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Julia Plaschke

Hey, my name is Julia. I am originally from Germany.

After I took my semester abroad in Norway during my Bachelor, I decided I wanted to live in this beautiful country. Now, working in travel, learning more about this beautiful country I live in, and meeting new people makes every day exciting and special for me.

How did you get involved in travel?

"I love to travel myself! Seeing the diversity of the world, getting to know new cultures and meeting new people is one of my passions. I always wanted to work with something I love to do myself. By helping travelers to get the best experience possible, showing the beautiful spots Norway has to offer and spreading the joy of traveling, I am able to combine my job with my passion for travel, culture, and people."

Julia is part of the following groups: Norway Travel Agents
Paddle an inflatable canoe on the Raundal River near Voss
Southern Norway Active Adventure - 15 Days

Perfect for sporty travelers, this summertime tour is an excellent and healthy way to experience Norway's stunning scenery. The trip starts in Oslo, where you'll warm up with a walk around the nation's capital. Next, travel west to Flåm and Bergen and pick up your car for a series of scenic activities like zip lining, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking. Finish the adventure with a ferry ride through a UNESCO-listed fjord before looping back to Oslo for one last night on the town.

Spend several days in Balestrand with the whole family enjoying hiking and fishing
Family Active Adventure in Southern Norway - 15 Days

Perfect for summertime, this epic Norway adventure is ideal for adults and families with little ones aged five and up. It starts in Oslo, where you can hit cultural attractions in the nation's capital. From here, pick up a rental car and meander along the Oslofjord to get to a national park with swimming beaches. Then take the crew and head to Voss, a mountain town known for adrenaline sports (and a new gondola), before finishing in Balestrand with hiking, deep-sea fishing, and ferry trips through the longest fjord in Norway.

See charming Ålesund's Art Nouveau buildings
Western Norway & Oslo Cultural Adventure - 15 Days

Travel by train, hike mountains, boat along a fjord, and mountain bike down a valley on this 15-day journey that's perfect for active, adventure-seeking travelers. Soak up culture and creativity in Oslo before making an epic train journey to the west coast, where the real fun starts. You'll hike Jotunheim National Park, drive the spectacular Atlantic Ocean Road, ride the scenic Flåm Railway, see Art Nouveau houses in Ålesund, and zigzag along 11 twisting hairpin bends on the Trollstigen road.

Cruise through the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord on this adventure
Discover Norway's Cities & Fjords - 15 Days

Perfect for active adults, this exciting tour of Southern Norway incorporates famous fjords and the country's three most significant cities for an epic adventure. Starting in Oslo, you'll head west for a range of outdoor experiences along the Sognefjord. Next, explore Bergen and its seven mountains before boarding the Hurtigruten for several days at sea, stopping in Ålesund, a beautiful Art Nouveau city, and finishing in Trondheim with Viking culture and a 14th-century Gothic cathedral.

Bergen's UNESCO-listed waterfront after a snowfall.
Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø Winter Adventure - 9 Days

Skip the crowds and explore Norway at its best with this varied 9-day winter itinerary. Start in the trendy capital of Oslo, where you'll hop on a steep, scenic train to reach the snow-covered mountains and fjords of Flåm. Spend three nights in the colorful, UNESCO-listed waterfront city of Bergen before flying north to end your journey in Tromsø—where you'll search for the northern lights and dogsled through pristine Arctic wilderness.

Hike the narrow ridge of the Romsdalseggen trail for epic vistas
Fjord Active Adventure: Bergen to Trondheim - 15 Days

Explore Norway's famous fjords, snow-capped mountains, and stunning waterfalls on this 15-day tour—perfect for active travelers with a love of hiking and the great outdoors—that starts in UNESCO-listed Bergen and finishes at Trondheim. Drive alongside the famous Sognefjord, paddle on glacial lakes in Jostedalsbreen National Park, take a beautiful train journey from Flåm and enjoy the warmer months when Norway's hiking trails are open and the waterfalls are flowing.

Recent trip reviews for Julia

Excellent planning
Norway | Sep 19 - Oct 3, 2022

Anjana
Anjana A.
India | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2022

Our trip to Norway was planned very well by Julia. Her selection of hotels are excellent with respect to location, quality and food. Also, she was flexible with making changes to the initial plan so that our expectations are met. The tour chosen by Julia to see Northern Lights was excellent - Chasing Lights. Overall, I highly recommend Kim Kim if you are looking for a trip to Norway. read more

Our trip to Norway was planned very well by Julia. Her selection of hotels are excellent with respect to location, quality and food. Also, she was flexible with making changes to the initial plan so that our expectations are met. The tour chosen by Julia to see Northern Lights was excellent - Chasing Lights. Overall, I highly recommend Kim Kim if you are looking for a trip to Norway.

Hotel Reviews
Hotell Bondeheimen
Oslo

Excellent location, cozy & beautiful room. Very high quality food at their restaurant. Highly recommend this hotel.

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Thon Hotel Tromsø
Tromsø

Very comfortable and spacious room. Excellent location and very good quality food. Highly recommend.

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Scandic Copenhagen
København

Very good location, spacious room and good breakfast. Highly recommend this hotel.

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Scandic Torget
Bergen

Excellent location to get the best view of Bergen. But the room was very tiny. Breakfast was good. Recommend it if you are particular with location and room view. Else, it could be quite expensive.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was very clean but the room was tiny and hence reduced one star for less comfort.
Activity Reviews
Oslofjord Sightseeing Cruise
Oslo

A perfect tour and a must do if you are in Oslo!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Northern Lights Chase
Tromsø

Couldn't ask for more! Excellent team with knowledge and communication skills. The team made sure we get as much as possible from the tour. Loved Meda and Julia! Highly recommend if you are in Tromso for Northern Lights!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2022

Hi Anjana, thanks so much for the lovely review! I am very happy to hear that you had a great time and especially that the Northern Lights tour was amazing!

I wish you all the best
Julia

Highly recommend.. Picture perfect plan
Norway | Sep 20 - Sep 27, 2022

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Kavita P.
Mesquite, TX | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Amazing! It was our first time going with kimkim… was a little nervous, having never used a travel consultant online to do our bookings before. But every little detail was well thought out and paced out. We had a great balance of activity and relaxation. Norway is spectacular… Flam is a must see.
I would totally recommend KimKim… thanks so much Julia for planning the perfect holiday.

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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

Kavita, thank you for you nice review! I am glad you had an amazing time in Norway.
I wish you all the best
Julia

Norway Self Guided
Norway | Aug 19 - Sep 2, 2022

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Bayard T.
Tilton, NH | Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

I substitute the word "Excellent" for your term "Amazing".
All things considered and relatively, our trip to Norway went extremely well. The logistics worked according to plan. The weather was very good. It was great fun. Julia was a big help with the hotels and area attractions. The few glitches we had were attended to and resolved quickly. I appreciate Julia's attentive and prompt responses to our requests. Good job!
As kimkim's role here was to find us hotels along the itinerary we... read more

I substitute the word "Excellent" for your term "Amazing".
All things considered and relatively, our trip to Norway went extremely well. The logistics worked according to plan. The weather was very good. It was great fun. Julia was a big help with the hotels and area attractions. The few glitches we had were attended to and resolved quickly. I appreciate Julia's attentive and prompt responses to our requests. Good job!
As kimkim's role here was to find us hotels along the itinerary we designed, I am providing our comments on your recommendations which might help with other clients
Excellent (5 Stars!!): (1) The Rosvang Gaard. Otto and Albert provided a memorable experience. The lodging, the food, the hospitality and the conversation were the best of the trip. (2) Juvet Landscape Hotel: unique, rustic, great views, excellent food and accommodations.
Very Good (4 stars and in this order): (3) Hotel Christiania Oslo: Central location, large ,quiet, cool room, good breakfast and an excellent pizza restaurant on property, (4) Det Hanseatiske Hotel: Older historic building with character helped with a very accommodating staff. Our room was recently renovated being very well done and was quiet and cool. Central location was a big plus. (5) Scandic Ishavshotel is the best combination of location and facilities in Tromso. The service staff went out of their way to help us with logistics and accommodate us with our room preference. Breakfast was very good. The hotel is big and busy. Lot's of dogs (and big ones) were guests too! (6) Hamn i Senja: Location, facilities, dinner and breakfast were very good. I recommend a second floor room as other guests are constantly walking by and near to one's first floor room window. (7) DragsvikFjordhotel is 200 meters up from the ferry crossing but was very good for out in the country. We had a 2 room suite and a very good dinners on site. (8) Grand Hotel in Oslo was just that: Grand! Unfortunately, the day & night we were there the weather was hot and with little air conditioning , our street side room limited a good night's sleep. (I should have changed rooms...) Very good breakfast and location.
Not Recommended: (9) Hardanger Fjordtun. The owner/operator is a nice guy but his cabin facility was not up to our expectations. (Maybe if we were in our 30's or 40's). This is a much diminished version of the Juvet Landscape Hotel. The cabin was too small all around. For a shower, one stood in was a dish pan! The 'view' was of trees directly to the cabin's front. There is no place to eat in the area so a picnic dinner is required. He and his partner went out of their way to make us a very good breakfast.
Question: What more information could we have provided to you regarding our preferences understanding that you must balance the product with the price?....For example, what description could we have given you to have put us in the old section of the Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand?
Thanks for the help. The trip was great
Regards,
Bayard and Susan Tracy

Activity Reviews
Tromsø Cable Car
Tromsø

This was a good idea. It's close to the city and gives very good views of the fjord and surrounding mountains. You can watch the paragliders takeoff beside you!

Finnabotn Tour
Balestrand

This was great fun even on a rainy day. It's just amazing to see the clouds off the mountains and the farms along the shoreline.

Drive to Kristiansund over Molde (Atlantic Ocean Road)
Åndalsnes

It was a beautiful day. I think this road is better seen in a storm with the surf coming over the road. But no one is complaining about a beautiful day at the ocean.

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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

Hi Bayard, thanks so much for writing such a detailed review! This is highly appreciated and I will definitely take it into consideration for the next time!
I am also really glad to hear that you had over all an amazing time! Albert and Otto are really one of a kind and I always love meeting them!
I wish you all the best!
Julia

Norway is a beautiful, clean, safe, amazing c...
Norway | Sep 1 - Sep 14, 2022

Merle
Merle S.
Millville, NJ | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Norway is a beautiful, clean, safe, amazing country. The natural beauty took my breath away time after time. The glaciers, fjords, Art, sculpture, gardens, waterfalls, ferries, trains, food, hotels, and people surpassed my expectations. The kayaking in the fjord in Eidfjord was my favorite day. The walking tour with Marianne in Oslo was terrific and professional. We were in Oslo Bergen Eidfjord Stavanger and Skei. All were different and exceptional.

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Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2022

HI Merle, thanks a lot for the review! So happy to hear that you loved our beautiful country and that you had great experiences!

I wish you all the best!
Julia

The trip was great. The walking guide was fa...
Norway | Sep 1 - Sep 14, 2022

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Debbie S.
Delray Beach, FL | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

The trip was great. The walking guide was fantastic, very informative. The parts I didnt like was that it was a lot of driving. And after seeing everything we did, the Norway in a nutshell was repetitive.
The hotels were really very well located in Oslo & Bergen.

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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2022

HI Debbie, thanks a lot for your review! I am very happy to hear that you had a great trip even if there was a lot of driving involved!

All the best
Julia

Great experience!
Norway | Aug 30 - Sep 7, 2022

Jordan
Jordan U.
Stony Point, NY | Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

This was not only my first time using kimkim but my first time using a travel agency in general. It was an incredible experience! It was exactly what we wanted and could not have been better read more

This was not only my first time using kimkim but my first time using a travel agency in general. It was an incredible experience! It was exactly what we wanted and could not have been better

Hotel Review
Kviknes Hotel
Balestrand

Such a beautiful hotel and one of the best places to eat in Norway!

Authenticity & Character
The restaurant
Location
The views!!
Staff
Everyone was friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was hot
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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

HI Jordan! So fun to see all the pictures from your experiences in Norway! I am happy to hear that you had an amazing time! Now coming for the winter and Northern Lights should be one of the next adventures!
I wish you all the best
Julia

Great job. We had a blast Julia did a super j...
Norway | Sep 1 - Sep 14, 2022

Jay
Jay S.
Melville, NY | Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Great job. We had a blast Julia did a super job arranging everything and was extremely accommodating

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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Hi Jay, thanks for the review! I am glad you finally got to travel after you had to wait for so long!
All the best
Julia

Julia planned my 14 day trip to fjords in Nor...
Norway | Aug 20 - Sep 3, 2022

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Chandrika J.
India | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Julia planned my 14 day trip to fjords in Norway. She did a superb job and my trip was amazing. I visited Flam, Balestrand, Bergen, Geiranger, Alesund, and Oslo. Every place was charming with a beauty of its own. As I was a solo traveller Julia had planned most of my excursions and given me enough options for my free time. It was indeed travel made easy and enjoyable! Thanks Julia and KimKim!

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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

HI Chandrika, I am so happy to hear that you had an amazing time in Norway and that you enjoyed it!
All the best
Julia

Julia was amazing!
Norway | Aug 3 - Aug 17, 2022

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Charles K.
Parole, MD | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

We just returned from two weeks in Norway and it was an incredible trip mainly thanks to Julia and her team at KimKim. Julia suggested places to us that we had never heard of loved going to. We would never have gone to them without her suggestions. Also, we had some weather-related travel problems during the trip and Julia worked hard to help find solutions to them. read more

We just returned from two weeks in Norway and it was an incredible trip mainly thanks to Julia and her team at KimKim. Julia suggested places to us that we had never heard of loved going to. We would never have gone to them without her suggestions. Also, we had some weather-related travel problems during the trip and Julia worked hard to help find solutions to them.

Hotel Reviews
Scandic Ishavshotel
Tromsø

Great location and very nice rooms.

Hamn i Senja
Skaland

Fabulous room.

Anker Brygge
svolvær
Opus XVI
Bergen

Beautiful hotel in a great location. Great breakfast. Want to return

29|2 Aurland
Aurland

Very special place. Totally farm to table. Helpful staff. Beautiful grounds

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Staff
Hotel Christiania Teater
Oslo
Activity Reviews
Authentic Norwegian Cuisine & Guided Waterfall Hike
Aurland

loved the goat farm

Ferry to Botnhamn - Explore Senja island
Senja

A ride to a beautiful, peaceful location

Finnabotn Tour
Balestrand

Beautiful, peaceful,

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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Thank you so much Charles for the review! I am sure you will not forget this vacation! - All part of the experience!

All the best!
Julia

Breathtaking Trip!
Norway | Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2022

Danielle
Danielle L.
Seymour, CT | Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Our trip to Norway was absolutely amazing and life changing. The itinerary Julia set up for our family of 5 (grandma, parents, and kids ages 5 and 7) was just perfect. I communicated with Julia in early 2022 to provide some comments around what we were looking for - seeing the fjords, being outside and active, etc. From there, Julia took my feedback and made the perfect itinerary. Everything was so easy and convenient, and our favorite parts of the trip were undoubtedly items I never would’ve... read more

Our trip to Norway was absolutely amazing and life changing. The itinerary Julia set up for our family of 5 (grandma, parents, and kids ages 5 and 7) was just perfect. I communicated with Julia in early 2022 to provide some comments around what we were looking for - seeing the fjords, being outside and active, etc. From there, Julia took my feedback and made the perfect itinerary. Everything was so easy and convenient, and our favorite parts of the trip were undoubtedly items I never would’ve planned on my own. We are so thankful to Julia and the KimKim team and I would 100% recommend using them!

Some of our most notable trip highlights include:
1) our taxi boat with Captain Tor where he drove right up to fresh waterfalls for us to touch and let our kids catch some fish along the way
2) everything about Fjaerland Fjordstove Hotel (this is such a charming place with a wonderful staff)
3) our private hike in Fjaerland where our kids picked fresh strawberries and blueberries

Thank you Julia and team!

Hotel Review
Fjærland Fjordstove Hotel
Fjærland

This hotel is so wonderful and charming. The rooms are lovely! The staff are so friendly and helpful. The food is simply delicious. The location cannot be beaten.

Authenticity & Character
So charming!
Location
Beautiful views
Staff
Beyond helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless and comfortable
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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Hi Danielle! Thanks so much for this lovely review and for sharing some of the pictures of your trip! It really looks like the whole family had an amazing time!
I wish you all the best!
Julia

Scandinavian road trip
Norway | Jun 20 - Jul 2, 2022

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Kay D.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

With Julia’s help we had a brilliant road trip taking in fjord country at the end of a longer Scandinavian adventure. Each hotel she recommended was special in its own way although our favourites were probably our stays in Alesund and Aurland. Driving along high snowy scenery, approaching gerainger by ferry along the fjord and our trip on a rib boat were all highlights read more

With Julia’s help we had a brilliant road trip taking in fjord country at the end of a longer Scandinavian adventure. Each hotel she recommended was special in its own way although our favourites were probably our stays in Alesund and Aurland. Driving along high snowy scenery, approaching gerainger by ferry along the fjord and our trip on a rib boat were all highlights

Hotel Review
29|2 Aurland
Aurland

292 Aurland is a hotel based around what was a farm. Rooms are in converted farm buildings and each is individual. We found our rooms interestingly furnished and comfortable but we particularly liked the grounds which had lots of areas for having a drink or coffee in the glorious weather. We enjoyed the communal dining and the chance to swap stories with other travellers. Good food and wine and great staff

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Activity Review
Finnabotn Tour
Balestrand
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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Hi Kay! Thanks so much for leaving this lovely review!I am happy to hear that you had an amazing time in Norway! I can imagine you loved 292 Aurland. It is really a special place!

I wish you all the best!
Julia

Hotel in Fjaerland was amazing, great food, b...
Norway | Jul 28 - Aug 6, 2022

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seona k.
Singapore | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Hotel in Fjaerland was amazing, great food, beautiful decor. Julia, the local specialist was very responsive and helpful read more

Hotel in Fjaerland was amazing, great food, beautiful decor. Julia, the local specialist was very responsive and helpful

Hotel Reviews
Fjærland Fjordstove Hotel
Fjærland

Amazing food, great green credentials, beautifully decorated, lots to do in the area. Wish we had stayed longer.

Authenticity & Character
Beautifully stylish
Location
Amazing views of the fjord, away from all the cruise ships but still lots to do.
Staff
very knowledgable and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Utsikten
Geiranger

Booked two rooms, same price, but big differences in the room. One was a lovely twin room, ok size, old bathroom. The other was a double room, that was tiny and dark, barely enough space ot walk around the bed, cupboard was dark, and bathroom was tiny and needing updating.

Authenticity & Character
Bathrooms need updating and you shouldn't charge the same for two rooms where one was at least 30% bigger than the other.
Location
great view of the fjord
Staff
friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Hi Seona, I am glad to hear you had a great time in Norway! Thanks a lot for taking the time and adding a review!
I wish you all the best!
Julia

Norway Trip
Norway | Jul 4 - Jul 23, 2022

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Shant H.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Julia helped with planning our Norway trip. She listened to my interests and preferences and arranged an amazing trip plan with carefully picked hotels and a variety of activities that made the trip memorable. In addition, she gave recommendations for other activities based on our discussion. She was also very accommodating to changes. I highly recommend her for any Norway trip planning. read more

Julia helped with planning our Norway trip. She listened to my interests and preferences and arranged an amazing trip plan with carefully picked hotels and a variety of activities that made the trip memorable. In addition, she gave recommendations for other activities based on our discussion. She was also very accommodating to changes. I highly recommend her for any Norway trip planning.

Hotel Reviews
Ascot Hotel
Copenhagen V

Nice hotel but I don’t think we got the room we were originally booked for . The room location was not favorable.

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Cleanliness
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Bergen Børs Hotel
Bergen

Spacious room and nice view. Bathroom had weird design

Authenticity & Character
Uniquely beautiful dining room
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Quality Hotel Vøringfoss
Eidfjord

The view was beautiful. Very comfortable parking and nice dining room.

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Dragsvik Fjordhotel
Balestrand

Great boutique hotel. We had the room with the balcony and sitting area and we loved it. View of the fjord. Also the dining room was so welcoming with an amazing view of the fjord and mountains. Highly recommended. Also nice grounds for strolling . Food and service was great

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Location
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Hotel Utsikten
Geiranger

We had the double room with the amazing view of the fjord. They graciously upgraded us to the family room for the second night which was a much more comfortable room. Location was very nice and convenient for hiking trails.

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Røisheim Hotel
Lom

Historic hotel with lots of character. Ample parking and spacious room. The windows were tiny but that goes with its historic nature . I liked the dining experience and the many social rooms available in the complex .

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Location
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29|2 Aurland
Aurland

This place is amazing and so special. Beautiful complex with a beautiful garden. Has interesting history. Lots of nature activities around the area. The staff was amazing. It was hard to leave this serene place.

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Location
Staff
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Grand Hotel Terminus
Bergen

We had a very spacious room. It was across from the train station. Close to city center

Authenticity & Character
Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Nordic Light Hotel
Stockholm

Modern hotel. Very nice lounge, bar and dining area

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Finnabotn Tour
Balestrand

Very pleasant guide and experience. The vessel was solid and comfortable.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Drive to Flåm - Flåm Railway
Flåm
Quality of Experience
Aurland experience
Aurland

This place is very special and serene with personal attention. The landscape and surroundings instill ultimate relaxation

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Authentic Norwegian Cuisine & Guided Waterfall Hike
Aurland

We had a guided hike with lunch. Amazing experience in a beautiful forest landscape next to the waterfall with gorgeous views of the valley and fjord. Our guide Eilif was so pleasant and knowledgeable and we had a great time with his company

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Mostraumen Cruise
Bergen
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Orchard Tour & Cider Tasting in Balestrand
Balestrand

Educational . Very pretty dining room with beautiful view. Great cider tasting

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2022

Thank you for the kind review Shant! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed Norway!
Lets see, maybe you will be back sooner than expected :)
All the best,
Julia

Norway, achingly beautiful.
Norway | Jul 6 - Jul 21, 2022

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Belinda C.
New Zealand | Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

We originally planned this trip for before the pandemic, and so we experienced some difficulties when it came to getting this tour re planned, another agent got involved which was very unhelpful. However after we tracked down our original travel agent Julia, everything fell into place. Thanks Julia for rescuing us!!!
We explored Norway by car, bike, boat and foot and were very happy to have traveled from Bergen up the west coast as far as Tromso. Our overwhelming impression of Norway is one... read more

We originally planned this trip for before the pandemic, and so we experienced some difficulties when it came to getting this tour re planned, another agent got involved which was very unhelpful. However after we tracked down our original travel agent Julia, everything fell into place. Thanks Julia for rescuing us!!!
We explored Norway by car, bike, boat and foot and were very happy to have traveled from Bergen up the west coast as far as Tromso. Our overwhelming impression of Norway is one of extraordinary beauty, wild summer flowers, snowy peaks, zig zagging highways into breathtaking fjords, water rushing down valleys and cascading off mountain sides, and lush green valleys. The coastlines were almost as spectacular with delightful coves and fishing villages at every turn. We were very surprised by the white sand and opalescent green water on the island of Senja, what a special jewel this place is. Well worth driving to find Senja Roasters, for the best coffee of our trip, Froys Kick Ass blend was a winner.

Hotel Reviews
Scandic Ishavshotel
Tromsø

Very ordinary hotel, poor impression initially with a rude receptionist, unhelpful and only barely able to do the basics.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
A smile at reception, a helpful attitude
Cleanliness & Comfort
The room was small and faced over a road it was hot and noisy.
Bergen Børs Hotel
Bergen

Explore this hotel on your arrival, as staff didn’t say much, it is fabulous.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nordal Tourisenter
Lom

In a tiny town this rustic hotel was comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Union Geiranger Bad & Spa
Geiranger

This is a very large traditional hotel catering for huge numbers of tourists.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Great view out of our window, glad we only stayed one night, not the sort of place I want to stay in.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Brosundet
Ålesund

Great hotel, it stretches along and under the road so look for the bars and restaurants that are not immediately obvious. The fire place and seating adjacent to reception was one of the greatest we experienced. Lovely decor throughout.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hurtigruten
Bergen

This was the low point of our trip. The boat was very very old and the tiny cabin like a prison cell. It was incredibly noisy when the boat was manoeuvring, impossible to sleep, think tsunami and earthquake!!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Staff were friendly and the food was great but the restaurant was overcrowded and we had to wait till after 9pm to eat dinner.
Cleanliness & Comfort
A new ship!!!!
Nordis Hotel & Suites
svolvær

One of our best stays in Norway, a suite with perfect views over water to mountains.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Restaurant and breakfast both fantastic
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bleik Sea Cabins
Andoy

Small problem here with hotel mix up. We didn’t stay here but appreciate the refund we received for all the mucking around.

Hamn i Senja
Skaland

Top spot to this hotel/resort. Everything about it is just brilliant.

Authenticity & Character
Coastline and facilities were great. Spa pools.
Location
Midnight sun, gazing out from my bed across the water.
Staff
Extra attention, fun and interesting conversations with all the staff at every level they took time and gave heaps.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2022

HI Belinda, you are very welcome! Any time! I am so glad to hear, that your time in Norway was great!

I wish you all the best
Julia

Jane and Bridget's trip to Norway June 2022
Norway | Jul 1 - Jul 15, 2022

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Jane S.
Keene, NH | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

When we were planning our trip in 2020, we were delighted to find KimKim and Julia Plaschke to help us with our questions and refine our itinerary. Unfortunately COVID necessitated our cancellation of the trip in 2020. We were very pleased that Julia was able to re book us for 2022. Her itinerary suggestions were very helpful and we greatly appreciated the zoom calls to get our questions answered. We were surprised when our trip was handed over to Sonia.

Most memorable places were the... read more

When we were planning our trip in 2020, we were delighted to find KimKim and Julia Plaschke to help us with our questions and refine our itinerary. Unfortunately COVID necessitated our cancellation of the trip in 2020. We were very pleased that Julia was able to re book us for 2022. Her itinerary suggestions were very helpful and we greatly appreciated the zoom calls to get our questions answered. We were surprised when our trip was handed over to Sonia.

Most memorable places were the Lofoten Islands ( loved the sea eagle and kayaking experiences), several hikes we took, Nes Gard Farmhouse B&B and the experiences there, stave churches, waterfalls, Rose Church, And of course, the beautiful fjords.

Things we liked about working with KimKim:
1. The itinerary suggestions Julia made during our initial conversations, and those sent by Sonia before our trip.
2. The Zoom calls we had with Julia as we got further into the planning.
3. Most of our hotels
4. Sonia’s response time when contacted her while on our trip. Very quick response!
5. Most of our experiences ( there were some issues with the Midnight kayak)
6. Sonia’s quick response (before we left) to our question about who we contact if we have a problem while in Norway – she gave us her phone number.
7. Sonia’s willingness to help us find Gary’s lost bag. Though we got it before she could make contact w/ Iceland Air, we very much appreciated knowing she was working on it.

Things we we were unhappy with KimKim:
1. Upon our arrival at 3 hotels ( Bodø, Reine and Bergen) we were told we would have to pay. We contacted Sonia and this was resolved in each case, but we wish we hadn’t had to deal with that when we were tired from long journeys) Sonia was apologetic each time, which we appreciated. We were surprised that after it happened once, the payment for others was not confirmed before we got to those hotels.

2. We understand that the two weeks before the trip others were traveling and they had needs, too. However, we confirmed that we were going on this trip this year with Julia in February – more than 4 months before we left. That said, we were not pleased that it took so long for us to receive the documents we needed, and that we needed to request them so often. We did not get our Ferry voucher until just before and it was for the afternoon ferry, not the morning one we had planned. We did not get our train tickets until the day before we travelled – two of the 4 tickets were together – the other 2 were both aisle seats – one in a train car that was two cars away from the other 3 of us! We can’t help but think that these reservations were not made sufficiently in advance of our travels.

I would be very happy to provide a detailed review of the experiences (especially the sea kayaking at midnight), hotels and itinerary upon request. We have some suggestions for you to add to the itinerary for others that we found along the way. We believe this detail would help you in planning for others.

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Hello Jane, thanks a lot for your review and also your feedback.
Firstly, I am very glad that the 4 of you got to travel this year, after you had to wait so long due to Covid.

Sonia is part of our booking team and was therefor the one being in contact with you, right before and also during your trip. I am glad to hear you were happy with her support while traveling.

I am very sorry to hear you had problems with some of the hotels during your vacation. Sadly this is something we are... read more

Hello Jane, thanks a lot for your review and also your feedback.
Firstly, I am very glad that the 4 of you got to travel this year, after you had to wait so long due to Covid.

Sonia is part of our booking team and was therefor the one being in contact with you, right before and also during your trip. I am glad to hear you were happy with her support while traveling.

I am very sorry to hear you had problems with some of the hotels during your vacation. Sadly this is something we are experiencing too often these days. We do reach out to hotels right before travellers are arriving, but unfortunately it seems some information falls through the cracks at hotel receptions.
Probably caused by the fact that there are a lot of new employees right after Covid and also the high demand all suppliers are facing right now.

I can only apologise for the fact that you received some of your documents that late.

I hope you still had a great experience in Norway.
I am happy jump on another zoom call with you to hear more of your feedback.

All the best
Julia

Trolltunga was spectacular.I liked the varia...
Norway | Jun 29 - Jul 6, 2022

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Jim J.
Live Oak, TX | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

Trolltunga was spectacular.
I liked the variation in accommodations, from the Trolltunga Hotel, to a more modern "chain" at the Scandic Voss, to the family-run Dragsvik Fjordhotel; the combination of experiences at each was a nice variation, although each were unique.
I endorse each of the experiences we had, and thought that driving through Norway was fairly simple.
Overall, great job, Julia and team.
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Trolltunga was spectacular.
I liked the variation in accommodations, from the Trolltunga Hotel, to a more modern "chain" at the Scandic Voss, to the family-run Dragsvik Fjordhotel; the combination of experiences at each was a nice variation, although each were unique.
I endorse each of the experiences we had, and thought that driving through Norway was fairly simple.
Overall, great job, Julia and team.

Hotel Reviews
Zander K Hotel
Bergen

Modern and well appointed. Best for those who travel by train as it's right at the station. Close enough to downtown to make walking easy.

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Trolltunga Hotel
Odda

great views; a little far from town but not a big deal as we were driving.

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Scandic Voss
Voss

great for our family of five as we could stay in one room. Modern, clean, and wonderful staff.

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dragsvik Fjordhotel
Balestrand

wonderful staff; this is clearly a labor of love for this family. It was comfortable, quaint, but with all the services you'd want.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clarion Hotel Bergen Airport Terminal
Bergen

very nice that we were offered connecting rooms. Clean, with nice restaurant downstairs and great breakfast.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Family Rafting
Voss

this is a very basic float - not much white water. I thought the swimming was a nice break from the usual trip. Nice staff.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Mountain Bike - Voss Forest
Voss

great staff/guide. Wonderful forest trails. A little demanding for little children or those who don't bike much. Our guide was great with varying the experience and I think they could tailor to those who prefer less off-road biking

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Finnabotn Tour
Balestrand

guide was great; clearly knowledgeable. Appropriate length. Liked the storytelling.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Hello Jim, thanks a lot for your review. I am happy that we could give you and your family a great experience while visiting this beautiful country!
I wish you all the best,
Julia

Norway in the Summer Light
Norway | Jun 11 - Jun 29, 2022

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Charles U.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

Norway is indescribable. The amazing scenery and abundance of natural beauty were stunning. Our trip included travel by rail, auto, ship, public transport, and of course walking and hiking. Along the way, we sampled the abundance of food and drink that Norway offers. The midnight sun kept us up longer than we're used to but gave us opportunities to experience the scenery at any time of day. There were a few glitches and Sonia was ready and available to help with an unanticipated schedule... read more

Norway is indescribable. The amazing scenery and abundance of natural beauty were stunning. Our trip included travel by rail, auto, ship, public transport, and of course walking and hiking. Along the way, we sampled the abundance of food and drink that Norway offers. The midnight sun kept us up longer than we're used to but gave us opportunities to experience the scenery at any time of day. There were a few glitches and Sonia was ready and available to help with an unanticipated schedule change or a missed ferry ride.

I would love to return in the dark light of winter and experience a whole different side of this wonderful place.

Hotel Review
Hotel 1904
Ålesund

Great breakfast and a wonderful town.

Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Hello Charles, thanks a lot for your review! I bet the long hours of light were an unusual experience. But I am glad you enjoyed it!
You definitely have to come back during winter and experience the Northern Lights, along with many other great winter activities.
We wish you all the best!
Julia

Julia was great in planning our trip. Sonia, ...
Norway | Jun 8 - Jun 21, 2022

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SEAN M.
Broad Ripple, IN | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Julia was great in planning our trip. Sonia, as our guide, was also great. Always available to help with questions. read more

Julia was great in planning our trip. Sonia, as our guide, was also great. Always available to help with questions.

Hotel Review
29|2 Aurland
Aurland

Awesome experience! Service was great and food was absolutely wonderful.

Authenticity & Character
Views from all areas.
Location
Quiet setting away from any city activity.
Staff
Doting
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Hi Sean! Thanks a lot for your review! On your pictures I can clearly see that you had a great time! I am glad that you enjoyed your vacation!
I wish you two all the best!
Julia

Norway
Norway | May 26 - Jun 8, 2022

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Jennifer D.
Canada | Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

We were very fortunate to finally go on this trip as our original booking was in June 2020. Julia remained in contact over the past two years answering any questions we had. The rebooking of our original itinerary was without issue.

Our trip to Norway was fantastic. The hotels were great and the transportation was seamless. Although we found the entire country very beautiful our most memorable places were Geiranger for its views and hiking and the Lofoten island chain for its... read more

We were very fortunate to finally go on this trip as our original booking was in June 2020. Julia remained in contact over the past two years answering any questions we had. The rebooking of our original itinerary was without issue.

Our trip to Norway was fantastic. The hotels were great and the transportation was seamless. Although we found the entire country very beautiful our most memorable places were Geiranger for its views and hiking and the Lofoten island chain for its incredible scenic drive.

Hotel Review
Hotel Geiranger
Geiranger

We arrived in port and took a taxi up to the hotel. The hotel was very quaint but the views were spectacular. If you like to hike there were surrounding trails of various lengths nearby. There was beautiful waterfall a short walk from the hotel.

Tips for future travelers

You are limited to where you can dine if you do not have transportation. The hotel meals were however quite good.

Authenticity & Character
A quaint hotel with views that were worth the climb.
Location
The view. Access to hiking trails.
Staff
Very welcoming and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean room. The bed was very comfortable.
Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Hi Jen! Thanks a lot for also leaving me a review! It was my pleasure to work with you and to make this trip finally happen!
All the best,
Julia

Trip of a Lifetime!
Norway | May 24 - Jun 2, 2022

Alissa
Alissa H.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

I do not even know where to begin! When we first discovered the Lofoten Islands, we knew we had to get there but didn't know the first thing about how. Julia was incredibly helpful with mapping out the best way to get there and what to see. Her suggestion to see more than just the Lofoten Islands was so appreciated as we were able to explore so much more of northern Norway and see places we'd never heard of it nor would we have ever known about if it were not for Julia. We flew into Tromso... read more

I do not even know where to begin! When we first discovered the Lofoten Islands, we knew we had to get there but didn't know the first thing about how. Julia was incredibly helpful with mapping out the best way to get there and what to see. Her suggestion to see more than just the Lofoten Islands was so appreciated as we were able to explore so much more of northern Norway and see places we'd never heard of it nor would we have ever known about if it were not for Julia. We flew into Tromso and drove to Sommaroy for a night's stay at the wonderful Artic Hotel. Then we were off to Senja Island which was AMAZING! We stayed at the Hamn I Senja with the most incredible views. We were a little concerned about taking ferries but they turned out to be no issue--just make sure you get there early to avoid any anxiety. We didn't need tickets ahead of time except for the final ferry to Bodo from Moskenes. Staying in the Lofoten Islands was so wonderful as we go kayaked in Reine and explore the "big" city of Svolvaer. My only compliant is that we had to leave!

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Alissa, thank you so much for your review! I am so glad to hear that you had an amazing time and experience. Northern Norway is really beautiful and I am happy you got to make the most of your time here.
I wish you all the best
Julia

Spectacular Service - Spectacular Norway!
Norway | May 26 - Jun 8, 2022

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Gary D.
Canada | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Our trip to Norway was spectacular! The country is beautiful and people are really friendly. Julia is super amazing and gave us exactly what we were looking for. We booked and paid in full before the pandemic and had to delay the trip for 2 years. KimKim kept their word and there were no additional fees. Truly amazing and a welcome change!
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Our trip to Norway was spectacular! The country is beautiful and people are really friendly. Julia is super amazing and gave us exactly what we were looking for. We booked and paid in full before the pandemic and had to delay the trip for 2 years. KimKim kept their word and there were no additional fees. Truly amazing and a welcome change!

Hotel Review
Hotel Geiranger
Geiranger

This hotel is quaint and has the best views ... the staff was super friendly and helpful. It is up the hill from the other amenities so you need a taxi or car to get there if you are coming in by boat. This also means you eat there unless you want to get yourself to the bottom of the hill. It is a small hotel so the meal choices are limited but we enjoyed the offering.

Tips for future travelers

If hiking is your thing ... think about staying a few days at this location.

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Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Hey Gary! Yes! Finally you were able to travel! I am glad that all worked out well, especially after you had to wait so long to travel to Norway.
I wish you all the best!
Julia

We got to see so much ONLY because KimKim set...
Norway | May 23 - May 31, 2022

Debra
Debra W.
Bossier City, LA | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2022

We got to see so much ONLY because KimKim set up such an amazing itinerary. The accommodations, food and tours were top notch. Will definitely use again. Thanks, Julia

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

Julia had a prolonged duty with our trip plan...
Norway | May 8 - May 15, 2022

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Larry P.
North Platte, NE | Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Julia had a prolonged duty with our trip planning due to the Covid shutdown of the travel industry in 2020. She would be in contact with us multiple times in 2020, 2021 and finally ,in 2022 ,Norway was open to us to travel there. Julia, along with Sonia’s assistance, reorganized our travel itinerary and got our needs met. We had one hotel glitch on our trip but Sonia was quick to respond and mediated on our behalf. By days end the problem was resolved.
The hotels Julia selected for us were... read more

Julia had a prolonged duty with our trip planning due to the Covid shutdown of the travel industry in 2020. She would be in contact with us multiple times in 2020, 2021 and finally ,in 2022 ,Norway was open to us to travel there. Julia, along with Sonia’s assistance, reorganized our travel itinerary and got our needs met. We had one hotel glitch on our trip but Sonia was quick to respond and mediated on our behalf. By days end the problem was resolved.
The hotels Julia selected for us were very good to great and I must say Hotel Bondeheimen in Oslo and Hotel 1904 in Alesund are great boutique hotels. All of the selected hotels included breakfast which really helps manage your food costs and all offered good to very good quality food.
Julia arranged for my desired destinations to include train, automobile and ship travel. We covered a lot of area in southern Norway and feel like we got our money’s worth from the skillful organization of our travel itinerary.
We heartily endorse Julia and Sophia to anyone wanting to plan a trip to Norway.

Hotel Reviews
Hotell Bondeheimen
Oslo

I consider this establishment a boutique hotel because it has skillfully merged modern design with a once formal Victorian building. It has a lot of character so it’s not a pattern you typically see with chain hotels. The staff were all cordial and professional in our daily interactions. They were also very fluent in English which is great since I know about 20 Norwegian words. This hotel had the best breakfast out of the five accommodations we booked with. A very large variety of foods, great quality and very nice dining area.

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Scandic Ålesund
Ålesund

What a gorgeous property, perhaps my all- time favorite. Again a modern merger with a regal old hotel building. So tasteful in design and comfort.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Our experience was great, the staff was engaging and helpful without being prompted.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on May 30, 2022

Hi Larry, I am so happy for you and your family, that traveling was finally possible and that you had a great time in Norway!
I wish you all the best!
Julia

Enchanting Norway
Norway | May 1 - May 6, 2022

Lee
Lee R.
Beverly Hills, CA | Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Norway in a Nutshell was easy to follow and all the connections went very well.
The hotels on the intinerary were excellent. I especially enjoyed all the breakfasts at each place. The Clarion in Bergen was outstanding. And the added bonus was that dinner was included. I stumbled across a troll forest as well as a lovely lake at the top of the funicular in Bergen.

The hotel in Flam oozed with charm. Julia went over and beyond to make sure my experience was great. I bet she even... read more

Norway in a Nutshell was easy to follow and all the connections went very well.
The hotels on the intinerary were excellent. I especially enjoyed all the breakfasts at each place. The Clarion in Bergen was outstanding. And the added bonus was that dinner was included. I stumbled across a troll forest as well as a lovely lake at the top of the funicular in Bergen.

The hotel in Flam oozed with charm. Julia went over and beyond to make sure my experience was great. I bet she even planned all the gorgeous Spring flowers such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinth in Oslo. I saw so many wondrous sights and who knew that Norway had so many waterfalls. It was a wonderful experience and I would definitely use KimKim again to plan another adventure.

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on May 30, 2022

Hi Lee, I am glad you had an amazing time in Norway!

All the best,
Julia

Julia and Sonia were incredibly helpful
Norway | Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2022

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David A.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Julia and Sonia were incredibly helpful in building a wonderful itinerary for us, organizing activities and private tours, and recommending where to go. I would recommmend them to anybody - thank you!

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

Magical White Christmas with Santa in Lapland
Finland | Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2022

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Ana C.
St. Marys, GA | Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

This was one of a lifetime trip! Absolutely Amazing! We have a 7 year old and we decided to take the chance and travel from Atlanta, GA in the US to Lapland to be able to find the Real Santa and do everything possible to make my son experience Santa with all the bells and whistles!

Finding the right partner to do is very important. And here is where Kim Kim comes to life once again. We chose NORD DMC with Julia and Thao behind everything, and when I say everything, I really mean it!

I am a... read more

This was one of a lifetime trip! Absolutely Amazing! We have a 7 year old and we decided to take the chance and travel from Atlanta, GA in the US to Lapland to be able to find the Real Santa and do everything possible to make my son experience Santa with all the bells and whistles!

Finding the right partner to do is very important. And here is where Kim Kim comes to life once again. We chose NORD DMC with Julia and Thao behind everything, and when I say everything, I really mean it!

I am a very particular traveler because I like to do research first and find the exact places to stay and the activities I want to do, and then, work the itinerary together so that I can get the local insights and the experience and expertise of people like Julia and Thao.

They understood my wishes and gave me different options until we were able to create the perfect experience and spend a wonderful Christmas in a beautiful country.

The hotels they chose, the adventures tailored for our family and all the ideas of what to do and where to eat were on point. Not to mention that they were always available if I needed to ask something. They are both very warm and knowledgeable.

I have a lot of more countries to go, but if I go back to Lapland or any of the Scandinavian countries, I will contact them for sure!
Thank you Thao and Julia for a Magical White Christmas with Santa in Lapland.

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

Norway road trip
Norway | Jul 6 - Jul 27, 2021

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Chris E.
Luxembourg | Reviewed on Aug 28, 2021

Planning a three-week road trip around Norway, a country we had dreamed of but knew little of, was daunting. Right from the first interaction though, Julia proved knowledgeable, confident, and most of all passionate about the country. She listened to our specification and came up with what turned out to be a perfect road trip. It is a long and thin country, so focusing on what to see, where to go, how to get there was crucial to make the most of our time, and three weeks is nowhere near... read more

Planning a three-week road trip around Norway, a country we had dreamed of but knew little of, was daunting. Right from the first interaction though, Julia proved knowledgeable, confident, and most of all passionate about the country. She listened to our specification and came up with what turned out to be a perfect road trip. It is a long and thin country, so focusing on what to see, where to go, how to get there was crucial to make the most of our time, and three weeks is nowhere near enough time for this amazing country.
We made many slight changes, tweaks during the months leading up to our trip, but Julia remained patient, understanding and responsive. Of course Covid restrictions proved to be a final challenge, and it was not until 10 days before our trip was scheduled to commence that Norway finally reopened based on the Covid passport. Julia offered reassurance over no lost deposit, and flexibility on delaying final payment until we were sure we could travel.
We will definitely use KimKim again, and anyone planning a trip to Norway will be well advised to use Julia & KimKim.

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2021

Hi Chris, thanks a lot for the nice words! I am very glad that everything worked out in the end and you were able to travel!
And of course that you had a great time in Norway!
It was my pleasure to work with you on this!
All the best
Julia

It would have been a lot better if ferry timi...
Norway | Dec 20 - Dec 26, 2019

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Sangita N.
Marlboro, NJ | Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

It would have been a lot better if ferry timings were taken into planning. We reached Bodø on Saturday from Oslo, not much to do. On Sunday ferry to Lofoten was not till 1 pm so lost morning. Reached Lofoten at 4.30 pm it was pitch dark so not much to see . So literally 2 wasted days Hurtigruten to Tromso cancelled no one’s fault . Rushed to Ice hotel that evening. That was fun
Next day after dog sledding we waited 2 hrs for nothing before getting dropped at hotel .
Christmas evening and... read more

It would have been a lot better if ferry timings were taken into planning. We reached Bodø on Saturday from Oslo, not much to do. On Sunday ferry to Lofoten was not till 1 pm so lost morning. Reached Lofoten at 4.30 pm it was pitch dark so not much to see . So literally 2 wasted days Hurtigruten to Tromso cancelled no one’s fault . Rushed to Ice hotel that evening. That was fun
Next day after dog sledding we waited 2 hrs for nothing before getting dropped at hotel .
Christmas evening and day Tromso was shut so we stayed at hotel . Last evening was good we got to see northern lights so it was good
I think days could have been better planned depending on local closings . That was the purpose of getting a local planner. I received car refunds but not Hurtigruten refund

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

Exactly what I wanted/needed! Thank you Julia!
Norway | Nov 25 - Dec 3, 2019

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Jah N.
Greenburgh, NY | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2019

I contacted KimKim for a much needed solo trip away and I was thinking about Norway. Julia was my specialist and she was fantastic! Not only did she listen to all of the things I wanted, but she was super fast in her response time. What most impressed me was that she would respond, day or night and at one location where they couldn't find the reservation she was available in real time. Additionally, she messaged me throughout the trip to see how it was going. She made my experience... read more

I contacted KimKim for a much needed solo trip away and I was thinking about Norway. Julia was my specialist and she was fantastic! Not only did she listen to all of the things I wanted, but she was super fast in her response time. What most impressed me was that she would respond, day or night and at one location where they couldn't find the reservation she was available in real time. Additionally, she messaged me throughout the trip to see how it was going. She made my experience wonderful. Surprisingly, the additional add of Finland ended up being the highlight for me so I'm glad she was able to help me add that on.

The accommodations were super fantastic particularly the Lapland Hotels Bulevardi in Finland and Malangen Resort in Norway. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Ivalo is worth doing but it's more about the destination and experience than the accommodations or food which aren't stellar. Everything was really great.

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Dec 09, 2019

Hey Jah, thank you so much for the nice feedback. I am glad you had a wonderful time!
Best,
Julia

Norway Slow Travel: Oslo, Aurland & Bergen - 7 Days
Norway | Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2019

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Rod M.
Australia | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Rose and I could not be more impressed with the attention to detail that we received from our Kim Kim contact - Julia . Her attention to detail could not have been better

The Trip Julia put together for us was the perfect way to start discovering Norway.

Excellent accommodation in the perfect position to see all the local sites along with the right adventures that suited our style of traveling. This allowed us the time and space to really enjoy the sheer beauty of Norway.

We will certainly be traveling with Kim Kim in future

Rod and Rose

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Hey Rose and Rod, thanks a lot for your feedback. I am glad you had an amazing time in Norway.
I wish you all the best.

Trip to Norway
Norway | Aug 2 - Aug 12, 2019

Jono
Jono T.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Overall the trip was great. The activities were fantastic and varied, and it was all relatively seamless. 2 areas of feedback:

1. Some of the hotel information wasn't provided until a little later, so it gave us a little anxiety since it was our first time using the service.
2. The first hotel took payment from us even though the hotel was paid by kimkim. I think that was the hotels fault though.

Besides those 2, I am very satisfied with the service!

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

10 Days in Norway: 7 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Norway | May 28 - Jun 8, 2019

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Alicia R.
Finland | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

I can't thank Julia enough for all her recommendations of where to go in Northern Norway. I started out trying to organise the trip myself, as I would usually do, and Norway had me perplexed with exactly where to go and how much time we would need. Julia was spot on with her advice and location choices. Particular highlights were the Sea Cabins in Reine, the stunning house and surrounding areas in Senja and the gorgeous accommodation approximately 30 minutes outside Tromso. Active Tromso... read more

I can't thank Julia enough for all her recommendations of where to go in Northern Norway. I started out trying to organise the trip myself, as I would usually do, and Norway had me perplexed with exactly where to go and how much time we would need. Julia was spot on with her advice and location choices. Particular highlights were the Sea Cabins in Reine, the stunning house and surrounding areas in Senja and the gorgeous accommodation approximately 30 minutes outside Tromso. Active Tromso and our midnight kayak was also a massive highlight. I can not recommend their adventure experiences more highly and we will be back to do some mountain climbing and husky adventures soon. Thank you again Julia! Our experience was so memorable and you took all the angst out of the decision making process guiding us through ferry crossings and pointing out not to miss spots along the journey.

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Hey Alicia, thank you so much for the kind words. I am glad that you all had a great time :)