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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

Scenic trails meander through this mountainous route in central Norway.
Ultimate Guided Trollheimen Trek - 5 Days

Surrounded by dramatic mountains, lush forests, and pristine lakes, Trollheimen ('Home of the Trolls') is one of Scandinavia's most beloved trekking destinations. This five-day adventure takes you through central Norway's spectacular views from well-maintained trails (by day) while staying in comfortable lodges (by night). To round it out, fly through Oslo and soak up the history and culture of Europe's fastest growing capital.

Hike up to Norway's Romsdalseggen ridge
Bergen to Trondheim Outdoor Adventure -14 Days

This road trip starts and ends in two of Norway's biggest cities, with outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and rafting along the way.  Designed for active travelers, this is a perfect excursion for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of Norway's great outdoors.

Norway in April: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Norway in April: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

Norway's first month of spring brings warming temperatures, melting snow, and budding blossoms. This is a great time to get outdoors and hit the open road as the entire country comes of out hibernation for Easter tourism—yet it's still more affordable and less crowded than summer. Find out what to do and where to go with this April guide.

Take in the vistas of the Hardangerfjord, near Eidfjord
Oslo to Bergen Scenic Road Trip - 6 Days

Perfect for families, this summer adventure combines exploration of Norway's two largest cities with a natural getaway, including a visit to Vøringsfossen Falls and its dramatic 600-foot drop. Begin in modern Oslo before driving westward to Eidfjord, home to the stunning Hardangervidda National Park. Top it off with a visit to charming Bergen, the historic Hanseatic city known as the gateway to the fjords.

A rushing river in the town of Lom—gateway to Jotunheimen National Park
Norway Outdoor Adventure: Oslo to Trondheim - 10 Days

Hiking enthusiasts will love this 10-day summer adventure in Central Norway's great outdoors. You'll climb several of the best summits with a guide, and take memorable drives through mountains, fjord-side villages, and working farms. There's also time to hit the water with a kayak in the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord and take a rafting trip in the Driva River. Plus, with overnight stops in Oslo and Trondheim, you'll experience just the right dose of urban fun.

Hiking opportunities galore in this remote part of the world.
Wild Islands in Norway's Arctic - 8 Days

Wilder, greener, and more remote than the Lofoten Islands (though you'll have an overnight here, too), those who come to Vesterålen will have access to hiking trails and farmland, peaceful beaches, rock formations, and seaside teeming with whales, not to mention extended daylight hours to soak it in by land and sea. Adding to this weeklong summer adventure, you'll travel by coastal steamer, starting and ending in Tromsø — a culinary city nicknamed 'Gateway to the Arctic'.

Recent trip reviews for Emily

Brønnøysund to stockholm, Norway - Aug 15 - Aug 30, 2019

Traveler: Alex L. - Local specialist: Emily Bakker

Emily did a super good job building a trip around my existing constraints and interests. Two wishes for the kimkim platform:
- Itemized cost shown both as the trip gets built and when I’m billed.
- Not asking me to review twice, once in TrustPilot and once here.

Aaron

7 days in norway - 8 unique itinerary ideas, Norway - Jul 6 - Jul 14, 2019

Traveler: Aaron G. - Local specialist: Emily Bakker

Amazing trip and everything went perfectly and Emily's suggestions were excellent.

7 days in norway - 8 unique itinerary ideas, Norway - Jul 6 - Jul 14, 2019

Traveler: stephanie g. - Local specialist: Emily Bakker

Emily was amazing and the trip was perfect! We had a sense of what we wanted to do, and Emily made it absolutely flawless. We saw the most amazing scenery, our guide Julia was delightful, and we had the trip of a lifetime! Highly recommend pulpit rock, Kjerag, Via Ferrata Trolltunga, Trollstein, overnight cruise up fjord, kajaking....amazing service and trip!

thank you!

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!!!

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Emily Bakker, local specialist, responded to this review:

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