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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

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!