I am the sales manager at Nonni Travel. I´ve been in the travel business in Iceland since 2006 and watched it grow first hand. I emphasize promoting places and experiences away from the crowd, trying to give people a glimpse and taste of what Iceland is really about: beauty, serenity and one-ness with nature.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. These countries are what we call the West Nordic countries. I´m not an adventure traveller, although I love racing on snowmobiles over glaciers and frozen fjords in Greenland. When I travel, I look for beauty in all it´s forms, good local food and communication with the locals. I want to experience places with all my senses and create long lasting memories. This is what I try to create for my customers as well."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I have always loved travelling myself, both in my own country and especially in East and Southeast Asia. After graduating from university in China, I came back home and was looking for a job and was presented with an opportunity with an inbound tour operator that needed someone who could speak Chinese. I accepted and learned my trade as I went along. Over the years I have travelled all over the world promoting Iceland as a destination, making so many friends along the way!"
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"One of the most memorable experiences I´ve had was in Vietnam. I was in Ho Chi Minh city and it was time to leave. My girlfriend at the time had a late night flight at around 11 pm and I had a flight the next morning at around 7 am. We went to the airport and said our goodbyes and then I found myself a comfortable place, grabbed a book and sort of settled in for the night.
Time went by and the airport gradually became empty and the security guards had been eyeing me for a while. Finally, when there was absolutely no-one except me and security guys left, they approached and told me that the airport was closing for the night. I was quite surprised and told them I had a flight in a couple of hours and asked if I could stay.
No way friend, go find a hotel. I explained I didn´t really have any money left and had nowhere to go, and begged them to let me stay. The group of security guards held a meeting and in the end, they let me stay outside, breaking all the rules, with one of the guards who spoke a bit of English. So we spent the night together, walking around the parking lot, drinking tea and talking. By sunrise, we knew all about each other and had learned a lot about each others cultures, desires and dreams. It was a night I´ll never forget and as a result, I think Vietnam is hands down the friendliest country in the world to visit."
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