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Ingrid Thornes

I was born and raised in Norway, but have travelled to most continents around the world as well as worked and studied in international surroundings. I have a bachelor degree in Tourism Management, and recently finished my master degree in International Business Management in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I have a passion outdoor activities such as hiking, meeting new people, to travel and see what the amazing diversity of countries and cultures has to offer on this earth. I believe that doing research and respecting various cultures, travelling responsibly and challenging oneself outside the comfort zone is the best way of experiencing life.

Travelling has indeed formed and changed my life and created unforgettable memories. Having the opportunity to share my stories and recommendations to other travellers visiting my hometown gives me both great motivation and energy as I know how much I truly have appreciated what other specialists` have offered me during my own overseas experiences.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I will cover everything about Bergen, Norway`s second biggest city also called "the city between the seven mountains", including "Norway in a nutshell" and the fjords and Islands around Bergen. I will offer both shorter or longer hiking trips and historical stories both in and around Bergen from the perspective of a local using local transportation. I will also offer harbour walks and custom-made boat trips around the ancient city. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"When living in Norway`s most Internationalized city, Bergen, as well as being a curious and adventurous person it was natural for me to increase my passion for travelling and cultural understanding at a young age. Just by walking past the wooden houses in the city centre of Bergen, one can meet about ten different nationalities! I have alway appreciated having the option to talk to travellers, hearing their stories and where they are from. I went on my first International journey alone to Indonesia right after high school in 2011 where I had an amazing experience, and have ever since then decided to study the field more deeply and travelled whenever I had the opportunity to various parts of the world. From my perspective, there is never enough travelling one can do and every investment I have made to see the world is the best investments I have ever made.

Even though Bergen is a popular tourist destination already, the city has a lot to offer from a local point of view which I am excited to share with the travellers. The Ethical Travel Portal team will provide unique, memorable journeys that are offbeat, custom tailored and well thought out. This will also give us the opportunity to learn about the travellers `stories and cultures as well. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"If I have to pick one unique travel experience, I have to mention my trip to Tanzania 2016 where one of my closest friends got married to her African husband in a small, local city called Bagamoyo. It was incredibly fascinating and touching to experience the joy, curiosity and respect both the Norwegian and the African cultures had about each other, and to have the opportunity to learn about their culture as well as teach them about ours as they bearly knew Norway existed. This experience was fantastic where I learned various things such as African dancing, a few words in Swahili, tasting the local food and went on a small safari park recommended by the locals where I could see and observe "the big five" in their right element."

Featured trips & expertise

Sail through the Geirangerfjord on the Hurtigruten
Discover Norway's Cities and Fjords - 14 Days

This zealous (yet relaxing) and unbelievably scenic 14-day itinerary checks off Norway's three biggest cities traveling by train, ferry, and fjord cruise for a true Scandinavian adventure. Start off in Norway's buzzing capital with its new waterfront promenade before you take one of the steepest trains in the world to the village of Flåm. You'll ferry through the longest fjord in Norway and explore Bergen on your own and with a local guide. From here, board the Hurtigruten—a mighty coastal steamer—stopping in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund for a night. Back on the Hurtigruten, you'll sail to Trondheim by way of the Geirangerfjord and then return to Oslo by train for one last night on the town.

Summertime adventures stay golden above the Arctic Circle
Summer Road Trip: Midnight Sun in Norways Arctic - 14 Days

This two-week adventure is ideal for travelers who want to make the most of Norway's summer. Start off exploring southern Norway (Oslo, Bergen and the Sognefjord) before flying to the Arctic Circle. From here, you'll rent a car and head to the rugged island of Senja for an active two days of cycling and kayaking before ferrying to smaller Andenes for whale watching. The adventure ends in lively Tromsø and Oslo for festivals and outdoor restaurants.

Prime territory for spotting the Northern Lights
Tromsø & Alta Winter Adventure - 7 Days

This exciting and less-traveled winter adventure takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory. Your weeklong tour between November and April begins in the quietly sophisticated city of Tromsø, where you can sled with huskies and reindeer during the day and chase the Northern Lights after dark. Continue to Alta by car or bus for snowsports in the Arctic wilderness and a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of rock carvings. To up the Alta adventure factor, spend your last two nights in a nearby hotel made of snow and ice!

Snow-covered Bergen -- Norway's 2nd largest city.
Norway Epic Winter Excursion: Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø - 7 Days

Experience the best of Norway's winter season in this fun weeklong adventure by land, sea, and air. After a night in the country's buzzing capital, you'll head west whilst enjoying spectacular scenery along the famous Flåm Railway. From here, explore the mountains of Voss and stroll the historic wharf city of Bergen. Finish in Tromsø—gateway to the Arctic—and partake in outdoor activities like dog sledding and (weather permitting) a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

The UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord where you'll spend three nights
Summer Road Trip: Mountains & Fjords - 12 Days

Steer a relaxing 12-day course through the highs and lows of Norway's spectacular landscapes from Jotunheimen National Park to the depths of Sognefjord, the country's deepest fjord. You'll enjoy the freedom of setting your own pace when visiting museums and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, not to mention plenty of opportunities to get out in nature and explore the wonders around you. Buckle up and pack your camera—this is going to be one gorgeous drive!

Bergen's waterfront UNESCO World Heritage Site after a snowfall
Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø Winter Adventure - 7 Days

Escape the summer crowds with this weeklong winter-themed itinerary that highlights both southern and northern Norway. After a night in Oslo—Europe's fastest-growing capital—you'll take one of the steepest trains in the world to Flåm for snow-covered fjords. You'll then train to Bergen, a UNESCO-listed waterfront city with vibrant restaurants before flying north to picturesque Tromsø. This is where you'll finish the trip, with two nights in the Arctic wilderness dogsledding and searching for the Northern Lights.

Recent trip reviews for Ingrid

Nordic road trip for nature lovers - 14 days, Norway - Jul 26 - Aug 10, 2019

Traveler: Chiara C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a very great experience in Norway thanks to Ingrid's advices! We planned our trip taking inspiration from "Nordic Road Trip for Nature Lovers - 14 Days", we've been put in contact with Ingrid, who did a great job by adapting the tour to our requests. We've had 16 fantastic days hiking and exploring the most scenic views in southern Norway!
We highly recommend this service, as we're totally satisfied with it.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Chiara,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us. I am so happy that you found my suggestions and recommendations helpful and that you enjoyed a lot of hiking while you where here.

Thanks so much again and welcome back of course!
Ingrid

Bergen fjord adventure - 4 days, Norway - Aug 14 - Aug 17, 2019

Traveler: Sanjiv B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I visited Norway in August 2019 and Ingrid has been a key part of planning and executing our itinerary. We visited Bergen, Balestrand, Tromso, Lofoten Island and Oslo. Ingrid arranged our local travel visiting fords, Balestrand and then the most beautiful train ride via Myrdal. Ingrid also came to meet us personally at Bergen and walked to the city centre. She is a great asset to her company and I found her extremely helpful. Highly recommend Ingrid and Kimkim,

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Deat Sanjiv,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! I am so happy to read that you enjoyed your days in Norway and it was a pleasure meeting you in Bergen!

Thank you so much again for traveling with us and I wish you a great day!
Best,
Ingrid

Fjords/kayaking near bergen, Norway - May 31 - Jun 3, 2019

Traveler: Kenneth S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We were disappointed with the service from Kim Kim. The Nærøyfjord fjord itinerary that Ingrid chose for us routed us through the same fjord three times: Flam to Balestrand, then Balestrand to Flam, and then the first hour of the Nærøyfjord “tour” was through the same area for the third time. You called it a tour, but it wasn’t: there was no commentary or information given during the Nærøyfjord trip. On the Norled boats between Flam and Balestrand, there were announcements about towns we were... read more

We were disappointed with the service from Kim Kim. The Nærøyfjord fjord itinerary that Ingrid chose for us routed us through the same fjord three times: Flam to Balestrand, then Balestrand to Flam, and then the first hour of the Nærøyfjord “tour” was through the same area for the third time. You called it a tour, but it wasn’t: there was no commentary or information given during the Nærøyfjord trip. On the Norled boats between Flam and Balestrand, there were announcements about towns we were passing, and they steered the boat close to various waterfalls along the way so we could get a view. On the Nærøyfjord boat there was nothing like that- we just passed scenery we had already seen (twice), then went around the corner, then got dropped off.

Then came the stop in Gudvangen. In the itinerary it says, “Map of bus stop will be provided,” but you did not provide a map. The instructions said to catch the NX450 bus and pay the driver. There was a sign near the boat dock that said “public buses,” but a man in the ticket office said we needed to go to the main road. In the pouring rain, I went to the bus stop on the street, but it didn’t have the Skyss logo or the NX450 schedule on it, so I walked back to the dock area. Worried that we would miss the bus on the main road if it came by, we took our bags to the road, in the rain. Then the bus came, and many people had advance tickets and got on (why didn’t you book us advance tickets?). The bus driver told us the bus was full, so we dragged our bags back to the dock area- still in the rain- and waited there. The next bus came well before its departure time, so we were able to talk to the driver. We finally knew for certain when we would be leaving, so we could relax and have some dinner.

When I mentioned this to Ingrid, she said, "I was honestly not aware that there would be a chance that it would be fully booked on the bus. " Of course there's a chance: if enough people show up.

The whole reason we booked through your service was because we didn’t want to book things ourselves and end up standing in the rain, not knowing where to go next. And yet, that’s exactly where we found ourselves, after paying Kim Kim a large sum of money. It was frustrating to go through that, when it could have been avoided through advance bus tickets or putting us on different transport.

We have a note for you regarding the Gone Paddling tour in Balestrand, as well. The weather was predicted to be rainy and cold the morning of our kayaking trip, and I called them about switching to their 3pm tour, but it wasn’t running that day. We went ahead and took the morning tour, and Gone Paddling had dry suits for protection against the rain. However, they didn’t offer any sort of gloves or headwear, like a hat or hood. You didn’t mention that we should bring a hood and gloves, and neither does their website. The dry suit kept us dry at first, but as we continued paddling in the rain, my wife in particular got very cold and needed to return to shore. I recommend mentioning to future clients that they need to bring their own gear in case of rain, besides the dry suit, and we’ve mentioned it to Gone Paddling, too.

Overall, we booked with you to make the logistics of our trip go smoothly. In the end, there were more bumps than we expected.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kenneth,

I am sorry that parts of the the Norway experience was not quite you expected. Since you specifically wanted to go to Nærøyfjord, we planned it in the only way that was possible, and unfortunately the experience was also shortened and this did not allow for us to take you via another route out!

The weather did not help as well, and I can understand the difficulty you must have faced going to and forth to get to the bus, which unfortunately was full. We can assure you that... read more

Dear Kenneth,

I am sorry that parts of the the Norway experience was not quite you expected. Since you specifically wanted to go to Nærøyfjord, we planned it in the only way that was possible, and unfortunately the experience was also shortened and this did not allow for us to take you via another route out!

The weather did not help as well, and I can understand the difficulty you must have faced going to and forth to get to the bus, which unfortunately was full. We can assure you that this was not intentional, and we have never faced a full bus situation before, so this is quite unusual and unexpected. We have certainly learned from this!

Sorry that the Voss to Bergen train journey did not impress either, this is usually considered a particular spectacular train journey in Norway.

Regardless, I sincerly apologise for any failures on my part, and would like to assure you that this is not intentional.

I also thank you for making the effort to pen down some constructive criticism, which I really value, and will help make each trip that I support better in the future.

Take care and I wish you all the best!
Ingrid

oslo, bergen, geirangerfjord and ålesund - 10 days, Norway - Jul 28 - Aug 6, 2019

Traveler: Michelle C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

This trip was absolutely magical! Ingrid listened to our interests and constructed a trip that allowed us to see a good spectrum of Norway and participate in activities we enjoyed. Ingrid is a great communicator and answered all questions in a timely and straightforward manner. She also gave us suggestions on places to consider for meals and activities during our free time in Norway. We felt like we had a good balance of free time and activities during our vacation. We could not be more pleased with our KimKim experience!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michelle,
Aww thank you so much for sharing all the lovely pictures and I am so happy to hear you had a good time in Norway and it makes me so happy to read that you liked my suggestions as well! Welcome back to Norway any time and thank you again for traveling with us!

All the best,
Ingrid

Experience oslo & the western fjords - 10 days, Norway - Jul 21 - Jul 29, 2019

Traveler: Gilbert R. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Although the trip was enjoyable overall -- and Ingrid was fabulous -- there are several areas in which improvements could be made. First, I would provide more detailed traveler information. Such as for arrival at Oslo airport, include instructions for how to pay for and get on the Airport express train. Detailed instructions are important for first-time visitors. Then, upon arrival at the Central Train Station in Oslo, include instructions such as "look for exit marked "[fill in name of... read more

Although the trip was enjoyable overall -- and Ingrid was fabulous -- there are several areas in which improvements could be made. First, I would provide more detailed traveler information. Such as for arrival at Oslo airport, include instructions for how to pay for and get on the Airport express train. Detailed instructions are important for first-time visitors. Then, upon arrival at the Central Train Station in Oslo, include instructions such as "look for exit marked "[fill in name of street]" and then look for the green hotel with Egon restaurant at street level. That would have made it easier for us to locate the hotel. And for arrival in Bergen, include instructions such as "do not take the pedestrian street to get to your hotel because of the cobblestones; instead, take the following walking route (and fill in the details with street names, directions, etc.)." In terms of guides, Stig (in Oslo) was good but not great. He was just not personable enough, and he did not seem to be enjoying showing off his city. On the other hand, Ingrid's walking tour of Bergen was the highlight of our trip. She was animated and her enthusiasm was palpable. She was, in short, fabulous. And Ingrid was very, very helpful in arranging for room changes in our hotels in both Oslo and Bergen. I know the hot weather was not anyone's fault, but when I expressed concern months ago about whether there was air conditioning in the hotels that were booked for us in Oslo and Bergen, you should have given us hotel options (such as the Opus hotel right next door in Bergen) that did have air conditioning. The lack of air conditioning in all of our Norway hotels detracted significantly from our enjoyment of the trip.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gilbert!
I just came back from my holiday and had a great time! Thank you so so much for taking the time to write a review for us! I highly value your feedback and will make sure to inform my team so that we can improve in the future! Thank you so much and I had such a nice time with you in Bergen! I am very happy to read that you enjoyd the walk with me as well! The weather is still pretty hot here! Still not able to adjust to it! :-) I really enjoyed looking at at your beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!

All the very best to you both!
Ingrid

Lorna

the best of norway, Norway - Jul 15 - Jul 27, 2019

Traveler: Lorna B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We met up with 2 guides Stig in Oslo and Ingrid in Bergen. We thoroughly enjoyed there company and both took us to places we would not have seen otherwise. Ingrid also arranged our itinerary which was amazing. We did give her some feedback which she has taken on board. We were very fortunate the weather was kind to us bar a couple of days which drizzled but that did not deter us. We were pleasantly surprised with the Hurtigruten and the fit out and food and Artic superior room were really... read more

We met up with 2 guides Stig in Oslo and Ingrid in Bergen. We thoroughly enjoyed there company and both took us to places we would not have seen otherwise. Ingrid also arranged our itinerary which was amazing. We did give her some feedback which she has taken on board. We were very fortunate the weather was kind to us bar a couple of days which drizzled but that did not deter us. We were pleasantly surprised with the Hurtigruten and the fit out and food and Artic superior room were really nice. We had a variety of things to do and we really enjoyed all of them. I would highly recommend you arrange your Norway trip with Ingrid she was great.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lorna,
I just came back from my holiday - I had a great time! Very happy to hear that you had a good time in Norway and enjoyed the North as well! It was lovely to meet you in Bergen after all this time! You guys are great! I hope you got the chance to see the whale in Andenes as well and thank you for all your tips when I get the chance to travel to Australia!

Thank you so much and welcome back!

All the best to the four of you!
Ingrid

oslo to bergen fjord adventure, Norway - Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2019

Traveler: Kathryn M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was fantastic and helped us each step of the way. Highly recommend Kim Kim. Fast response times, good eateries were recommended and good hotels!!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kathryn,
Thank you so much for taking the them to write a review for us! I am so so happy to read that you had a good time and enjoyed my recommendations!

All the best and welcome back!
Ingrid

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 5 days , Norway - Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2019

Traveler: Kara R. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Working with Ingrid was amazing from start to finish! She listened to our preferences, built us a trip around them, and provided a detailed and highly organized trip plan. Her communication was wonderful and answered any questions we had. We particularly loved the breakfast at the Thon Hotel Cecil in Oslo, and the kayaking adventure we had in Fjaerland! We cannot recommend KimKim and Ingrid enough!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kara,
Thank you so much for taking the time to right a review for us! I am so so happy to read that you had such a good time and enjoyed yourselves! Thank you so much for your kind words and I wish you all the very best!

Ingrid

Oslo, bergen & southern norway - 12 days, Norway - Jul 8 - Jul 19, 2019

Traveler: Timothy S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I just enjoyed a wonderful 12 day trip through Norway. Our local specialist Ingrid took care of all the planning for us including the hotels, transportation between our stays and several excursions. The detailed trip plan including maps of all the pick up and drop off points at the areas we stayed in was very useful, it helped take the stress out of traveling through unfamiliar cities.

Our Bergen guide Vilde met us at the airport when we arrived and brought us to our hotel... read more

My wife and I just enjoyed a wonderful 12 day trip through Norway. Our local specialist Ingrid took care of all the planning for us including the hotels, transportation between our stays and several excursions. The detailed trip plan including maps of all the pick up and drop off points at the areas we stayed in was very useful, it helped take the stress out of traveling through unfamiliar cities.

Our Bergen guide Vilde met us at the airport when we arrived and brought us to our hotel where she made sure we were checked in and gave us some restaurant suggestions for dinner. Vilde returned the next morning and guided us on a walking tour of the city. We loved our time with Vilde, she is a gem. Stig was our guide for Oslo and brought us off the beaten path to what he called the hidden gems of Oslo. These are beautiful areas that we would not have expierienced without his guidance. Thank you Stig!

The highlights of the trip (other than Vilde and Stig) were the trip to Flor & Fjære where, because we don't speak norwegian, we virtually had a private tour of the gardens by the owners daughter, a trip to Merdø Island that was suggested by Ingrid, and of course the beauty of travelling through Norway and meeting so many wonderful Norwegian people which cannot be put into words.

The hotels that Ingrid booked were all very nice. The Scandics in Stavanger and Oslo were typical city hotel rooms, clean and neat but tiny. The hotels in Bergen (Bergen Bors) and Larvik (Farris Bad) were exceptional. These are both excellent hotels with a high level of service.

The only hiccup we had during the trip was checking in at Arendal (Grand Arendal Hotel). The not so nice desk clerk claimed the reservation we had was only for a single, the hotel was fully booked and there were no other rooms available for either night. When I said I wanted to contact our specialist she said she didn't have time and if we didn't take the single she would sell it to someone else. I sat in the lobby and contacted Ingrid and she contacted the hotel and I don't know what she said but 5 minutes later the now very nice desk clerk found a second single for the first night and moved us to a two room suite for the second night.

Our experience booking this trip through KimKim was excellent and I would recommend their service highly.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Timothy,
Thank you so so much for taking the time to write such a nice review for us and I am so so happy to hear you had a good time! I will make sure to let Vilde and Stig know how happy you were with the walk you had with them! I am so happy you called me about the hotel in Arendal and that I was able to help out with that right away!

Thank you so so much and I wish you all the best and welcome back if you want to see more of Norway!

Warmest regards!
Ingrid

3 weeks | the best of norway , Norway - Jun 20 - Jul 10, 2019

Traveler: Wesley P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I decided to use KimKim to assist with planning our 3 week trip to Norway. Ingrid was our local specialist.
We wanted to travel to Norway with several family members and everyone had different ideas of what they wanted to do and see in Norway. Plus, some of our party were going only be with us for part of the vacation. So, our needs seemed to be a little complicated, and things did change during the planning phase.
I was impressed by Ingrid's ability to structure an approach... read more

My wife and I decided to use KimKim to assist with planning our 3 week trip to Norway. Ingrid was our local specialist.
We wanted to travel to Norway with several family members and everyone had different ideas of what they wanted to do and see in Norway. Plus, some of our party were going only be with us for part of the vacation. So, our needs seemed to be a little complicated, and things did change during the planning phase.
I was impressed by Ingrid's ability to structure an approach to our visit to Norway that was uncomplicated, yet still offered excitement, and adventure. Ingrid's insight and recommendations were the difference between a confusing/challenging visit and a visit that we will remember for the rest of our lives - - - simply stated, Ingrid was amazing. At no point did she rush us into any quick decisions, she provided options and was able to accommodate the changes we had as we got closer to our departure dates. In addition, Ingrid stayed in communication during our entire planning process. All details were sent to us in advance and this was of great assistance. We discovered during our visit to Norway that Ingrid was constantly confirming our reservations and therefore we did not encounter any unexpected disruptions. I was also impressed with the quality of the recommended hotels, local guides (in Oslo we particularly enjoyed Stig, he was knowledgeable, friendly and fun), travel suggestions (for trains, buses, etc).
I am now a KimKim fan, and I highly recommend Ingrid as the local travel specialist.
If you have ever wondered if Norway is someplace you would like to visit, our experience leads us to say "Just Go, You Will Be Amazed and You Will Have Fun!" And if you want your planning to be easy, trustful and provide peace-of-mind, consider KimKim and especially, Ingrid.
Wes

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Wes,
Thank you so much for your amazing review! I am so so happy that we met your expectations and that you had such a good time in Norway! I will make sure to let Stig know that you were happy with him as well!

Thank you so so much again- I appreciate your feedback more than you know!

Take care and I wish all of you all the best!
Ingrid

Prujal

Oslo | the fjords | bergen | tromsø, Norway - Jul 1 - Jul 10, 2019

Traveler: Prujal P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I went to Norway with my mother and we had a wonderful time there. Everything was perfectly planned by our extremely enthusiastic specialist Ingrid! She was very prompt when it comes to solving any queries I had regarding the itenary or the place itself! We loved how she planned the itenary in the given amount of time. We enjoyed Balestrand the most. We could barely see any tourists there and it was such a wonderful place to be! Truly an advantage of having a local tour specialist!
The other... read more

I went to Norway with my mother and we had a wonderful time there. Everything was perfectly planned by our extremely enthusiastic specialist Ingrid! She was very prompt when it comes to solving any queries I had regarding the itenary or the place itself! We loved how she planned the itenary in the given amount of time. We enjoyed Balestrand the most. We could barely see any tourists there and it was such a wonderful place to be! Truly an advantage of having a local tour specialist!
The other cities and the hotels were very decent as well. Their location was perfect. Right in the centre of the cities.
The other wonderful experience we had was the historical walk in Bergen by a colleague of Ingrid's - Vilde! We had never done that before, moving around in the city and getting to know about the culture and the history from a resident itself.
The glacier hike at Folgefonna and the midnight sun RIB tour were beautiful as well. We are in love with Norway! Thank you Ingrid! Thank you kimkim!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Prujal,
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed Norway and enjoyed yourselves! Vilde had a wonderful time with you in Bergen and so happy to hear you enjoyed the glacier hike and RIB boat as well!

Welcome back anytime and thank you so much again!
Take care,
Ingrid

western norway's fjord road trip , Norway - Jul 2 - Jul 13, 2019

Traveler: Abbey J. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We loved the trip, especially Kalvåg. That is an amazing little village.

A couple of improvements:

Flåm was beautiful- but they don’t allow kids younger than 12 months on the bike down and our baby was 8 months and our guide knew this. She couldn’t even fit the kids helmet. Maybe they didn’t tell her, but the experience was awful.

One of the ferries ran every 2 hours, and our itinerary said it ran frequently.

There was an overall lack of recommendations on what to see each day, We... read more

We loved the trip, especially Kalvåg. That is an amazing little village.

A couple of improvements:

Flåm was beautiful- but they don’t allow kids younger than 12 months on the bike down and our baby was 8 months and our guide knew this. She couldn’t even fit the kids helmet. Maybe they didn’t tell her, but the experience was awful.

One of the ferries ran every 2 hours, and our itinerary said it ran frequently.

There was an overall lack of recommendations on what to see each day, We relied on hotel staff to tell us where to go.

We did a Nordic Visitor tour and they provide a detailed itinerary for each day that you have to choose because there are so many options. They also provide you with a huge published guide book - we spent half a day looking for a book for Norway.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Abbey,

Thank you very much for your feedback! We highly appreciate you taking the time to review us and I am very happy you had a good time overall!

Thank you very much for your concrete feedback as well- it is very valuable for us to be able to improve in the future so I highly appreciate your opinion.

I am very sorry to hear about the Flåm bike ride! I did call the supplier of this activity to make sure you were allowed to bring your child on the ride. I am very sorry that the... read more

Hi Abbey,

Thank you very much for your feedback! We highly appreciate you taking the time to review us and I am very happy you had a good time overall!

Thank you very much for your concrete feedback as well- it is very valuable for us to be able to improve in the future so I highly appreciate your opinion.

I am very sorry to hear about the Flåm bike ride! I did call the supplier of this activity to make sure you were allowed to bring your child on the ride. I am very sorry that the experience did not meet your expectation and I will make sure to inform the supplier about it so it will not happen again!

Thank you very much again for traveling with us and very happy to read to had a good time all in all.
All the best to you and your family!
Ingrid

Oslo to bergen | explore loen, Norway - Jun 27 - Jul 9, 2019

Traveler: Donna J. S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Stig in Oslo and Ingrid in Bergen had insights that normal guides may not have as they had lived in their respective city’s all their lives. The walking tours were exceptionally and a great way to see these city’s and also have exercise and fresh air. Myself and my three adult children thought this was a fun time together and we got many beautiful pictures.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Donna,
I am so happy to hear that you had a good time in Norway and it was a pleasure meeting you in Bergen as well! Both Stig and I had an amazing time with you all!

Take care and welcome back anytime!
Ingrid

Norwegian highlights: oslo, bergen & the sognefjord - 8 days | 2019, Norway - Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2019

Traveler: Debby V. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We planned this trip last year, but I broke my foot and we had to cancel. We easily re-booked the whole trip this year, same hotels, same activities. The trip was splendid, we spent time in Copenhagen before and Stockholm after, but Ingrid and kimkim planned the Norway part of the trip with us.

Ingrid was so easy to deal with and so knowledgeable, and always readily available to answer any questions. We were pleased with all our accommodations and activities. We even got to meet Ingrid... read more

We planned this trip last year, but I broke my foot and we had to cancel. We easily re-booked the whole trip this year, same hotels, same activities. The trip was splendid, we spent time in Copenhagen before and Stockholm after, but Ingrid and kimkim planned the Norway part of the trip with us.

Ingrid was so easy to deal with and so knowledgeable, and always readily available to answer any questions. We were pleased with all our accommodations and activities. We even got to meet Ingrid in Bergen and got a personal walking tour!

We particularly liked Balestrand, the area is so beautiful and just getting there is wonderful.

We generally do our own planning, but our experience with kimkim has been very positive and we will likely use their services again.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Debby and Bruce,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! So happy I got to meet you both and that you had a good time!

Thank you so so much again and it was a pleasure planning the trip for you!
Ingrid

Discover norway's cities & villages - 12 days, Norway - Jun 30 - Jul 11, 2019

Traveler: Becca S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Wonderful trip! Hiking the Romsdalseggen ridge was a highlight -- absolutely stunning. (One note -- we took the bus from town but learned afterwards that for two or more people a taxi directly to the trailhead is actually more cost effective). Ingrid was fantastic -- we had a few mix ups with transfers but she fixed it immediately.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi guys,
Thank you so much for your review! So many awesome pictures! :D Very happy to see and hear that you had a good time and I was very happy to plan the trip for you!

Take care and welcome back!
All the best,
Ingrid

3 weeks | the best of norway , Norway - Jun 20 - Jul 10, 2019

Traveler: florence P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a wonderful time and it was very well planned and stress free. Ingrid did a wonderful job both before, during the planning stages and once we arrived at each destination all was arranged perfectly. Oslo was a beautiful city Stig Torset our city guide was personable and so much fun to be with. He made our tour around the city personal and enjoyable. Our stay in Stavanger was also lovely. We hiked to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) with a guide Raul "Off the Beaten Path" recommended by... read more

We had a wonderful time and it was very well planned and stress free. Ingrid did a wonderful job both before, during the planning stages and once we arrived at each destination all was arranged perfectly. Oslo was a beautiful city Stig Torset our city guide was personable and so much fun to be with. He made our tour around the city personal and enjoyable. Our stay in Stavanger was also lovely. We hiked to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) with a guide Raul "Off the Beaten Path" recommended by Ingrid and now recommended by us. Honestly i think i would have been disappointed walking up with so many people the normal path. So coming up a trail where we were the only ones on the path was awesome. From Stavanger we took the Bus to Bergen a fun relaxing trip. Once in Bergen we enjoyed the local shops and food and then took a cruise to Rosendal passing through the Hardangerfjord it was a very cool experience. Then off to Voss by train to White Water Rafting with Voss Active. All i can say is Exciting! They were right on time to pick us up at the Train Station. Again No worries everything went smoothly. After Voss it was off to Finse (all arranged by Ingrid) for our three day hike to Vassbygdi Aurlandsdalen the hike was beautiful with more waterfalls then i could count. After our hike we stayed in Aurland in a very quaint hotel. Then off to Oslo by train the next day to catch a plane to Svalbard. The northern trip was planned by us personally, the landscape was beautiful and quite different from the Southern part of Norway. So we were excited to see both parts of Norway. So happy we found Kimkim and Ingrid would use them again in a heart beat.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Florence!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review for us! You have no idea how happy I am that you had a good time in Norway after your long journey through my country! Great to hear that you enjoyed the off the beaten track walks in Oslo and Preikestolen and the hiking from cabin to the cabin as well as the Rafting at Voss! That is excellent!

You guys are the best and I am so happy you enjoyed yourselves!

Warmest regards,
Ingrid

Pam

Bergen | the fjords | oslo | tromsø , Norway - Jun 29 - Jul 10, 2019

Traveler: Pam C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

A big thank you to the Kimkim team and particularly Ingrid. We could not have asked for better planning and would highly recommend this company if you are planning a trip to Norway.
On a personal note
Thank you Ingrid for for everything you did for us we had the most amazing time and the scenery was breathtaking. This is a trip we will never forget and having it organised for us took any stress away and allowed us to just enjoy beautiful , no breathtaking Norway.
We loved everything Ingrid,... read more

A big thank you to the Kimkim team and particularly Ingrid. We could not have asked for better planning and would highly recommend this company if you are planning a trip to Norway.
On a personal note
Thank you Ingrid for for everything you did for us we had the most amazing time and the scenery was breathtaking. This is a trip we will never forget and having it organised for us took any stress away and allowed us to just enjoy beautiful , no breathtaking Norway.
We loved everything Ingrid, we loved the hotel choices (not everyone I guess can afford these) but we loved coming back to a comfortable classy clean hotel room.
We loved the Flåm railway and the tips for restaurants and places to see.
All in all 10/10 or 5 stars :)
Thank you from all of us. We would not hesitate to use your company again and recommend to others
Kindest regards Pam Noel Bryce Pri and little Zayne

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pam,
Thank you so so much for the great feedback! I am so happy you enjoyed yourself! It was a pleasure planning the trip for you and thank you so much for traveling with us!

I hope you will have an excellent time in Croatia and welcome back anytime!
Best,
Ingrid

Western norway's rivers, islands & fjords, Norway - Jun 28 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: Joanna H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Our trip to the fiords and western isles of Norway was extremely well organized by Ingrid. The only issue was that she could not control the weather which was generally wet and cold!! But we learned a new Norwegian saying "there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothes"! Despite the weather, we had a great time. The travel details were very specific and all the connections etc. worked like clockwork. All the hotels were first rate. We had some excellent dinners, especially in Alesund... read more

Our trip to the fiords and western isles of Norway was extremely well organized by Ingrid. The only issue was that she could not control the weather which was generally wet and cold!! But we learned a new Norwegian saying "there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothes"! Despite the weather, we had a great time. The travel details were very specific and all the connections etc. worked like clockwork. All the hotels were first rate. We had some excellent dinners, especially in Alesund (Sjobua and No. 5), Kalvag (Knutholven) and Bergen ( Bare). Our guide in Bergen, Vilde, was delightful and showed us parts of the city we would have missed by ourselves. In hindsight, we would have changed 2 things. First, a shorter stay in Floro (or to be there on a different day of the week as very little was open on Sunday) as ideally, we would have liked an earlier connection to Kalvag. The food at Knutholmen was world-class and we would have much preferred to have dinner there than in Floro. Secondly, we thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride from Bergen to Flam, and then on to Oslo by train - stunning scenery the whole way. However, we then flew back to the States the following day which basically meant sitting for 2 whole days. We would recommend a day between the Bergen- Oslo travel and a long flight, but please note that was our planning, not Ingrid's! We would definitely use KimKim again and have recommended to friends.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Joanna,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip despite the weather! I wished I could control that for you! Your feedback is very useful for us and we will definitely take your advice for future trips. I wish there was a ferry that left earlier from Florø to Kalvåg! Unfortunately, it is challenging on a Sunday. Either way, it is very nice to hear it from your perspective as well!

Vilde had a wonderful time... read more

Hi Joanna,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip despite the weather! I wished I could control that for you! Your feedback is very useful for us and we will definitely take your advice for future trips. I wish there was a ferry that left earlier from Florø to Kalvåg! Unfortunately, it is challenging on a Sunday. Either way, it is very nice to hear it from your perspective as well!

Vilde had a wonderful time with you in Bergen and I am happy that you at least had some nice weather for that walk!

Take care and I wish you all the very best! Thank you so much again!
Ingrid

Discover norway's cities and fjords, Norway - Jun 11 - Jun 24, 2019

Traveler: Julie R. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was fabulous. She planned our trip perfectly and was always quickly available and pleasant to work with when I had questions. I would highly recommend kim kim and Ingrid.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Julie,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I am so happy to hear you had such a good time!

I wish you all the best and welcome back any time!
Ingrid

summer road trip: oslo, bergen & trondheim - 12 days, Norway - Jun 15 - Jun 26, 2019

Traveler: Laura R. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a great trip to Norway and wholeheartedly recommend KimKim. Everything was taken care of for us perfectly. We had so much fun. Truly, it was the trip of a lifetime, and having everything planned and booked for us made the experience so easy and stress-free. We loved it and recommend the service so much. Ingrid was a delight to work with, and so responsive. Thank you!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Laura,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I am so so happy to hear you had a good time and enjoyed your time in my home country!

All the very best to you and your family and welcome back!
Ingrid

Discover norway's cities, Norway - Jun 11 - Jun 24, 2019

Traveler: Mark L. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a wonderful trip. All the upfront organization and communication by Ingrid was excellent. The itinerary was perfect. The hotels, ship accommodations and transportation options were great. We loved the mix of the cities and the natural beauty of Norway. Thanks.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark,
Thank you so much for your time writing this review! I am so so happy to hear that you had a good time here and to hear that Norway is one of the most beautiful countries you have been to. That warms my heart!

All the best to you and your family!

Nordic adventure for outdoor lovers - 5 days, Norway - Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

Traveler: MARK E. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was great and the experiences were truly amazing. We had a great trip with wonderful memories from activities that would have been very difficult to find or book on our own. I highly recommend!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write the review! So so happy to hear you had a good time!

Welcome back anytime!

Ingrid

Mylan

norway's ultimate fjord adventure , Finland - Jun 3 - Jun 10, 2019

Traveler: Mylan G. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We absolutely loved Norway. It is a beautiful country with wonderful people. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Our boat tour through the fjords was gorgeous. We especially enjoyed the Flåm train ride and our trip to Lofoten Islands. A guide named Boyd, from Aktiv took us on a very nice kayaking tour. He was very informative about the people, the culture, and the history of the area.

Planning the trip with Ingrid was a dream! She had excellent suggestions, was thorough in her planning... read more

We absolutely loved Norway. It is a beautiful country with wonderful people. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Our boat tour through the fjords was gorgeous. We especially enjoyed the Flåm train ride and our trip to Lofoten Islands. A guide named Boyd, from Aktiv took us on a very nice kayaking tour. He was very informative about the people, the culture, and the history of the area.

Planning the trip with Ingrid was a dream! She had excellent suggestions, was thorough in her planning and left us very detailed instructions. She even gave us maps so that we would have a general idea where we needed to go. I have given all of my friends the recommendations on booking travel through kim kim. We had a wonderful experience and every hotel and activity met or exceeded our expectations.

Our only obstacles were generally in the area of language. While everyone spoke English, we really had a tough time reading the signs or following directions that were written in Norwegian. This posed most challenging while driving. Some how we made it through the trip with just a parking ticket!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mylan,
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback and for taking the time to write a review. I am so so happy to hear that you had such a good time in Norway!

I wish you all the very best and welcome back to Norway any time!
Best,
Ingrid

Ari

Norway's epic hiking excursion, Norway - May 28 - Jun 2, 2019

Traveler: Ari B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was wonderful. I'm so grateful for her expertise and excellent communication. Because of Ingrid, I'll definitely return to KimKim for future trip planning.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of us! I appreciate it more than you know!

Welcome back any time!

Best,
Ingrid

Jim

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure , Norway - May 26 - May 31, 2019

Traveler: Jim G. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

The itinerary that Ingrid and KimKim put together for us was amazing! We spent 5 nights moving from Oslo, to Balestrand then finishing in Bergen. As we did not really know too much about Norway and really did not have the time to plan our own trip, Ingrid put together a trip we will never forget! The hotels she recommended were all exceptional and we really enjoyed the contrast of seeing a large city like Oslo but then experiencing the natural wonders of Norway as we made our way to the... read more

The itinerary that Ingrid and KimKim put together for us was amazing! We spent 5 nights moving from Oslo, to Balestrand then finishing in Bergen. As we did not really know too much about Norway and really did not have the time to plan our own trip, Ingrid put together a trip we will never forget! The hotels she recommended were all exceptional and we really enjoyed the contrast of seeing a large city like Oslo but then experiencing the natural wonders of Norway as we made our way to the small village of Balestrand via the Flam train (which is not to be missed) then an unforgettable ferry ride through the fjords. All of the connections went smoothly and Ingrid's attention to detail as we made our way through each town and city was greatly appreciated. Each of the hotels had friendly staff, amazing breakfasts and Stig, our tour guide in Oslo was a wealth of knowledge, history and just plain fun to hang around with for a few hours. In short, Norway was a trip we will never forget and we would not hesitate recommending Ingrid, Stig and KimKIm to plan your Norwegian vacation!

Jim and Barbara Gordon--Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jim and Barabara,
thank you so so much for your wonderful feedback! I am so so happy to hear you had a good time in Norway!

I wish you all the very best and welcome back anytime!

All the very very best,
Ingrid

Western norway fjord road trip - 8 days, Norway - May 13 - May 20, 2019

Traveler: Jenny K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I want to specifically thank Ingrid for planning our family vacation. I chose to book lodging ourselves and left activities and local transportation in Norway to Ingrid. She gave us an itinerary which covers all places and activities on our wish list. She planned for our local transportation and transfers so we could focus on the pristine sceneries and fun activities without worrying about many logistics on self tours while not being in restricted times while traveling in a group tour. ... read more

I want to specifically thank Ingrid for planning our family vacation. I chose to book lodging ourselves and left activities and local transportation in Norway to Ingrid. She gave us an itinerary which covers all places and activities on our wish list. She planned for our local transportation and transfers so we could focus on the pristine sceneries and fun activities without worrying about many logistics on self tours while not being in restricted times while traveling in a group tour. Ingrid was also reachable in case we had any glitches during our journey. Really best of both worlds.

For places/activities which Ingrid planned for us, the most memorable are:
1) Geiranger Kayaking tour (with the Geiranger Kayak Center at Homlong. The tour guide was knowledgeable in many aspects in how the fjords were formed, local legends/myths, geopolitical facts, economics, etc. And most of all, top places to visit in Geiranger in our two days of stay.

2) The Fjordcruise from Flam to Gudvangen (on the Naeroyfjord) was also spectacular. Before the ship entered the Naeroyfjord, the captain offered us a private tour to the engine room which featured the totally electrical engine. We were truly impressed by Norwegians effort in preserving the environment.

3) Dragsvik Fjord Hotel: although I found this hotel myself. However, Ingrid approved of it. We wanted to bike around the neighbor. Ingrid managed to find out for us that the hotel actually has a few bicycles for hotel guests to borrow (helmets included). That was SO nice because, with Ingrid's arrangement, we did not have to worry about transportation from Dragsvik to the Balestrand town!

I list the following most memorable places we visited (some are suggested by Ingrid and others by our Kayak tour guide):
1) Dragsvik hotel - My family loved our stay there. It was situated in a ideally situated vantage point of the fjord and the mountains. Also, we really appreciate the hotel manager Magnar (?). Although he does not speak much, but we felt that he really tried his best to accommodate our family's needs. We were rather troublesome during our stay: borrow bicycles, laundry machine, etc.
2) Geiranger: a) Westeras Gard - farm and restaurant
b) hike to behind the Storsæterfossen waterfall
c) Ørnesvingen
d) Geirangerfjordsenter - great cabin lodging for family or small group
e) of course, our kayak tour
3) Bergen Budget Hotel: I booked this hotel myself and I want to express it so that your future customer could avoid it. It is poorly equipped, old, and rather unfriendly. Finally, it has no luggage storage, even for a few hours because the reception is UN-manned.

J.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jenny,

Thank you so much again for taking the time to write such a detailed review! I am so so happy to had a good time in Norway!

Thank you for letting me know about Bergen Budget hotel- I will make sure to be careful with recommending this place.

Welcome back to my home country at any time and I wish you all the very very best!
Ingrid

Norwegian city, mountain & fjord adventure, Norway - May 23 - May 28, 2019

Traveler: Tara K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid is the best! She customized a perfect itinerary for travels to Norway. There were several transfers and she scheduled everything seamlessly. Especially enjoyed the lodges she booked for us as they were quaint with kind hosts and good breakfasts (vathnalhasen and midntes to name a few). The Flåm railway was also a highlight of our trip. Everything from renting a car through Kjetil to detailed itineraries and directions was exceptional. During the trip we had questions and Ingrid... read more

Ingrid is the best! She customized a perfect itinerary for travels to Norway. There were several transfers and she scheduled everything seamlessly. Especially enjoyed the lodges she booked for us as they were quaint with kind hosts and good breakfasts (vathnalhasen and midntes to name a few). The Flåm railway was also a highlight of our trip. Everything from renting a car through Kjetil to detailed itineraries and directions was exceptional. During the trip we had questions and Ingrid addresses everything in a timely and friendly manner. Highly recommend Ingrid for all your Norway travel needs.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for you wonderful review, Tara! So happy to hear you had such a good time!

I hope your hike to Trolltunga will be awesome!

Thanks so so much again!
Ingrid

Oslo - bergen | hurtigruten to northern norway , Norway - Apr 27 - May 15, 2019

Traveler: J P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did a fabulous job helping me plan a 3 week trip to Norway.There are so many positives to share. Ingrid did a fabulous job communicating with me in the planning and was very receptive to all my questions and quick to respond.The hotels chosen were all good. The itinerary with the maps was absolutely wonderful to have and and really made going from location to location very easy. She also was great in an in an emergency situation when my husband’s airline went on strike and he was... read more

Ingrid did a fabulous job helping me plan a 3 week trip to Norway.There are so many positives to share. Ingrid did a fabulous job communicating with me in the planning and was very receptive to all my questions and quick to respond.The hotels chosen were all good. The itinerary with the maps was absolutely wonderful to have and and really made going from location to location very easy. She also was great in an in an emergency situation when my husband’s airline went on strike and he was stranded in Spain and Ingrid helped me find other airlines to get him to Oslo.
I feel very lucky having gone to the Lofoton Islands I would put their beauty in the top three places that I’ve seen in the world.
From a learning and planning perspective one of the things I learned is many things are closed on Sundays (especially in small towns ) and sometimes it was hard to even find restaurants open ( in the small towns) so Sundays would be good travel days if possible.
Overall working with Ingrid was a very positive experience and I thank her for all her work in making this trip so memorable for us.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Janice,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review! It was my pleasure having you in my home country and helping you plan your trip.

All the very best and welcome back to Norway anytime!
Ingrid

Anna

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 5 days , Norway - May 12 - May 16, 2019

Traveler: Anna L. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My family and I just got back from Norway few days back and we're currently nursing on our severe jet lag. But despite the lack of sleep, we all had an amazing time there. The itinerary planned by Ingrid was so much fun and many of her suggestions outside of our initial itinerary were even better!

We really want to thank Kimkim and Ingrid for this lovely and well planned trip. The hotels provided were comfortable and surpassed our expectations. Other than a minor issue with the train... read more

My family and I just got back from Norway few days back and we're currently nursing on our severe jet lag. But despite the lack of sleep, we all had an amazing time there. The itinerary planned by Ingrid was so much fun and many of her suggestions outside of our initial itinerary were even better!

We really want to thank Kimkim and Ingrid for this lovely and well planned trip. The hotels provided were comfortable and surpassed our expectations. Other than a minor issue with the train tickets (train station updated the schedule but didn't inform us), everything else went swimmingly well.

Would definitely use kimkim again for my future travels.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Anna,

Thank you so so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! I am so happy to hear that you had a good time and I love the beautiful pictures!

Thank you so much for sharing!
All the very best to all of you!
Ingrid

Norwegian fjords, Norway - Apr 18 - Apr 26, 2019

Traveler: Bharat M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Let me start by saying this was by far one of the most amazing trips I’ve had. KimKim is an excellent place for customizable tours and for those looking to travel independently with just hotels and transportation pre-booked. I was in Norway for 8 days in April and Ingrid helped me plan and organize my stay, and accommodated several itinerary changes from my side 😊. She gave me multiple suggestions for hiking and sightseeing (including maps and distances) in the cities I visited. The whole... read more

Let me start by saying this was by far one of the most amazing trips I’ve had. KimKim is an excellent place for customizable tours and for those looking to travel independently with just hotels and transportation pre-booked. I was in Norway for 8 days in April and Ingrid helped me plan and organize my stay, and accommodated several itinerary changes from my side 😊. She gave me multiple suggestions for hiking and sightseeing (including maps and distances) in the cities I visited. The whole booking process was extremely easy, and Ingrid was reachable at all times and very responsive.
Norway is an incredible destination, and I was extremely fortunate the weather was perfect throughout my stay. The fjords, mountains and just the landscapes in general are absolutely breathtaking! There was also far fewer tourists around this time of year! I visited Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Tromso, and every city was unique and picturesque in its own way with a lot to offer. The Pulpit rock hike was definitely the highlight of my trip - relatively easy to do and very rewarding. Ingrid also arranged local tour guides for me in Oslo (Stig) and Bergen (John) who were both extremely knowledgeable and helpful!
Needless to say, I had a great time in Norway and definitely recommend KimKim for travel planning. Many many thank you to Ingrid, Stig, John and Andre who made my stay very memorable!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review, Bharat! I am so happy to hear you had such a great time!

I will you all the best and Stig, John and Andrè all say hi! They had a great time with you.

All the very best!
Ingrid

10 days in norway: 7 unique itinerary ideas, Norway - Apr 14 - Apr 22, 2019

Traveler: Kim M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did an amazing job planning our trip through Norway. We were able to fly into Oslo and make our way across the country towards Bergen via train. We made stops along the way in Geilo and Flam, finally reaching the city of Bergen. We were so impressed with how accessible Ingrid and her team were in making last minute changes, booking restaurants and their overall knowledge of what to see and do. We had a wonderful and memorable family vacation in Norway and I felt so blessed to be led by the kimkim Team! Thank you!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kim,
Thank you so so much for taking the time to write such a great review! I am happy to have such a good time!

I wish you all the best and I hope you had a great time in Lofoten as well!

All the very best to you and your family!
Ingrid

Northern norway's arctic adventure, Norway - Mar 30 - Apr 4, 2019

Traveler: Ronnie B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Successfully attached this trip to Norway after a work trip in other areas of Europe. Couldn't have asked for more responsiveness from my local contact Ingrid. I'm very detail oriented and she always gave me all the information I requested as we planned the specifics of each day.

The Lofoten area at the end of March had perhaps the most finicky weather I've ever seen so be ready with appropriate clothing and gear. Expect to have some activities cancelled or moved and try to go with the flow.... read more

Successfully attached this trip to Norway after a work trip in other areas of Europe. Couldn't have asked for more responsiveness from my local contact Ingrid. I'm very detail oriented and she always gave me all the information I requested as we planned the specifics of each day.

The Lofoten area at the end of March had perhaps the most finicky weather I've ever seen so be ready with appropriate clothing and gear. Expect to have some activities cancelled or moved and try to go with the flow. I found the drive down the islands on my own with no schedule to be one of the best parts. Though do your best to avoid a one-way car rental as they are very expensive.

I also really enjoyed hanging out on the Hurtigruten ship for most of a day after running around for so long beforehand.

A word for anyone looking for the Northern lights. I found it to be much more about luck with the weather than it was about going on the northern lights chase tours. If you're up for driving to the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night to try for clear skies go for it, but the longer your trip the less necessary it probably is.

I compiled a video of my experiences that anyone is welcome to see here:
https://youtu.be/f-tFAZfqaeE

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ronnie,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review - very valuable feedback! Love your video and so many nice pictures as well!

Welcome back to Norway anytime!

All the best,
Ingrid

Norway's ultimate trip , Norway - Mar 22 - Apr 8, 2019

Traveler: Dennis S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

From the very first conversation to the last day there Ingrid was there to make sure we had the time of our lives in Norway for 18 days. With no detail left out and the time taken to make sure we had everything throughout our trip. She answered our questions as needed was invaluable. Meeting a local with knowledge of the area makes the difference in planning a trip. Would highly recommend this service to anyone who needs assistance in traveling and would love to have a full time travel planner! Worth every cent!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dennis,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review and thank you so much again for inviting me to the concert! I had a blast with you and Steph!

Welcome back to Norway anytime!

All the very best!
Ingrid

Lisa

Birkebeinerrennett then see a bit of norway, Norway - Mar 16 - Mar 22, 2019

Traveler: Lisa S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

When I was planning a trip to Norway for a mid-March Nordic ski race, my family (with two teen kids) knew we wanted to see more than the area between Rena and Lillehammer but didn't know anything about Norway or where to begin. I completely trusted the local knowledge of Vilde and Ingrid to make a recommendation for what more we should see in the time we had and without a car. The trip completely exceeded my expectations!

Several friends joined in after they heard the trip plan. We had... read more

When I was planning a trip to Norway for a mid-March Nordic ski race, my family (with two teen kids) knew we wanted to see more than the area between Rena and Lillehammer but didn't know anything about Norway or where to begin. I completely trusted the local knowledge of Vilde and Ingrid to make a recommendation for what more we should see in the time we had and without a car. The trip completely exceeded my expectations!

Several friends joined in after they heard the trip plan. We had excellent easy travel and a lot of fun. Ingrid chose super hotels and made reservations or provided directions for train and bus travel that was simple and perfect with many highlights. Stig was our excellent local guide in Oslo who told us about music, local culture, and a little history as we walked along the Akserselva River, urban art district, the fortress, and metropolitan downtown on a rainy day. The train to Flam was a magic ride the next day with blue skies and views of mountains, frozen waterfalls, plus beautiful towns, homes and farms going from snow up high down to the Naeroyfjord arm of the Sognefjord. We had a full moon that night at our both historic and modern hotel in Auerland and enjoyed a cruise on the electric Future of the Fjords sightseeing vessel. Ingrid was flexible to help us decide where to go at this point and four friends decided to ski an extra day in Geilo while my family continued on to Bergen. We were impressed by the completely different look and culture of Bergen. Our local guide David helped us know so much more about where to go and interpreted what we saw in his beautiful city as well as gave us a feel for how Norwegians live. We had so much fun with David that we went over our time more than an hour. Geilo was our last place to explore with downhill resorts on two sides of the city and lots of Nordic trails. On a sunny but windy day, we caught the ski bus, rented average quality downhill ski equipment, and bought a ski pass that worked at both Slaatta and Vestlia. Our friends enjoyed the ski tracks there for Nordic skiing.

Overall, the best things about Norway were the scenery, the breakfasts so do opt into breakfast at the hotel, interesting history and the happy people. Ingrid was our best find since she reserved the best places to go and stay and gave us detailed directions on how to get around. Her directions were so good there were only a couple occasions I messaged her with questions and she helped right away. Ingrid also was able to reschedule a hotel stay for two friends who left a bag on the train from Lillehammer and were able to retrieve it in lost and found in the morning just before our flight home. I would not have changed anything about what Ingrid planned for us except maybe staying more days! We enjoyed a "God Tur" and I am grateful.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lisa,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice and detailed review! So many lovely pictures as well! I am so happy to hear you had a good time and I wish you welcome back anytime!

All the very best to you all and I am so happy that Mark found his bag!!!

Thanks so much again for traveling with us!!!
Ingrid

10 days | oslo - bergen - tromsø, Norway - Mar 15 - Mar 24, 2019

Traveler: Anna K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Amazing experience with Kimkim.
Ingrid was very professional and made sure to tailor our trip to Oslo, Bergen and Tromso based on what we want and what we like and was always responsive in a timely manner.
Highly recommended!!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! So happy to had such a good time!

Welcome back any time!!

Sam

Dogsledding adventure at trappers farm, Norway - Mar 16 - Mar 23, 2019

Traveler: Sam L. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I'm so grateful to Ingrid, Kimkim and Trapper's Farm for helping me arrange the Norwegian adventure of my dreams. I wanted to chase the Northern Lights on a multi-day dogsledding expedition, and Trappers Farm delivered. The 4-day trip was highly personalized, authentic and filled with once in a lifetime opportunities. If you want to experience dog sledding off the beaten track, I highly recommend arranging a trip with them.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the great review, Sam! So happy to hear you had a great time at Trapper`s farm!

All the best to you and welcome back to Norway anytime!!

oslo - bergen - tromsø | magic of the fjords & northern norway, Norway - Mar 9 - Mar 15, 2019

Traveler: Ashutosh C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did a wonderful job planning our trip. She was prompt, professional and thoughtful. We had limited time and wanted to fit in Oslo, Bergen, the Flam railway, a Fjord cruise, dog sledding and the Northern lights. It took some adroit and creative planning to fit all this in 5 days, and we simply could not have figured this out on our own, and I give Ingrid great credit for figuring out a travel itinerary where we could do all this without feeling rushed. Everything went smoothly thanks... read more

Ingrid did a wonderful job planning our trip. She was prompt, professional and thoughtful. We had limited time and wanted to fit in Oslo, Bergen, the Flam railway, a Fjord cruise, dog sledding and the Northern lights. It took some adroit and creative planning to fit all this in 5 days, and we simply could not have figured this out on our own, and I give Ingrid great credit for figuring out a travel itinerary where we could do all this without feeling rushed. Everything went smoothly thanks to Ingrids' careful attention to detail. She was also on call during our trip — a mere text or e-mail away. I also want to thank her for arranging an Oslo walk with Stig, which was wonderful, as we got to see Oslo through a natives eye. We did the same in Bergen, where Ingrid took us on a charming walk through town and up into the hills. Both walks are strongly recommended. In all, I recommend Ingrid with the greatest possible enthusiasm. She will make your trip richer!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ashutosh,

Thank you so so much for taking the time to write a review! I appreciate it more than you know! It was lovely to meet your lovely family in Bergen and show you around! Stig had a wonderful time with you as well and I am happy you enjoyed the dogsledding and Northern lights chase as well!

I wish you very welcome back to Norway and I wish you all the best!
Ingrid

Hiking adventure seeing natures beauty, Norway - Mar 3 - Mar 8, 2019

Traveler: Lauren D. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was perfect! From start to finish she provided so much information, advice and support. She put together a perfect itinerary for Norway which ran super smoothly. I fit so much in to 5 days and had an incredible experience. Absolutely everything was organised and if I had Abby questions Ingrid responded pretty much immediately. I would highly recommend Kim Kim and I would definitely use again.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lauren,
You are so nice! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us and I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time!

Welcome back any time!

All the best,
Ingrid

Tromsø winter adventure - 3 days, Norway - Feb 25 - Feb 28, 2019

Traveler: Eman A. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Disappointed... although the communication was excellent but the plan is improper. We ended up paying extra cost for accumedation and transportation, and they didn’t take any responsibility to refund the missed up situation

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Eman,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we are very sorry you were disappointed. We have, however, send you a refund as Linda mentioned for the transfer and will appear on your account it about 5 to 10 days.

I am sorry again for the inconvenience and I wish you all the best!

Ingrid

Evan

Winter adenture in norway , Norway - Feb 7 - Feb 17, 2019

Traveler: Evan S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

This trip was fantastic. I had some ideas as to what I wanted to do in Norway, but Ingrid put together the itinerary to accomplish it in a really unique trip.

We flew from Minneapolis to Amsterdam, then to Oslo, and finally to Tromso, before transferring to the Malangen Resort. Delicious dinner at the resort. We stayed in one of the deluxe cabins. The next day we went dogsledding and saw the Northern lights. We were allowed to mush our own team of dogs and were given a snack (reindeer... read more

This trip was fantastic. I had some ideas as to what I wanted to do in Norway, but Ingrid put together the itinerary to accomplish it in a really unique trip.

We flew from Minneapolis to Amsterdam, then to Oslo, and finally to Tromso, before transferring to the Malangen Resort. Delicious dinner at the resort. We stayed in one of the deluxe cabins. The next day we went dogsledding and saw the Northern lights. We were allowed to mush our own team of dogs and were given a snack (reindeer sandwich and coffee/tea afterwards).

The next day we flew to Oslo and explored on our own. The next morning we had a 3-hour walking tour around Oslo with Stig, a knowledgeable local guide. That afternoon we saw several museums including the Viking ship museum and the modern art museum.

Then on to Geilo where we stayed at the Dr. Holms hotel for several days. One day we went cross country skiing with Hilde and Jorgen from vinternatt.no. Then for the next two days of snowkiting in Haugastol, I rented a car so that I could drive there, yet my wife could stay in Geilo and be close to the spas, etc.

Following this we took the train to Flam, fjordcruise to Gudvangen, then on to Bergen. The next morning in Bergen, we met David a local musician and guide. Following Bergen, we took a train back to Oslo and then flew home.

I had never been to Norway previously and contact KimKim with only basic requests as to the activities I wanted to do. Ingrid put together a great itinerary that was easy to follow. We felt like we saw a great amount of Norway but it also left us wanting to return. We look farward to working with KimKim for future trips.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so so much for taking the time to write such a nice review, Evan! I appreciate it more than you know! I met stig in Oslo this weekend actually who told me he had a wonderful time with you!

Thank you so much again and I wish you and your family all the best!
Ingrid

14 days | from the fjords in the south to northern lights in the north |, Norway - Dec 26 - Jan 7, 2019

Traveler: Graham H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had the time of our lives on this trip. From start to finish, Ingrid and KimKim was amazing. Ingrid Skyped and emailed with my husband to plan the perfect trip. She worked hard to get the things we wanted, the places we wanted to visit, and then made wonderful suggestions. We were able to travel from south to north with ease and see so much of Norway and the different cities and towns. Ingrid even took us on a personal tour in Bergen which was a perfect way to start our trip.

We... read more

We had the time of our lives on this trip. From start to finish, Ingrid and KimKim was amazing. Ingrid Skyped and emailed with my husband to plan the perfect trip. She worked hard to get the things we wanted, the places we wanted to visit, and then made wonderful suggestions. We were able to travel from south to north with ease and see so much of Norway and the different cities and towns. Ingrid even took us on a personal tour in Bergen which was a perfect way to start our trip.

We visited Bergen, Flam, Oslo, Tromso, Svolvaer, and Alta. We did a beer tour (wonderful!), snowmobiling, dog sledding, took the Hurtigruten ship, a fjord tour, a northern lights chase and basic sight seeing on our own in each city. The favorite thing was the dog sledding with TrastiogTrine. Wonderful time and the highlight of the trip (for me). My husband loved the snowmobiling best. The majesty of the country cannot be described!

We highly recommend KimKim and will definitely be using them again. They made the whole process easy and stress free. And Ingrid was amazing! Thanks guys!

Graham Hyder

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Graham, and for taking the time to write that for us! Such a great feedback and it was so lovely to meet you in Bergen and follow your trip with all the wonderful pictures you posted!

Thank you so much again and I wish you all the best! I hope I can visit you at some point in North Carolina!

All the best to you both!
Ingrid

12 days | road trip along the coast of norway, Norway - Aug 9 - Aug 20, 2018

Traveler: Melissa L. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We traveled to Norway this past summer. Ingrid was great helping us plan our trip. She spent the day with us in Bergen and we loved her walking tour of her city. We loved the cabin in Loen that we never would have found without Ingrid’s advice. Our boys loved the hike we took in Geilo.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the lovely reveiw, Melissa! It was so lovely to meet you in Bergen and to hear that’m you and your family had a good time!
All the best to you and your family and happy new year!

Scenic road trip & fjord experiences - the best of norway , Norway - Oct 30 - Nov 10, 2018

Traveler: ahmer r. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I has visited Norway from 30th October, 2018 to 10th November, 2018. In short, this was one of the best trips of our lives, all the credit goes to Ingrid.

Our plan was a 12 day plan, more on the road and outside than on tours and hotels. Our itinerary was planned in a great way along with the maps provided to us by ingrid was very helpful. We got to see many things, mountains, Fjords, Northern lights, whales, beautiful clean roads, scenery, sunrise, sunsets etc.

We visited the... read more

My wife and I has visited Norway from 30th October, 2018 to 10th November, 2018. In short, this was one of the best trips of our lives, all the credit goes to Ingrid.

Our plan was a 12 day plan, more on the road and outside than on tours and hotels. Our itinerary was planned in a great way along with the maps provided to us by ingrid was very helpful. We got to see many things, mountains, Fjords, Northern lights, whales, beautiful clean roads, scenery, sunrise, sunsets etc.

We visited the places, Bergen, Eidfjord, Flam, aurland, Geiranger, Kristiansund, Trondheim, Bodo, lofoten Islands, Andenes. Sounds like a lot, but it was just right.

We met lot of people, ate lot of local food, enjoyed the hotels we stayed in.

Everything went very smooth, from renting cars in airports, to the different hotels arranged by ingrid in each place each day. And we used to get messages from ingrid regarding our updates, seemed loving and caring, which i really don't see with any other travel agents.

We had also purchased an item but were unable to arrange delivery precisely as were in different locations each day, Ingrid really supported us through that ordeal.

Rest Assured, If you are planning anything with Ingrid and her travel agency, then know, that they are with you all the way literally, from planning the trip, to arrival in the country, through the country, and till you depart the country to return.

I once again thank Ingrid for the beautiful vacation, and if i have a chance to work with her again in any scenario i would'nt think twice!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ahmer,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review- I appreciate your feedback more than you now ! I am so happy to read that you had such a great time and it was my pleasure planning the trip for you!

Please let me know if you ever need my help again in the future!

I which you all the very best!
Ingrid

Jules

Norway's fjord adventure, Norway - Oct 5 - Oct 11, 2018

Traveler: Jules C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We loved the convenience, prompt reply and local insights. The local walking tours were fun and informative. The hotel in Aurland was really charming, and the fjord ferry cruise from Aurland was fantastic.

Ingrid and Vilde were helpful in offering local tips, packing tips, and so on.

I've recommended Kimkim.com's service to many friends already and many are keen to try out!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi there Julie,
Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review for us! I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time in Norway and it was great to meet you briefly in Bergen!

Thank you so much for recommending a trip to Norway to your friends- I look forward to organizing a trip for them as well!

Thank you so much again!
Best,
Ingrid

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure, Norway - Oct 4 - Oct 10, 2018

Traveler: Mark B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We are so pleased to have used this service when booking our trip. Ingrid and the team delivered an excellent program that perfectly suited our travel plans. It was a seamless process and took all of the guesswork out of the holiday. Very reasonable pricing as well. Thanks so much for all your help
And support.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mark,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! I am so happy you had a good time in Norway!!

It was a pleasure having you hear and I wish you all the best!
Ingrid

3 weeks | the best of norway , Norway - Sep 9 - Oct 3, 2018

Traveler: judith l. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was very helpful fight throughout the trip with additional requests we had. The planning and ticketing went like clockwork and was thus very easy to complete the journey. No problems were encounted.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Judith and Clive,
Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself in Norway and that everything when smoothly!

Thank you so so much again and I which you all the best!
Ingrid

Linda

Norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 15 days, Norway - Aug 23 - Sep 6, 2018

Traveler: Linda F. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Planning a trip with an in-country advisor just makes sense. Ingrid Thornes, our trip consultant for a two week trip in Norway, met and exceeded our expectations. Being from Bergen, she was able to give good first-hand advice and proved more reliable than a guide book.

We outlined our preferences for types of hotels, modes of transport, and places we wanted to include on our visit. Ingrid evaluated our ideas, made suggestions and then delivered an itinerary that we collaborated on for... read more

Planning a trip with an in-country advisor just makes sense. Ingrid Thornes, our trip consultant for a two week trip in Norway, met and exceeded our expectations. Being from Bergen, she was able to give good first-hand advice and proved more reliable than a guide book.

We outlined our preferences for types of hotels, modes of transport, and places we wanted to include on our visit. Ingrid evaluated our ideas, made suggestions and then delivered an itinerary that we collaborated on for weeks. That required a lot of patience from her!

Honestly, this trip met ALL of our expectations because Ingrid took the time to listen and help us make good choices. All tickets were emailed, all connections made, paving the way for a knockout time in Norway. Well done KimKim. We will book another amazing excursion with your u again.

Linda and Peter Fenton, Massachusetts USA

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so so much for the amazing review, Linda and Peter! I am incredibly happy that I was able to plan this trip for you and that I met all your expectations! It was an honor to meet you all in Bergen and I am so grateful that you took the time to write this review for us!

All the best and warmest regards!
Ingrid

Norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 15 days, Norway - Aug 23 - Sep 6, 2018

Traveler: Karen B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

It was a great trip. Ingrid was so thorough and available to us via email at any time. She was very prompt in responding to any inquiries we made and changes we requested.

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with her in Bergen as we were able to see areas we never would have discovered on our own. The hotels were lovely and centrally located which was so helpful to us. We are still raving about the wonderful breakfasts we enjoyed. Bergen was certainly a favorite.

Balestrand was a real treat... read more

It was a great trip. Ingrid was so thorough and available to us via email at any time. She was very prompt in responding to any inquiries we made and changes we requested.

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with her in Bergen as we were able to see areas we never would have discovered on our own. The hotels were lovely and centrally located which was so helpful to us. We are still raving about the wonderful breakfasts we enjoyed. Bergen was certainly a favorite.

Balestrand was a real treat because of its size and location. We loved the kayaking and the trip up the fjord. It was a beautiful ferry ride up the Geiranger Fjord but it was spoiled a bit by the town, the cruise ships and the crowds. Of course, we were tourists just like all those people but we liked Balestrand better. Such a pretty town.

Alesund was another favorite. The architecture, the small size of the city, the food, the hotel. All of it was great.

Lofoten was unbelievable from start to finish. The looming wall as we arrived, the fisherman's cottages, the Viking Longhouse, the beaches. I think it was our favorite place. The Hurtigruten gave us a chance to relax for a couple of days but cruising is not really our thing. We preferred the ferries. But it was worth it to get to Lofoten.

Even though we'd been warned, we had a little bit of a hard time getting adjusted to the prices in Norway. Overall, a wonderful trip and Ingrid was wonderful to work with.

Karen and Bill Berkeley

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Karen and Bill,

Thank you so much for the detailed feedback and it was so lovely to meet you after all this time in Bergen!

I am so incredibly happy to read they you had such a good time- nothing makes me happier!

I wish you all the best and I hope to visit the 4 of you in the US sometime in the near future even though you live at different places!

All the very best to you all!
Ingrid

David

Norway's ultimate fjord road trip , Norway - Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018

Traveler: David A. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

It feels like my wife, Roxanne, and I have developed a personal relationship with Ingrid. Her "front end" or "pre-trip" communication with me was excellent and incredibly responsive (timely). We communicated back & forth so she could understand what we liked, which enabled Ingrid to tailor a trip to our desires.
Once the trip began, I was shocked how she was monitoring our trip daily and checking in on us to ensure we were fine and that the trip was going well. She even sent me her cell... read more

It feels like my wife, Roxanne, and I have developed a personal relationship with Ingrid. Her "front end" or "pre-trip" communication with me was excellent and incredibly responsive (timely). We communicated back & forth so she could understand what we liked, which enabled Ingrid to tailor a trip to our desires.
Once the trip began, I was shocked how she was monitoring our trip daily and checking in on us to ensure we were fine and that the trip was going well. She even sent me her cell phone #, in the event, we needed anything and I did have to call her once for clarity on a hotel billing item. She was all over it. We texted each other and again.......she was all over it. I love this girl!
I believe KimKim does work in other countries and, if all of your agents are even 1/2 as effective as Ingrid, I will be using KimKim again. Our next scheduled trip in most likely Italy next year (2019) and I could use local help again.

Ingrid.........you are outstanding "young lady" and you deserve and have earned our felt heart accolades. We hope to return to Norway for a tour of the North someday!

Thank you KimKim but all praise goes to Ingrid!

Dave Amrhein

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Oh wow, thank you so so much for the nice words, David! It was my honor customizing this trip for you and nothing makes me happier than hearing you had such a good time!

Perhaps we can meet next time you are in Norway? It would be lovely to meet you in person and share a coffee for instance.

TUUSEN TAKK! You and Roxanne are the best! Next time you come, I hope the sun will shine for you every day!
Ingrid

Norway's southern fjords - 7 days, Norway - Sep 6 - Sep 12, 2018

Traveler: Valerie M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was incredible! We had a short time to visit the Bergen-Egersund portion of Norway and Ingrid arranged all our hotels (fantastic breakfasts!), train trips (schedules, tickets, maps from hotel to station), fjord boat trip, bus trip, etc. She was unfailingly patient responding to my numerous detailed questions promptly. She even went out of her way to deliver some tickets to our hotel and met us there at the start of our trip to make sure we had all our questions answered. She paid... read more

Ingrid was incredible! We had a short time to visit the Bergen-Egersund portion of Norway and Ingrid arranged all our hotels (fantastic breakfasts!), train trips (schedules, tickets, maps from hotel to station), fjord boat trip, bus trip, etc. She was unfailingly patient responding to my numerous detailed questions promptly. She even went out of her way to deliver some tickets to our hotel and met us there at the start of our trip to make sure we had all our questions answered. She paid particular attention to our special needs with regards to limited walking ability and tracking down relatives. We had a busy week but I feel that with Ingrid's guidance, we saw everything we hoped to in the least stressful way. I would never plan another trip without using kimkim's local experienced travel team!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Valerie,
Wow! Thank you so much for the wonderful review and all the wonderful pictures!! I am so happy you enjoyed your time in Norway and it was my pleasure helping you and also meet you at your hotel!

I wish you both all the best and I hope I csn visit you in Vancouver within short time!

Warmly,
Ingrid