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Kristiina Taukul

Hey! Life's pretty short, and I believe we should squeeze in as much different experiences as we can. Every day is a chance to create unforgettable memories, to explore new places, and to connect with this amazing world and the people in it.

How did you get involved in travel?

"My journey started with an unquenchable curiosity about the world. From a young age, I was captivated by tales of distant lands and diverse cultures.
I consider myself truly fortunate for having had the opportunity to explore diverse corners of the world, from the enchanting landscapes of Europe and Africa to the vibrant culture of the North-America and the captivating expanse of Asia."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"During a transformative six-month adventure in Turkey, I had the privilege of working directly with travelers. Guiding them through ancient bazaars, sharing stories as we wandered through historical sites, and savoring the rich tapestry of flavors in local eateries – these experiences shaped my understanding of crafting seamless and unforgettable journeys."

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Recent trip reviews for Kristiina

A terrific trip to the Fjords
Norway | Mar 21 - Apr 1, 2024

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diana e.
Germany | Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

Even though we did not travel in the summer, and there was a bit of snow, we really had a great time, and actually enjoyed seeing the white tops on the mountains.
The proposed itinerary was a good match to our preferences.
The guide to Preikestolen, Terry, was great. Overall, we really enjoyed the balance between boat trips and the walks in the nature.

Local specialist: Kristiina Taukul
Kristiina
Kristiina Taukul
Local specialist in Norway | Replied on Apr 16, 2024

Hi Diana!

Thank you so much for the trust :) I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed working with us and that you had an amazing time here!

Hope you'll visit us again!
Kristiina

Exceeded our expectations
Norway | Mar 3 - Mar 15, 2024

Lorin
Lorin W.
Australia | Reviewed on Mar 16, 2024
We knew we would have a great time in Norway, but this trip still exceeded all expectations - Kristiina helped to create an itinerary that suited our wishes and needs, and it played out to near perfection. Every tour and hotel was in a nearby location and easy to attend (not to mention really enjoyable)! I found the convenience was a huge relief. Some of our highlights that she created for us include our stay at the Hanseatic in Bergen, our Hurtigruten experiences, and all the Tromso tours.... Read more

We knew we would have a great time in Norway, but this trip still exceeded all expectations - Kristiina helped to create an itinerary that suited our wishes and needs, and it played out to near perfection. Every tour and hotel was in a nearby location and easy to attend (not to mention really enjoyable)! I found the convenience was a huge relief. Some of our highlights that she created for us include our stay at the Hanseatic in Bergen, our Hurtigruten experiences, and all the Tromso tours. All the Tromso tour guides were amazing, especially Jorges on the Coastal Safari and Mark at the husky sledding experience. We felt that the fjord tour to Hardangerfjord was not what we hoped for and perhaps could have been replaced with something else, but this seems to be a limitation of the season. Fortunately we were able to book another amazing fjord cruise further north via Hurtigruten (we would have done only this one if we knew this was an option, to save some money), and enjoyed a Sami tour via the Hurtigruten also. We didn't know we would gain so much from the Hurtigruten voyage itself, so this was a pleasant surprise. I am so glad we incorporated this to our trip. We had some travel hiccups, but nothing within KimKim's control, yet they were all so helpful when I reached out for advice about our lost luggage. Julia, Fenne, and Kristiina did everything possible to support us and keep us in the loop. Lastly, they provided great(!) local recommendations for each main city we visited, which helped to make our time even better. Also, during this trip, my partner and I got engaged - KimKim helped to make this the ideal place and time for such a special thing. Planning the trip was made so much easier by going via KimKim, and I think it went brilliantly. At times we wished we had more insight into our tour options and alternatives, pricings, etc. But would definitely do this again regardless. Thank you so much for creating a beautiful holiday for us and being so present from start to end to make sure it went well. We are so pleased!

Activity Reviews
Fjordcruise to Hardanger
Fjordcruise to Hardanger
Bergen

Whilst Rosendal and the natural beauty of the fjord was lovely, we didn't know most things in Rosendal would be closed at this time of year. So we arrived to a ghost town and didn't know what to do, and walked far to find closed places. It was nice but we could have skipped this in favour of another tour to save some money and time. Also the fjord cruise itself was more like a taxi service than a tour. I bet it is nicer in summer.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Free Day in Bergen - Board Hurtigruten
Free Day in Bergen - Board Hurtigruten
Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten is a great experience filled with amazing tour opportunities and some onboard fun, especially if you travel south to North- there is a big deal about crossing into the Arctic Circle. Really glad we did this.

Dog Sledding
Dog Sledding
Tromsø

Highly recommend! It was fun and we had heaps of time to play with the dogs. The tour guides are all so accommodating and eager for you to enjoy yourself. The lunch we had was delicious also!!

Coastal Scenery Safari with Local Tastings in Tromsø
Coastal Scenery Safari with Local Tastings in Tromsø
Tromsø

This was way better than we imagined. It was intimate, flexible and beautiful. Our tour guide, Jorges, was passionate and helpful. He made it a great day by choosing good spots to stop for photos and helping us to spot wildlife, etc. It was a great spot for lunch at the halfway point too. I enjoyed this so much. It was quite a relaxing and worthwhile taste of the Tromso islands and coast.

Local specialist: Kristiina Taukul
Kristiina
Kristiina Taukul
Local specialist in Norway | Replied on Mar 18, 2024

Hi Lorin & Kieran!

Thank you so much for the thorough feedback! Planning your anniversary trip was so much fun, and I am, of course, thrilled about your engagement! Such a magical experience, and I'm happy I could help you with that :).

Thank you for trusting us!
Kristiina

kimkim eliminates the planning anxiety
Norway | Jan 29 - Feb 7, 2024

Ronda
Ronda S.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Feb 11, 2024
kimkim really made the planning and organization of our trip to Norway easy and convenient. Their local specialist like Kristiina and Fenne suggest a trip based on your initial thoughts and then offer up many options to refine it into the trip of a lifetime that you're looking for. They know the places to go, things to do, and what to see. They arrange the hotels (including breakfast), local transportation, event tickets, and dinner reservations. When things go a-rye because of bad... Read more

kimkim really made the planning and organization of our trip to Norway easy and convenient. Their local specialist like Kristiina and Fenne suggest a trip based on your initial thoughts and then offer up many options to refine it into the trip of a lifetime that you're looking for. They know the places to go, things to do, and what to see. They arrange the hotels (including breakfast), local transportation, event tickets, and dinner reservations. When things go a-rye because of bad weather, they are there to help you adjust and get to your next destination. I don't know if I would have changed much in the path of our journey but look forward to sharing with friends and family.

Hotel Reviews
Vestlia Resort
Geilo

This is a nice hotel but isn't the level you might expect for a resort at a ski area. Rooms lack washcloths, bath matts, tissue box, coffee maker, fridge, extra pillow, and safe. Bowling doesn't open until 4 pm. If skiing is closed due to wind, not much to do. We were there when a huge real estate retreat was going on and the partying was out of control. However, you can runt skis, and the cross-country track is great, even for snowshoeing around the lake. Restaurant has limited menu that would get boring after 1 night. Town has some amazing restaurants.

Authenticity & Character
a few more amenities
Location
close to town
Staff
Staff were always nice and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
everything is just a bit old and run down, a refresh, add a few room amenities like extra pillows
Clarion Hotel the Edge
Tromsø

This is so well located. You can walk to most anything in a short time. Close to the cathedral, good restaurants and shopping. Dinner cruise is just outside the front door. Breakfast is amazing.

Authenticity & Character
This is more modern, not really authentic Norwegian.
Location
near everything
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were really nice
Hotell Bondeheimen
Oslo

cute little boutique hotel. Rooms are small but work if you're out much of the time, which we were. Close to many attractions and bus/train routes. Breakfast good.

Authenticity & Character
Location
centrally located near lots.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen
Bergen

Close to the water and historic buildings. Shopping and bay close as well as old fort for walking. Rooms small but comfortable. easy access to bus to airport.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Oslofjord Sightseeing Cruise
Oslofjord Sightseeing Cruise
Oslo

This is an open air sail boat but they make it warm and cozy. Peaceful ride and good way to start a trip. Glogg warm drink is a must!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Northern Lights Chase
Northern Lights Chase
Tromsø

This tour takes you on a packed bus more than an hour outside of town for dark skies. The staff are pretty quiet. Only went to one location. No guidance on where to look, what you're looking for, or how to take photos...that would help. A bit more narrative of a history of the area would help. Others on the trip stand in front of your pictures, use their flashlights, without regard to others.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
bit more narrative and communication. Provide some "good conduct" when arriving at destination and taking pictures.
Transport
driver was very safe and good driver
Tromsø Cable Car
Tromsø Cable Car
Tromsø

This is a must. would recommend doing it in the day time, 1 hr before sunset, to be able to see all the mountains around the area.

Quality of Experience
the views
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Nothing special, they just open and close the doors
Transport
pretty smooth operation
Aurora Dinner Cruise
Aurora Dinner Cruise
Tromsø

this is a nice cruise around the bay. Food was ok, not great, and meant for fish lovers. We had bad weather, so no going outside or seeing northern lights.

Quality of Experience
Food
quality you might expect for a large group; Ok if you like fish. Offer other options, warn folks that the app is cold.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Narrator was animated and seemed to enjoy what she did.
Transport
easy peeve
Local specialist: Kristiina Taukul
Kristiina
Kristiina Taukul
Local specialist in Norway | Replied on Feb 15, 2024

Hi Ronda!

Thank you for the feedback, I am so so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay here! :)

Thank you for trusting us!
Kristiina

Amazing trip to Norway!!
Norway | Jan 29 - Feb 7, 2024

Lisa
Lisa S.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Feb 09, 2024
Our trip to Norway was amazing!! 4 cities (Oslo, Geilo, Bergen & Tromso) in 10 days - hotels, tours, transfers to/from - all ran smoothly. Thanks to Kristiina for putting together the itinerary, incorporating everything we wanted to do and see, and for her patience in addressing all of our initial questions and concerns. Many thanks to Fenne for handling all the bookings and her responsiveness in providing support and recommendations along the way. Fenne's recommendation for dinner in Bergen,... Read more

Our trip to Norway was amazing!! 4 cities (Oslo, Geilo, Bergen & Tromso) in 10 days - hotels, tours, transfers to/from - all ran smoothly. Thanks to Kristiina for putting together the itinerary, incorporating everything we wanted to do and see, and for her patience in addressing all of our initial questions and concerns. Many thanks to Fenne for handling all the bookings and her responsiveness in providing support and recommendations along the way. Fenne's recommendation for dinner in Bergen, Fjellskål, was one of the best dining experiences we had! Highlights of our trip were the Northern Lights Chase in Tromso and the spectacular views from the top of the cable car in Tromso. Sledding in Oslo and cross country skiing in Geilo and Tromso were a blast!! Also the delicious breakfasts included at all of our hotels! :) This was my first time using a travel agency and my experience with kimkim was great! I especially like that they partner you with a local specialist, and Kristiina and Fenne were friendly and helpful at every step!

Local specialist: Kristiina Taukul
Kristiina
Kristiina Taukul
Local specialist in Norway | Replied on Feb 14, 2024

Hi Lisa!

Thank you so much for the feedback! :) I am glad you, Ronda, Eric & Brad had an amazing time in here.
Feel free to contact us again if you want to visit Scandinavia again :).

Thanks again for your trust in us!
All the best,
Kristiina

All about fjords!
Norway | Oct 10 - Oct 18, 2023

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Nichole H.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Our trip for a last minute put together was fabulous. We loved each place we visited. The hotels were gorgeous. The scenery was perfect.
Our guide for the waterfall scenic drive (Michael) has the perfect amount of energy. We absolutely loved him and learned so much about the area. He for sure made that experience a great one.
Everyone from the Kim Kim team was so helpful and promptly answered questions or helped when needed. Excellent service.

Local specialist: Kristiina Taukul
Kristiina
Kristiina Taukul
Local specialist in Norway | Replied on Oct 26, 2023

Hi Nichole!

Thank you so much for your review :). I am glad you had an amazing trip in Norway – planning it was so much fun!
Feel free to contact us if you want to visit Scandinavia again!
Thanks again for your trust in us! :)

All the best,
Kristiina

Unfortunately Kristina and I never got on the...
Norway | Sep 6 - Sep 15, 2023

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Ronald K.
Denmark | Reviewed on Sep 17, 2023
Unfortunately Kristina and I never got on the same page. Her idea of a good day was to start early and be busy all day seeing the sights, we are a bit more relaxed in our travel ventures. Read more

Unfortunately Kristina and I never got on the same page. Her idea of a good day was to start early and be busy all day seeing the sights, we are a bit more relaxed in our travel ventures.

Hotel Reviews
Flåmsbrygga Hotel
Flåm
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen
Bergen
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotell Bondeheimen
Oslo
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Britannia
Trondheim

We did not go to Trondheim

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Scandic Göteborg Central
Göteborg
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Dinner Cruise in the Oslofjord
Dinner Cruise in the Oslofjord
Oslo
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Summer Adventure day in Flåm with Zipline and Bicycle trip
Summer Adventure day in Flåm with Zipline and Bicycle trip
Flåm
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very kind and helpful
Transport
Fjordcruise to Hardanger
Fjordcruise to Hardanger
Bergen

To spend all day on this trip was a total waste of our time

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Kristiina Taukul
Kristiina
Kristiina Taukul
Local specialist in Norway | Replied on Sep 22, 2023

Hi Ronald and Barbara!

I'm sorry that my travel plans didn't suit you. Nevertheless, I hope both of you had a good time in Norway and are already thinking about coming back! :)

Kristiina