I'm originally from the United States and caught the travel bug at an early age. There is no doubt about it, travel opens our minds, and allows us to experience the world in new ways. I've had the opportunity to travel the globe and no other country has captured my heart and mind more than Iceland. I am so excited to work with you on your adventure to one of the most amazing and breath taking countries in the world!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in road trips in and around Iceland including self-guided tours, slow travel, and local travel. I also pride myself with helping those with "challenging" requests - child friendly travel, unique hikes, physical limitations - you name it! We will work together to design the perfect trip and ensure that you are have the most amazing adventure while in Iceland. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"I was raised traveling, and travel was an important aspect of my formative years. Once I had my passport in hand, I learned that travel allows me to learn about new cultures, customs and ways of life (not too mention the amazing landscapes, and awesome people you get to meet along the way). I read a post from Iceland Offbeat looking for travel enthusiasts to help others book once in a lifetime adventures - the rest is history. My love for travel (and Iceland) runs deep and am I am thrilled to work with you to create one of the most memorable trips of your life. "
Featured trips & expertise
10 Days in Iceland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Ten days in Iceland is a perfect amount of time to complete the rightfully famous Ring Road. Alternatively, you have time to explore up to three areas in-depth. A great option is to visit the popular Golden Circle and South Coast, coupled with lesser-known destinations like the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula or the Westman Islands. If you prefer to escape the crowded south, consider summertime itineraries to the West, North, and Westfjords for off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Active travelers can work the trails of Thorsmork or the Laugavegur Trek into their itinerary.
2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland and the Remote Westfjords
With 2 weeks in Iceland, you can complete the entire ring road and add some great detours. This grand tour will take you to all the best places giving you plenty of time to hike, explore, and soak it all in. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions except the highlands, which you can see with a couple more days or by spending less time in some of the areas below.
6 Days in Iceland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Six days is enough time for a quick and eventful road trip through a couple of regions of Iceland, but not enough time to drive the full Ring Road. Most trips offer plenty of flexibility to circle back to any sights missed along the way. Tour dozens of destinations among the stunning Icelandic landscapes, from the Golden Circle to the South Coast. Enjoy both warm and cold adventures—with chances to enjoy more winter-forward excursions and sightings of the Northern Lights in the summer—in these five trip plans.
2 Weeks in Iceland - 2 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife like you've never seen: fourteen days is plenty of time to experience Iceland beyond what you'll find in any guidebook—both on and off the beaten path. Here are two itineraries that make the most of two weeks in the Land of Fire and Ice.
5 Days in Iceland - 7 Self-Drive Itinerary Ideas
Have only 5 days to explore Iceland? While it might be tempting to stay in Reykjavik and do day trips from there, we recommend to head out into the country side using one of these unique itineraries that help you make the most of your time.
Recent trip reviews for Janel
Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022
I wanted to go to Iceland and had no idea how to plan the trip. Janel did a great job of putting together a trip for my son and me that was just about perfect! Kimkim was so responsive, even helped us make changes once we wee in the country. We got to snorkel, ice caves were perfect and Blue Lagoon on the last day was the perfect end to a beautiful trip. read more
I really enjoyed working with you and your family and am so pleased that your trip was so magical. Please reach out if you have any friends who would like to visit Iceland, or if you would like to further explore the county.
Best Vacation Ever
Aug 3 - Aug 11, 2022
We were looking forward to have the best family vacation ever. So we choose to travel to Iceland. I found Kim Kim agency at the web. Janet help me perfectly. The instructions and the logistics of the trip was amazing. She gave me a Google driving plan around the Island, with fabulous views. Our idea was to stay in Farms so we can have the full experience, and she made that possible, so it was perfect. The only thing I will change will be that the first day was a very long drive, and we were super tired of the flight from the United States. But everything else was amazing !
Good planning overall. Was helpful in taking...
Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2022
Good planning overall. Was helpful in taking out a lot of the work for us to plan and book and organize.
1) The order shown for site visits and hotel check ins shown on a given day in the summary and detail plan needs to match the order shown on the driving maps. On most days, they didn’t.
2) Every tour and site visit on the plan needs to show (without having to look at vouchers or tour company websites):
- Total time at site (with ranges or estimate for... read more
Helpful travel service, but still need to do your own research
Aug 13 - Aug 20, 2022
The trip planning experience was relatively smooth, and we really enjoyed our family vacation to Iceland. Our advisor, Janel, quickly answered questions during the planning stages, and listened to our comments. The itinerary she put together included all of our areas of interest, and all of our bookings went well.
That said, I feel like the level of service was relatively generic and did not appear to leverage any specific insight or knowledge from someone based in country. I would have... read more
Hi Ben! Thank you so much for your feedback, we really appreciate it. I’m sorry to hear that you were not completely satisfied with your lodging options and did my best to review this with you prior. We do work diligently with families that are traveling to ensure that the drive time is enjoyable and lodging is located near sites of interest. I would like to thank you again for working with us to plan your trip to Iceland and happy to meet with you via phone to learn more about your overall holiday feedback.
The splendors of Iceland are amazing!!!
Jul 15 - Jul 22, 2022
We just returned from our second amazing trip to Iceland using KimKim as our trip planner. Janel, our local specialist was very attentive to our wishes to make this a fantastic trip for our family with two teen boys and she delivered. We spent most of our trip in North and West Iceland and enjoyed so many splendors of the country including a spectacular whale watching trip and coastal horse tour out of Husavik, to visiting several of Iceland’s finest hot springs, waterfalls and epic scenic... read more
It was so lovely to help plan this amazing trip with you! Please reach out when you want to travel to Iceland again - maybe the West Fjords?
May 27 - Jun 5, 2022
WOW! What a Magical trip! A big thank you to Janel for the excellent service and putting together a stunning itinerary! An unforgettable adventure! read more
I am so pleased that you enjoyed your trip! Please reach out again if you plan on visiting in the future.
Janel and team were great. I had a few chang...
May 28 - Jun 5, 2022
Janel and team were great. I had a few changes during the trip and they were there to help and coordinate. The trip was well thought out. We had a lot of coordination/ hotel accommodations to make and I felt everything went according to plan. read more
Thank you for the feedback and review, Scott. We hope you had a wonderful time in Iceland, and look forward to welcoming you again!