiords and western isles of Norway was extremely well organized by Ingrid. The only issue was that she could not control the weather which was generally wet and cold!! But we learned a new Norwegian saying "there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothes"! Despite the weather, we had a great time. The travel details were very specific and all the connections etc. worked like clockwork. All the hotels were first rate. We had some excellent dinners, especially in Alesund (Sjobua and No. 5), Kalvag (Knutholven) and Bergen ( Bare). Our guide in Bergen, Vilde, was delightful and showed us parts of the city we would have missed by ourselves. In hindsight, we would have changed 2 things. First, a shorter stay in Floro (or to be there on a different day of the week as very little was open on Sunday) as ideally, we would have liked an earlier connection to Kalvag. The food at Knutholmen was world-class and we would have much preferred to have dinner there than in Floro. Secondly, we thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride from Bergen to Flam, and then on to Oslo by train - stunning scenery the whole way. However, we then flew back to the States the following day which basically meant sitting for 2 whole days. We would recommend a day between the Bergen- Oslo travel and a long flight, but please note that was our planning, not Ingrid's! We would definitely use KimKim again and have recommended to friends.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Joanna,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip despite the weather! I wished I could control that for you! Your feedback is very useful for us and we will definitely take your advice for future trips. I wish there was a ferry that left earlier from Florø to Kalvåg! Unfortunately, it is challenging on a Sunday. Either way, it is very nice to hear it from your perspective as well!

Vilde had a wonderful time... read more

Hi Joanna,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip despite the weather! I wished I could control that for you! Your feedback is very useful for us and we will definitely take your advice for future trips. I wish there was a ferry that left earlier from Florø to Kalvåg! Unfortunately, it is challenging on a Sunday. Either way, it is very nice to hear it from your perspective as well!

Vilde had a wonderful time with you in Bergen and I am happy that you at least had some nice weather for that walk!

Take care and I wish you all the very best! Thank you so much again!
Ingrid

Discover norway's cities & unesco-listed fjords | 12 days, Norway - Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2019

Traveler: Denys T. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Thanks Linda for a great trip in Norway in the 3 main cities and UNESCO listed fjords. Bergen is a jewel. Looking forward to discovering the North in a future trip.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

You are very welcome Denys, happy to hear you had a great trip. Welcome back to explore the North! :-)

Sachin

Western norway's rivers, islands & fjords - 11 days, Norway - Jun 6 - Jun 16, 2019

Traveler: Sachin V. - Local specialist: André Larsen

Thanks for a fantastic trip. We loved the experience and our time spent in Norway. Thank you to Andre for making it a memorable occasion. From tailoring the experience to our liking to being flexible in adding day guides at places we wanted. I have to say overall we were very satisfied.
I do have two suggestions for improvements. Both are not under your control, so just future recommendations. 1. Oslo city center is very noisy during the summer evenings and without air conditioning we... read more

Thanks for a fantastic trip. We loved the experience and our time spent in Norway. Thank you to Andre for making it a memorable occasion. From tailoring the experience to our liking to being flexible in adding day guides at places we wanted. I have to say overall we were very satisfied.
I do have two suggestions for improvements. Both are not under your control, so just future recommendations. 1. Oslo city center is very noisy during the summer evenings and without air conditioning we are force to keep windows open in the hotel room, which leads to late lot of street noise and sleepless nights. 2. During Norway holidays, nothing is operational. Including restaurants, transport or even grocery stores. Need to account for those especially if you are in remote locations like Kalvag.

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for the great review. I am so happy to hear that you had a good time in Norway. Also thank you for the suggestions for the future, very good points. Thank you again for the feedback and I hope you want to come back to Norway some time.

Western norway fjord road trip - 8-10 days, Norway - Jun 18 - Jun 27, 2019

Traveler: Russ A. - Local specialist: André Larsen

Trip was great. Andre was very responsive to our questions. We had a tour guide cancelation on the first day and he quickly found us another. He also quickly helped verify our kayaking trip when the company had questions about a voucher #.

A few thoughts about the locations:
We didn't know what to expect at each location, and relied on the local experts for that. That being said, Bergan was a nice jumping off point. Flam was probably our favorite mainly because of the bike ride and... read more

Trip was great. Andre was very responsive to our questions. We had a tour guide cancelation on the first day and he quickly found us another. He also quickly helped verify our kayaking trip when the company had questions about a voucher #.

A few thoughts about the locations:
We didn't know what to expect at each location, and relied on the local experts for that. That being said, Bergan was a nice jumping off point. Flam was probably our favorite mainly because of the bike ride and kayaking. 3 days there was just right because we had activities planned for each day. Had there not been any activities, there is nothing to do there as it's a cruise ship port with nothing but tourist shops. The hotel was nice in Bergan and Flam.
The visit to Bordund on our way to Skei was great. Skei didn't have much to do as it seemed like a midpoint between driving destinations. The hotel there was just ok.
The next stop was Gerainger. The location of the hotel was amazing. This was another tourist/cruise ship stop. We never went down into town as there wasn't much to see there. instead we went on some nice hikes up to the waterfall and up to the viewpoint of the fjord above the hotel. That was very nice. The last stop was Alesund. I read a lot about this town and everything written said it was an amazing town, lots to see and do. We had 3 nights there which was 2 nights too many. Walking around the town, it was nice, but it looked like any other mid size European town. There also wasn't a whole lot to see. When looking at activities to do in town, almost every one was something that we had already done (day trip to Gerainger, Stave Churches, kayaking....). There really didn't seem like a whole lot to do there. The day long road trip to Trollstigen was really nice. I found a few other stops along the way which made it more interesting (Andalsnes and Valldalen didn't offer much to see).

Overall, the countryside was incredibly beautiful and we wouldn't have been able to see it had we not rented a car and drove through the smaller villages and towns. Kimkim was very helpful in arranging the tip, but some of the locations didn't offer much to see.

Thanks again!

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the great and detailed reviews. I am very happy to hear that you had a good trip to Norway. I will certainly keep in mind your thoughts about the different locations for the future. We really appreciate your feedback .

Discover norway's cities and fjords, Norway - Jun 11 - Jun 24, 2019

Traveler: Julie R. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was fabulous. She planned our trip perfectly and was always quickly available and pleasant to work with when I had questions. I would highly recommend kim kim and Ingrid.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Julie,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I am so happy to hear you had such a good time!

I wish you all the best and welcome back any time!
Ingrid

Balestrand fjord adventure & bergen - 7 days, Norway - Jun 22 - Jun 28, 2019

Traveler: Marian J. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda planed our Norway trip with not very much notice and the trip was absolutely amazing!!! It was exactly what we want and even with one minor issue which Linda dealt with immediately even though it was not her fault. Would highly recommend Linda for organizing a trip again.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Good to hear you had an amazing trip! :-) and thank you for the recommendation. :)
I hope to see you back in Norway very soon!

Explore cities, fjords & mountains with viking heritage, Norway - Jun 7 - Jun 15, 2019

Traveler: vivian v. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our trip to Norway was wonderful! Bergen with Vilde was perfect! Fjaerland with Jennie also! And Oslo with Stig awesome! Tks KimKim for doing such a good job!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Vivian, thank you for your feedback. Great to hear you had a wonderful time while in Norway and happy with the job we did! Hope to see you back one day! :-)

summer road trip: oslo, bergen & trondheim - 12 days, Norway - Jun 15 - Jun 26, 2019

Traveler: Laura R. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a great trip to Norway and wholeheartedly recommend KimKim. Everything was taken care of for us perfectly. We had so much fun. Truly, it was the trip of a lifetime, and having everything planned and booked for us made the experience so easy and stress-free. We loved it and recommend the service so much. Ingrid was a delight to work with, and so responsive. Thank you!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Laura,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I am so so happy to hear you had a good time and enjoyed your time in my home country!

All the very best to you and your family and welcome back!
Ingrid

Discover norway's cities, Norway - Jun 11 - Jun 24, 2019

Traveler: Mark L. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a wonderful trip. All the upfront organization and communication by Ingrid was excellent. The itinerary was perfect. The hotels, ship accommodations and transportation options were great. We loved the mix of the cities and the natural beauty of Norway. Thanks.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark,
Thank you so much for your time writing this review! I am so so happy to hear that you had a good time here and to hear that Norway is one of the most beautiful countries you have been to. That warms my heart!

All the best to you and your family!

Norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 7 days , Norway - Jun 17 - Jun 23, 2019

Traveler: Cheryl S. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

My adult daughter and I just returned from a seven day Norway Fjord and Viking Adventure (June 17 through June 23, 2019) and could not have been more satisfied with our journey that was handcrafted for our special interests by Linda.

Linda collaborated with us every step of the planning. She was accessible and responsive, listening to our "wants" list and devising an itinerary that included well known sites of interest as well as our own unique jaunts. The end result surpassed our wildest... read more

My adult daughter and I just returned from a seven day Norway Fjord and Viking Adventure (June 17 through June 23, 2019) and could not have been more satisfied with our journey that was handcrafted for our special interests by Linda.

Linda collaborated with us every step of the planning. She was accessible and responsive, listening to our "wants" list and devising an itinerary that included well known sites of interest as well as our own unique jaunts. The end result surpassed our wildest expectations. Linda had to preplan multiple modes of transportation, tour events and guides. Everything went smoothly and she selected well appointed hotels that were so conveniently located as our bases of exploration in Oslo, Flam and Bergen.

We made a special stop at Viking Town with Nick, a fabulous private guide who was very knowledgeable and passionate about Viking life, lore and history. We also felt so fortunate to get a tour in Bergen with a local, Ingrid, who was simply delightful and eager to share her love of Bergen, highlighting what it is like to live in this beautiful and interesting city.

We could not have been more satisfied and will always remember being only 2 of 7 people cruising a fjord in the early morning as the mists hung upon the cliffs and we were humbled by the sheer beauty before us and the sounds of the roaring waterfalls we seemed to encounter at each turn.

We would recommend kim kim and, in particular, Linda's selections and guides without reservation for anyone considering a trip to Norway.

Cheryl and Samantha Steindel-Cymer

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cheryl and Samantha, thank you so much for your review. I am so happy that this trip met your expectations. It was such a pleasure working with you and planning this trip. Great that it all worked out and hopefully we see you back in Norway or another of KimKims destination on another trip :-)
All the best wishes to your both.

Norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 7 days , Norway - Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2019

Traveler: Jake B. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

It was a great trip and exactly what we discussed. Could not be happier.

Thanks again,
Jake

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Happy to hear that, Jake! :-)
Hope to see you back in Norway another time!

10 days in norway: 7 unique itinerary ideas, Norway - May 28 - Jun 8, 2019

Traveler: Alicia R. - Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

I can't thank Julia enough for all her recommendations of where to go in Northern Norway. I started out trying to organise the trip myself, as I would usually do, and Norway had me perplexed with exactly where to go and how much time we would need. Julia was spot on with her advice and location choices. Particular highlights were the Sea Cabins in Reine, the stunning house and surrounding areas in Senja and the gorgeous accommodation approximately 30 minutes outside Tromso. Active Tromso... read more

I can't thank Julia enough for all her recommendations of where to go in Northern Norway. I started out trying to organise the trip myself, as I would usually do, and Norway had me perplexed with exactly where to go and how much time we would need. Julia was spot on with her advice and location choices. Particular highlights were the Sea Cabins in Reine, the stunning house and surrounding areas in Senja and the gorgeous accommodation approximately 30 minutes outside Tromso. Active Tromso and our midnight kayak was also a massive highlight. I can not recommend their adventure experiences more highly and we will be back to do some mountain climbing and husky adventures soon. Thank you again Julia! Our experience was so memorable and you took all the angst out of the decision making process guiding us through ferry crossings and pointing out not to miss spots along the journey.

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Julia Plaschke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Alicia, thank you so much for the kind words. I am glad that you all had a great time :)

Nordic adventure for outdoor lovers - 5 days, Norway - Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

Traveler: MARK E. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was great and the experiences were truly amazing. We had a great trip with wonderful memories from activities that would have been very difficult to find or book on our own. I highly recommend!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write the review! So so happy to hear you had a good time!

Welcome back anytime!

Ingrid

Kathy

Norwegian highlights: oslo, bergen & the sognefjord - 7 days, Norway - May 31 - Jun 6, 2019

Traveler: Kathy B. - Local specialist: André Larsen

I enjoy planning and booking trips on my own, however for this last minute vacation I felt pressured. We would be meeting family in Europe then travelling on together for just 5 full days in Norway. The itinerary (Norway in a Nutshell based) involved several connections by train and ferry at the beginning of tourist season, and I was worried that by the time I did my research the tickets we wanted would be unavailable. So I decided to let kimkim expert Andre handle everything. Good move;... read more

I enjoy planning and booking trips on my own, however for this last minute vacation I felt pressured. We would be meeting family in Europe then travelling on together for just 5 full days in Norway. The itinerary (Norway in a Nutshell based) involved several connections by train and ferry at the beginning of tourist season, and I was worried that by the time I did my research the tickets we wanted would be unavailable. So I decided to let kimkim expert Andre handle everything. Good move; no worries and everything went smoothly. Andre sent a detailed plan that included the tickets for the Norway in a Nutshell trains/ferries; information for the hotel bookings for two nights in Oslo, two in Balestrand and two in Bergen; directions and options for transportation from the airport to the hotel in Oslo, and how to get to the airport in Bergen. He tailored activites and sight-seeing according to our interests and offered hotel options to fit our preferences. The communication was excellent, and Andre had great suggestions and lots of patience with my many questions as the plans were tweaked. We enjoyed the Bergen and Flam trains and the ferry to the glaciers in Fjaerland, and a highlight was the quiet time we spent in Balestrand. Jon at the Midtnes Hotel was a very thoughful and accomodating host (picking us up unexpectedly at the dock, and offering earlier breakfast times around our ferry trips) and our room had million dollar views. I would highly recommend Andre and kimkim.

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the kind words. I am very happy to hear that you had such a good time in Norway and I'm glad to read that you had such a great stay in Balestrand as well. I hope that you want to visit Norway sometime.

Ari

Norway's epic hiking excursion, Norway - May 28 - Jun 2, 2019

Traveler: Ari B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was wonderful. I'm so grateful for her expertise and excellent communication. Because of Ingrid, I'll definitely return to KimKim for future trip planning.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of us! I appreciate it more than you know!

Welcome back any time!

Best,
Ingrid

Oslo | fjord road trip | lofoten - 14 days, Norway - May 26 - Jun 7, 2019

Traveler: Donna C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We just finished a two week trip, starting with the western fjords of Norway and ending in the stunning Lofoten Islands. Linda at KimKim helped organize the entire trip, including hotels, transportation and activities.
Norway is a stunningly beautiful country and the fjords did not disappoint. We drove the coastal roads as opposed to taking a cruise, the only downside of which is that you go very slowly so be sure to include that in your planning. We found the hotels lovely--very... read more

We just finished a two week trip, starting with the western fjords of Norway and ending in the stunning Lofoten Islands. Linda at KimKim helped organize the entire trip, including hotels, transportation and activities.
Norway is a stunningly beautiful country and the fjords did not disappoint. We drove the coastal roads as opposed to taking a cruise, the only downside of which is that you go very slowly so be sure to include that in your planning. We found the hotels lovely--very Scandinavian chic in some cases- the people were friendly and the food excellent! A large breakfast buffet is always included in the hotel stay.
We did have to do some rescheduling of flights and hotels due to cancelled flights by the airlines and then one of us getting a terrible head cold. Linda was terrific--staying in touch with suggestions on flight and hotel alternatives right through the weekend until we got the new itinerary in place. She even found the name and address for a local Norwegian medical clinical! I can't tell you how much we appreciated knowing she was thinking of us and wanted our trip to go well. It was a real comfort.
We found KimKim online so there is always a bit of hesitancy with just blindly pressing "send"! We could not have been happier. Linda and KimKim were outstanding and Norway was fabulous.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Donna, thank you so much for your lovely review! It was a pleasure to have you and your family in our country and happy you enjoyed it. It is a very good point - make sure to allow plenty of time when doing a road trip in Norway! It does take time, even though the km distance may not be massive :-) Plenty of scenic stop as well! I hope to see you back soon, either in Norway or another of our destinations!

Jim

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure , Norway - May 26 - May 31, 2019

Traveler: Jim G. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

The itinerary that Ingrid and KimKim put together for us was amazing! We spent 5 nights moving from Oslo, to Balestrand then finishing in Bergen. As we did not really know too much about Norway and really did not have the time to plan our own trip, Ingrid put together a trip we will never forget! The hotels she recommended were all exceptional and we really enjoyed the contrast of seeing a large city like Oslo but then experiencing the natural wonders of Norway as we made our way to the... read more

The itinerary that Ingrid and KimKim put together for us was amazing! We spent 5 nights moving from Oslo, to Balestrand then finishing in Bergen. As we did not really know too much about Norway and really did not have the time to plan our own trip, Ingrid put together a trip we will never forget! The hotels she recommended were all exceptional and we really enjoyed the contrast of seeing a large city like Oslo but then experiencing the natural wonders of Norway as we made our way to the small village of Balestrand via the Flam train (which is not to be missed) then an unforgettable ferry ride through the fjords. All of the connections went smoothly and Ingrid's attention to detail as we made our way through each town and city was greatly appreciated. Each of the hotels had friendly staff, amazing breakfasts and Stig, our tour guide in Oslo was a wealth of knowledge, history and just plain fun to hang around with for a few hours. In short, Norway was a trip we will never forget and we would not hesitate recommending Ingrid, Stig and KimKIm to plan your Norwegian vacation!

Jim and Barbara Gordon--Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jim and Barabara,
thank you so so much for your wonderful feedback! I am so so happy to hear you had a good time in Norway!

I wish you all the very best and welcome back anytime!

All the very very best,
Ingrid

Western norway fjord road trip - 8 days, Norway - May 13 - May 20, 2019

Traveler: Jenny K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I want to specifically thank Ingrid for planning our family vacation. I chose to book lodging ourselves and left activities and local transportation in Norway to Ingrid. She gave us an itinerary which covers all places and activities on our wish list. She planned for our local transportation and transfers so we could focus on the pristine sceneries and fun activities without worrying about many logistics on self tours while not being in restricted times while traveling in a group tour. ... read more

I want to specifically thank Ingrid for planning our family vacation. I chose to book lodging ourselves and left activities and local transportation in Norway to Ingrid. She gave us an itinerary which covers all places and activities on our wish list. She planned for our local transportation and transfers so we could focus on the pristine sceneries and fun activities without worrying about many logistics on self tours while not being in restricted times while traveling in a group tour. Ingrid was also reachable in case we had any glitches during our journey. Really best of both worlds.

For places/activities which Ingrid planned for us, the most memorable are:
1) Geiranger Kayaking tour (with the Geiranger Kayak Center at Homlong. The tour guide was knowledgeable in many aspects in how the fjords were formed, local legends/myths, geopolitical facts, economics, etc. And most of all, top places to visit in Geiranger in our two days of stay.

2) The Fjordcruise from Flam to Gudvangen (on the Naeroyfjord) was also spectacular. Before the ship entered the Naeroyfjord, the captain offered us a private tour to the engine room which featured the totally electrical engine. We were truly impressed by Norwegians effort in preserving the environment.

3) Dragsvik Fjord Hotel: although I found this hotel myself. However, Ingrid approved of it. We wanted to bike around the neighbor. Ingrid managed to find out for us that the hotel actually has a few bicycles for hotel guests to borrow (helmets included). That was SO nice because, with Ingrid's arrangement, we did not have to worry about transportation from Dragsvik to the Balestrand town!

I list the following most memorable places we visited (some are suggested by Ingrid and others by our Kayak tour guide):
1) Dragsvik hotel - My family loved our stay there. It was situated in a ideally situated vantage point of the fjord and the mountains. Also, we really appreciate the hotel manager Magnar (?). Although he does not speak much, but we felt that he really tried his best to accommodate our family's needs. We were rather troublesome during our stay: borrow bicycles, laundry machine, etc.
2) Geiranger: a) Westeras Gard - farm and restaurant
b) hike to behind the Storsæterfossen waterfall
c) Ørnesvingen
d) Geirangerfjordsenter - great cabin lodging for family or small group
e) of course, our kayak tour
3) Bergen Budget Hotel: I booked this hotel myself and I want to express it so that your future customer could avoid it. It is poorly equipped, old, and rather unfriendly. Finally, it has no luggage storage, even for a few hours because the reception is UN-manned.

J.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jenny,

Thank you so much again for taking the time to write such a detailed review! I am so so happy to had a good time in Norway!

Thank you for letting me know about Bergen Budget hotel- I will make sure to be careful with recommending this place.

Welcome back to my home country at any time and I wish you all the very very best!
Ingrid

Norwegian city, mountain & fjord adventure, Norway - May 23 - May 28, 2019

Traveler: Tara K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid is the best! She customized a perfect itinerary for travels to Norway. There were several transfers and she scheduled everything seamlessly. Especially enjoyed the lodges she booked for us as they were quaint with kind hosts and good breakfasts (vathnalhasen and midntes to name a few). The Flåm railway was also a highlight of our trip. Everything from renting a car through Kjetil to detailed itineraries and directions was exceptional. During the trip we had questions and Ingrid... read more

Ingrid is the best! She customized a perfect itinerary for travels to Norway. There were several transfers and she scheduled everything seamlessly. Especially enjoyed the lodges she booked for us as they were quaint with kind hosts and good breakfasts (vathnalhasen and midntes to name a few). The Flåm railway was also a highlight of our trip. Everything from renting a car through Kjetil to detailed itineraries and directions was exceptional. During the trip we had questions and Ingrid addresses everything in a timely and friendly manner. Highly recommend Ingrid for all your Norway travel needs.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for you wonderful review, Tara! So happy to hear you had such a good time!

I hope your hike to Trolltunga will be awesome!

Thanks so so much again!
Ingrid

Oslo - bergen | hurtigruten to northern norway , Norway - Apr 27 - May 15, 2019

Traveler: J P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did a fabulous job helping me plan a 3 week trip to Norway.There are so many positives to share. Ingrid did a fabulous job communicating with me in the planning and was very receptive to all my questions and quick to respond.The hotels chosen were all good. The itinerary with the maps was absolutely wonderful to have and and really made going from location to location very easy. She also was great in an in an emergency situation when my husband’s airline went on strike and he was... read more

Ingrid did a fabulous job helping me plan a 3 week trip to Norway.There are so many positives to share. Ingrid did a fabulous job communicating with me in the planning and was very receptive to all my questions and quick to respond.The hotels chosen were all good. The itinerary with the maps was absolutely wonderful to have and and really made going from location to location very easy. She also was great in an in an emergency situation when my husband’s airline went on strike and he was stranded in Spain and Ingrid helped me find other airlines to get him to Oslo.
I feel very lucky having gone to the Lofoton Islands I would put their beauty in the top three places that I’ve seen in the world.
From a learning and planning perspective one of the things I learned is many things are closed on Sundays (especially in small towns ) and sometimes it was hard to even find restaurants open ( in the small towns) so Sundays would be good travel days if possible.
Overall working with Ingrid was a very positive experience and I thank her for all her work in making this trip so memorable for us.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Janice,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review! It was my pleasure having you in my home country and helping you plan your trip.

All the very best and welcome back to Norway anytime!
Ingrid

Anna

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 5 days , Norway - May 12 - May 16, 2019

Traveler: Anna L. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My family and I just got back from Norway few days back and we're currently nursing on our severe jet lag. But despite the lack of sleep, we all had an amazing time there. The itinerary planned by Ingrid was so much fun and many of her suggestions outside of our initial itinerary were even better!

We really want to thank Kimkim and Ingrid for this lovely and well planned trip. The hotels provided were comfortable and surpassed our expectations. Other than a minor issue with the train... read more

My family and I just got back from Norway few days back and we're currently nursing on our severe jet lag. But despite the lack of sleep, we all had an amazing time there. The itinerary planned by Ingrid was so much fun and many of her suggestions outside of our initial itinerary were even better!

We really want to thank Kimkim and Ingrid for this lovely and well planned trip. The hotels provided were comfortable and surpassed our expectations. Other than a minor issue with the train tickets (train station updated the schedule but didn't inform us), everything else went swimmingly well.

Would definitely use kimkim again for my future travels.