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Emily Bakker

A well-traveled Canadian living in Norway. I have spent my entire adult life working in the tourism industry, and am passionate about sharing the beauty and nature of Norway. I tailor adventures where nature plays the main role, and my job is to show travelers the hidden adventures that lies within Norwegian nature. Creating experiences that will give life lasting memories.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Contrast Adventure work all over Norway, but we specialize in what we call "The top of fjord- Norway", that focuses on the northwestern part of Norway. Our mission is to show the contrast and great variety of our nature, and this area is our backyard. We try to keep transportation to a minimum, and this area gives mind blowing changes in nature within a short distance. This allows us to keep nature happy and healthy, and also offering our travelers memories of a lifetime. Our main activity is hiking in the summer, and skitouring in the winter. We also arrange tours with other nature based activities such as river-rafting, climbing and cycling. Basically- we support all nature based activites! Our goal is to create great, safe and educational nature based experiences without leaving any traces."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Travel was an important part of my life since I was a child. Everything from local trips within Canada, road trips throughout North America, or long-distance vacations to Europe. My love of travel has only grown since. After finishing university, I spent 5 years traveling and working as an adventure and tourism guide, before eventually settling in Norway. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"A travel experience I will never forget is the day I skied with my entire family up the highest mountain in Norway, Galdhøpiggen. It was a the perfect day to share with them them beauty of the country I now called home. "

Featured trips & expertise

A view of the Lyngen Alps near Tromsø.
Northern Norway's Lyngenfjord Trek - 8 Days

Lace up your boots and let a private guide show you this lesser-visited region of Northern Norway. With the stunning Lyngen Alps at your doorstep and extended daylight (summer) hours, you'll take part in six days of trekking with the village of Lyngseidet as your base. Highlights include the Steindalsbreen Glacier, the Gorsabrua Gorge, a trail created by WWII prisoners, a free day for biking or boating, and finally a night in Tromsø — dubbed the 'Paris of the North'.

Besseggen, Norway
Ultimate Guide to Multi-Day Hiking in Norway

Phone off, out-of-office reply on. When it comes to long-distance hikes, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better country than Norway. With cozy, for-public-use cabins dotting the hills and a landscape that just won't quit, this could be the excuse you've been waiting for.

The historic Bryggen district along Bergen's picturesque wharf.
Oslo to Bergen Fjord Adventure - 5 Days

This five-day jaunt covers a great deal of Nordic ground, visiting the country's two largest cities and its longest and deepest fjord. Start off in Europe's fastest growing capital before taking a scenic train and ferry to the fjord-side village of Balestrand. Continue north to Fjærland for glacier views and an award-winning museum before getting on another boat -- this time to Bergen, a historic wharf city and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your last day with a local guide who will show you the best of Bergen and its seven surrounding mountains.

How to Spend Two Weeks in Norway

You could spend a whole year in Norway and barely scratch the surface of its expansive beauty. Try one of these comprehensive seasonal itineraries instead — you'll get acquainted with the country's nature, culture, and history in just two summer or winter weeks.

Recent trip reviews for Emily

5 days - bergen, fijords, oslo, Norway - Jul 29 - Aug 3, 2018

Traveler: Courtney K. - Local specialist: Emily Bakker

Overall, the trip was wonderful and we had a fantastic time! We can't wait to return to Norway to see more of that amazing country. Marrit (sp?) our guide was amazing and great at showing us the sites as well as reacting to changes on the fly. Even though some stormy weather kept us from doing the glacier hike we originally planned on, she identified several other options and shorter hikes we could do in the area to make the most of the day. The kayaking portion of the trip was magical... read more

Overall, the trip was wonderful and we had a fantastic time! We can't wait to return to Norway to see more of that amazing country. Marrit (sp?) our guide was amazing and great at showing us the sites as well as reacting to changes on the fly. Even though some stormy weather kept us from doing the glacier hike we originally planned on, she identified several other options and shorter hikes we could do in the area to make the most of the day. The kayaking portion of the trip was magical and it was amazing that we were the only boats out there. The only critiques of the trip are as follows:
1) Through no fault of the guide or our local specialist, the hotel that we got the kayaks from seemed pretty disorganized (they said they had 4 boats, they only had 3, the paddles were in a different spot, some boats were locked up and they didn't have access when we wanted to go out, they weren't very well maintained making them harder to steer, etc.). It would have been nicer if this had been more of a professional operation so we could spend more time on the water.
2) I realized at our last stop before heading to the train station that Emily hadn't sent us copies of the train tickets we needed to get to Oslo. Marrit contacted her and got a link to the tickets, but there was some trouble downloading it to access the actual tickets so when we got on the train there was some confusion proving that we had tickets and sitting in available seats. This was quite irksome, especially since if I hadn't realized that we didn't have tickets before we left Skjolden, we wouldn't have been able to board the train at all.

Please let me know if you have additional questions. Overall we really enjoyed our time in Norway and can't wait to return. When we do, we would absolutely use KimKim and Emily for assistance in planning our next adventure.

Norway, Norway - May 29 - May 31, 2018

Traveler: Carolyn S. - Local specialist: Emily Bakker

Both Emily and Thomas were amazing to work with for our adventures. Thank you both for making our vacation fabulous and fantastic!!!

Emily Bakker, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for including us and Norway in your Scandinavian adventure!