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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

Drive along some of Scandinavia's most beautiful roads.
Nordic Road Trip for Nature Lovers - 14 Days

Take the wheel on this relaxed self-guided road trip as you travel through five of Norway's official scenic routes. Over two weeks you'll encounter a number of stunning fjords, national parks, cool mountain towns, farm stands, and varying landscapes with mile-long views. Finish the adventure with some urban culture in Norway's second largest city (Bergen) with its great restaurant scene and wharfside UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Ultimate Norway Packing List

In Norway they say there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing. Norwegians have made an art out of hacking through any type of terrain, in any kind of weather, at any time of year, but that often means giving up fashion for function. So leave your high heels and fancy frocks at home, and follow this list to make the most of the space in your suitcase.

Look for waterfalls as you sail through the Geirangerfjord on the Hurtigruten.
Norway's Summer Fjord Tour - 14 Days

There are nearly 1,200 fjords along Norway's western coast and this trip covers the cream of the crop — Lysefjord, Sognefjord, and Geirangerfjord — using a mix of fun travel modes to amp up the adventure factor. These majestic gems provide the setting for summer activities like hiking, biking, swimming, and sea kayaking. You'll also get a chance to explore tiny fjord-side villages along the way, not to mention Oslo, Bergen, Ålesund, and Trondheim — cities loaded with cultural (and culinary!) options.

A Northern Lights display from the Lofoten Islands.
Ultimate Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 10 Days

Not for the faint of heart, this epic 10-day trip through Norway's wintry north includes a dizzying array of destinations, travel modes, and activities that are highly unique to the Arctic. Each day presents another opportunity for glorious views and local culture, and lots of animals like huskies, reindeer, and whales. Did we mention all the chances to see the Northern Lights including by horseback? Tepid travelers need not apply.

Recent trip reviews for Ingrid

Denise

Nordic adventure for outdoor , Norway - Aug 15 - Aug 17, 2018

Traveler: Denise L. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Excellent service provided by my KimKim representative Ingrid. She let me know everything down to bus times and numbers, and even went above and beyond finding me a ride home one night after I missed the last bus and the only taxi company in Aurland was fully booked. Really great help overall!

Norwegian highlights- bergen- the hardangerfjord- oslo, Norway - Aug 1 - Aug 7, 2018

Traveler: Jackie B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a fabulous trip to Norway, orchestrated by Ingrid.
She was patient, kind, responsive and so extremely helpful!
We would definitely do this again!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jackie,

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

My sister says hi as well :-)

All the best to you and welcome back to Norway any time!
Ingrid

Norway's mountains & fjords road trip - 18 days , Norway - Jul 23 - Aug 9, 2018

Traveler: Steve S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Our trip to Norway was great - helped in great measure by Ingrid, our travel advisor.

She helped us a lot in planning our itinerary - listened to what we were interested in and followed through with thoughtful suggestions. Once we decided on a trip plan, Ingrid made accommodation suggestions and then made the reservations. It was so helpful to have an agent from Norway who knows the country and helped us make excellent choices.

As to the trip itself, it was wonderful. The accomodations... read more

Our trip to Norway was great - helped in great measure by Ingrid, our travel advisor.

She helped us a lot in planning our itinerary - listened to what we were interested in and followed through with thoughtful suggestions. Once we decided on a trip plan, Ingrid made accommodation suggestions and then made the reservations. It was so helpful to have an agent from Norway who knows the country and helped us make excellent choices.

As to the trip itself, it was wonderful. The accomodations were excellent - we stayed the right amount of time at each place and the trip went without a hitch.

We started out in Oslo - what a wonderful city. We then went to the mountains around Lom. We stayed in an old wonderfully maintained hotel full of history. It was a great launching point for our hikes in the Jotunheimen national park.

Next, we went to the charming city of Alesund - stayed in another charming hotel and enjoyed the sites of the of the city including an amazing walk up to a lookout over the city - 500 plus steps and well worth it - suggested by the TI near our hotel.

Geiranger was our next stop - a beautiful location. Ingrid suggested we stay away from the bustle of the tourist town at a great hotel in Nordal - Petrines - probably our favorite of the trip. Geiranger fjord is beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Following Geiranger, we travelled to Aurland in stayed in the Aurland Fjord Hotel - another excellent accomodation. The Aurland area was our favorite fjord region. Ingrid lined up a Nærøyfjord cruise from Flam to Gudvangen which showed off the beauty of the fjord. We also took the train from Flam to Myrdal - also enjoyable.

Then it was back to Oslo - sad to end a great trip - met lots of interesting people - some travelers, some native to Norway and others who emigrated to the beautiful land.

The whole trip was wonderful - thanks Ingrid and kimkim.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Steve,

Thank you so so much for writing such a detailed review! A am so thrilled to hear that you had such a good time and was pretty lucky with the weather as well!

Welcome back any time- it was my pleasure planning the trip for you!!

Best,
Ingrid

1 day | oslo with a local specialist | , Norway - Aug 2 - Aug 3, 2018

Traveler: Precious O. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My Oslo tour experience was a great one. Thank you very much Ingrid for booking this at such short notice. I really enjoyed the long walk along the river because it was beautiful and quiet especially in the middle of a very busy city.

My guide, Stig, was very helpful in explaining the history behind the tiger for example close to the train station. Stig also shared facts about other things we saw and was of tremendous help in showing us around other places we needed to visit before we left for home. You guys are the best! Thank you:)

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Precious,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are so happy to hear that you had such a good time in Oslo with Stig- he is amazing for sure!

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

Best,
Ingrid and Stig

the fjords and glacier hiking | bergen | stavanger | oslo - 7 days , Norway - Jul 22 - Jul 28, 2018

Traveler: Jonathan H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

All of Ingrid's recommendations were terrific. We had a great experience! She even went above and beyond to give us directions at each site. The glacier hike at Folgefonna was amazing! But the highlight of our trip was a sunrise hike to Priekestolen. Driving around on our own was a great way to explore and see the "real" countryside... it's beautiful!
Thank you Ingrid!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

All the best to you and your family!
Ingrid

Scenic drives and fjords - 11 days, Norway - Jul 16 - Jul 26, 2018

Traveler: Fred H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Wonderful trip, Ingrid was fantastic with all details, hotels, and guiding us to make a schedule that made sense for our various driving trips. Highlights were definitely the driving trips to Geiranger - Trollstigen and the Gamle - Strynefjellsevegen roads.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Fred! I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time and that you enjoyed your road trips!

Welcome back any time!
Ingrid

norwegian fjord road trip: oslo | bergen to ålesund - 8 days, Norway - Jul 21 - Jul 28, 2018

Traveler: Yevgenia Z. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did a phenomenal job helping to plan and book our trip. Even when we changed our plans multiple times, she was able to quickly adapt to our changes and come up with constructive solutions.
She knows her country very well, so was able to advise us on the best travel plans, since we were traveling with a child and elderly parents.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so so much! I am very happy to read that you had such a good time! And you were so lucky with the weather as well! All the best to you and welcome back any time!

Best,
Ingrid

9 days | norway's ultimate fjord adventure , Norway - Jul 17 - Jul 25, 2018

Traveler: Howard T. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did an amazing job helping us plan our trip. She was very responsive to all our questions and always made sure she was available.
Even during our trip she provided us suggestions for restaurants and axtivities to do

Thanks you Ingrid

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Howard,
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I highly appriciate you taking the time to do so!

Welcome back to Norway any time!

All the best,
Ingrid

Scandinavian highlights | bergen -flåm- aurland- oslo, Norway - Jun 28 - Jul 13, 2018

Traveler: Don G. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Our recent trip to Scandinavia was wonderful! Ingrid, from Ethical Travel Portal, did a great job of helping us find the right balance between city and rural travel in our trip to Norway, Sweden and Finland. Before we found kimkim, all the options we were provided by travel agents were "canned tours" which were really just packages to save money on air/hotel travel with bus-type sight-seeing tours. In comparison, Ingrid helped us figure out a plan of cities and villages that let us explore... read more

Our recent trip to Scandinavia was wonderful! Ingrid, from Ethical Travel Portal, did a great job of helping us find the right balance between city and rural travel in our trip to Norway, Sweden and Finland. Before we found kimkim, all the options we were provided by travel agents were "canned tours" which were really just packages to save money on air/hotel travel with bus-type sight-seeing tours. In comparison, Ingrid helped us figure out a plan of cities and villages that let us explore a few countries in Scandinavia over 17 days without feeling rushed.

She was clear up front that her expertise was mostly in Norway, but she still helped us find well-located hotels in Helsinki and Stockholm. We were happy with both choices in those cities.

We typically don't like tours in cities, preferring to explore on our own. However, we had such a great morning tour in Bergen with Ingrid herself, that we arranged one with Stig in Oslo that we enjoyed very much. These tours were informal discussions while we walked around parts of the city we'd never find on our own.

I also really liked the process with kimkim, where we could chat on the site as we honed in our schedule and different choices for each place. Ingrid was very patient with all our changes as we made our plans and helped us while we were in Norway to make some last-minute adjustments.

We couldn't have been happier with kimkim and Ingrid at Ethical Travel Portal and would use both for future vacations, if they serve the country we'll be visiting.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Donald,
Thank you so much for posting the nice review! I am so so happy to hear that I had the pleasure to organize such a great trip for you! It was lovely to meet you and I am happy to hear that you had a great time with Stig as well- both of us was honored to meet you both!

All the best to you both and warmest regards!
Ingrid

Panchali

Explore bergen, fjords & waterfalls - 6 days , Norway - Jul 15 - Jul 20, 2018

Traveler: Panchali D. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I just got back from Bergen, Norway. Ingrid Thornes arranged my excursions. She was knowledgeable and kept in constant contact as we were planning the trip. She guided my hike and city tour. The kayaking tour was very easy to do. Don't miss it. Also recommend the Fjords boat rips.
I had a very pleasant stay in Bergen.
Kimkim is a reliable company. I felt safe and relaxed, especially since I was travelling solo.
I will definitely use them again.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Panchali,
Thank you so much for a wonderful review! I appreciate your feedback and very happy that you enjoyed your self in Bergen and were lucky with the weather as well!

All the best to you!!
Ingrid

Kayaking adventure in lofoten!, Norway - Jul 8 - Jul 13, 2018

Traveler: Michael M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

From start to finish, Ingrid provided exceptional service. She carefully listened to my list of criteria and dutifully created an itinerary that suited all my needs. We worked collaboratively to refine the trip as my interests shifted, and I ended up with the trip of a lifetime: 4 days of kayaking and camping in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. For anyone looking for travel guidance in Norway, I highly recommend Ingrid.

Lofoten Aktiv -- the company that led the kayaking trip -- was equally... read more

From start to finish, Ingrid provided exceptional service. She carefully listened to my list of criteria and dutifully created an itinerary that suited all my needs. We worked collaboratively to refine the trip as my interests shifted, and I ended up with the trip of a lifetime: 4 days of kayaking and camping in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. For anyone looking for travel guidance in Norway, I highly recommend Ingrid.

Lofoten Aktiv -- the company that led the kayaking trip -- was equally outstanding. My guide, Christian, was absolutely phenomenal. His passion and skill for outdoor tripping were immediately apparent as he showed us the local area. He thoughtfully took the group's goals into consideration when planning the trip to make it a resounding success. Jann, who owns the company, has been a pioneer in this industry and takes pride in providing high quality experiences for all his quests. He is a native of the Lofoten Islands and possesses a deep knowledge of the area. For those adventurers looking for a rustic experience in the most beautiful environment, I highly recommend booking with Christian, Jann, and Lofoten Aktiv.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Micheal,

Thank you so so much for the wonderful review! I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time in beautiful Lofoten! I will make sure to tell Christian, Jann and Lofoten Aktiv what a great time you had!

Thank you so so much again! Welcome back any time!
Ingrid

15 days | norway's west coast adventure, Norway - Jun 29 - Jul 13, 2018

Traveler: Laura C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a large family group of 12 people that traveled to Norway on a custom trip to see both north and south Norway. Out trip included trains, buses, ferries and flying. Some of the travel logistics were complicated but it all worked out great. Ingrid at Ethical Travel Portal was very responsive and designed a great trip for us.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Laura,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us! I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time and were so lucky with the weather!

All the best to you and the rest of the group! Welcome back to Norway anytime!
Ingrid

Danelle

Hiking trolltunga and explore the fjords in norway - 7 days, Norway - Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2018

Traveler: Danelle B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was amazing to work with! She created an amazing trip for my son and I and planned fun activities for us to engage in. I, personally, loved kayaking on the fjord and would highly recommend this activity for others. My son hiked Trolltunga, and although a very difficult hike, if you are physically prepared for this hike it is a must! Ingrid did a great job of organizing travel, hotels and activities for us and provided all itineraries, ticket, and maps to get us to where we needed to... read more

Ingrid was amazing to work with! She created an amazing trip for my son and I and planned fun activities for us to engage in. I, personally, loved kayaking on the fjord and would highly recommend this activity for others. My son hiked Trolltunga, and although a very difficult hike, if you are physically prepared for this hike it is a must! Ingrid did a great job of organizing travel, hotels and activities for us and provided all itineraries, ticket, and maps to get us to where we needed to go.

One additional note, our luggage was lost at the airport and Ingrid went out of her way to help us with the airport to help us reunite! Ingrid was a blessing :)

Thank you so much for creating such a memorable trip for us!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Danelle,
Thank you so so much for the very nice review! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it despite inconvenience with the luggage!

Thank you so so much again! I wish you both all the best and welcome back to Norway anytime!
Ingrid

explore norway | hiking and roadtrip | the fjords, Norway - Jun 23 - Jul 2, 2018

Traveler: Tushar S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Dear Ingrid and Kimkim
Why there are only five stars in rating? I deeply appreciate your help in planning, booking my short 10-day trip to Norway. Found myself to be very lucky to discover Ingrid and Kimkim. It turned out to be most fabulous trip. Weather was excellent as well.

My wife and I have been travelling abroad for the sightseeing at least twice a year for last 20+ years. We take ride in designing the itinerary and make the booking ourselves. This was rare exception. Here also... read more

Dear Ingrid and Kimkim
Why there are only five stars in rating? I deeply appreciate your help in planning, booking my short 10-day trip to Norway. Found myself to be very lucky to discover Ingrid and Kimkim. It turned out to be most fabulous trip. Weather was excellent as well.

My wife and I have been travelling abroad for the sightseeing at least twice a year for last 20+ years. We take ride in designing the itinerary and make the booking ourselves. This was rare exception. Here also I planned to join the itinerary made by my friends.

However Ingrid was so good, so resourceful and helpful, after getting her quick prompt replies, I could not let her go and not take her She help. She precisely made all the bookings at the hotels, excursions, train, ferry tickets consistent with bookings done by my friends with no error or mix up. She was excellent in understanding all requirements, changes and communication via e-mail as well as phone calls. She has very good command over English. In writing and speaking. She managed to get all the bookings where my friend original travel agent could not. She was very resourceful, insightful and prompt with absolutely no pressure. She provided me additional contacts when needed. She was frank to inform me of the areas (like Stockholm) where she was not most familiar. Few days later my son joined me for the driving tour. The whole trip was very smooth and without any glitches. She and Kimmkim were very price competitive as well and I did not have to concerned at all about the cost of the agent’s services.

Ingrid provided her phone number, e-mail and was in constant communication with me during the trip as needed. I got a chance to meet her in person at Bergen. Very smart, warm, friendly young lady. I felt like having a local young personal friend.

Norway was stunningly beautiful. I will be posting pictures and write-ups at my blog TusharInIceland.blogspot.com in coming days. I do wish to visit Norway again with my wife with alternative driving trips and areas in north like Lofoten Islands, North of Alta, Svalbard etc. with my wife. I will also consult kimkim for future trips to Vietnam and Nepal..

Kimkim specializes the travel with local travel agent who know the place and culture well. Maybe Kimkim can consider an expansion of “meal with local family” (done by Trafalgar) or cultural event like wedding or trip on special events like constitution day for the travelers interested in the cultural tourism. Highly and strongly recommend Ingrid and Kimkim.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tushar,

Thank you so so much for the very nice review you posted! I highly value your feedback and I am so thankful for all the pictures you have sent! Thank you for being so great and it was so nice to meet you in Bergen!

I will definitely be in touch when I am traveling to the US again- hopefully soon!

All the best and thank you so so much again!
Ingrid

Norwegian city, mountain & fjord adventure - 8 days, Norway - Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2018

Traveler: Xinyu S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Our Norway trip was incredible and absolutely spectacular! Alesund is a very beautiful town with great seafood and views, and the fjords and natural scenaries in Trollstigen, Geiranger, and Fjærland were breathtaking and unparalleled to many other places I’ve been! Hotels were really nice with great amenities and views. Our trip would not have happened without our local specialist Ingrid’s awesome service. She is attentive, informative, and supportive end-to-end, from initial planning to... read more

Our Norway trip was incredible and absolutely spectacular! Alesund is a very beautiful town with great seafood and views, and the fjords and natural scenaries in Trollstigen, Geiranger, and Fjærland were breathtaking and unparalleled to many other places I’ve been! Hotels were really nice with great amenities and views. Our trip would not have happened without our local specialist Ingrid’s awesome service. She is attentive, informative, and supportive end-to-end, from initial planning to adhoc support throughout the trip and we ended the trip with a nice personal touch, i.e., grabbing lunch with Ingrid at a nice local cafe in Bergen. Thanks Ingrid for your detailed planning and support, and for making this trip memorable for us!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi again!
Thank you so so much for the great review and for sharing all the pictures!! It was so nice to meet you on your last day in Bergen and so happy that you were so lucky with the weather!

Welcome back any time!
All the best,
Ingrid

Norway's mountains & fjords road trip - 8 days, Norway - Jun 1 - Jun 8, 2018

Traveler: Alena H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid's help planning this trip was incredible! We told her what our interests were, she made suggestions, then adapted them to specifically meet our needs! She was patient with any changes we had! It was nice to know she was there if we had a specific question! We spent the first week of our Norway adventure renting a car and traveling the Kimkim trip that Ingrid planned and the second week on a Holland America Fjord cruise. The land trip Ingrid planned was by far our favorite part! ... read more

Ingrid's help planning this trip was incredible! We told her what our interests were, she made suggestions, then adapted them to specifically meet our needs! She was patient with any changes we had! It was nice to know she was there if we had a specific question! We spent the first week of our Norway adventure renting a car and traveling the Kimkim trip that Ingrid planned and the second week on a Holland America Fjord cruise. The land trip Ingrid planned was by far our favorite part! We were immersed in the beauty, experienced the culture, food, and landscapes of Norway, and traveled at our own pace! We especially loved the Hotel Utsiken in Geiranger - sitting on the balcony drinking a delicious local beer, we counted 11 waterfalls around us (we could hear them rushing!), and had the most breathtaking view of the Fjord! In addition, we loved the Trollstigen road and staying in Kalvag, a small fishing village, for 2 nights was so relaxing! The fish dinners there were just phenomenal! You should have see the view from our hotel window in Fjaerland - right ON the fjord - I was just in awe at the gorgeous setting - WOW!! We stayed in Stryn one night and drove out to one of the glaciers - what a spectacular scenic drive!!! As a photographer, I was overwhelmed with this trip!! We have even talked about coming back for 2 weeks of travel to see more of Norway! Thank you Ingrid and Kimkim! You are highly recommended - we could not have done such good planning all on our own!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alena and Debby,
thank you so so much for the wonderful review! I highly appreciate it and I am so grateful for the wonderful postcards you sent to me!

All the best and welcome back to Norway anytime!!
Warmest regards,
Ingrid

Norway's cities, mountains & fjords - 4 days, Norway - Jun 22 - Jun 25, 2018

Traveler: Arsalaan S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Amazing Experience!

We organized a short 4 day trip, courtesy Ingrid from the Kim kim team.

Remain amazed by the fabulous service levels on display, especially when it came to acquiescing to our requests for changes/amendments/plans, in line with our sensitivities and special considerations. Top notch!

Our trip included Geilo, Bergen, Oslo. Would like to come back again sometime soon (hopefully)

Highly recommend:
- a trip to Norway;
- under the aegis of Kim kim
- handled professionally by expert staff like Ingrid.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Arsalaan,

Thank you very much for the very nice review! So happy to hear that you had such a good time this weekend in Norway!

All the best and welcome back!!

bergen, trolltunga, exploring the fjords, ålesund |oslo - 10 days, Norway - Jun 1 - Jun 10, 2018

Traveler: Brittnee F. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a great vacation in Norway! Ingrid was very helpful throughout the entire planning process and also during our trip.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Britnee,
Thank you do much for posting a review and I am so happy you had such a good time and were so lucky with the weather!

All the best to you and Rob!

bergen to oslo | copenhagen & sweden- 12 days, Norway - May 28 - Jun 8, 2018

Traveler: Tom /Susan D. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Dear Ingrid and kimkim, Tom and I appreciated your planning of our Scandinavian trip this year. Ingrid, your suggestions and fine-tuning help to structure our trip so we were able to enjoy new experiences and culture that was absolutely fresh to us. Ingrid, From structuring the best way for us to travel to numerous contacts with Tom to polish our itinerary to prompt responses whenever we had a question you were patient, friendly, kind and reliable.

We were happy, well fed, and well... read more

Dear Ingrid and kimkim, Tom and I appreciated your planning of our Scandinavian trip this year. Ingrid, your suggestions and fine-tuning help to structure our trip so we were able to enjoy new experiences and culture that was absolutely fresh to us. Ingrid, From structuring the best way for us to travel to numerous contacts with Tom to polish our itinerary to prompt responses whenever we had a question you were patient, friendly, kind and reliable.

We were happy, well fed, and well housed. We could get around very well using public transportation. Ingrid, your warm welcoming tour of Bergen was just what we needed to help us get our feet on the ground and learn so many new things about amazing beautiful Bergen. We loved our fjord cruise and were happy to stay in Aurland, which was gorgeous. We were relieved that we hadn’t pushed to stay in Flam which was essentially a group of souvenir shops punctuated by bakeries. Really good bakeries.

While in Aurland, the prices were very high in the restaurant which had no competition and served badly cooked food. We thoroughly enjoyed the magical train ride from Flam to Oslo. ( Such Beauty!) Sarah was a splendid guide in Oslo, kind and so well informed. She was very responsive to our specific interests and was so knowledgeable about Oslo; its history and present. The ferry to Denmark and our stay in Copenhagen was also excellent. Stockholm was a total surprise for its amazing city square and museums.

After being home for one week, we can appreciate the cultural aspects at a deeper level: near-universal English being spoken, often with no discernable accent, the tolerance of people in all countries to any need we might have. I loved especially that atmosphere of reverence toward the past and the sense of history that seemed to co-exist with the present.

We highly recommend Ingrid Thornes as a trip planner and guide. Sarah in Oslo was an excellent, personable guide. We were very satisfied kimkim is a terrific travel service. We will happily return for future travel.

In Gratitude and Satisfaction,
Best,
Tom and Susan

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tom and Susan! Thank you so so much for your feedback!! We highly appreciate it all and it was so lovely to meet you in Bergen! you were so lucky with the weather as well!!

Thank you and the warmest and best regards to you both,
Ingrid

norway's epic family tour , Norway - May 24 - Jun 1, 2018

Traveler: samantha m. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We have just returned from an amazing 9 day trip to Norway which has been truly one of the most memorable family holiday's we've had.

KimKim connected me with Ingrid, a Norwegian specialist in Bergen. She listened to what we were looking for and created a unique trip that met the different requests of my husband, myself and my two children. Not only did she save me hours of research, but she managed the hotel bookings, train and ferry tickets and provided recommendations of things to do and... read more

We have just returned from an amazing 9 day trip to Norway which has been truly one of the most memorable family holiday's we've had.

KimKim connected me with Ingrid, a Norwegian specialist in Bergen. She listened to what we were looking for and created a unique trip that met the different requests of my husband, myself and my two children. Not only did she save me hours of research, but she managed the hotel bookings, train and ferry tickets and provided recommendations of things to do and places to eat. Her organization enabled us to experience Norway independently but without the feeling that we were all on our own. I contacted her a couple of times while we were on our trip and she answered my questions and provided guidance quickly and efficiently. It was super to meet up with her personally in Bergen where she gave us a fascinating tour of her hometown.

Cannot complain about anything! Really was an incredible experience.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sam! Thank you so so much for the great review! I am so happy to hear that you had such a great time and it was so lovely to meet you! Say hi to your family and welcome back anytime!!

I will let you know if I come to Atlanta for sure!!

All the best!
Ingrid

Explore tromsø, lofoten and bergen with friends! , Norway - May 11 - May 24, 2018

Traveler: Nicola V. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My husband and I had a wonderful trip planned to Norway. Unfortunately, we had to cancel due to my husband's health. Despite this, I would highly recommend Ingrid and kimkim. The messaging platform with Ingrid and with the central office worked seamlessly. Ingrid responded so quickly to our questions. She went out of her way to find out about luggage storage, unrelated to this trip and was flexible with changes. I think the trip she planned would have been fantastic. Hopefully we can go to Norway in the near future.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the nice feedback Nicola! I had a great time with James and Cece in Bergen! Hopefully, you and your husband can come another time and I can meet you!

Thank you so much again and all the best!
Ingrid

Oslo | the fjords | bergen | lofoten, Norway - May 5 - May 11, 2018

Traveler: JOanne c. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I worked with Ingrid who was based in Norway and she was great. She even met us for a hike in her hometown of Bergen. I would highly recommend KimKim to anyone who is planning a trip and wants the expertise of those living in the area.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi there JOanne,
Thank you so much for the nice review! I really appreciate it! So many nice pictures as well- how fun!

Thank you so much again and I really hope to come visit you in Canada sometime in the near future!
Ingrid

Explore tromsø, lofoten and bergen with friends! , Norway - May 11 - May 24, 2018

Traveler: james f. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid would get more stars if you offered that option.
Having just returned from 2 weeks in Norway arranged by Ingrid at Ethical Travel I can write an informed review. Ingrid, you are fantastic! The KimKim web portal works very smoothly and makes planning efficient and easy. You are attentive, detail oriented, personable, optimistic, very knowledgeable about Norway, flexible, accommodating, responsive, creative. And, you have a high power to weight ratio as we learned on our walking tour of... read more

Ingrid would get more stars if you offered that option.
Having just returned from 2 weeks in Norway arranged by Ingrid at Ethical Travel I can write an informed review. Ingrid, you are fantastic! The KimKim web portal works very smoothly and makes planning efficient and easy. You are attentive, detail oriented, personable, optimistic, very knowledgeable about Norway, flexible, accommodating, responsive, creative. And, you have a high power to weight ratio as we learned on our walking tour of Bergen. You are extraordinarily customer service focussed. The most telling example of this is when we texted you late on a Saturday afternoon that the hotel we were checking into did not have operable air conditioning and was uncomfortably hot. You not only helped make arrangements for a different hotel, you interrupted your personal activities to meet us in the lobby of the hotel to attend to the details. I can give Ingrid, KimKim and EthicalTravel my highest recommendation. FANTASTIC!!!!

James Flax, MD, MPH, DLFAPA

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi James,
Thank you so so much for the great review!!! I really appreciate this-- more than you know! I am very happy that you had such a good time and it was so great to meet you and join you for the challenging hike! What a sporty couple you are!!

All the best!
Ingrid

Bergen | the fjords | lofoten, Norway - Apr 23 - Apr 28, 2018

Traveler: Amit M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Fantastic experience. I am a last minute planner and Ingrid was exceptionally patient and helpful. Helped arrange a great tour, was available for last minute changes and was always on top of things.

Highly recommended!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi there Amit,
Thank you so much for the nice review! It was a pleasure to help you out!

Thank you again and I hope you come back to my home country :-)

Norway, Norway - Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

Traveler: Luckshman R. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had an amazing time in Norway. Ingrid was great with organising the whole trip and was very knowledgeable. She was always very prompt with responses.

Would highly recommend.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi there Luckshman,

Thank you so much for the nice review! I really appreciate it and are so happy that you had such a great time!

Welcome back any time!!

All the best,
Ingrid

7 days | dogsledding in alta | bergen - flåm - oslo , Norway - Mar 26 - Apr 1, 2018

Traveler: Cyndi P. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Alta was my favorite part of the trip, especially dog sledding!! The hotel we stayed at in Alta was great and had an amazing breakfast buffet. The tours we took were a lot of fun and allowed us to view as much of Norway as possible in the small amount of time we had. We did two dog sledding trips, went ice fishing/snow shoeing, RIB boat on the Fjords in Flam, and more. Ingrid did a great job listening to what we wanted to do and helped plan a trip that was really memorable. I can't wait to visit Norway again!!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cyndi,

Thank you so much for the great review! I am so happy you had such a great time and welcome back to home country anytime!

All the best,
Ingrid

7 days | dogsledding in alta | bergen - flåm - oslo , Norway - Mar 26 - Apr 1, 2018

Traveler: Timothy H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a fantastic time on our trip to Norway. The highlight for me was definitely the two days of dog sledding in Alta. We had two fantastic guides - Elaine the first day, who was very experienced, friendly and helpful, and explained everything we needed to know very clearly, and shared lots of great stories and knowledge about all the dogs and her experiences with them. I loved how they really let us do everything ourselves too, after they gave us some instruction, so we got to walk... read more

We had a fantastic time on our trip to Norway. The highlight for me was definitely the two days of dog sledding in Alta. We had two fantastic guides - Elaine the first day, who was very experienced, friendly and helpful, and explained everything we needed to know very clearly, and shared lots of great stories and knowledge about all the dogs and her experiences with them. I loved how they really let us do everything ourselves too, after they gave us some instruction, so we got to walk around the yard and find the five dogs assigned to each of our teams, meet them and get comfortable with them, then we got to harness and hook them up to the sled ourselves. That made it way more rewarding than if they had done everything for us. Our guide the 2nd day was not as experienced with teaching tourists the ropes, but her personal story was incredible (she is only 18, and is the youngest person to ever complete the Finnmark race, which is the northernmost and second longest dog sled race in the world at 1200km), and we had a great time with her as well. The actual experience of dogsledding was one of the coolest things I have ever done, it was amazing, and I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed it.

The first day we also visited the ice hotel in Alta (recommended by the cook from lunch), which was incredible. The ice sculptures and carvings in the walls were unbelievable. Even if you don’t stay there, anyone who visits Alta really needs to check this out!!!

Since we had some time the second day in Alta, we booked an ice fishing/snow shoeing excursion through the same company that did our northern lights outing, and I would highly recommend them as well. Our guide Rolf (and his trusty dog Javri) took us on a beautiful forest hike (on snow shoes) to a lake called Kvenvannet, nestled in the snowy mountains, where he showed us everything we needed to know to try to catch fish in a lake that was about a meter of solid ice with another half meter or so of snow on top. I did catch a small trout, which was pretty exciting. He then made us an awesome lunch of salmon and vegetables cooked over the fire. Which reminds me - you Norwegians know your food! We did not have a disappointing meal all week. The breakfast spread at the Thon hotel in Alta was phenomenal, and the staff there was great as well. I wish we had good bread everywhere in America like you seem to there! The meals we had at the dog sledding place and the northern lights place were both delicious, two very different style soups with local fish and vegetables, and of course really good bread.

The northern lights tour was great, but unfortunately it was pretty much completely overcast the entire time, so we did not get a chance to see them, but we still enjoyed ourselves. I guess we’ll just have to make a trip back!

The 2nd half of the week was great as well. We had an awesome time exploring Bergen, we had beautiful sunny weather when we were there, and we had a great dinner at the restaurant attached to the fish market. After dinner we took the funicular train up to the mountain overlooking Bergen and the fjord where we saw the sunset which was beautiful.

The train rides from Bergen to Flåm were great, and the views were gorgeous. The fjordsafari tour on the RIB boat was really fun as well. They gave us plenty of extra layers so we all stayed pretty warm except maybe the bottom half of my face, I guess I needed a scarf, but our guide (I forget his name) was great, the ride was smooth, we stayed totally dry, and he did a great job of stopping and telling us all about the fjords, the mountains, and the villages all along them. We got a great lunch afterwards at one of the cafes in Flåm before our train ride back to Oslo.

Kevin and Betsi took off that morning, but Cyndi and I had one last day in Oslo where we went cross country skiing at Oslo Winter Park which was great fun and great exercise (we had both downhill skied before, but never cross country). We figured when in Norway might as well do as the Norwegians do!

We had such a great time, and I left Norway just wanting to come back again. Thanks so much for all your help in planning this incredible trip!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

HI Timothy,

Thank you so so much for the detailed review! We really appreciate that! We wish you welcome back to Norway anytime!

All the best,
Ingrid

Dog sledding in northern norway: 3 multi-day itineraries , Norway - Mar 2 - Mar 4, 2018

Traveler: Wayne E. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Great trip. Great guides. Better than we imagined. I'd do it again!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

So happy to hear that Wayne! Thank you for posting the review and that you want to do it again!
Great pictures!
All the best!
Ingrid

Norway, Norway - Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2018

Traveler: Mandy M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did an amazing job planning our trip and with our hike in Bergen. The hotels she picked were great - nice rooms, friendly service, and close to activities so that we could walk every where. She truly did a marvelous job. The companies she booked for the hike in Stavanger and the fjord tour and snow shoeing hike in Flam were great as well - professional, good equipment and full of information about the area.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much again, Kathy and Mandy! I am so happy that you had such a good time and were so lucky with the weather and all your activities! I was an excellent time of year time visit Norway!

Welcome back anytime!

All the best,
Ingrid

Northern lights package in alta, Norway - Feb 17 - Feb 19, 2018

Traveler: Carragh G. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was quick at responding, understood what we wanted out of our trip and made the whole booking process very easy. I would definitely use Kim Kim again and would recommend it to others.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi there Carragh,

Thank you so much for the great feedback- I really appreciate it! So happy to hear that you had a good time!

Mark

Northern lights, Norway - Jan 31 - Feb 5, 2018

Traveler: Mark J. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Really good planning. Enjoyed the activities arranged for us

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark,

Great to hear that you were happy with the planning and the activities!
If you are planning to visit Norway again, perhaps in the southern part of Norway I will be happy to plan your trip.

Thank you have a great day!

All the best,
Ingrid

Norway, Norway - Dec 15 - Dec 20, 2017

Traveler: mary T. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Fantastic trip- we loved the reindeer sledding and Sami experience which we wouldn’t have thought of. Northern lights chasing was great, although small hitch when the bus would not start. Dog sledding camp and the lavoo were great, but there was confusion about whether or not we were driving or riding. We would also have liked to have more time dog sledding, as we were only out for about an hour. All of the providers were professional with small groups and great guides. We really liked the hotel, which had great free breakfast and was in a convenient location.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mary,
Great to hear that you had a good trip and were happy with the providers and hotel- thank you very much for the feedback!
Have a great Christmas and happy new year! Welcome back to Norway anytime!