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Hilde Olaussen

Since my first trip at the age of eight weeks I have loved exploring new places, both around the world and at home. I was born and raised in Stavanger in southern Norway. I then spent several years in Alta, where I studied Arctic adventure tourism. That is where I grew to love the north and all the unique sights and experiences the area has to offer.

In my free time I love spending time in nature and going on hikes. In the summer I often go with my family to national parks like Jotunheimen or Hardangervidda. Wintertime is spent skiing, and my favorite place is my family's cabin in Sirdal, outside of Stavanger. My wish is that future generations also will to be able to experience all the joys of travel and nature, and I hope to work towards that by being a part of ethical and sustainable tourism.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Alta, Finnmark, Northern Norway, Norway"

How did you get involved in travel?

"Traveling has always been my number one passion, so it was a natural choice for me to study tourism. During my studies I also discovered how much I love creating travel experiences for others, and I decided that is something I want to keep doing."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Phong Nha in Vietnam is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. When I was there in 2018 my friend and I rented mopeds and drove on bumpy jungle roads to a small village in the middle of nowhere. The village had one little café, and we enjoyed a cup of Vietnamese coffee surrounded by free range chickens, pigs and dogs. The most memorable cup of coffee I have ever had. "

Hilde is part of the following groups: Norway Travel Agents
A reindeer in Tromsø
Norway Winter Adventure: Bergen, Geilo, Oslo, Aurland, Tromsø, & Alta - 12 Days - 14 Days

In Bergen, you can enjoy a local tour of this cobble-stoned wharf city before taking a scenic train journey to Geilo where you will have a day of skiing. The railway will then take you to Aurland, where you'll have a cruise on Nærøyfjord and then depart to Oslo for two nights on the Flåm Railway before flying to Tromsø. Here, you will chase the northern lights in a sled pulled by reindeers and enjoy an authentic wilderness hunting experience—and you'll then make your way to Alta—where you will discover rock art and stay overnight in the Igloo Hotel.

Explore remote beaches on both archipelagoes
Vesterålen & Lofoten Islands Road Trip - 13 Days

This self-guided summer road trip travels at a relaxed pace through gorgeous scenery above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. Explore two distinct archipelagos offering hiking trails, peaceful beaches, guided excursions, and a seaside teeming with whales—not to mention constant daylight hours during the 'Midnight Sun' to soak it in. Start and end the trip in Bodø, a cool little city with street art and a charming harbor.

Prime territory for spotting the Northern Lights
Tromsø to Kirkenes Winter Adventure - 12 Days

This exciting and less-traveled winter adventure takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for spectacular snowcapped scenery. The trip kicks off in Tromsø, a sophisticated little city known as the 'Paris of the North'. From here, make your way east to Kirkenes—traveling by bus—while taking advantage of unique Arctic excursions and numerous possibilities for spotting the Northern Lights.

Ferry through the Sognefjord to Bergen to finish the trip
Norway's Sognefjord Road Trip - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary combines some of Norway's prettiest cities, villages, and mountains surrounding its biggest and most famous fjord: the Sognefjord. After a few days in Oslo, you'll travel by train, ferry, and rental car through several villages boasting scenic hikes, waterfalls, and UNESCO-listed architecture. Finish with a half-day cruise to get to 16th-century Bergen, a seaside city oozing with history and charm.

Catch glimpses of the Northern Lights when the skies are clear
Tromsø & Senja Winter Adventure - 9 Days

This active winter trip gets to the heart of Northern Norway's spectacular snow-covered scenery. Starting in Tromsø, you'll explore the 'Paris of the North' before transferring to Trapper's Farm where you'll participate in a unique, yet cozy experience involving fishing and dogsledding in the wilderness. Then bus to Norway's 2nd largest island—Senja—for whale watching and snowshoeing along the stunning Arctic coast.

Cruise through the snowy fjords on the Hurtigruten
Norway's Fjords in February: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

Despite the chilly, wet weather, Norway's long, dramatic coastline offers winter sports and local festivals—as well as fewer tourists and lower prices. February is also a great time for taking a fjord cruise and catching the Northern Lights before they disappear in the spring. Read on to learn more.

Recent trip reviews for Hilde

Carl

Fantastic Northern Norway Tour · Norway - Feb 22 - Mar 1, 2020

Traveler: Carl J. - Local specialist: Hilde Olaussen

When my son said that he had a lifelong dream to see the northern lights, I knew that I'd need the help of a travel agent familiar with northern Scandinavia. A quick internet search led me to Kimkim, which had already done the work of planning the outline for a perfect trip. I had never used an internet based travel agent before, but the idea of using agents based where we would be traveling was quite appealing so I gave them a chance. I was very glad I did.

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When my son said that he had a lifelong dream to see the northern lights, I knew that I'd need the help of a travel agent familiar with northern Scandinavia. A quick internet search led me to Kimkim, which had already done the work of planning the outline for a perfect trip. I had never used an internet based travel agent before, but the idea of using agents based where we would be traveling was quite appealing so I gave them a chance. I was very glad I did.

From the very beginning it was a personal experience. I worked with Ingrid and Hilde, who both were very responsive and worked quite hard to create a custom trip for us. Their communication was excellent, and I especially appreciated their attention to emergency contacts in case anything went wrong. Unfortunately we arrived in Bodø to gale force winds, which immediately threw a wrench into our itinerary since the ferries were canceled. Hilde immediately rebooked our hotels and suggested an alternative and completely worthy itinerary. I expect that a lot of travel agents would let you down in circumstances like this, but not Kimkim. This "above and beyond" service convinced me to use them again for any of my future travel plans.

The trip itself was exceptional, and had many highlights:

- Northern lights. Even though we had poor weather, our guide in Tromsø managed to find the one spot with clear skies and we were rewarded with an amazing display
- Dogsledding. We really appreciated that it was much more than a glorified ride at Trapper's Farm, which has been our past experience with other sledding opportunities
- The people. The staff at every hotel, shop, guided tour, and museum were knowledgeable, friendly, and exceptionally welcoming.
- The sights. Lafoten in particular was extraordinarily beautiful
- The museums. The Bodø aviation museum, and the Tromsø polar and WWII museums were particular highlights. Honorable mention also goes to the science center and planetarium in Tromsø, where we went to ensure at least one sighting of the northern lights.
- The meals. We ate like kings and loved the food!

All in all I can't recommend the Norway tours more highly. There are plenty of sample itineraries to choose from, but the Kimkim agents are perfectly happy to customize one of the tours to your needs. You won't regret it - we certainly didn't!

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Hilde Olaussen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review, Carl! We are so happy that you and your son enjoyed your trip to Norway. It was a pleasure to help you, and we wish you welcome back at any time.