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Christina Wang

I love spending my spare time out hiking in the forest, exploring a charming village, or spending the day at the beach. My passion for traveling led me to study Tourism for three years in Australia. I have now returned home to Norway, where I help people find the best and most authentic places to discover the beauty this country has to offer.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I Specialize in Norway as a destination. From the historical cities, authentic countrysides, to outdoor adventures in the fjords and mountains. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have been lucky to have the opportunity to travel from an early age. Both within Norway and around the world. This woke the curiosity of different cultures, people, and landscapes, which again lead me to study Tourism. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I always get amazed by the beauty of nature, may it be the breathtaking view from a mountaintop in Norway, to beautiful colors of plants or the wildness of the ocean.

On my first trip to Australia, I spent two nights sleeping outside in a swag. I was laying under the open sky with animals roaming freely around, for then to wake up to a beautiful sunrise coloring the majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta. This is an experience that I will never forget."

Christina is part of the following groups: Norway Travel Agents
Autumn in the historic port city of Bergen
Norway Autumn Adventure: Cities, Fjords & Hiking: 11 Days

With a backdrop of colorful foliage and fewer crowds, autumn is the perfect time to see southern Norway. This 11-day itinerary follows a circular route through Oslo, Bergen, and Stavanger, as you journey deep into the fjords by bus, train, and boat. By day you'll hike, kayak, or cruise to sweeping views and unspoiled wilderness, while evenings are spent discovering the Norwegian art of "koselig" in toasty saunas and cozy restaurants.

Traditional Lofoten fishing village
Top Experiences in the Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands is one of the most popular destinations in Norway. The moment you arrive, you'll understand why, as this stunning archipelago features jagged mountain peaks, colorful hamlets that cling to rocks, and a coastline dotted with islands. If you're looking for outdoor adventures, this is the place for you! Enjoy scenic drives, kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, sailing, and more.

Experience the Northern Lights in Norway
Top Northern Lights Experiences in Norway

Chasing the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something that draws many travelers to Norway's upper reaches. The country is the perfect setting to spot the colorful aurora borealis. This bucket-list experience can be easily combined with snowshoeing, dogsledding, reindeer feedings, cultural activities, or simply relaxing under the polar night sky.

Lofoten Islands from Hoven Mountain
Fjords and Islands Adventure: Oslo, Aurland, Bergen, Vesterålen, Lofoten, & More - 14 Days

Take in some of Norway's most impressive natural landscapes on this two-week adventure through the country's western fjords and northern islands. You'll start with a city tour of Oslo before you venture out into nature, riding the steep and scenic Flåm Railway. Dip back into city life in Bergen, then head to the wild Vesterålen and Lofoten islands to kayak, hike, whale-watch, and more.

A stunning fjord view near Aurland
Norwegian Nature & Culture: Oslo, Bergen & Western Fjords & Mountains - 14 Days

Experience Scandinavian culture and dramatic landscapes at a slower pace on this two-week adventure. You'll start in Norway's charming capital, known for its architecture, museums, trendy restaurants, and cafés. Next, head into the fjords to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the country from above in the mountains and and below on the sea, with hikes, boat tours, and more. You'll end on the colorful and historic wharves of Bergen.

Between Tromsø and Senja
Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip: Tromsø, Senja, Vesterålen & Narvik - 10 Days

Take yourself on a 10-day journey through the Arctic landscapes of northern Norway with this itinerary. You'll explore the craggy coasts, isolated islands, and extensive networks of hiking trails via boat safaris, kayak tours, and your own two legs. Learn about Norwegian history, try to spot eagles, and pet some dogsled huskies along the way.

Recent trip reviews for Christina

The extra mile made a big difference
Norway | Nov 17 - Nov 27, 2022

Maria Christina
Maria Christina S.
the Philippines | Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Christina was very accommodating from the start. Despite time constraints and limited period to prepare, she crafted an amazing itinerary for me and my husband. She replied to our queries, she was available when we needed help and offered alternatives when activities were cancelled due to lack of snow. We were blessed to see the Aurora Borealis twice in a row, and the fjords left me crying in awe. Christina went the extra mile to make our Norway experience an amazing one. We cannot thank her... read more

Christina was very accommodating from the start. Despite time constraints and limited period to prepare, she crafted an amazing itinerary for me and my husband. She replied to our queries, she was available when we needed help and offered alternatives when activities were cancelled due to lack of snow. We were blessed to see the Aurora Borealis twice in a row, and the fjords left me crying in awe. Christina went the extra mile to make our Norway experience an amazing one. We cannot thank her enough. Thank you, Christina! Thank you, KimKim!

Hotel Reviews
Thon Hotel Terminus
Oslo

Good breakfast spread. First time was in a small room and they agreed to give us a bigger room when we returned. Thank you.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
No leeway for late checkout
Cleanliness & Comfort
A little more cleaning and fresh odor for towels please
Flåmsbrygga Hotel
Flåm

Very quaint hotel with good breakfast spread.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
A little more cleaning
Bergen Børs Hotel
Bergen

Good room, good breakfast selection. Classy hotel

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Gave wrong directions to Torget
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfort Hotel Bergen Terminal
Bergen

A little hard to walk since it is outdoors and very cold. Good food.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Thon hotel Polar
Tromsø

Good food, central location. I just wish their pillows are not so soft, had a hard time sleeping.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Wish the staff could be more accomodating. When the taxi was not sending a message, staff said it was her first time to encounter that. Did not help
Cleanliness & Comfort
Wish the towels could have fresher odor.
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardemoen
Gardemoen

Classy hotel, good location for airport access. Good food, wish there could be more selection, though.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Train from Oslo to Flam
Norway

I think it would have been better in spring or fall when the trees had brighter colors.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bergen Walking Tour With a Local Guide
Bergen

John had a good grasp of Bergen and was eager to show us more, but we got tired.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided walk in Tromsø
Tromsø

Guide was accomodating and fetched us when we got lost. She was very informative. She gave us wrong directions, though, as to where to alight going to the cable car.😀

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Self-Drive Husky Dog Sledding
Tromsø

Was happy but pitied the dogs too. I will not do it again because I feel for the dogs. The staff were very kind, helped me get into the suit and understood me when I was slow in walking. The guy even offered a tissue paper because my nose got runny. Staff took pictures of us.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Reindeer Feeding & Northern Lights Experience
Tromsø

Wish the guide was more interesting and also offered to take our pics when Aurora appeared. Sebastian was especially accommodating and helped us take pics and talked to us.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sebastian was an exception
Transport
Oslo City Walk with a Local
Oslo

He was late so we cancelled. We refused a resched. It's fine as long as we are refunded.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Hi Maria Christina.

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback!
I am so happy you finally got to go on this trip and that you had a good time!

As you mention it was a last minute trip and therefor the availability for accommodation was a bit limited.
Luckily you did not come to stay in your room!:)

I am so happy that you got such a great light show on the sky!

It was a pleasure planning with you and follow your journey. Thank you for updating me along the way and sharing amazing... read more

Hi Maria Christina.

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback!
I am so happy you finally got to go on this trip and that you had a good time!

As you mention it was a last minute trip and therefor the availability for accommodation was a bit limited.
Luckily you did not come to stay in your room!:)

I am so happy that you got such a great light show on the sky!

It was a pleasure planning with you and follow your journey. Thank you for updating me along the way and sharing amazing pictures of your experiences.

You will of course be refunded for the guided trip you were supposed to go on. It should be in any day now.

Sending apologies from both us and the guide for this inconvenience.

We hope to get the pleasure of welcoming you again, should you decide to come for a second visit.

Warm regards,
Christina

.Trip of a lifetime.
Norway | Nov 15 - Nov 21, 2022

linda
linda c.
Woodstock, GA | Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Christina helped us with planning our trip every step of the way. She was fantastic!! I told her when we would be there and what we wanted to do (in general) and she planned out every day perfectly. Every day was full of all the activities that would have taken me forever to get arranged. We arrived in Oslo, then took the train to Bergen/Flan and flew to Tromso. Tromso was the highlight of the tour - we saw the most amazing Northern Light show that we could have ever imagined, even our... read more

Christina helped us with planning our trip every step of the way. She was fantastic!! I told her when we would be there and what we wanted to do (in general) and she planned out every day perfectly. Every day was full of all the activities that would have taken me forever to get arranged. We arrived in Oslo, then took the train to Bergen/Flan and flew to Tromso. Tromso was the highlight of the tour - we saw the most amazing Northern Light show that we could have ever imagined, even our guide said it was one of the best he had ever seen. We could not have been happier. Thanks you so much for the trip of a lifetime!

Hotel Reviews
Thon Hotel Terminus
Oslo

This hotel was close to the train station and and very convenient. The front desk was quite helpful and even arranged for us to have an extra room on the last night because we mixed up our dates.

Authenticity & Character
Very Norwegian
Location
Only 4 minutes from train station.
Staff
Quite friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and exceptional breakfast
Flåmsbrygga Hotel
Flåm

This hotel was nice but we were not there very long. The balcony seemed nice but we did not get to use it.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Radisson Blu Hotel Tromsø
Tromsø

This hotel was very nice and very convenient to several tour buses that picked us up right in from of the hotel. We walked all around Tromso and saw everyday life - walked along the pier and even caught a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Authenticity & Character
Very norwegian & contemporary
Location
Very nice location and beautiful hotel.
Staff
Exceptional
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean
Activity Reviews
Sommarøy Arctic Day Trip
Norway

Nice drive and lunch at the island.

Quality of Experience
Food
Exceptional
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The driver & guide were both very personable and kept us well informed.
Transport
Buses were great
Aurora Husky Visit
Tromsø

This was just ok, we didn't really care for the Husky visit then on to eating? I smelled like a dog all thru diner - yuk. The lights were not a good this night, so we had been spoiled the night before.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Hi Linda :)

Thank you for taking the time to write this review.
It is very helpful for both me and future travellers to read about your experience with the different activities and accommodations.

I am so glad to hear that you had a great visit to Norway.
And how amazing that the Aurora put on a good show for you, in the sky!

It was a pleasure working with you and I hope we will cross paths again, should you ever decide to return to Norway.

Warm regards,
Christina

Unforgettable Trip to Norway
Norway | Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2022

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Da-Wei L.
Alhambra, AZ | Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

Christina was fantastic! She put together an itinerary that was a great fit for my family, as we have two children ages 5 and 7 years old. The hotels were in great location, convenient for traveling, and the views were great. Her recommendations for restaurants, bakeries, and sits to visit were also spot on. More importantly, she has been very responsive throughout the planning and booking process. Even during the trip, she was able to help with some issues and well as answering my... read more

Christina was fantastic! She put together an itinerary that was a great fit for my family, as we have two children ages 5 and 7 years old. The hotels were in great location, convenient for traveling, and the views were great. Her recommendations for restaurants, bakeries, and sits to visit were also spot on. More importantly, she has been very responsive throughout the planning and booking process. Even during the trip, she was able to help with some issues and well as answering my questions very promptly. I highly recommend Christina and the Kimkim travel team for trips to Norway. I certainly will for my next trip to Norway!

Hotel Reviews
Reine Rorbuer
Reine

Very conveniently located. Close enough to the famous Reinebringen trail head to walk to (for adults), which is important due to lack of parking spaces at the trailhead area. Spacious with 2 bedrooms (one with bunkbed for the children) and a large great room (kitchen, dining room and family room all in one) with fantastic view of the harbor/bay. We parked our car right in front of our cabin, which is convenient. The restaurant on site is very good, and breakfast is included with the stay. There are convenience store (Circle K) and cafe all within a few minutes of walking from our cabin.

Authenticity & Character
Built in the style of traditional Norwegian fishing cabin. The decoration inside also reflected the area.
Location
Fantastic waterfront view
Staff
Friendly and responsive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Scandic Byporten
Oslo

Located the the same building complex as the Oslo Central station. We literally walked from the train station to our hotel in 5 min without having to step outside into the streets. The train will take you to and from the airport in 20min (the Express train only has 1 stop before reaching the hotel or the airport, depending on the direction of your travel). Many restaurant, sites (including the art district, the Opera House, Munch Museum) , shopping, are all within walking distance. The tram and buses right in front of the hotel can easily extend the travel distance conveniently. Buffet style breakfast is included with the stay, and has a very nice selection of items. Staff is very friendly and responsive. Rooms are modern, clean, and very well maintained. Definitely would stay here again.

Authenticity & Character
Modern European design.
Location
Easy short walk to many attractions/sights. Buses and Trams stop right in the front of the hotel. Many restaurants and shopping close by, all with short walks.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Svinøya Rorbuer
Svolvær

Our very first experience with traditional fishing cabin style hotel. Simple design and amenities but has enough space for our family of 4. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and family room and a good size kitchen with eating area. 7 min driving from the airport which is very nice. Connect to E10 (major route connecting the island chain) via a bridge. Secluded and quiet. Nice view of the bay from our cabin. Hotel has the best restaurant on the island.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Explore Svolvær
Svolvær

Great for outdoor activities. Short drive to trailheads. We went during the rainy season but was still able to get in some hiking. The recommended bakery was fantastic.

Quality of Experience
Somewhat limited by rain. Would've like to get in some casual walks and run.
Transport
Car rental was a easy. Just a 15-20 meters outside as you walk out of the airport luggage claim.
Explore Reine and the Surroundings
Reine

The location and view from our hotel helped set the tone. Reine is easily one of the most beautiful places we have visited. Hiking up the Reinebringen trail is a must. Bonus with included buffet style breakfast.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Hotel staff is friendly and helpful.
Transport
We rented a car and drove. One of the most scenic drives anywhere in the world.
Oslo City Walk with a Local
Oslo

The tour is tailored to our family since we have 2 young children ages 5 and 7 years old. Both me and my wife, as well as our kids, enjoyed the tour. Our guide Stig was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and has a great sense of humor. He also recommended things to see/do after the tour, as well as instructions on the transportation to make it very easy for us. Highly recommend him.

Quality of Experience
See above
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We learned so much more about the rich history of Oslo than we would've had we done this on our own. I am so glad we booked this tour.
Transport
Utilizing the public transportation was a breeze.
Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Thank you for your kind words and nice review, Da-Wei.
This is very valuable feedback for other travellers, when they are deciding where to stay and if they should include the guided walk.

I am so happy we manage to put together a memorable trip for you and you family and that it all went smoothly for you.
I was a pleasure planning this trip with you!
I hope we get to welcome you and your family to Norway again :)

Best, Christina

Great trip planning experience and even better travel experience
Norway | Sep 25 - Oct 8, 2022

Katie
Katie W.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

My husband and I had an excellent experience planning and booking our recent trip to Norway (including the Lofoten islands, Vesteralen and Oslo) with kimkim. From the start, we felt that Christina, our local specialist, was not only knowledgeable, but was listening to us regarding what we were hoping to get out of our trip. When she first sent our itinerary to us, it was awesome to see that she had included the balance of time outdoors and experiencing Norwegian people, food and culture that... read more

My husband and I had an excellent experience planning and booking our recent trip to Norway (including the Lofoten islands, Vesteralen and Oslo) with kimkim. From the start, we felt that Christina, our local specialist, was not only knowledgeable, but was listening to us regarding what we were hoping to get out of our trip. When she first sent our itinerary to us, it was awesome to see that she had included the balance of time outdoors and experiencing Norwegian people, food and culture that we were hoping for. The locations that Christina recommended within Lofoten were absolutely stunning, and we felt that the pacing was a perfect - we were able to see a lot of different towns and parts of the region, but still have time to enjoy ourselves at each unique stay. Especially memorable was our stay with Lone at her family-owned guesthouse, Skagakaia, where we sat outside, staying warm next to a beautiful fire, watching the Northern Lights, full from her delicious home cooking. We also very much enjoyed our tour of Oslo with Stig, who described for us the past, present and future of Oslo as we walked around and learned even more about the people, culture and history. Since we had time left in Oslo after our tour with him, we were able to take him up on several of his wonderful recommendations for food and drinks. We appreciate all Christina and her colleagues and partners did to make this such a seamless and memorable vacation and trip for us. We wouldn't change a thing, and we highly recommend kimkim and plan to use the service again in the future. Thank you!

Hotel Reviews
Henningsvær Bryggehotell
Vagan

Beautiful hotel right on the water within walking distance to just about everything. Wonderful breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Just a warning that parking can be tight and guests may need to pay for parking if the hotel lot is full.
Staff
The staff were very accommodating to us in helping us do some laundry on site - thank you!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Thon Hotel Terminus
Oslo

Wonderful location and friendly staff. Great hotel breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Svinøya Rorbuer
Svolvær

Beautiful place to stay, loved listening to the water at night. Very cozy and charming. Great restaurant with delicious food and friendly staff. Terrific location - easy to get to and easy parking!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Skagakaia

Beautiful place to stay. Lone is an amazing host and we felt so welcome in her guesthouse. Very cozy and charming. Lone is an amazing cook and we enjoyed every meal with her. Terrific location right on the water with some wonderful views and a sculpture park within walking distance - easy to get to and easy parking!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Lone is so sweet and a wonderful host. We enjoyed talking to her and learning from her about the area.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sakrisøy Rorbuer
Reine

Beautiful location and place to stay, loved listening to the water at night. Very cozy and charming. Kitchen is well equipped. Love having a fireplace and logs provided for a fire. Convenient location close to Anita's market and restaurant. Would stay here again in a heartbeat. It was wonderful.

Authenticity & Character
Pure coziness. Loved the personal touches, fireplace and well-equipped kitchen.
Location
Convenient location, yet right on the water. Couldn't ask for better.
Staff
Really appreciated the communication and help with our laundry - thank you!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean place!
Activity Reviews
Silent Trollfjord Cruise
Svolvær

This was great way to explore the fjords. Appreciate that the company is eco-conscious. We learned so much from expert guide, Julia, about the sensitive ecosystem in and around the fjords. Thank you!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Chase the Northern Lights in Svolvær
Svolvær

Geir went out of his way to find conditions that could help us see Northern Lights - and we did! His enthusiasm for the Northern Lights is wonderful and contagious. It was endearing seeing him help budding photographers get the best shots of the Northern Lights that he could. This was the experience of a lifetime.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Explore Oslo's hidden gems with a local expert
Oslo

Stig loves Oslo and offered a fun and informative tour of Oslo that allowed us to explore its past, present and future. We learned about the culture, history and people, but also received personal suggestions from Stig regarding his favorite places to frequent throughout the city - without and pressure. Stig is a wonderful and enthusiastic tour guide! So glad we got to see the city he loves through his eyes!

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Transport
Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Hi Katie and Nathan.

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your trip.
It warms my heart knowing you had such a great experience!

Thank you for letting me take part in your adventures with little updates a long the way.
It has been a pleasure planning with and following you!

I hope we get the chance to plan with you again one day.

Best,
Christina

Bergen, Aurland the fjords of Norway
Norway | Sep 20 - Sep 26, 2022

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NICOLE L.
Manchester, CT | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2022

The trip plan that Christina at KimKim.com put together was perfect for us. I stressed that we enjoy all kinds of local interaction and don't mind figuring our way around. We look forward to figuring out new countries on our own, it really gets you immersed in your destination. Then all I did was pick 1 city as the starting point and explained that we like to do one thing each day. She recommended a few places and away we went on trains and ferries!

The local guide John in Bergen, Norway... read more

The trip plan that Christina at KimKim.com put together was perfect for us. I stressed that we enjoy all kinds of local interaction and don't mind figuring our way around. We look forward to figuring out new countries on our own, it really gets you immersed in your destination. Then all I did was pick 1 city as the starting point and explained that we like to do one thing each day. She recommended a few places and away we went on trains and ferries!

The local guide John in Bergen, Norway was very knowledgeable and eager to engage, as was Luis in Aurland, Norway. He took us hiking/climbing - lucky for us he was very accommodating as we wore ourselves out the day before our hike, and wished to take it a little easier. He was very friendly and knowledgeable of all the history in that area of the fjords.

Christina was responsive throughout planning and travel, whenever we had a question she got back to us quickly which puts your mind at ease. We would not hesitate to use her services for traveling in Norway again.

We will happily book future jaunts with Kimkim.com!

Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to write this nice review, Nicole.
It really makes my heart smile, knowing you had a good trip!
I will pass on you kind words to the guides.

It has been a pleasure planning with you and if you ever decide to come back and visit a different part of Norway, I would love to be a part of it again!

Best,
Christina

Norway unforgettable
Norway | Aug 4 - Aug 14, 2022

Leon
Leon T.
Spain | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

I started to plan this trip before contacting Kimkim. So we already had our flights and the first night in Oslo booked. Then I came in contact with Christina, and everything started to flow magically. I had an idea of combining city and nature impressions on the journey including some physical activity as well. Christina was able to come up with this perfectly. So in the end of the day we had our city walks as well as fjords tours - hiking, on boats, on trains and on kayaks, all of which... read more

I started to plan this trip before contacting Kimkim. So we already had our flights and the first night in Oslo booked. Then I came in contact with Christina, and everything started to flow magically. I had an idea of combining city and nature impressions on the journey including some physical activity as well. Christina was able to come up with this perfectly. So in the end of the day we had our city walks as well as fjords tours - hiking, on boats, on trains and on kayaks, all of which orchestrated skillfully together with transfers and hotel bookings. We only had to adjust the alarm clock and follow the detailed instructions in the itinerary.
We visited four different destinations - Oslo, Aurland/Flåm, Bergen and Ålesund - each of the with their own special flair. In Bergen and Oslo we had a 3 hour informal walk with a local guide, both of them really charming, professionally skilled and in love with their respective cities.
The hotels were up to our expectations and very well located. We haven't missed a chance to relax in the Spa! And after the rainy and chilly day in Bergen the sauna was quite what we needed.
These were very memorable 9 days which we enjoyed so much thanks to Chritina and team!
I'm pretty sure this will not be our last trip with them ;)
Leon & Laura

Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Hi Leon & Laura,

Thank you for taking the time to write this nice review.

I am glad to see that you had a great experience of planning with us.
You had a good balance of Norway's cities, mountains and Fjords.
I am so glad you liked it!

It was great working with, and planning your adventure.
As well as staying in touch while "on the road" and hearing about your experiences.

I hope we get to work with you again one day!

Best,
Christina

An Amazing Summer Experience in Norway
Norway | Jul 9 - Jul 18, 2022

Tamara
Tamara S.
Parkchester, NY | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Christina really helped me come up with an amazing itinerary for my summer trip to Norway. She was completely upfront with me from the start about where to put my focus on, and what I would need to leave for another trip. She helped me narrow down all of the places that I would be able to see on an 8 full day trip plan which included Bodø, Hamnøy, Reine, Svolvær, Festvågtind/ Henningsvær, and Tromso. It was jam packed, but I was able to see quite a bit. I also had amazing views on the hikes... read more

Christina really helped me come up with an amazing itinerary for my summer trip to Norway. She was completely upfront with me from the start about where to put my focus on, and what I would need to leave for another trip. She helped me narrow down all of the places that I would be able to see on an 8 full day trip plan which included Bodø, Hamnøy, Reine, Svolvær, Festvågtind/ Henningsvær, and Tromso. It was jam packed, but I was able to see quite a bit. I also had amazing views on the hikes that were recommended of northern Norway. I also had a few guided tours and hikes, and even the guides commented that Christina did a great job in recommending some activities that many tourists don't know about. I would certainly utilize Kim Kim again on another trip.

Hotel Reviews
Eliassen Rorbuer
Moskenes

A great placed to stay if you are in Hamnøy. Beautiful scenery, clean cabin, and peaceful environment.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Comfy, cozy room. Incredible views of mountains, fjords, the different colored cabins. Proximity to other nearby towns like Reine.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Thon hotel Polar
Tromsø

Room seems a bit dated. Also found 2 2 liter Coca Cola bottles not left by me underneath the bed.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Central location.
Staff
Friendly staff at the front desk.
Cleanliness & Comfort
They need to thoroughly clean. As I mentioned above, there were 2 empty bottles of Coca Cola seen underneath the bed from guests previously in the room. Just make sure to not forget to check for garbage underneath the bed.
Thon Hotel Nordlys
Bodø

The room was nice and tidy. Hotel breakfast also amazing.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Right next the the ships and water. Nice scenery.
Staff
Cindy at the front desk was very nice and courteous, and answered a lot of my questions promptly.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and tidy. Probably the best Thon hotel I stayed at during my time in the arctic.
Thon Hotel Svolvær
Svolvær

Great location. It's next to public transit, the ferry, the Hurigruten cruise line, supermarkets, and great restaurants.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Location is everything here. Very central.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean rooms.
Activity Review
Explore Reine and the Surroundings
Reine

The hike to Reinebringen is incredible. A must do if you are physically capable. The stone steps that were installed in recent years made this hike a real pleasure to do. I didn't summit Reinebringen, but got up to 1,542 ft vistapoint that most people see those incredible views from. Festvågtind in the Henningsvær region of the islands probably had the best views of some of the Lofoten islands, even though that hike wasn't as pleasant to do. It sure was memorable and goes down as the most difficult hike I've completed.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
I used public transportation. While it is a significant saving as opposed to renting a car in Norway, you are at the mercy of when the last bus leaves. You could be in an area for hours since buses can be infrequent. If you don't want that over your head, then rent a car. I got around just fine, but also remember that you might not see as much. So plan accordingly.
Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Wow! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, Tamara.
And for all these Amazing photos! It is so nice to see some of your experiences of Norway!
I am so happy you had a great time here.

I hope I get the chance to plan with you again, should you decide to come for another visit!
Best,
Christina

Trip of a Lifetime
Norway | Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2022

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Raj O.
Germantown, MD | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

From experience planning family vacations to different countries comes with the usual stresses - much about the destination is unknown, weather, activites, places of interest, hotels! Typically, Costco Travel is our first choice. Norway is a destination that is not served by Costco, which led me to KimKim. The name was weird to take it seriously initially. However, recommendations from the New York Times, BBC, The National Geographic, etc. sealed the deal.

The KimKim portal is very easy to... read more

From experience planning family vacations to different countries comes with the usual stresses - much about the destination is unknown, weather, activites, places of interest, hotels! Typically, Costco Travel is our first choice. Norway is a destination that is not served by Costco, which led me to KimKim. The name was weird to take it seriously initially. However, recommendations from the New York Times, BBC, The National Geographic, etc. sealed the deal.

The KimKim portal is very easy to use and has a lot of features that makes exploring and research easy. The chat, call, and collaboration features make it easy for all family members to be view, contribute and be informed about the planning.

Christina, our travel planner was top notch. She was experienced, patient and was ever willing to adjust and refine the trip plan, which we developed over 2 months. She was readily available for phone calls during US daytime, and made recommendations based on our preferences. She planned the entire trip for us, start to finish, and added relevant activities through the entire vacation. Most importantly, she responded very fast and thoroughly, explaining exactly what our different options were throughout our trip. KimKim and Christina made this vacation planning easy and were key to making this as stress free as possible. Based on this experience, I have no doubts that I will be using KimKim for all our future family vacations.

Why Norway? It's not a popular destination like Italy or France! After our visit to Switzerland in 2016, we started researching if there were any countries that matched it's beauty. Started reading about the fjords and the pictures seemed to indicate that Norway would be gorgeous. Subsequent trips to Italy, London, Scottland and Ireland seemed to confirm my family's bias towards Switzerland. We felt that no place could be more beautiful than Switzerland. How wrong were we? Every single part of Norway was absolutely breathtaking, and our entire family was in awe the entire time.

We started our vacation in Bergen, a cute and beautiful, tourist-filled city with amazing food. Christina arranged a 3-hour walking tour with John, who was very pleasant, patient and extremely helpful. He extended the tour to accomodate a brief visit to the musuem, a short coffee break and a visit to the electronics store to buy adapters. John gave us many insights about Bergen and its history that we would have missed if we were on our own.

The ferry ride to Gudvangen via the Sognefjord was absolutely breathtaking. My teenager sons were intially reluctant to ride in a ferry for 5 1/2 hours! By the end of the ride, the family didn't realize how time went by.

Gudvangen: Gudvangen was an amazing place to visit. It almost felt like it was out of a movie. As soon as we got there, we realized we were surrounded by a circular wall of waterfalls, with a singular opening to the Sognefjord. My sons especially loved this place since they got to zipline off a mountain and then subsequently got on mountain bikes and biked down the Nordic mountains. They both said that it was the best experience of their lives. Also make sure you check out the Flam Railway, branded as one of the most beautiful railways in the world. Christina was kind enough to include a visit to the viking village based on my son's request.

Stryn: Stryn was the highlight of our trip. We had a wonderful view of a river flowing to Lake Lovatnet from our hotel room and we even rode on the steepest cable car in the world in Loen!

Christana added a break from activities in Geiranger that the family appreciated. It was easy going and the family had to opportunity to go kayaking in the fjords.

The hotels were all clean and upscale, though the rooms were small by American standards.

Thank you, Christina, and KimKim for helping us make this a memorable vacation. Norway is now our family's favorite place, edging out Switzerland :).

Hotel Reviews
Zander K Hotel
Bergen

Very good lobby, and great/modern rooms, located in central Bergen so you're a walking distance from most attractions and restaurants.

Authenticity & Character
Good lobby
Location
Very close to the port
Staff
They were nice
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nice and modern rooms
Hotel Utsikten
Geiranger

Was a historic hotel and therefore the kids thought it was dated. The garden view was so-so. The fjord view was great, but with the sun up past midnight, the room was hot. The restaurant was upscale, and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Historic
Location
Great view of the fjord
Staff
Friendly, accommodating and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Gudvangen Fjordtell & Apartments
Gudvangen

Easily the best hotel in our trip. We had a 2-bedroom cottage that was clean, modern and had amazing views.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Nestled between the mountains - our room's door opened to the view of waterfalls in the mountains!
Staff
Very friendly and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were updated and very clean.
Stryn Hotell
Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane

Very modern hotel with beautiful rooms. Balconies overlooking the river was awesome.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Scandic Voss
Voss

Conveniently located near the station and modern. Single room for the family was cramped - especially the second bed!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Conveniently located overlooking the lake and mountains
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Bergen Walking Tour With a Local Guide
Bergen

John was very pleasant, patient and extremely helpful. He extended the tour to accommodate a brief visit to the musuem, a short coffee break and a visit to the electronics store to buy adapters. John gave us many insights about Bergen and its history that we would have missed if we were on our own.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Round Trip on the Flåm Railway: Flåm - Myrdal
Norway

We have had our share of scenic train rides in Switzerland and didn't have much expectations from this ride. Boy, how wrong were we! Breathtaking scenery! The Flam train ride is a must when visiting Norway.

Quality of Experience
Transport
Geirangerfjord Sightseeing Boat Cruise & Independent Fjord Farm Hike
Geiranger

It rained the day of our trip. We had seen much of the fjords when we took the ferry to get to Geiranger. Therefore, this seemed a little redundant, though I understand why people take this ride. We chose to exclude the Fjord Farm Hike because of the rain.

Quality of Experience
Transport
Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed review, Raj.
It gives such a good insight to the destinations and activities from a travellers perspective.

I am really happy that you had a great time and that Norway as a destination is now on the top of your list, edging out Switzerland ;)

I hope we get the chance to one day welcome you a gain,
if your family decides to visit another part of the country.

Thank you for choosing us, it was a pleasure working with you!

Best,
Christina

Norwegian Dream Becomes Reality
Norway | Jun 21 - Jul 2, 2022

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Chris M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2022

After three years of KimKim correspondence, two false starts due to Covid, it finally happened, and it was more than worth waiting for! Beginning with a challenging but spectacular hike to Trolltunga led by our excellent guide Linda, this set the tone for more spectacular experiences to come including an amazing camping and kayaking and camping experience with Much Better Adventures along the Naerfjord and Aurlandsfjord before returning to Bergen via the majestic Flam Railway. The next part... read more

After three years of KimKim correspondence, two false starts due to Covid, it finally happened, and it was more than worth waiting for! Beginning with a challenging but spectacular hike to Trolltunga led by our excellent guide Linda, this set the tone for more spectacular experiences to come including an amazing camping and kayaking and camping experience with Much Better Adventures along the Naerfjord and Aurlandsfjord before returning to Bergen via the majestic Flam Railway. The next part of the adventure saw me experience perhaps the jewel in the crown of Norway's majestic fjords, Geiranger, which I also got to experience via a kayak. If all this wasn't enough, before returning home I experienced a walk on the Folgefonna Glacier, which was beautiful.

All transport and accommodation arranged by KimKim as well as the information provided about local public transport was so helpful, enabling me to get out and about where I went including finding some good places to eat and local museums to visit and was always useful to be in contact with KimKim local specialist Christina when unsure about something. What made the whole experience worth waiting for for three years though was that it felt like more than simply a visit to Norway, but I actually go to experience it up close and personal. Seeing the fjords from a kayak, as well as enabling you to see just how steep-sided they are, also put you in touch with the movements and texture of the fjord water, both its calmness and occasional ripples, while the camping gives one an idea as to how the Vikings may have experienced them, as well as inspired them to explore through the curiosity it maybe aroused in them wanting to know where the fjords led, or what was behind the mists that often shroud them. Similarly, the Folgefonna Glacier walk enabled me to experience it's texture as well as take me back to the planet's geological past to the ice age, getting a feel for how the fjords where formed.

As well as getting an up and close personal experience of Norway through a series of different activities, hiking, kayaking and camping, I also feel visiting Norway (was my third time in Norway), I get a sense of who I am, much of which was enabled by Christina and KimKim, who never forgot about despite the longer than anticipated wait and so many false starts. A huge thanks to Christine and to KimKim for ensuring I had the best experience I could possibly have had.

Activity Reviews
Guided Hike to Trolltunga
Norway

Was great fun to do it with a good guide, Linda, who made it fun as well as helping you get the best pictures of you standing on the Troll's Tongue.

Quality of Experience
Linda was excellent, really entertaining which helped make it a great day! She really makes the effort to get to know her travellers!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Bus that goes up hairpin bend to start of hike really helps!
Transport
Just have to be aware that certain buses to the start of Trolltunga from Brucehagen/Odda don't run at certain times of the year.
Guided Kayaking to Seven Sisters Waterfall in Geirangerfjord
Geiranger

Can see and access places from a kayak that can't otherwise be accessed, as well as get up close and personal with the majestic Seven Sisters waterfall

Quality of Experience
The experience on the water
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guide made sure of quality and safety as well as help with rowing techniques.
Transport
Public transport is limited in Geiranger, kayak base is a fair walk from hotel.
Glacier hiking at Folgefonna
Bergen

An excellent experience to round off my trip, guide was excellent and gave good tips about where and where not to set foot which made it a comfortable experience.

Quality of Experience
Gaining a feel of the texture of the glacier
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Clear instructions to help give a good experience
Transport
Public transport via bus-ferry-bus was excellent
Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Thank you for letting us help plan your holiday, Chris. It was a pleasure working with you!
It was great to finally getting to welcome you to Norway, and seeing your trip being realized after the long wait.

Thank you very much for this detailed review about the destinations and the guided trips.
And for sharing these beautiful pictures. It is always nice to see our travellers photos from what they experienced on the trip.

We hope we get the pleasure to plan with you again, if you are coming for another Norway adventure.

Best,
Christina

Discover Norway
Norway | May 9 - May 21, 2022

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Smina D.
Melville, NY | Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

We had an amazing Time in Norway .
We had used Kim Kim previously when planning a trip to Chile , which worked out great .
Since this was a last minute decision on our part , decided to turn to them again .
Christina was very accommodating and knowledgeable in the planning process . She was attentive and provided many suggestions based on our requests , including experiencing Constitutuon Day in Oslo (which was truly an experience to witness and be a part of) . It was a indeed a... read more

We had an amazing Time in Norway .
We had used Kim Kim previously when planning a trip to Chile , which worked out great .
Since this was a last minute decision on our part , decided to turn to them again .
Christina was very accommodating and knowledgeable in the planning process . She was attentive and provided many suggestions based on our requests , including experiencing Constitutuon Day in Oslo (which was truly an experience to witness and be a part of) . It was a indeed a pleasure working with her .
Norway is a beautiful country , from the breathtaking surroundings , the friendly people we met throughout the journey , the culinary experience , the ease of getting around and so much more …. You truly are forced to “stop and smell the roses . “
Thank you Kim Kim . Thank you Christina . Thank you Norway .

Hotel Reviews
Scandic Bergen city
Bergen
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Midtnes Hotel
Balestrand
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Leikanger Fjord Hotel
Leikanger
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Bristol
Oslo
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Thon Hotel Tønsberg Brygge (Tidl. Brygga)
Tonsberg
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Bergen Walking Tour With a Local Guide
Bergen
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
RIB Fjord Sightseeing Tour in Balestrand
Balestrand
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The Norwegian Constitution Day
Oslo
Quality of Experience
Free day in Leikanger
Leikanger
Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Aug 01, 2022

Thank you for your kind words Smina.
I am really glad you had such a great experience, and thank you for sharing some of it after your return.
It was a pleasure working with you!
I hope we get the chance to plan with you again, should you one day decide to return.
Best,
Christina

Norway May 2022
Norway | May 1 - May 23, 2022

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Maureen W.
Madison, CT | Reviewed on Jun 08, 2022

Thanks to Christina for helping me plan my 3 week, self drive trip in Norway. Stunningly beautiful country and friendly and helpful Norwegians.

Christina was impressively responsive to questions, suggestions, bookings and follow up. Thank you very much for your help! read more

Thanks to Christina for helping me plan my 3 week, self drive trip in Norway. Stunningly beautiful country and friendly and helpful Norwegians.

Christina was impressively responsive to questions, suggestions, bookings and follow up. Thank you very much for your help!

Hotel Review
Eliassen Rorbuer
Moskenes

Beautiful location, wonderful accommodation.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Free day in Trondheim
Trondheim

One of my favorite cities in Norway...really enjoyed the old town section.

Quality of Experience
Free day in Bø

Beautiful. Would highly recommend people to visit this beautiful area.

Drive to Aurland
Norway

Loved the fjord and town...charming, beautiful location.

Quality of Experience
Explore Balestrand
Balestrand

Although it was a rainy day, I took the opportunity to drive along the spectacular & beautiful fjords.

Free day in Bodø
Bodø

It was okay....not much to do. I would not recommend a visit unless one had a car to explore out side of the city.

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Christina Wang
Christina
Christina Wang
Local specialist in Kristiansand, Norway | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Thank you for the nice review, Maureen.
I am so happy to hear that you had a good time here and that the rain did not stop you from making the most of your trip. I really appreciated planning this trip with you and I value your feedback.
Thank you for letting us welcome you to Norway.
Best,
Christina