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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

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.

Best Time of Year to Visit The Gambia

No matter when you visit, The Gambia always has something to offer. This tiny country earned its place on the travel map thanks to its gorgeous coastline and lush natural areas. With two main seasons and predictable weather patterns, it's easy to decide what time of year works best for a visit - keep reading for our take on the best time to visit The Gambia.

Beautiful view over magical Geirangerfjord

How Many Days Should You Spend in Norway?

With such a wide range of options to explore, Norway can easily keep most travelers occupied for weeks if not months. That being said, an epic itinerary can easily be created which much less time. We recommend at least five days to really delve into Norway. Don’t worry if you have less time though. Shorter visits are still feasible but should be focused on one or two specific areas. If you have more than a week, you can include remote areas like the Lofoten Islands or Svalbard.

Scenic Lofoten Islands

Norway's Top Regions: Where To Go & What To See

Considering that Norway is the longest European country, it is no surprise that there is an abundance of places to see and things to do. Towering mountains, dramatic fjords, arctic tundra, and historic towns can easily keep visitors riveted for weeks if not months on end. But for those of us who don’t have unlimited vacation days, we have narrowed down some of the top areas and sights to see on your Norwegian adventure.

Stunning Geirangerfjord

When Is The Best Time of Year To Visit Norway?

Despite its northerly location, Norway is an amazing destination any time of year. Summer months bring the endless daylight of the Midnight Sun as well as warmer temperatures, making June-August the busiest season. However, winter time (Oct - Mar) is equally stunning offering the opportunity to view the Northern Lights. And for those looking to avoid other tourists, spring and fall are by far the quietest months with a more temperate climate.

Recent trip reviews for Linda

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....

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!

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.

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!

Touring norway v2 - oslo, hamar, trondheim, bergen, Norway - Aug 25 - Sep 3, 2017

Traveler: Francesco C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

See my notes on conversation with Linda...

Very good thank you...

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Frank, it was a pleasure to have you and your family in Norway. Got your notes, and I will for sure take that into account and inform future travelers. Thank you for sharing the nice photos!

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.

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.

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!

Norway 2017, Norway - Jul 19 - Jul 27, 2017

Traveler: mel d. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

A couple of adjustments to dates needed and all was good.

Best of norway , Norway - Jul 12 - Jul 20, 2017

Traveler: Vadim K. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Alex has my opinion in our email conversation

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Vadim, yes we got your comments!
It was a pleasure to meet you both in Oslo, and hope you will be visiting Norway another time!

Norway , Norway - Jul 9 - Jul 16, 2017

Traveler: Jadwiga H. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Everything was perfect like we want it to be. Linda did wonderful job helping us with everything. We had no issues. Very happy great trip.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jadwiga, I am glad to read this and hope to see you on a KimKim trip another time!
Thank you for your feedback!

Bergen scenic and hiking, Norway - Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2017

Traveler: Peter R. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Nearly perfect, but one suggestion: the agent might let the client know when to expect to receive confirmation and final details....versus having the client wonder when are the details coming (we became a little anxious so we asked)....especially important for a first-time client.

Linda was great and went the extra mile to deal with an extra night....

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Peter, thank you for your feedback, very important one!

During the peak season it does sometimes take a bit of time to get all the final details. A lot of services and products to be finalized and fit together with information from the different suppliers. I will improve this process and make it more clear to the client when they can expect the final details. Thank you for the feedback.

It was a pleasure to have you and Alden in Norway!

Express norway, Norway - May 25 - May 31, 2017

Traveler: Stuart N. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

The Norway Trip that we just experienced was with out doubt one of the best experiences that gave us a taste of everything on a short agenda.

Linda followed me up on every detail and I couldn't be happier with her service.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Stuart, thank you for your feedback. I am very happy to read that you were satisfied with your trip and value it as one of the best experiences! It was a pleasure organizing it for you, and hope to see you back again one day.