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Linda Veråsdal

I live part time in Norway and Gambia, and in-between I travel. The passion for exploring new places at the same time as doing it in a good and honest way, led me to the role I have to day. Providing custom-made extraordinary travel experiences, while using tourism as a tool for development.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in travels to Norway and various places in the country. The experiences varies from outdoor adventures to more culture-based activities. Norway has a wide range of different activities you can do, and many small hidden gems and hamlets you can visit. Tailor-made off beaten travels and travel as a local. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always been curious about people and places, which led me to the realization that my life would consist of traveling... in one form or another! Early in life I traveled mostly in Norway and worked various places from south to the North-cape, east to west and in between! From there onwards, I started to travel abroad.

Combined with my interest of social welfare, using tourism as a tool for development has been my call. This slowly led into establishing Ethical Travel Portal."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"There are many... Most of them connect the sense of a place and the wish of time standing still to be able to absorb the experience. Add-on experiences that is difficult to plan for! It can be through exploring Norway, my own country, or as in my latest travel to Romania.

We stayed at a traditional house when the neighbor asked us over to see his vegetable garden. I have never seen so many different types of tomatoes! In less than ten minutes, he filled his basket and invited us in for a drink. Chopped the veggies and served it with ovens baked bread and home made juice! This happened at the same time as he was telling his interesting story. He then excused himself as he drove off to pick up his wife and daughter, leaving us in the kitchen enjoying the food! That is digging deep into the local culture.

Another experience happened recently in The Gambia, during a trip where we were looking for cotton farmers. When we finally found the village, we had been traveling to the opposite side of the country, far in and far East. There, the most pristine village popped up from nowhere. Very local and traditional, no electricity or running water, but so beautiful and the sense of a community feeling with great hospitality."

Featured trips & expertise

Explore wintry villages in the Lofoten Islands like this one
Ultimate Winter Tour in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days

This two-week adventure from late September to late March covers a great deal of Norwegian ground for an unforgettable winter trip. You'll experience snow-covered scenery as you visit Norway's lower half (Oslo, Flåm, Bergen) before flying north to the Arctic Circle. From Bodø, you'll catch a ferry to the Lofoten Islands—the southwestern point of this dramatic archipelago with granite mountains shooting up from the sea. Finish the tour with an overnight coastal steamer and enjoy unique activities in Tromsø and Alta before returning back to Oslo for one more night on the town.

The Best of Summer in Norway Tour - 12 Days
The Best of Summer in Norway Tour - 12 Days

Check off a number of stunning summer gems in both southern and northern Norway with this 12-day adventure. The trip starts with two days in Europe's fastest growing capital for cultural sites, festivals, and hip restaurants. You'll then take a train and ferry to the fjord-side village of Balestrand for a kayaking tour in the Sognefjord. From here, head for Bergen and visit a nearby glacier before boarding a Hurtigruten cruise for several days of fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under long days of sunshine. Finally, make your way to the Lofoten Islands and explore these gorgeous islands by rental car at your own pace.

One of many trails in the mountainous area near Geilo
Ultimate Summer Hiking Adventure in Norway - 20 Days

This 20-day Nordic journey is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want to maximize their time in the country's stunning mountains and fjords. Start off with an authentic cabin-to-cabin trek in a wilderness area halfway between Norway's two largest cities: Oslo and Bergen. You'll stay in Norway's great hiking lodges with fellow trekkers, ending each day in a different staffed abode that serves dinner and breakfast. The latter hiking portion of this trip takes place in the Lusterfjord where you'll stay in a charming guesthouse with access to 30 hiking trails in the area. It's not all about hiking, though: you'll get urban culture, restaurants, and nightlife in the two aforementioned cities to round out this awesome adventure.

Birdwatching in the Gambia - 7 Days
Birdwatching in the Gambia - 7 Days

The Gambia is a sought after destination for many reasons, and its impressive array of over 500 bird species is just one of them. Enjoy a week of daily birdwatching excursions led by a local expert, all while staying at an oasis-like eco-lodge in the middle of the action.

Tanjeh Fishing Village
The Gambia: Top 5 Local Activities

Beyond its famously beautiful beaches, The Gambia offers plenty of opportunities for exploration. The rich culture, colorful traditions, and natural beauty of “the smiling coast of West Africa” are worth a visit for any curious traveler. Here are our 5 favorite opportunities to travel like a local in The Gambia.

One of the peaceful beaches in The Gambia
How Many Days Should You Spend in The Gambia?

The Gambia may be small, but this friendly West African country is packed with things to do and see. How many days do you need to experience everything on your list? Our expert insight will help you decide how long to spend exploring The Gambia's relaxing beaches, quaint towns, and everything in between.

Recent trip reviews for Linda

7 days oslo | local aurland | bergen, Norway - Aug 3 - Aug 10, 2019

Traveler: Brenda N. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

I consider that one of my luckiest "finds" to be when I ran across a personal travel posting that mentioned kimkim. I had already spent many unsuccessful & frustrating hours on my computer trying to plan a week long trip to Norway with our son, daughter-in-law, 6 yr old grandson and 2 year old granddaughter. It had become abundantly clear that I was out of my depth. Linda answered my initial inquiry at kimkim and we began planning an agenda that included the areas we wanted to see, bolstered... read more

I consider that one of my luckiest "finds" to be when I ran across a personal travel posting that mentioned kimkim. I had already spent many unsuccessful & frustrating hours on my computer trying to plan a week long trip to Norway with our son, daughter-in-law, 6 yr old grandson and 2 year old granddaughter. It had become abundantly clear that I was out of my depth. Linda answered my initial inquiry at kimkim and we began planning an agenda that included the areas we wanted to see, bolstered by what sites and activities she recommended in each of those areas. Through efficient and prompt emailing, she helped build a travel schedule with the 6 yr and 2 yr children in mind. At no time, however, did I feel that she was pushing us in any particular direction. She was happy to adjust, consider, re-arrange, explain why something might not work, suggest alternatives --- all with the goal of reaching an agenda that met our varied personal needs. Once the final agenda was set, I was SO impressed when everything we needed was emailed to us about 2 weeks before departure: a very detailed trip agenda; hotel reservations; pre-paid train & ferry tickets; timed taxi reservations; individual maps to use once we arrived at each destination; pre-paid entrance tickets to Viking Valley; names of guides, their contact information, time & place to meet; even a dinner reservation at a popular restaurant -- plus her contact number if we needed anything during the trip. In addition, she double-checked each reservation right before we arrived. I realized how carefully we were being "shadowed" during the trip when I received an email from Linda, just "checking in" to see how we were doing, and a text another day advising me that a guide had become ill, and giving me the name & contact information of the new guide. That was when I clearly realized the most valuable difference in kimkim and the "brick & mortar" travel agencies I have used in past years: a travel agency here in the U.S. would have been finished with us once we paid, and certainly once we had departed on the trip. Linda and our guides (Matilda & Vilde --- both delightful, by the way) were there for us throughout the trip. We knew intuitively that we could count on Linda and her colleagues to help us in any situation that might arise, or even to just answer a question.

I consider myself a walking kimkim advertisement now. I am spreading the word to everyone I know, as this business model offers a level of excellence & stress-free travel that is completely unique in today's world of limited, impersonal customer service. Thank you, Linda! We LOVED your gorgeous Norway! We hope to use kimkim again!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Brenda, thank you so much for your lovely review. This is exactly what we stive for every day. To be at service for our travellers and make sure the process is seamless and taken care of, accordingly to your wishes and requests. I am really happy to read how much you appreciated this and the journey of course! It was a pleasure working with you and planning your trip together. It can indeed be overwhelming with so many options around. hope to see you back one day, or in another KimKim destination!

Road trip scenic landscape - 17 days, Norway - Jul 4 - Jul 20, 2019

Traveler: Anne B. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Norway - Road trip scenic landscape (17 days)

This was my first trip booking through KimKim. Our local agent in Norway (Linda) was fantastic! She did a great job fitting in all our requests of things we wanted to see while in Norway as well as including destinations that were "must sees" for our time in this beautiful country! The hotels were terrific (safe, clean, in nice central locations) and our guides for Oslo and Bergen were fun, knowledgeable, and personable. Linda was also very... read more

Norway - Road trip scenic landscape (17 days)

This was my first trip booking through KimKim. Our local agent in Norway (Linda) was fantastic! She did a great job fitting in all our requests of things we wanted to see while in Norway as well as including destinations that were "must sees" for our time in this beautiful country! The hotels were terrific (safe, clean, in nice central locations) and our guides for Oslo and Bergen were fun, knowledgeable, and personable. Linda was also very responsive to any questions we had while we were on our trip. The price we paid for this service was well worth the money given the time it saved us in researching recommended places to visit as well as to book hotels and transportation. I highly recommend using KimKim and plan to use them again for our next overseas trip!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Anne, thank you so much for the feedback and recommendation! Truly appreciating that. It was great fun plan your trip together and I am really happy to read that it was well worth it! hope to see you back soon, or in one of KimKim´s other destinations!

Bergen through the green fjord to oslo - 7 days, Norway - Jul 28 - Aug 3, 2019

Traveler: Christine W. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our trip to the Norwegian Fjords was wonderful.
Until Oslo, our hotels were owned and staffed by local people who provided excellent and friendly service. Our rooms were all different, a good size, clean and colourful with interesting art works on the walls. Our rooms at the Augustin in Bergen and the Kviknes in Balestrand also had lovely views. All hotels were well sited for making the local area easy to explore. In Oslo, the Scandic Byporten was well sited but our room was very... read more

Our trip to the Norwegian Fjords was wonderful.
Until Oslo, our hotels were owned and staffed by local people who provided excellent and friendly service. Our rooms were all different, a good size, clean and colourful with interesting art works on the walls. Our rooms at the Augustin in Bergen and the Kviknes in Balestrand also had lovely views. All hotels were well sited for making the local area easy to explore. In Oslo, the Scandic Byporten was well sited but our room was very noisy all night and the hotel was a little grubby.
Our 2 guides, John in Bergen and Yunelene? [that will not be the spelling of her name!] in Fjaerland for the Mundal Valley hike were a highlight for us. They were each knowledgeable about their area and shared their knowledge and something of themselves as we walked these 2 very different places together.
Balestrand and Fjaerland were our favourite places to be. The scenery, the friendliness of the people and the peacefulness made it such a special time. When we arrived from there to Flam with its rushing crowds of people we were reminded of how lucky we had been to stay in Balestrand.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Christine, great to read your feedback from your recent trip to Norway! It was a pleasure to plan your trip together and wonderful that you enjoyed it so much. I hope to see you back in Norway at some point!

Rita

Ultimate winter adventure in norway's arctic - 14 days, Norway - Feb 16 - Mar 1, 2019

Traveler: Rita M. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Incredibly, 5 months have passed since our trip to Norway and we still haven´t entered our review.
Maybe unconsciously we don't want to end it! But the truth is we´ve been talking about Norway and remembering it since we´ve arrived. 

It was a trip of a lifetime, so good that we´ve made a promise to go back, in summer to see the country's other season and in winter again because we truly loved it. 

The knowledge and understanding kimkim, and our local specialist Linda, provided along the... read more

Incredibly, 5 months have passed since our trip to Norway and we still haven´t entered our review.
Maybe unconsciously we don't want to end it! But the truth is we´ve been talking about Norway and remembering it since we´ve arrived. 

It was a trip of a lifetime, so good that we´ve made a promise to go back, in summer to see the country's other season and in winter again because we truly loved it. 

The knowledge and understanding kimkim, and our local specialist Linda, provided along the way was invaluable and made the experience of planning the trip a wonderful thing. Since the beginning, Linda understood what we were looking for and most important she understood the way we like to travel. The going back and forward between the three of us with ideas and suggestions made the trip feel very much like our creation. It was a tailored made trip done by us, it was very special.

We arrived in Bodø then traveled to Lofoten, drove to Andenes, sailed to Tromsø and finally, we flew to the wild and fantastic Svalbard. We did see the Northen lights, the reason of our trip (5 times in 14 days), but it was much more than that. The road trip through the Islands, kayaking, horseback riding on the beaches, the snowmobile adventure in Svalbard, everything was memorable.

Thank you kimkim! Thank you Linda!

Rita and Eche

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rita and Eche, has it really gone 5 months?? Great to read you enjoyed Norway so much that you want to experience it during the summer time - and winter again! Happy that you enjoyed the planning process and that the plan came out as you wanted! It is a really good catch to see the Northern Lights 1/3 of all the days you were here! See you back in Norway one day :-)

Norwegian highlights: oslo, mountains & fjords, bergen - 8 days, Norway - Jul 17 - Jul 24, 2019

Traveler: Lauren C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We really wished we would’ve gotten to see what we thought we were going to see. On our itinerary, it showed pictures of beautiful places, but that was not what we got to see. One place in particular was over an hour away from where we were, but we were led to believe that is what we would see in the town we were staying in. We also were told that one of our train rides would go through waterfalls, which it did not. All of our accommodations were great.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lauren, thank you for your feedback! I just checked your trip plan again, and I see which photo you are talking about. I apologise about that, unfortunately it has followed on from the trip plan template that I designed your trip from... I will also make sure we change the wording "through waterfalls" to "pass waterfalls". Thank you for pointing that out! Happy to hear you enjoyed your accommodations on your journey! :)

road trip & norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 9 days, Norway - Jul 22 - Jul 30, 2019

Traveler: Leslie Z. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Thank you for everything Linda! We had the best experience working with Linda and she arranged our trip so well. The communication throughout the planning process was very clear, punctual and helpful. Linda checked in with us prior to the trip, sending weather, maps, any last minute changes and made sure we were all set. The planning on her end was awesome!

We loved our tour with Stig, he was super informative about Oslo, Norway, Norwegian history and we had such a great time walking along... read more

Thank you for everything Linda! We had the best experience working with Linda and she arranged our trip so well. The communication throughout the planning process was very clear, punctual and helpful. Linda checked in with us prior to the trip, sending weather, maps, any last minute changes and made sure we were all set. The planning on her end was awesome!

We loved our tour with Stig, he was super informative about Oslo, Norway, Norwegian history and we had such a great time walking along the river.

Our road trip was very successful, even with our two year old! :-) Our favorite fjord town was Fjaerland. It was so quiet and peaceful and the Fjærland Fjordstove Hotel was beautiful (and the food was incredible!!) We had a beautiful hike with Karianne.

The Loen Sky lift was also a wonderful time. It was so beautiful up at the top and we enjoyed hiking and having lunch in the gorgeous restaurant, the view is insane!

The drive along Gaularfjellet Scenic Road should not be missed! It was truly an epic drive. The fjords are other worldly, magical and we felt so lucky to be able to experience this adventure.

We enjoyed Bergen very much as well. Hotel Norge is a beautiful hotel! Our guide in Bergen was Snorre. He was a lot of fun, very informative and chill, which was much appreciated at the end of our 9 day trip.

We very much enjoyed the time with all of our guides.

All of the logistics worked out very well, the car rental, the ferries, the hotels...everything was very seamless and the many transitions easy.

Thank you again for everything! Thank you Linda, thank you Ethical Travel and KimKim.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Leslie, great to read your review and how your journey went! It was a pleasure to work with you and plan your holiday with your family. Good to hear everything went well logistically, and that you enjoyed the experience! Hope to see you back one day, and thanks again for traveling with us!

Road trip & norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 15 days , Norway - Jun 29 - Jul 13, 2019

Traveler: Jessica H. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

The trip I did was just incredible thanks to Linda! I came across kimkim while I was doing some research of Norway but finding most of the websites being fragmented and easy for me to get lost. The process of communication and enquiries to shape the schedule has been very easy and seamless. Linda was able to make detailed and immediate feedbacks to address my questions or concerns. My partner and I have bought two more guide books for reference and we were constantly surprised by how the most... read more

The trip I did was just incredible thanks to Linda! I came across kimkim while I was doing some research of Norway but finding most of the websites being fragmented and easy for me to get lost. The process of communication and enquiries to shape the schedule has been very easy and seamless. Linda was able to make detailed and immediate feedbacks to address my questions or concerns. My partner and I have bought two more guide books for reference and we were constantly surprised by how the most frequently visit spots or must-see have been incorporated in our trip one way or another. Not only did we not miss the most beautiful spots of Norway, yet thanks to Linda’s help on the routes and sequences, we were also able had the luxury of time to explore ourselves and avoid crowds. We started a road trip around Sognefjord, this part is my favorite. Driving around the fjords via the national scenic routes and through the small towns really showed the authentic Nordic experience! The night we spent on the classic Nordic cruise, Hurtigruten, was truly memorable as well. It was the first time for both my partner and I to soend the night on the cruise. The ship is well equipped and the food was freshly made, was certainly one of the best meals I had during Norway. City wise, my fav has to be Oslo! I wish we had more time there. The city is full of beautiful architecture, colours, parks and ever district has its unique things to offer and see. Certainly want to go back!
Weather was a lil extreme to begin with but that gave us wonderful opportunity to see the fjords in difference ways. Jenne, who gave a hike in Fjærland was friendly and energetic. The view we got after an 3 hours hike was breathtaking!
We really enjoyed the trip and truly thankful for the help and coordination provided by Linda and Kimkim. I have traveled quite a lot in the world this i’ve considered myself hard to satisfied when it comes to logistics and planning, Kimkim and Linda certainly outbeat my expectation!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey, wow wonderful photos! I can see you had a really nice time!
Thank you so much for you feedback. It is really lovely to read that we manage to plan accordingly to what you wanted to experience, even outdebating your expectation! I am really happy to read that, thank you for letting me know :-) I see you must have has all kinds of weather, even snow...! A full on Norway experience :-)

Experience norway | aurland village, Norway - Jun 30 - Jul 3, 2019

Traveler: Rekha R. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda was great with all the planning and we really enjoyed our Norway trip thanks to all the arrangements made by Linda. We were 5 families and her recommendations were spot-on considering the kids in the group. We did have an issue with mix-up in dates for the local tour on one of the days. However, Linda was quick to take ownership of the issue and was able to arrange the same tour for the same day but at a different time. Our Guide Samuel for the Undredal village tour was awesome.
Other... read more

Linda was great with all the planning and we really enjoyed our Norway trip thanks to all the arrangements made by Linda. We were 5 families and her recommendations were spot-on considering the kids in the group. We did have an issue with mix-up in dates for the local tour on one of the days. However, Linda was quick to take ownership of the issue and was able to arrange the same tour for the same day but at a different time. Our Guide Samuel for the Undredal village tour was awesome.
Other than that issue with the local tour date/time- everything was seamless. We loved the hotel we stayed at with the gorgeous fjord views and the relaxed itinerary that was setup for us. I would highly recommend Linda for anyone planning a trip to Norway.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rekha, thank you so much for your feedback! It was a pleasure to work with you and plan your trip for the whole family. Despite the little hiccup on the dates, I am really happy that you had such a lovely time in Norway with your family and that the recommendations were suitable and worked out! I hope to see you back another time, or in one of our other destinations.

Discover norway's cities & unesco-listed fjords | 12 days, Norway - Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2019

Traveler: Denys T. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Thanks Linda for a great trip in Norway in the 3 main cities and UNESCO listed fjords. Bergen is a jewel. Looking forward to discovering the North in a future trip.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

You are very welcome Denys, happy to hear you had a great trip. Welcome back to explore the North! :-)

Balestrand fjord adventure & bergen - 7 days, Norway - Jun 22 - Jun 28, 2019

Traveler: Marian J. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda planed our Norway trip with not very much notice and the trip was absolutely amazing!!! It was exactly what we want and even with one minor issue which Linda dealt with immediately even though it was not her fault. Would highly recommend Linda for organizing a trip again.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Good to hear you had an amazing trip! :-) and thank you for the recommendation. :)
I hope to see you back in Norway very soon!

Explore cities, fjords & mountains with viking heritage, Norway - Jun 7 - Jun 15, 2019

Traveler: vivian v. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our trip to Norway was wonderful! Bergen with Vilde was perfect! Fjaerland with Jennie also! And Oslo with Stig awesome! Tks KimKim for doing such a good job!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Vivian, thank you for your feedback. Great to hear you had a wonderful time while in Norway and happy with the job we did! Hope to see you back one day! :-)

Norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 7 days , Norway - Jun 17 - Jun 23, 2019

Traveler: Cheryl S. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

My adult daughter and I just returned from a seven day Norway Fjord and Viking Adventure (June 17 through June 23, 2019) and could not have been more satisfied with our journey that was handcrafted for our special interests by Linda.

Linda collaborated with us every step of the planning. She was accessible and responsive, listening to our "wants" list and devising an itinerary that included well known sites of interest as well as our own unique jaunts. The end result surpassed our wildest... read more

My adult daughter and I just returned from a seven day Norway Fjord and Viking Adventure (June 17 through June 23, 2019) and could not have been more satisfied with our journey that was handcrafted for our special interests by Linda.

Linda collaborated with us every step of the planning. She was accessible and responsive, listening to our "wants" list and devising an itinerary that included well known sites of interest as well as our own unique jaunts. The end result surpassed our wildest expectations. Linda had to preplan multiple modes of transportation, tour events and guides. Everything went smoothly and she selected well appointed hotels that were so conveniently located as our bases of exploration in Oslo, Flam and Bergen.

We made a special stop at Viking Town with Nick, a fabulous private guide who was very knowledgeable and passionate about Viking life, lore and history. We also felt so fortunate to get a tour in Bergen with a local, Ingrid, who was simply delightful and eager to share her love of Bergen, highlighting what it is like to live in this beautiful and interesting city.

We could not have been more satisfied and will always remember being only 2 of 7 people cruising a fjord in the early morning as the mists hung upon the cliffs and we were humbled by the sheer beauty before us and the sounds of the roaring waterfalls we seemed to encounter at each turn.

We would recommend kim kim and, in particular, Linda's selections and guides without reservation for anyone considering a trip to Norway.

Cheryl and Samantha Steindel-Cymer

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cheryl and Samantha, thank you so much for your review. I am so happy that this trip met your expectations. It was such a pleasure working with you and planning this trip. Great that it all worked out and hopefully we see you back in Norway or another of KimKims destination on another trip :-)
All the best wishes to your both.

Norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 7 days , Norway - Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2019

Traveler: Jake B. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

It was a great trip and exactly what we discussed. Could not be happier.

Thanks again,
Jake

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Happy to hear that, Jake! :-)
Hope to see you back in Norway another time!

Oslo | fjord road trip | lofoten - 14 days, Norway - May 26 - Jun 7, 2019

Traveler: Donna C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We just finished a two week trip, starting with the western fjords of Norway and ending in the stunning Lofoten Islands. Linda at KimKim helped organize the entire trip, including hotels, transportation and activities.
Norway is a stunningly beautiful country and the fjords did not disappoint. We drove the coastal roads as opposed to taking a cruise, the only downside of which is that you go very slowly so be sure to include that in your planning. We found the hotels lovely--very... read more

We just finished a two week trip, starting with the western fjords of Norway and ending in the stunning Lofoten Islands. Linda at KimKim helped organize the entire trip, including hotels, transportation and activities.
Norway is a stunningly beautiful country and the fjords did not disappoint. We drove the coastal roads as opposed to taking a cruise, the only downside of which is that you go very slowly so be sure to include that in your planning. We found the hotels lovely--very Scandinavian chic in some cases- the people were friendly and the food excellent! A large breakfast buffet is always included in the hotel stay.
We did have to do some rescheduling of flights and hotels due to cancelled flights by the airlines and then one of us getting a terrible head cold. Linda was terrific--staying in touch with suggestions on flight and hotel alternatives right through the weekend until we got the new itinerary in place. She even found the name and address for a local Norwegian medical clinical! I can't tell you how much we appreciated knowing she was thinking of us and wanted our trip to go well. It was a real comfort.
We found KimKim online so there is always a bit of hesitancy with just blindly pressing "send"! We could not have been happier. Linda and KimKim were outstanding and Norway was fabulous.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Donna, thank you so much for your lovely review! It was a pleasure to have you and your family in our country and happy you enjoyed it. It is a very good point - make sure to allow plenty of time when doing a road trip in Norway! It does take time, even though the km distance may not be massive :-) Plenty of scenic stop as well! I hope to see you back soon, either in Norway or another of our destinations!

oslo, bergen & southern norway - 14 days, Norway - May 5 - May 18, 2019

Traveler: Karin B. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We have just returned from our two week tour of Norway arranged by Linda. It was wonderful!! Our lodgings were perfect and all transportation went smoothly. We had great personal tours in both Oslo and Bergen and especially enjoyed our stay in quiet Aurland combined with a sea safari out of Flam. Thank you for a Very memorable trip!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your review, Karin. I am very happy to read you had a nice trip and all went smoothly! Hope to see you back in Norway one day!

Tromsø & alta winter adventure - 8 days, Norway - Jan 25 - Feb 1, 2019

Traveler: Isaac C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Overall working with kimkim was a great experience. Norway in winter was beautiful. The best was wisely saved for last. Or experience at Trasti & Trine was magical. Hannah, or dogsled guide was terrific and Johnny's food was an event every meal. We will definitely be back and will use kimkim again.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Isaac, glad to read you had a great experience working with KimKim. and am very happy to read that you had a great trip with the highlight at Traust & Trine. Off beat, with great people, dogs and food! Welcome back to KimKim for another holiday!

Tromsø & senja winter excursion - 5 days, Norway - Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2019

Traveler: Anna N. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We had an amazing trip to tromso and senja. All the activities were perfectly planned.
And luckily we have seen the northern lights twice! 😊
We would definitively book here again!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Anna, thank you for your feedback and for sharing the beautiful photos!! wow. I am happy to read that you had a nice trip. Welcome back to Norway!

Tromsø | senja| photography lofoten , Norway - Jan 2 - Jan 21, 2019

Traveler: Mary Jane H. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Having never visited Norway before, we are so glad we found KimKim, and more specifically our specialist, Linda. With her knowledge of the area, we were able to collaborate and design the perfect itinerary. She was always prompt in responding to my (many) questions and a pleasure to work with.

We were also impressed and appreciative that Linda, or her co-worker Ingrid, were so available to us during this trip. Linda checked in with us periodically throughout the trip to make sure... read more

Having never visited Norway before, we are so glad we found KimKim, and more specifically our specialist, Linda. With her knowledge of the area, we were able to collaborate and design the perfect itinerary. She was always prompt in responding to my (many) questions and a pleasure to work with.

We were also impressed and appreciative that Linda, or her co-worker Ingrid, were so available to us during this trip. Linda checked in with us periodically throughout the trip to make sure everything was going smoothly and when we had weather-related transportation issues, they were readily available to help us out. Most companies we have worked with send you on your merry way with documents and a “have a good trip” and then you never hear another word from them. Linda's "customer service" is excellent and the best we have dealt with in our many travels.

Our trip to Senja and Lofoten was an amazing adventure and many thanks for this goes to Linda.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mary Jane, thank you so much for your kind review! I am very happy you and Ralph had such a lovely experience. I think you went through all kinds of winter weather - so a true Arctic experience! :-) I hope to see you back in Norway at some point!

Epic winter excursion in norway's cities - 11 days, Norway - Dec 21 - Dec 31, 2018

Traveler: Ana B. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We contacted KimKim literally a few days before we wanted to embark on an 11 day trip through Norway. We were lucky to be connected with Linda, who put together a fun yet relaxing itinerary for us. After a few days in Oslo, we spent Christmas in Flam which was a true highlight, topped off with a fjord cruise on Christmas Day. Then we journeyed to Bergen for sightseeing and wonderful seafood. The Floibanen funicular was really fun and after the clouds parted we got some amazing views of the... read more

We contacted KimKim literally a few days before we wanted to embark on an 11 day trip through Norway. We were lucky to be connected with Linda, who put together a fun yet relaxing itinerary for us. After a few days in Oslo, we spent Christmas in Flam which was a true highlight, topped off with a fjord cruise on Christmas Day. Then we journeyed to Bergen for sightseeing and wonderful seafood. The Floibanen funicular was really fun and after the clouds parted we got some amazing views of the city. After an overnight cruise we disembarked in Alesund to enjoy the art deco architecture, before returning to Oslo. Linda planned everything for us and was a joy to work with. I can't recommend Linda and KimKim highly enough. We can't wait to go back to Norway (in the summer) to see more of this amazing country. We will use KimKim for every major trip from now on. Thank you for the incredible memories!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ana, thank you so much for your feedback! That really made my day :-) I am so happy to read that your trip was successful and that you enjoyed it. Looking forward to have you in Norway another time - during the summer! :-)

norwegian highlights: bergen & the sognefjord | tromsø & hurtigruten, Norway - Sep 10 - Sep 27, 2018

Traveler: Michelle J. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our whole trip was carefully curated to meet our particular interests including our daughter joining for the last three days. She was equally appreciative of Linda’s efforts on her behalf. The whole itinerary unfolded seamlessly and we can’t recommend Linda highly enough. Our guides, David and Stig in Bergen and Oslo also were focused on what we wanted to experience and gave us an interesting insight into contemporary Norwegian life.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your feedback. I am ready happy to read that you had a nice experience and that it all went well! Hope to see you in Norway another time.

Norway family trip to discover our heritage, Norway - Aug 31 - Sep 11, 2018

Traveler: Mark M. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

This was a trip of a lifetime!! Linda was amazing in planning and coordinating for our group of 6 in all differing age ranges. She was great in getting everything on our wish and things to do and see and most of all giving us the opportunity to stay at the family farm. Staying at the farm was the most memorable part of the trip for all of us and getting to meet some new family. We had great tour guides in both Bergen and Oslo! They were super friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable and made... read more

This was a trip of a lifetime!! Linda was amazing in planning and coordinating for our group of 6 in all differing age ranges. She was great in getting everything on our wish and things to do and see and most of all giving us the opportunity to stay at the family farm. Staying at the farm was the most memorable part of the trip for all of us and getting to meet some new family. We had great tour guides in both Bergen and Oslo! They were super friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable and made us feel welcomed in a strange new place.

Valde our guide in Bergen was amazing and super friendly. She had our updated itinerary ready for us when we arrived and tons of great recommendations of places to eat and things to see and do in Bergen! Thank you Valde!!

Miriam was our guide in Oslo and truly gave us a local insight to Oslo. She was very accommodating to our group and my 77 year old mother who kept right up with our 3 hr tour. Thank you Miriam!!

All of our transports from trains, ferries, buses and rental cars were flawless and made it easy to get to all of our destinations. I would highly recommend Linda and Kimkim to anyone for their next adventure and will be booking with them again in the furture.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark and all, thank you so much for the lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to be able to meet you as well in Oslo. I appreciated that a lot. Your photos look great - thanks for giving us an insight to your trip! Welcome back to Norway another time!! Greetings to the rest of the family as well.

Alex

The best of norway - 9 days, Norway - Aug 23 - Aug 31, 2018

Traveler: Alex T. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

One word to describe this whole experience and adventure: AMAZING! Linda has gone above and beyond in making sure the trip was curated to accommodate my needs and requirements. Searching for the best prices/affordable trips always takes time and energy, however kimkim made it seem effortless, and the best part is that they offered a great price value relationship. If I had to do it again there would be no hesitation in working with kimkim again. Hands down made the experience memorable and... read more

One word to describe this whole experience and adventure: AMAZING! Linda has gone above and beyond in making sure the trip was curated to accommodate my needs and requirements. Searching for the best prices/affordable trips always takes time and energy, however kimkim made it seem effortless, and the best part is that they offered a great price value relationship. If I had to do it again there would be no hesitation in working with kimkim again. Hands down made the experience memorable and rewarding, which is what it’s all about. Thank you for being phenomenal Linda, and thanks kimkim for making my first time experience with you special.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alex, thank you so much for your feedback! I am really happy to read that you had an amazing adventure. That makes me very happy! :-) Thank you also for sharing your photos - really nice to have a peek into your holiday!

Bergen fjord adventure - 2 weeks , Norway - Aug 10 - Aug 24, 2018

Traveler: Rachel W. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Overall, we would rate Linda & Ingrid's trip planning and travel services for our trip to Norway as 5 Star. They did a lot of work behind the scenes to make our vacation a smooth, seamless event. We made a very customized travel plan and they demonstrated considerable patience and much effort to accomplish our goals. Without their help and inside knowledge of Norway, we would surely have experienced a great deal of trouble, especially with the transportation.

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Overall, we would rate Linda & Ingrid's trip planning and travel services for our trip to Norway as 5 Star. They did a lot of work behind the scenes to make our vacation a smooth, seamless event. We made a very customized travel plan and they demonstrated considerable patience and much effort to accomplish our goals. Without their help and inside knowledge of Norway, we would surely have experienced a great deal of trouble, especially with the transportation.

The most memorable portion of our trip was our visit to Alesund and the Hjorundfjord & Grirangerfjord fjords. The Sagafjord Hotel in Saebo was outstanding.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear both, thank you so much for your lovely feedback! We are very happy to read it all went well. It was a really nice trip you did, and some logistics followed it, but happy to see it worked out. Hope to see you back in Norway one day!

Julie

Norway's epic family tour - 8 days , Norway - Aug 10 - Aug 17, 2018

Traveler: Julie K. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We had the best guide in Oslo, Erlend Oyan. He was knowledgeable, engaging and connected well with the kids. My teenagers loved white water rafting with Serious Fun near Geilo. The staff at the Geilo Hotel was also fantastic. They happily helped us plan our short stay to the fullest. Our other favorite activity was the hike to the goat farm with Sam from FjordSafari, great day!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Julie, so happy to hear you and your kids had a great time and left with some wonderful memories! Hope to see you back here at some point. Thank you for traveling with us!

Oslo, bergen & stavanger fjord adventure - 8 days, Norway - Jul 28 - Aug 4, 2018

Traveler: John H. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda and her team were terrific. They put together a custom itinerary that took into account the varied interests of a family with teenagers and made everything easy. The trip was very fun and educational and, coming from someone that hasn't used a travel agent in years, it wouldn't have been possible without their help. I highly recommend Linda and her team for a Norway adventure.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi John, thank you so much for your feedback. I am happy to hear that the itinerary worked out well. and not at least that it also was education! Wonderful. Hope to see you and your family back at KimKim for another holiday another time! Greetings to your family!

Katie

3 cities | fjords and mountains, Norway - Aug 2 - Aug 13, 2018

Traveler: Katie D. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Just returned from a totally epic trip to Norway, planned with great care by our awesome specialist Linda. Linda service was nothing short of perfect. She listened to what we wanted to do during our visit, understood and respected our budget and planned a trip for us that maximized our dollars and used our travel days very efficiently. Without Linda's help I am certain that we would not have been able to see so much of the country in such a smooth and logical manner and would never have... read more

Just returned from a totally epic trip to Norway, planned with great care by our awesome specialist Linda. Linda service was nothing short of perfect. She listened to what we wanted to do during our visit, understood and respected our budget and planned a trip for us that maximized our dollars and used our travel days very efficiently. Without Linda's help I am certain that we would not have been able to see so much of the country in such a smooth and logical manner and would never have found the interesting, charming and cost efficient accommodations that she did. In addition that tours she planned were spot-on and unique to our family. I was really impressed with Linda's ability really get a sense of what we truly wanted out of the trip (i.e. to experience the "real" Norway, not a tourist version). We had so many wonderful experiences, but I would say the best was probably our stay in Aurland. Our accommodations were amazing (cabin overlooking the fjord) and our tour of the area with Mathilda was just amazing, and included a hike to a beautiful lookout and glassblowing with a local artist. Our tour through Bergen with David was equally awesome. He gave us a local's view of the "scene" in Bergen and had so many great recommendations for restaurants, kafe's, shop's etc. that were off the tourist-path. I think the best part of the tours were that both guides were lovely and engaging and happy to chat and share about what life is like in Norway. We also took the Hurtigurten which was really interesting and fun and ended our trip in Trondheim which is a simply beautiful, young, fun city. I think it is worth mentioning two very important things: 1) Linda really did a great job ensuring all of our booking and travel transitions were smooth and easy to follow, including arranging taxis and pick/ drop off and being considerate of train/boat/travel times to ensure we were not wasting time waiting or were stuck in one place with hours to kill and nowhere to go. 2) When there were a couple of (very minor) hiccups with hotel bookings, Linda was accessible, available to help and dealt with the issues immediately. It was very comforting to know that she was available to help during our travel. Well done Linda! Truly was a trip of a lifetime and my mother was so impressed and happy. Best, Katie

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Katie, thank you so much for your lovely feedback! Great to hear how your travel went and that your were happy with suggestions and everything during your holiday. Thanks for sharing your photos as well, that gave us a little insight as well! Hope to see you back in Norway at some point!

9 days roundtrip oslo - bergen - trondheim , Norway - Jul 26 - Aug 3, 2018

Traveler: vivian b. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our wonderful trip to Norway went off without a hitch. Linda was knowledgeable, cooperative and flexible during the planning process. She was willing to Skype with us as well as communicate by E-mail. All the arrangements she made -- hotels, cruise ship, and other transport tickets -- were fine. She did as she was asked when we wanted to be near an airport or a train station. She was also very pleasant personally.

The only thing that might have been better is that a couple of the rooms... read more

Our wonderful trip to Norway went off without a hitch. Linda was knowledgeable, cooperative and flexible during the planning process. She was willing to Skype with us as well as communicate by E-mail. All the arrangements she made -- hotels, cruise ship, and other transport tickets -- were fine. She did as she was asked when we wanted to be near an airport or a train station. She was also very pleasant personally.

The only thing that might have been better is that a couple of the rooms were a bit below our usual standard (at 1 Scandic in Oslo, e.g., room was extremely tiny and there was no closet and -- amazingly -- no place to lay out clothing flat, as in a bureau or on shelves; our cruise cabin was directly behind a lifeboat, hence had no view). However, I suspect she was trying to minimize our cost (and cost was very reasonable). The lesson I have learned is that I should make clear if I want higher-grade accommodations.

All is all, a memorable vacation! I would recommend to other that they plan such a trip with Kimkim/Linda.

Vivian Berger

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am happy to hear that the trip overall was wonderful and that you were happy with the process. :-)
When it comes to the hotel in Oslo. The rooms are not very big, but it is actually standard size in Norway for hotel rooms. We have learned that Norway vs US standard hotels rooms do differ in size, and it can be good to upgrade if you are ok with the extra cost! For the Hurtigruten, they tend to give the best cabins and views to the traveler who do the full length journey (Bergen –... read more

I am happy to hear that the trip overall was wonderful and that you were happy with the process. :-)
When it comes to the hotel in Oslo. The rooms are not very big, but it is actually standard size in Norway for hotel rooms. We have learned that Norway vs US standard hotels rooms do differ in size, and it can be good to upgrade if you are ok with the extra cost! For the Hurtigruten, they tend to give the best cabins and views to the traveler who do the full length journey (Bergen – Kirkenes), and not much we can do to influence that..

Happy that you had a memorable trip – and hope to see you on a KimKim experience again!

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 5 days, Norway - Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2018

Traveler: Tomio M. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

It was pretty good but I had to check some details. Flemmet at Bergen did a good job too. We had a good time in Norway over all. Thank you for the arrangement.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tomio, thank you for your feedback! Happy to read that you had a good time in Norway! Hope to see you on a KimKim and Ethical Travel Portal experience another time!

Exploring bergen and tromsø, Norway - Jul 26 - Jul 27, 2018

Traveler: Lesley A. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our guides in both Bergen & Tromso were excellent!
When we arrived into Bergen off our cruise ship Vilde was there with a huge smile and waving! She called up Ben who was waiting with the van and our luggage was taken care of with out any fuss.
Our walking tour was just right... We saw so much but at a leisurely pace. Enjoyed sharing the lovely City with a local.
Our guide arrived at our hotel in Tromso (sorry I cannot find the notes with her name ) and gave us an excellent over view of... read more

Our guides in both Bergen & Tromso were excellent!
When we arrived into Bergen off our cruise ship Vilde was there with a huge smile and waving! She called up Ben who was waiting with the van and our luggage was taken care of with out any fuss.
Our walking tour was just right... We saw so much but at a leisurely pace. Enjoyed sharing the lovely City with a local.
Our guide arrived at our hotel in Tromso (sorry I cannot find the notes with her name ) and gave us an excellent over view of Tromso and then tailored our walk to suit or interests. We enjoyed it all very much
Thank you to both guides and to Linda for the arrangements!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lesley, so happy to read your feedback and that you are happy with the arrangements. I know both guides enjoyed the time spent with you. I hope your journey onwards was nice as well! Hope to see you another time on a different KimKim and Ethical Travel Portal experience.

Norway's cities, mountains & fjords - 5 days, Norway - Jul 8 - Jul 12, 2018

Traveler: Sharon Z. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda, Vilde, and Julie collaborated to create a wonderful experience for me in Norway for 5 days on a budget of $1000. I managed to see the sights without being overwhelmed by a packed schedule. I love relaxing for an afternoon in Flam and the ferry ride from there to Bergen was probably the highlight of my trip. The only downside to my trip was that the timing of transportation somewhat limited what I could do in terms of activities in each city. I would get to a city with limited time to... read more

Linda, Vilde, and Julie collaborated to create a wonderful experience for me in Norway for 5 days on a budget of $1000. I managed to see the sights without being overwhelmed by a packed schedule. I love relaxing for an afternoon in Flam and the ferry ride from there to Bergen was probably the highlight of my trip. The only downside to my trip was that the timing of transportation somewhat limited what I could do in terms of activities in each city. I would get to a city with limited time to explore in the evening and only have a little time in the morning before I had to be at a train station. That said, the amount I got in given that I only had 5 days was definitely enough. It also left me spending less than I expected on activities leaving me with a bigger-than-expected food budget, which was great, because I could spend more exploring all the great food in Norway!
Overall, my experience booking through KimKim took almost ALL the stress out of planning the trip. My guides were extremely helpful in providing detailed information, even helping me track down which buses to take, maps of routes to/from train stations, etc. All I had to do was show up in a city and find something fun to do! Next time I plan a trip I will probably be coming back to KimKim, and will just keep an eye to arrival/departure times (maybe see if I can't do overnight trains and such)

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sharon, thank you so much for your feedback. I am happy to read you enjoyed the KimKim experience and traveling with us in Norway.
Transportation is a challenge in Norway, as there are not many departures each day... We always try to tailor it so our travelers get the most out of each place they are visiting! Happy to read you managed to maximize your five days in Norway - and hope to see you on a KimKim experience again in near future.

Norwegian city & fjord adventure - 8 days, Norway - Jul 2 - Jul 9, 2018

Traveler: Kris B. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our family's trip to Norway, with the help of Linda, Wilda, Samuel, Stieg, and all the folks at kimkim, was truly amazing. What Linda arranged for us to do and see, the intelligence of all our connections and the appropriateness of all our activities to our interests, made for a wonderful vacation. None of us will ever forget it. Our 3 mountaintop hike, the cabin on the water in Aurland, hiking around Aurland, the fjords, the history as well as the place, our hike to the goat farm, our... read more

Our family's trip to Norway, with the help of Linda, Wilda, Samuel, Stieg, and all the folks at kimkim, was truly amazing. What Linda arranged for us to do and see, the intelligence of all our connections and the appropriateness of all our activities to our interests, made for a wonderful vacation. None of us will ever forget it. Our 3 mountaintop hike, the cabin on the water in Aurland, hiking around Aurland, the fjords, the history as well as the place, our hike to the goat farm, our railway trip, and the sights, museums and coffee in Oslo -- I only wish we had had more time. Thanks so much to kimkim. What an incredible service!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kris, I am so happy to read your feedback and hear about your amazing time in Norway! That really make it all worth it! Great it worked out logistically and the only thing missing was more time! I think that mean you have to come back another time... :-) thank you again, and hope to see on you another KimKim and Ethical Travel Portal experience in the future!

family trip oslo to bergen , Norway - Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2018

Traveler: Richard T. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We were pleased with all parts of the trip. All the guides were accommodating and interesting, they all helped with interests and attention span of the young children of our group. The hotels were located in convenient locations, easy walks to and from trains and ferry. Linda had great ideas for us and put it all together....even delivered train and ferry tickets to us. The mini bus tours were perfect, just long enough for families and to places hard to reach other ways. All members of my family were pleased with the trip and the pace of the trip

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi richard and Hetty, it was a pleasure to have your family in the country! + also to meet some of you. Happy to read that your had a good time and that it worked our nicely. Wonderful photos - thanks for sharing! Hope to see you another time, maybe in The Gambia..? Greetings to the rest of the family!

Hiking with teen age kids, Norway - Jun 26 - Jul 6, 2018

Traveler: Roberta R. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

The whole trip was amazing and this will go in the list of the best holidays I have ever done. The trip was well organised and detailed, down to the time in which I had to catch a train or a bus. This was most helpful. The stay at the three mountain hotels/huts (Haugastol, Geiterygahytte and Osterbo) was most pleasantly surprising. I was expecting something rougher, but rooms and food especially were amazing. Same for the Ronda Hoyfjellshotell in the second to last day. Our preferred spot was... read more

The whole trip was amazing and this will go in the list of the best holidays I have ever done. The trip was well organised and detailed, down to the time in which I had to catch a train or a bus. This was most helpful. The stay at the three mountain hotels/huts (Haugastol, Geiterygahytte and Osterbo) was most pleasantly surprising. I was expecting something rougher, but rooms and food especially were amazing. Same for the Ronda Hoyfjellshotell in the second to last day. Our preferred spot was in Kalvag. We loved it and we may go back there as it was a real paradise.

Linda was super helpful in designing the holiday and in creating the itinerary. She was patient with the changes I asked her to do and was very responsive.

The only suggestions for improvement are:
- the hut suggested for stop in the second hiking day (Stein Bergdal) did not appear to be open to the public. Other hikers stopped there but ended up eating outside on the grass like us. I think it needs to be clear that there are no hospitality places where one can stop. It helps setting up the right pace and mindset at the beginning of the hike
- all the hiking times are excluding stops and probably it is better to specify it
- the hike on the third day was too optimistic and strongly not recommended by the staff in the hut where we stayed overnight. It was possible to do it with no stops and no time for contingency, but it also required leaving at 8 am. Breakfast only gets served from 8! so we shortened it and we took the bus earlier in a spot suggested by the staff in Osterbo
- the overview of Bergen was good and with interesting insights in the culture. I would have probably cut a bit certain areas less interesting and added the bit around the old harbour. Also, I would have liked to hear more about the history. There was no coffee and cake :-(

Overall I thought Ethical Travel Portal was great and I would recommend them to friends. I would recommend Linda to anyone who wants to go to Norway.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Roberta, thank you so much for sharing your photos! Pleasure to look through them and happy to hear that this trip goes into the list of one of the best holidays you have had. It was also great to meet you briefly in Oslo! I have read through your suggestions and will definitely make sure we follow up on these ones! Thanks again for traveling with us!

Nordic adventure for outdoor lovers - 5 days, Norway - Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2018

Traveler: Andrew S. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Amazing trip - Norway is incredibly beautiful! The trip was amazing - perfectly planned to see the countryside. Linda was responsive and customized our trip perfectly.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Andrew - thank you so much for your feedback!
Really happy to read that your trip was amazing! :-)

Norwegian highlights: bergen & the sognefjord | tromsø & hurtigruten | , Norway - Jun 9 - Jun 20, 2018

Traveler: Michelle C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda helped us plan a trip through Norway that was a nice overview with a few touches just for us. We did the usual things of seeing Bergen, taking ferry trips on the fjords, riding the train to Flam, and even hopped on the Hurtigruten for a few days. These were really lovely. We loved best our time in Tromso and our car trip in the Lofoten Islands. It was a great solution to get us out of the crowds and into nature, which is always what we prefer. Well done Linda. The stay at Eliassen Rorbuer was a special treat.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your feedback! Very happy to read it and that you enjoyed your trip and that the recommendations worked well! Hope to see you back in Norway at some point!

Linda

Norway's cities, mountains & fjords - 5 days , Norway - Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

Traveler: Linda K. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Thank you Linda Verasdal, our trip planned by you was amazing, so well organised for us, so easy to follow.
Highlights for us was Flam Railway breathtakingly beautiful. We loved Balestrand enjoyed the kayaking and hiking amazing views to town. Cruise on Naeroyfjord was surreal.
Accommodation was easy walking distance from train.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Linda, thank you so much for your kind feedback. Happy to hear you had a great time and it all went well and not at least you had an amazing trip!

The best of norway - 3 weeks, Norway - May 19 - Jun 8, 2018

Traveler: Lindsay M. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda planned the perfect trip for us. The hotels were all carefully chosen to be within an easy walk of trains and ferries and fully met our expectations. Linda’s local knowledge ensured that we had just the right amount of time in each place. Her recommendations were spot on. Local guide Wilde in Bergen gave us an interesting and personalised tour which was infinitely better than the usual city walking tour experience. Lofoten Islands were an absolute treat. Lone at Westerålen is the most... read more

Linda planned the perfect trip for us. The hotels were all carefully chosen to be within an easy walk of trains and ferries and fully met our expectations. Linda’s local knowledge ensured that we had just the right amount of time in each place. Her recommendations were spot on. Local guide Wilde in Bergen gave us an interesting and personalised tour which was infinitely better than the usual city walking tour experience. Lofoten Islands were an absolute treat. Lone at Westerålen is the most delightful,warm and welcoming hostess. This experience has inspired us to come back and see more of Norway and we will definitely use Kimkim again.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lindsay and Mike,
wow - thank you so much for the nice feedback! I am so happy to read that this trip suited you perfect. It was a pleasure working with you preparing for this trip. AND not at least to have you in our country for three weeks! :-) I am looking forward to next time!

2018 norway trip., Norway - May 7 - May 22, 2018

Traveler: Sue L. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our trip to Norway was all that we had hoped it would be and more! Thank you Linda for doing such a great job of making all our dreams into reality! We travelled to many places that are not necessarily on most tourist’s destination lists because we were searching for ancestral roots. This meant that the modes of travel and accommodations changed nearly daily requiring careful planning on Linda’s part to make sure we were able to get where we wanted to go in as economical a manner as... read more

Our trip to Norway was all that we had hoped it would be and more! Thank you Linda for doing such a great job of making all our dreams into reality! We travelled to many places that are not necessarily on most tourist’s destination lists because we were searching for ancestral roots. This meant that the modes of travel and accommodations changed nearly daily requiring careful planning on Linda’s part to make sure we were able to get where we wanted to go in as economical a manner as possible! We found her very easy to work with and very responsive to any communications by email. We had a detailed itinerary and every ticket and/or voucher in hand before we ever left home and all the information was correct and current. I’ve already recommended KimKim and Linda to several friends.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sue and Gary,
Thank you so much for your feedback. It was also very interesting for me to work with your trip and find out how we can best put it together, logistically suitable for the places you wanted to visit. Very happy to read that it worked out! Thank you for sharing photos and recommending me and KimKim to your friends!

Tromsø | winter highlights in the north, Norway - Feb 26 - Mar 5, 2018

Traveler: Christine S. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We had a fantastic memorable holiday experience in Norway. Both Tromso and Malangen were stunningly beautiful. The trips and the guides were excellent; we loved the dog sledding and the overnight Sami experience. The holiday was both adventurous and cultural; learning about the Sami people was fascinating and the environment and scenery were amazing.

We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on two occasions, both in Tromso., which is quite an experience!

We are very grateful to... read more

We had a fantastic memorable holiday experience in Norway. Both Tromso and Malangen were stunningly beautiful. The trips and the guides were excellent; we loved the dog sledding and the overnight Sami experience. The holiday was both adventurous and cultural; learning about the Sami people was fascinating and the environment and scenery were amazing.

We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on two occasions, both in Tromso., which is quite an experience!

We are very grateful to Linda, who arranged our holiday for us, she did a great job! The accommodation and food were first class.

We will be recommending kimkim to our friends. Thank you for a memorable experience.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Christine, thank you very much for your feedback. I am really happy to read you enjoyed your trip and got to see the Northern Lights! Hope to see you back in Norway at some point!

Winter magic | fjords of norway, hurtigruten & tromsø, Norway - Dec 28 - Jan 10, 2018

Traveler: Mary E. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

KimKim and Linda are the way to go! We got the trip that we wanted, with expert advice along the way. For me the Fiords were absolutely enchanting, I could have lost myself in them. For Paul, the whales were the highlight.

We did not get to see the Northern Lights so we already figure another trip to Tromso. Besides it being magic, I got my hair cut there and love it!

Thank you

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mary, great to hear you enjoyed the trip!
And the lack of Northern Lights only mean you have to be back one day! :-)

December break norway, Norway - Dec 29 - Jan 3, 2018

Traveler: Laurie J. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We had the most amazing time in Norway. Linda went above and beyond for us and customized the perfect trip for my husband and I and our two young sons (1 & 2). It is probably the best vacation we've ever had. Thank you, Linda!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Laurie, thank you so much for your feedback and traveling with us! Really nice to read that it is one of the best vacations you have had! It was a pleasure to have you in the country. Thank you for sharing the lovely photos!

Northern norway and oslo, Norway - Dec 1 - Dec 16, 2017

Traveler: Matthew H. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda was always quick to respond and listened to everything I wanted to do. The end result of the trip exceeded all of my expectations. Would definitely recommend!

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your feedback! It was a pleasure to have you in Norway! Looking forward to Have you back sometime for a summer trip!

Norway's best natural highlights & places to visit, Norway - Oct 4 - Oct 8, 2017

Traveler: Diane C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Great accommodations! We saw northern lights 2/4 nights!!!! The weather was perfect we Loved the Hardergruten MSSpitsberg it was a great size great bed!! We added a guide for our day in Tromsø her name was Edle with Individual tours. She was fantastic all day too. We had a carefree adventure because of your help! Thank you so much

Linda made it all possible!!!! Sweet great response time No question was to small....

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Diane, thank you very much for your feedback. Really nice to hear you were happy and everything went well. And not at least that you got to see the Northern Lights 2/4 nights! Fantastic!

Hope to see you back in Norway one day!

Sally

Norway fjords. , Norway - Sep 30 - Oct 6, 2017

Traveler: Sally A. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Great communication before leaving and during our stay.

Linda was excellent, she was on hand whenever I had a query. A landslide occurred whilst we were on the train and I knew a taxi would be waiting for us in Aurland, obviously we did not know what time we would be expected in due to the delays, however, Linda was on hand and continuously kept us updated and also updated the taxi and our accommodation that we were significantly delayed. Couldn't have asked for more.

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sally, wow - love your photos!
Thank you for your feedback. Very unfortunate with the landslide... but at least you did not loose much of your holiday, except being slightly delayed! Ingrid also enjoyed her day in Bergen with you two, and we hope to see you back in Norway one day!

Carol

30th anniversary, Norway - Aug 19 - Aug 29, 2017

Traveler: Carol R. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda was very intuitive and delivered exactly the kind of experience we were hoping to have.

Super!!!! I wish we could have Linda could always plan out our adventures.

Diane

Norway family tour aug 2017, Norway - Aug 25 - Sep 3, 2017

Traveler: Diane H. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We started with 8 people planning 1 itinerary, but ended up with 1 with 1 schedule, and 7 persons in a different itinerary. Linda was a fantastic, patient and knowledgeable travel guide in helping to plan our trip, from beginning to the end. She had fantastic recommendations. The 2-hour city walks / tours were wonderful. (We had 1 member who used a wheelchair for the walks, which we were able to borrow at our hotels. Planning that in advance would be a big help for future trips)

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We started with 8 people planning 1 itinerary, but ended up with 1 with 1 schedule, and 7 persons in a different itinerary. Linda was a fantastic, patient and knowledgeable travel guide in helping to plan our trip, from beginning to the end. She had fantastic recommendations. The 2-hour city walks / tours were wonderful. (We had 1 member who used a wheelchair for the walks, which we were able to borrow at our hotels. Planning that in advance would be a big help for future trips)

Linda was prompt in responding to our questions and concerns while on the trip. There were 2 issues that came up in 2 cities, and Linda helped to resolve them quickly and professionally to our group's satisfaction. Travelling in an unfamiliar country with a group of 8 people is difficult; when possible it would have helped us if we'd had a short list of recommended restaurants, price range, etc. Some of the places we wanted were closed for the season since it's the end of their peak tourist season. We would have loved to meet Linda while we were in Oslo, but we didn't have time. We'll definitely use Kimkim again, and will recommend to our friends.

Family vacation, Norway - Aug 12 - Aug 19, 2017

Traveler: Michael T. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda did an exclent job of determining our needs and matching them with a great experience for our family.

Great communication and responsiveness by Linda. Thanks

A few days in norway to round off our scandinavia trip, Norway - Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2017

Traveler: Veronica L. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Everything went really smoothly. Where there were minor hitches they either resolved themselves or Linda responded and sorted them quickly.

Just great. Linda was friendly by email, straightforward, and understood what I wanted from the trip. Responded quickly and made everything work well.

1 week | oslo | flåm and aurland | bergen and ålesund, Norway - Aug 7 - Aug 14, 2017

Traveler: Sofiya M. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Many thanks to Linda to help organize our trip.

Michelle

Norway adventure, Norway - Jul 22 - Aug 1, 2017

Traveler: Michelle F. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

I absolutely love every minute of my planned trip through Linda! Even though it was done online and we did not verbally talk, I felt she communicated so clearly and well with me through her writing as if I was there. Any questions asked, she answered them. She also made bullet points for me as I had asked -- to make the itinerary more clear for me to scan over the needed accommodations of what I needed to cover, especially since there was so many things I was to do. I can tell she took a... read more

I absolutely love every minute of my planned trip through Linda! Even though it was done online and we did not verbally talk, I felt she communicated so clearly and well with me through her writing as if I was there. Any questions asked, she answered them. She also made bullet points for me as I had asked -- to make the itinerary more clear for me to scan over the needed accommodations of what I needed to cover, especially since there was so many things I was to do. I can tell she took a lot of time and effort into planning my trip. I gave her my budget and she accommodated to trying to stick with my budget. I cannot express how thankful I am with the detailed events, down to the train times and clear directions. Every day was to the spot clear. As a solo traveler, I felt very much at ease. She even called the Trolltunga hotel to make sure I was okay. I am just very VERY impressed with the process, especially since I am myself an Airbnb host and have a background in outdoor recreation planning. Its hard work with what she did and I appreciate every minute of it.

As mentioned in my last comment, I felt like Linda was a friend, answering all of my many questions. I felt like she was right there with me in Norway! Love her services so much, I do plan on attending the Nepal Yoga Retreat she had mentioned . I have been making recommendations to others about her service. I mean she even asked me at the end if I am home safe -- in not so many words. Thank you Linda. I offered to give her a tip via paypal and she declined. Amaaaazing person she is!