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Emanuela Grieco

I am an Italian Travel Designer mostly based in Iceland.
Traveling has been my passion since I was young, being always fascinated by other cultures and people.
In 2005, after living and studying in Norway and Denmark, I got my degree in Scandinavian languages and cultures at the university in Rome and began to travel the world. I never stopped since then.
So far, I have been traveling for 20 years across more than 100 countries and lived in 12 different ones. And counting....
In 2016, after an unforgettable summer spent in Kulusuk, East Greenland, I went back to Italy to get a new degree as a Travel Designer in order to make my love for traveling becoming my job. So now here I am, on this amazing new adventure called Arctic Travel Designer, where I can finally help people making their Arctic dream becoming true.

In 2021 I published my first book: "The tiny book of traveling with an open heart.
A travel checklist, a mindful travel guide and a travel diary, all at one!".

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialise in customised experiential holidays across Iceland and Greenland. Having lived in both countries allows me to have a deeper insight about places and activities not to miss when visiting these stunning countries."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I am a globetrotter at heart, who loves slower paced travels, experiencing and taking my time to get absorbed by new cultures and people.
I mostly travel alone. My first solo trip was in 2003 when I discovered the beauty of exploring and discovering the world and simply never managed to stop since then. Traveling for me is not only a life style but it is my life in general. I simply can´t stay still in one place...and who would, when there is the entire world to be discovered out there?"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My most beautiful travel experience has been being part of "Viking Across Africa", the first overland expedition ever to go from Iceland to South Africa.
Back in 2013, together with other 16 adventurers, I traveled for seven months across 23 countries, for 22000 miles, on an old war truck, experiencing some of the most remote places and people in the world. The experience of a lifetime!"

Emanuela is part of the following groups: Iceland Travel Agents, Greenland Travel Agents, Iceland Family Travel Agents
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Recent trip reviews for Emanuela

Amazing trip to Iceland with Emanuela's Help
Iceland | Jul 4 - Jul 11, 2024

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Kerry C.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2024
Prior to this trip I had never used a travel specialist, but I knew that a road trip along the southern coast of Iceland would require local knowledge. After a short session with the kimkim rep, I was matched with Emanuela. She is the best! Emanuela created an itinerary that included everything on our bucket list. We received our trip details well in advance, and were able to make adjustments as needed. Each adventure was so fun, well-timed, and led by friendly, knowledgeable guides. Some... Read more

Prior to this trip I had never used a travel specialist, but I knew that a road trip along the southern coast of Iceland would require local knowledge. After a short session with the kimkim rep, I was matched with Emanuela. She is the best! Emanuela created an itinerary that included everything on our bucket list. We received our trip details well in advance, and were able to make adjustments as needed. Each adventure was so fun, well-timed, and led by friendly, knowledgeable guides. Some real standouts were the buggy adventure in the Golden Circle by Amazing Tours and kayaking the Glacier Lagoon with Iceguide. The hotels selected for us were comfortable. The staff at City Center Hotel in Reykjavík could not have been nicer. Emanuela and her team came through when we needed them most. Two days into our trip, I got a call that one of our boat tours had been cancelled. As soon as I messaged Emanuela, she went into problem solving mode. She was able to arrange for a different Puffin tour later in our trip. It was such a relief to know that I didn't have to pause my trip to figure out what to do. It put us at ease knowing that there was someone local for us to contact if (when) we needed anything. I highly recommend planning your trip with Emanuela!!

Activity Reviews
Buggy tour in the Geyser Area
Buggy tour in the Geyser Area
Golden Circle

So. Much. Fun. It ended up being just the two of us with our guide. We had a beautiful clear day, so we had a full view of the glacier as we zipped along the F-roads passing Gulfoss and the geyser.

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Jokulsarlon Glacier Kayaking Adventure
Jokulsarlon Glacier Kayaking Adventure
Iceland

This was a once in a lifetime experience! Everywhere you looked felt like a National Geographic photograph. If you enjoy kayaking, this is by far the best way to experience the glaciers. We saw glaciers collide and flip (from a safe distance) and seals playing in the lagoon. Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable.

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Lava Tunnel Tour
Lava Tunnel Tour
Iceland

This was our first activity in Iceland; what an introduction to the country! The guided tour takes you to the end of the tunnel and then you can make your way back at your leisure-giving all the time you need for pictures. The way down is well marked and easy to travel.

Quality of Experience
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Katla Ice Cave
Katla Ice Cave
Vík

Hiking on a glacier was a unique experience. The ice cave itself is short (we went in July) but beautiful. This special place is ever changing, so no two trips will be the same. Our guide was knowledgeable and patient as everyone on the tour made their way over and around the glacier.

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Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Jul 17, 2024

Hi my dear Kerry,
thank you so so much for your heartwarming words. You just made my day!
I am happy that your trip went smoothly, that you fell in love with Iceland and that I contributed to that.

All the best for now and a big hug to both of you, hoping to have you back again one day. There is still so much to see!
Emanuela

Positive experience working with Emanuela
Iceland | Jun 28 - Jul 4, 2024

vickie
vickie o.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jul 14, 2024
I recently had the pleasure of working with Emanuela to book a family vacation to Iceland, and I cannot recommend her services highly enough. From start to finish, Emanuela was incredibly knowledgeable, attentive, and helpful, making the entire process smooth and enjoyable. During the planning stages, Emanuela provided us with excellent advice and a variety of great options for travel and accommodations. She took the time to understand our interests and preferences, crafting an exciting... Read more

I recently had the pleasure of working with Emanuela to book a family vacation to Iceland, and I cannot recommend her services highly enough. From start to finish, Emanuela was incredibly knowledgeable, attentive, and helpful, making the entire process smooth and enjoyable.

During the planning stages, Emanuela provided us with excellent advice and a variety of great options for travel and accommodations. She took the time to understand our interests and preferences, crafting an exciting itinerary that perfectly suited our family. Her expertise and attention to detail ensured that every aspect of our trip was well thought out and meticulously planned.

While we were in Iceland, Emanuela's support continued to shine. She was readily available to answer any questions we had and provided valuable tips that enhanced our experience. Thanks to her, we discovered hidden gems and had unforgettable adventures that we would have otherwise missed. I wouldn't hesitate to book another trip through Kim Kim, and would certainly recommend Emanuela to help book your next trip to Iceland.

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Jul 17, 2024

My dear Vickie,
thank you so much for your lovely review and heartwarming words. It was a pleasure to take care of your family trip to Iceland and help you plan a wonderful and unforgettable experience.
It was also great to stay in touch while you were traveling so that everything went smoothly.

All the best to all of you and I hope to have you back here in Iceland again, one day!

Emanuela

Iceland Ring Road Self Drive Dream
Iceland | Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2024

Susan
Susan M.
Linton Hall, VA | Reviewed on Jun 30, 2024

Emanuela did a great job of planning and pacing our trip. We had a great blend of activities with some down time. She listened to what we were looking for in places to stay and hit it out of the park. She also gave great dining recommendations. She was very responsive when we were there and made sure everything was going smoothly. Going north on the ring road was the perfect path for us, allowing us to acclimate a little before the heavier duty activities of the south. We especially loved the iceberg lagoon zodiac tour and the side trip to Seyðisfjörður,

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Jul 03, 2024

Hallo dear Susan,
thank you so much for the lovely words you wrote for me and so happy to know you had a memorable time here in Iceland.
it has been wonderful to connect with you and I thank you for your trust in the past 4 years since your trip was canceled back in 2020 up to the rebooking this year. I really appreciate it a lot!

All the best to both of you,
Emanuela

Emanuela was excellent
Iceland | Jun 5 - Jun 9, 2024

Natale
Natale R.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2024

Emanuela was prompt, personable, and took into consideration all of our needs when planning our 5 day trip to Iceland. She gave us a detailed itinerary with places to see including some off the beaten path we may have missed if we didn't have her information. She gave excellent restaurant recommendations to help us narrow down meals during our time there as well.
I would definitely use KimKim again in the future and would utilize Emanuela again if I plan to take another trip to the arctic.

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Jun 16, 2024

Dear Natale,
How lovely it has been to connect with you, from the first moment :)
It has been a pleasure to help you plan your Iceland adventure and thank you so much for your beautiful review of my service!

All the best,
Emanuela

Amazing Northern Iceland
Iceland | Jun 8 - Jun 13, 2024

Jason
Jason L.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2024
Emanuela put together a fantastic trip for us in northern Iceland including Akureyri and Lake Mývatn. The planning phase was very useful as we had several decision points that would have been unclear without her help. Do you fly or drive from Reykjavik? Answer - there’s little to see on that drive if you have the funds try to fly. How many days? We wound up adding one to make Mývatn and Akureyri 2 days and that was well worth it. The itinerary was filled with otherwise unobtainable... Read more

Emanuela put together a fantastic trip for us in northern Iceland including Akureyri and Lake Mývatn.

The planning phase was very useful as we had several decision points that would have been unclear without her help. Do you fly or drive from Reykjavik? Answer - there’s little to see on that drive if you have the funds try to fly. How many days? We wound up adding one to make Mývatn and Akureyri 2 days and that was well worth it.

The itinerary was filled with otherwise unobtainable local nuance such as the very pleasant and unexpected cafe Kaffi Klara she casually mentioned in a note to an optional side trip to Olafsfjordur. Best apple cake we had anywhere. Or the endorsement of the seeming odd thing like the bird museum in Mývatn that nudged to try something unique we might not have considered. Suggested providers like hotels and horse riding outfits were very good. My wife’s horse ride in Mývatn was a highlight for her as she’s and advanced rider and she got a solo tour that worked on unique gaits of Icelandic horses.

Highest value to us I would say is having Emanuela available via messaging throughout. There are dozens of little questions that come up and we found it very comforting to just have a local available. 100% would recommend.

Hotel Review
Berjaya Hotel Myvatn
Myvatn

The design aesthetic is very unique in a cool way that’s hard to describe. Comfortable rooms. Good location. Restaurant was excellent for dinner. One of the better meals we had in Iceland.

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Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Jun 15, 2024

Hi Jason,
thank you for your comment and review.

It was a pleasure to connect with you and help you planning your North Iceland adventure. And what an adventure it was!
I hope to have you and Allison back here again, one day, to see the rest. there is still so much to do and seeing Iceland!

Emanuela

Our trip to Iceland!
Iceland | Mar 27 - Apr 2, 2024

Lisa
Lisa C.
Centreville, VA | Reviewed on Apr 06, 2024
Let me start by saying that Island is totally beautiful and that we had a great time! Thank you to Kim Kim and the local specialist Emanuela, our trip was a memorable one. Emanuela designed an itinerary that was well tailored to our interests, and that was paced and organized just right. The Hotels we stayed at were very clean, in quiet areas and had a good breakfast. Also, we are vegetarians and Emanuela suggested some nice restaurants for us that served plant based food. Due to a... Read more

Let me start by saying that Island is totally beautiful and that we had a great time! Thank you to Kim Kim and the local specialist Emanuela, our trip was a memorable one. Emanuela designed an itinerary that was well tailored to our interests, and that was paced and organized just right. The Hotels we stayed at were very clean, in quiet areas and had a good breakfast. Also, we are vegetarians and Emanuela suggested some nice restaurants for us that served plant based food. Due to a local volcano eruption our experience at Blue Lagoon was cancelled, but Emanuela was quick to get us a refund. Additionally, when one of us got sick and could not do a snowmobile tour, Emanuela was able to get us a partial refund. Overall, I would highly recommend Kim Kim and their specialist Emanuela to other travelers.

Activity Reviews
Northern Lights tour
Northern Lights tour
Reykjavík

It was a bit long and extremely cold, plus the lights are hard to see with naked eye - however, they came out in pictures. We enjoyed looking at the sky full of stars, that was beautiful!

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Hvamsvik Lagoon
Hvamsvik Lagoon
Reykjavík

There is only one word: AMAZING! It is a gorgeous setting, super relaxing!

Quality of Experience
The Secret Lagoon
The Secret Lagoon
Iceland

It was nice, but a bit crowded and the changing rooms area was not as clean.

Quality of Experience
Snowmobile tour on Eyjafjallajokull glacier
Snowmobile tour on Eyjafjallajokull glacier
South Coast

A good experience!

Quality of Experience
South East coast and  ice cave tour
South East coast and ice cave tour
Iceland

A unique experience!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
South Coast
South Coast
Vík

An amazing drive, scenery absolutely breath taking!

Quality of Experience
Drive back  and more of the South Coast
Drive back and more of the South Coast
Vík

The waterfalls are simply impressive!

Quality of Experience
Sky Lagoon
Sky Lagoon
Reykjavík

The absolute BEST !!! Wonderful does not even get close, this place is magical!

Quality of Experience
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Skaftafell and Glacier Lagoon
Skaftafell and Glacier Lagoon
Vík

Beautiful place!

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Depart Iceland
Depart Iceland
Reykjavík

All went well.

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Apr 13, 2024

Hi Lisa,
I just want to thank you for the beautiful review you wrote for me. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! And most of all, I am very happy to know that you had a wonderful time in Iceland, that everything went smoothly and well and you fell in love with the country.
All the best to you and Raju :)
Emanuela

8-Day Car Tour of Western Fjords to Akureyri
Iceland | Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2024

Chuck
Chuck T.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024
We completed an 8-day car tour of the Western fjords to Akureyri and back to Reykjavik, from 3/8 - 3/16/24. Emanuela of KimKim prepared our itinerary, from a questionnaire answered in advance. The original itinerary required very little modification, and was thorough and entertaining for the (5) of us. We were blessed with perfect weather for each of the legs of our journey, and that, for Iceland, was lucky. The first night we viewed the Northern Lights - one of two clear nights. The... Read more

We completed an 8-day car tour of the Western fjords to Akureyri and back to Reykjavik, from 3/8 - 3/16/24. Emanuela of KimKim prepared our itinerary, from a questionnaire answered in advance. The original itinerary required very little modification, and was thorough and entertaining for the (5) of us. We were blessed with perfect weather for each of the legs of our journey, and that, for Iceland, was lucky. The first night we viewed the Northern Lights - one of two clear nights. The gentleman that took us into the land Northeast of Reykjavik for the viewing, Hjortur Kristianson, was entertaining and knowledgeable of the terrain. We then proceeded to Snaefellsnes and loved the circumferential drive around the peninsula. Our night at the Kast Guesthouse was perfect - we really loved the remoteness and simple but adequate lodgings. We enjoyed meeting the owners the next morning - we strongly recommend this lodging. Our tour of the lava cave was simple and very adequate., with a very nice guide from Serbia. The drive to Akureyri was uneventful and beautiful, our 4-wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser was a great car for our journey - enduring a couple of white out blizzards. Our Hotel Kea in Akureyri was well located near the Centrum and worked well. If we did this again, we might have done a night at a different lodging near Lake Myvatn - to have a more remote setting and break things up. The whale watching was very professional and we located three whales. We really enjoyed the two ladies that hosted us for snowshoeing, The Traveling Viking (VTT) - Inga and Rachel (the owner). Next time we might enjoy cross country skiing - there was just enough snow. We recommend the use of TTV for bookings.The three recommended and ticketed hot springs were all perfect, and well timed. We most enjoyed the last one at Hvammsvisk, near Reykjavik, was our favorite, - again because the cold windy conditions ma=de the visit that more special. The food at that Springs was very good - especially the soup.

We really have no criticisms - we thank Emanuela for her attentiveness to our requests and her constant communication during our vacation. The use of a travel agent is a first for us in over 20 years of travel. We will strongly recommend KimKim to friends and in other reviews. Keep up the good work, you arranged great tour groups in a beatiful setting, providing us great memories of the beauty of Iceland and its people.

Thanks you, Chuck, Cecile, Quentin, Alex Toner, and Kristianne Otiong

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Apr 01, 2024

Dear Toner family,
it has been truly a pleasure to connect with you and help you planning such a wonderful trip to North Iceland's Winter wonderland and to stay connected while you were traveling.
Thank you for your sweet feedback. Glad to hear you had a memorable time.
I hope to have you back here again one day, to keep exploring the wonders of this amazing country.

All the best for now,
Emanuela

Emanuela planned the perfect trip for our fir...
Iceland | Aug 19 - Aug 25, 2023

R
Rebecca R.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Aug 26, 2023

Emanuela planned the perfect trip for our first visit to Iceland. It was amazing to have a detailed itinerary and suggestions for restaurants. It was a trip of a lifetime.

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

Iceland is beautiful!
Iceland | Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023

J
Jane B.
Goddard, KS | Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023
We had a nice trip in Iceland. The country is beautiful and easy to navigate.
In regard to Kimkim we had a few hiccups in booking everything, but nothing that wasn't taken care of before we left. (for example; they booked the wrong month for our Sky Lagoon tour and if I hadn't caught the mistake we wouldn't have been able to get in)
I also wish the itinerary didn't look so cut/pasted. I get each person has several clients to work for, but we pay for it. Nice to have the maps and pics....
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We had a nice trip in Iceland. The country is beautiful and easy to navigate.
In regard to Kimkim we had a few hiccups in booking everything, but nothing that wasn't taken care of before we left. (for example; they booked the wrong month for our Sky Lagoon tour and if I hadn't caught the mistake we wouldn't have been able to get in)
I also wish the itinerary didn't look so cut/pasted. I get each person has several clients to work for, but we pay for it. Nice to have the maps and pics. Also, when I went to print out the itinerary is was going to be 38 pages for a 5day self drive trip! No one wants to lug around 38 pages of stuff! While all of it is useful, u can easily font down the print and take off the 3" heading at the top every single page! (You only need to put that information on the very first page.) I did exactly that and was bale to get it on 14 pages, which when printed front/back was only 7 pages. Much more manageable.
The hotels were just ok, although we paid for upgraded hotels. I guess this may be the best Iceland has to offer.
Will not use Kimkim again as I felt it was more work to go through the agent than if I would have booked it all myself. We travel extensively every year and I do all the planning. Thought I would try out having someone else do all the research, but found it isn't worth the extra $$.

Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Aug 31, 2023
Hi Jane,
thank you for your feedback and glad you had a wonderful time in Iceland.
The itinerary could have been easily used online if printing it was such an issue for you, as you also got your driving maps and links to be used online on your phone.
Also, the itinerary was not a copy-pasted one and fully personalised and I am sorry if giving you 38 pages of info was too much work for you to handle. My travelers usually appreciate it and that is the first complaint I ever had of this sort....
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Hi Jane,
thank you for your feedback and glad you had a wonderful time in Iceland.

The itinerary could have been easily used online if printing it was such an issue for you, as you also got your driving maps and links to be used online on your phone.
Also, the itinerary was not a copy-pasted one and fully personalised and I am sorry if giving you 38 pages of info was too much work for you to handle. My travelers usually appreciate it and that is the first complaint I ever had of this sort.

I am sorry if my help was not appreciated and I wish you the best for your next self-organised adventures.
Emanuela

Absolutely beautiful trip.
Iceland | Aug 4 - Aug 14, 2023

Jenna
Jenna S.
Largo, FL | Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023
Absolutely beautiful trip. The detail and time put into our itinerary made our trip stress free. We will definitely suggest Kimkim and Emanuela to our friends if they plan a trip to Iceland. Read more

Absolutely beautiful trip. The detail and time put into our itinerary made our trip stress free. We will definitely suggest Kimkim and Emanuela to our friends if they plan a trip to Iceland.

Activity Reviews
Ice cave tour under Katla glacier
Ice cave tour under Katla glacier
Vík

The Ice cave was beautiful. It was so humbling to see how global warming has effected these stunning glaciers and caves. Our tour guide was super funny and really loved his job. It was by far one of the most amazing stops in our trip

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Arrival and Sky Lagoon
Arrival and Sky Lagoon
Reykjavík

The Sky lagoon was amazing. It was the perfect way to start off our trip after a long overnight flight. The facility was clean and everyone was very friendly. The view was stunning from the lagoon and the 7 step ritual was so relaxing.

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Food Walking Tour
Food Walking Tour
Reykjavík

The food tour was a wonderful way to learn about the history of Reykjavik and get to try so of their most popular dishes. Our guide was very kind and funny. We really wanted us to have a good time and enjoy ourselves

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Food
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Geothermal bakery
Geothermal bakery
Golden Circle

Of all the rye bread we tried in Iceland this was by far the best. The people even gave us a recipe card and instructions to try and make it at home in the oven.

Quality of Experience
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Lava Cave Explorer Tour
Lava Cave Explorer Tour
Iceland

The lava cave was really awesome. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about how the lava tube was created and took the time to answer questions along the way. It was an amazing adventure and was very family friendly

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Whale watching tour  in Hauganes
Whale watching tour in Hauganes
Akureyri

The guides were very knowledgeable about the whales usually in the harbor and explained to us the migration patterns of the three groups on whales. They tried to get us as close as possible to the whale so we could see the markings and get some pictures before they would deep dive again

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Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco
Emanuela
Emanuela Grieco
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on Aug 28, 2023

Hi Jenna,
thank you so much for the beautiful review you have written for me and the time you took to do so.
It means the world to me to know you had a wonderful perfect time on your honeymoon.

I wish you all the best and I hope to have you back again, one day.

Emanuela