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Mar Quiñones Alonso

Hi!

I'm Mar, a Mexican who loves to travel, explore the world, and see its incredible diversity.
I deeply fell in love with Norway, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, whether in summer or winter, this is a land with beautiful outdoors, charming fishing villages, incredible landscapes, vibrant cities, and great culture.


I'm here to share my passion for Norway with you and create unforgettable and unique travel experiences.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I plan and organize tailor-made trips throughout the whole country."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I studied tourism planning and after my first trip overseas to study abroad in Spain, I haven't stopped traveling and exploring the world, I considered myself lucky that I’m able to combine my passion for tourism with my work as a travel specialist.
For me traveling is about creating memories and getting to know new cultures."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My trip to Morocco back in 2010 was a life-changing experience, for the very first time I had the opportunity to stay and get involved with locals, and that's when I discovered that despite the breathtaking beauty of the landscapes, I was totally fascinated by the culture and the warmth and generosity of its people. "

Mar is part of the following groups: Norway Travel Agents
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Favorite experiences

Snorkeling with the Whales

This tour leaves in the morning by boat from the village of Andenes, which is the northernmost settlement of Norway's Andøya Island. It's also a winter migratory destination for orca, humpback, and fin whales who come to feast on the large schools of herring in the nearby Andfjord. This tour...

Explore Lofoten by Car

Explore the Lofoten Islands at your own pace with a road trip! One of the best ways to appreciate the stunning natural scenery of the islands is to follow the famous E10 road, which runs along the archipelago. You'll find numerous places to stop and admire the dramatic landscape along the...

Kayaking in the Sognefjord

The Sognefjord isn't nicknamed the "king of the fjords" for nothing. This is Norway's deepest and longest fjord, stretching 205 km (127 miles) from just north of Bergen, on the west coast, to Jotunheimen National Park. There are many arms to the Sognefjord, including the UNESCO World Heritage...

Recent trip reviews for Mar

Norway excursion with help from Mar and Fenne.
Norway | Jan 1 - Jan 10, 2024

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Jeannette A.
Columbia, SC | Reviewed on Jan 18, 2024

We had a wonderful winter wonderland vacation in Norway with exquisite guidance from Mar and Fenne. This is our second trip planned with Kim Kim and awesome experiences with both trips. Having local guides to help plan as well as being available during your trip for questions as well as unplanned events is priceless. Highly recommend.

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Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Jan 19, 2024

Dear Jeannette,
Thank you so much for your feedback! We're absolutely thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time here in Norway!
Our team is super glad knowing that both experiences planned with Kim Kim were awesome for you :))
Thank you for choosing us; it was a pleasure working with you!
If you ever plan another journey, we'd love to welcome you back, and we'll be here and more than happy to assist you!
PS: Thanks a ton for sharing your photos with us :)
Best,
Mar & Fenne

Amazing Norway trip.
Norway | Jan 1 - Jan 10, 2024

Gary
Gary G.
Seven Oaks, SC | Reviewed on Jan 17, 2024
Mar & Fenne worked with our schedules & our excursion requests to give us an amazing adventure. Their detailed information allowed us to use the public transportation in Norway easily...making ALL of our connections. The towns we visited were quaint and full of activities to fill our time (Oslo, Flam, Bergen & Tromso). The hotel & accommodations were perfect, we particularly enjoyed the upgrade in Bergen. We found the hotel staff quite helpful, especially Emma in Oslo. Due to weather... Read more

Mar & Fenne worked with our schedules & our excursion requests to give us an amazing adventure. Their detailed information allowed us to use the public transportation in Norway easily...making ALL of our connections. The towns we visited were quaint and full of activities to fill our time (Oslo, Flam, Bergen & Tromso). The hotel & accommodations were perfect, we particularly enjoyed the upgrade in Bergen. We found the hotel staff quite helpful, especially Emma in Oslo. Due to weather conditions we were unable to stay in the Ice Domes, alternative activities were suggested. We loved all the excursions booked for us-RIB boat in the fjords, whale watching, dinner cruise, ice fishing and of course dog sledding. We also enjoyed the funicular ride in Bergen which we successfully scheduled on our free day. Thank you Mar & Fenne.

Activity Reviews
Winter Fjord Safari in a RIB Boat
Winter Fjord Safari in a RIB Boat
Flåm

An exhilerating experience!! They provide all the warm clothing needed to make the experience enjoyable. Beautiful scenery and stories about the area.

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Dog Sledding Evening with Transport
Dog Sledding Evening with Transport
Tromsø

Another exhilarating experience-good instructions before 'mushing' the dogs. Excellent guide.

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Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Jan 19, 2024

Dear Gary,
We're absolutely thrilled to hear that you had an amazing adventure in Norway!
Thank you so much for your feedback and your kind words :)
While weather conditions threw a curveball with the Ice Domes, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your time here.
Thank you for choosing us; it was a pleasure working with you!
If you ever plan another journey, we'd love to welcome you back, and I will be here and more than happy to assist you!
Best,
Mar & Fenne

Mar finished all the bookings for us and then...
Norway | Dec 9 - Dec 17, 2023

Nikesh
Nikesh P.
the Netherlands | Reviewed on Dec 25, 2023
Mar finished all the bookings for us and then Fenne took care of all our bookings and was in touch with us throughout the trip. The bookings / planning everything was perfect for us on this trip.. we hit a big bump on our first day when our flight was cancelled and the whole plan looked falling apart, but Fenne and team helped us a lot in making sure to liaise with the vendors and moving our bookings without any hassle. It just took off all our stress. And while we were in Tromso they will... Read more

Mar finished all the bookings for us and then Fenne took care of all our bookings and was in touch with us throughout the trip. The bookings / planning everything was perfect for us on this trip.. we hit a big bump on our first day when our flight was cancelled and the whole plan looked falling apart, but Fenne and team helped us a lot in making sure to liaise with the vendors and moving our bookings without any hassle. It just took off all our stress. And while we were in Tromso they will in touch with us all the time.

Highly recommend booking through KimKim team. Their itinerary’s are just perfect to see any place u plan to visit.

Local specialist: Mar Quiñones Alonso
Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Jan 02, 2024

Dear Nikesh,
Thank you so much for your feedback and your kind words for the whole team!
We are thrilled to hear you had a great time here in Norway!
It was a pleasure working with you; thanks for trusting us!
My very best,
Mar

A great trip to Norway
Norway | Oct 19 - Oct 27, 2023

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Elizabeth C.
Fort Collins, CO | Reviewed on Nov 05, 2023
Mar and her team did an amazing job organizing our trip to Norway! We had a general idea of what where we wanted to go during the trip (based on an itinerary found on the KimKim site) and Mar did a great job building on that. She scheduled us in the right places for the right amount of time, which we wouldn't have been able to do on our own. We enjoyed all the activities that she planned and it was a great mix of adventuring, site seeing, and just taking in the amazing scenery.... Read more

Mar and her team did an amazing job organizing our trip to Norway! We had a general idea of what where we wanted to go during the trip (based on an itinerary found on the KimKim site) and Mar did a great job building on that. She scheduled us in the right places for the right amount of time, which we wouldn't have been able to do on our own. We enjoyed all the activities that she planned and it was a great mix of adventuring, site seeing, and just taking in the amazing scenery.

Communication was very smooth and they were very quick to respond to questions, especially during our time in Norway. The platform was great to have all the trip details and needed documents in one place. It was clear where we had to be when so we never missed an activity.

I highly recommend visiting Norway and using Mar to plan an unforgettable time there :)

Hotel Reviews
Thon Hotel Astoria
Oslo

Nice hotel in a good location in Oslo. Only complaint was that the walls seemed thin, we could hear people in the hallway and next door at times.

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Fretheim Hotel
Flåm

There aren't a lot of hotel options in Flam, so this seems like your best bet. Overall a nice hotel but the rooms could use some updating.

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Zander K Hotel
Bergen

Great hotel, was clean and comfortable with some modern design elements. Is a little set back from Bergen city center, but was still very easy to walk everywhere. Was convenient to be near the bus and train station for early more travel.

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Scandic Ishavshotel
Tromsø

We loved this hotel as it was clean, comfortable and has great views being right on the water. It's near a lot of the places we wanted to visit in Tromso, and the bus stop right in front made transportation to and from the hotel easy.

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Activity Reviews
Naerøyfjord Round Trip via boat & bus
Naerøyfjord Round Trip via boat & bus
Norway

The views from the boat are incredible, one of my favorite parts of the trip.

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Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present
Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present
Bergen

This was a great way to see the highlights of Bergen and learn about the history. Very worth doing.

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Fløibanen
Fløibanen
Bergen

Worthwhile to see the views and the whole city of Bergen. There's also lots of hiking options at the top.

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Northern Lights Minibus Chase
Northern Lights Minibus Chase
Tromsø

We were so lucky to see the Northern Lights during this activity! Our guide was great and we found a good spot to wait for the lights to appear.

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Local specialist: Mar Quiñones Alonso
Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Nov 06, 2023

Dear Elizabeth,
Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your amazing feedback with us!
We are absolutely delighted to hear that you had an outstanding experience during your time here in Norway :)
Our team would love to welcome you back in the future, and I will be here and more than happy to assist you!
Thanks once again for letting us plan your Norway holiday. It was such a pleasure working together with you.
My very best,
Mar

Fabulous 10+ Days Across Norway
Norway | Oct 5 - Oct 16, 2023

Matthew
Matthew E.
Gaithersburg, MD | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023
We worked with Mar to book an amazing 10 day Norway journey that was virtually perfect - great itinerary, great properties, amazing assistance throughout our trip. We started in Oslo and headed west to Bergen with nights in Heilo, Odda, Eidfjord and Bergen before flying up to the Lofoten Islands with 2 nights in Svolver and 2 nights in Hamnoya/Reine — just amazing — and ending back in Oslo. We could not be more pleased with the recommendations, accommodations, guides and everyone else who... Read more

We worked with Mar to book an amazing 10 day Norway journey that was virtually perfect - great itinerary, great properties, amazing assistance throughout our trip. We started in Oslo and headed west to Bergen with nights in Heilo, Odda, Eidfjord and Bergen before flying up to the Lofoten Islands with 2 nights in Svolver and 2 nights in Hamnoya/Reine — just amazing — and ending back in Oslo. We could not be more pleased with the recommendations, accommodations, guides and everyone else who jumped in to help. Fenne and Meree were always available if we needed assistance during our trip and even after hours. The properties we stayed at were also great - especially since we traveled in October offseason.

We will absolutely use KimKim and hopefully work with Mar, Fenne, and Meree on a future Norway trip.

Local specialist: Mar Quiñones Alonso
Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Oct 20, 2023

Dear Matt,
Thank you so much for this amazing feedback and your kind words for the whole team! I'm truly delighted to hear that you had a fabulous time here in Norway!
Our team is absolutely thrilled to know that you'll be using KimKim for your future trips too! We would love to welcome you again and I'll be right here and more than happy to assist you!
It was truly a pleasure working together with you :).
Thanks once again for entrusting us with planning your dream holiday in Norway.
My warmest regards,
Mar

Norwegian Adventure
Norway | Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2023

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Dawn K.
Chapel Hill, NC | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2023

LOVED Chasing Lights Northern Lights safari and Polar Adventure Fish and Fjords excursion.
Underwhelmed by Artic Best's Coastal Secery and Tasting tour.
Clarion Edge was comfortable and well located. Great breakfast.

Local specialist: Mar Quiñones Alonso
Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Oct 21, 2023
Hi Dawn!
Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm delighted to hear that you had a wonderful time chasing the Northern Lights and with the Polar Adventure :)
Sorry you had this experience with the Coastal Scenery Safari with Tasting, this is not the quality level we expect so thank you again for your feedback! I hope it does not affect the good memories you made in Norway!
Our team would love to welcome you again in the future, and I'll be right here, more than happy to assist you! :)
It was...
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Hi Dawn!
Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm delighted to hear that you had a wonderful time chasing the Northern Lights and with the Polar Adventure :)
Sorry you had this experience with the Coastal Scenery Safari with Tasting, this is not the quality level we expect so thank you again for your feedback! I hope it does not affect the good memories you made in Norway!
Our team would love to welcome you again in the future, and I'll be right here, more than happy to assist you! :)
It was truly a pleasure working together with you.
Thanks once again for letting us plan your Norway holiday.
My very best,
Mar

Beautiful Country!
Norway | Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023

Michael
Michael B.
Irvine, CA | Reviewed on Oct 09, 2023
The Moskene ferry ride was comfortable,, and the approach was very scenic. Our first stop was in Reine and it is even prettier than all the pictures we have seen. We stayed at the Eliasson Robauer which was scenic and ate at the restaurant there, the Gadus. I would recommend getting reservations if eating there. It was very good, especially the fish. The next day we drove to Svolvaer. We stopped at the blacksmith shop in Sund, and although off season in October we were able to get in. The... Read more

The Moskene ferry ride was comfortable,, and the approach was very scenic. Our first stop was in Reine and it is even prettier than all the pictures we have seen. We stayed at the Eliasson Robauer which was scenic and ate at the restaurant there, the Gadus. I would recommend getting reservations if eating there. It was very good, especially the fish. The next day we drove to Svolvaer. We stopped at the blacksmith shop in Sund, and although off season in October we were able to get in. The owner was informative and entertaining and we bought a cormorant statue he made. In Svolvaer we went on the Trollfjord cruise. It was foggy and overcast an gave the surrounding mountains a magical feeling. We enjoyed going into the fjord. The highlight of our trip was hanging with the Huskies outside Tromso. The dogs were all friendly and playful. The bacalao soup was tasty and the clouds opened up just enough to see the Northern Lights. While there we experienced the first snow of the year. The next day we went to the Polar Museum. It was fabulous, definitely recommended. After that we ate at Skirri. Fresh fried cod as well as fresh sushi from the Japanese restaurant next door were the best. On our last night we went on the Aurora cruise. It was very peaceful, but cloudy and not much of a view, other than darkness and lights on the shore. The food was gourmet style, unusual foods and small portions, not our thing. Overall a great trip, not a single problem. Thank you Fenne and Mar!

Hotel Reviews
Svinøya Rorbuer
Svolvær

Our original room was in a red cottage. No view and in from the water. They had an upgrade available, a small home with a beautiful view across the water to the town. Very clean, and lots of room!Very happy with the accomodations.

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Scandic Ishavs Tromso

My stay at Scandic Ishavs was good. The room was nice and the food was good. There was a nice bar next door and the location was good for the last night of my trip.

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Activity Reviews
Cruise in Trollfjorden
Cruise in Trollfjorden
Svolvær

This was a beautiful experience. The weather was a bit foggy but it added a kind of charm to the whole experience. The staff was amazing and very friendly. Overall, it was a great time.

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Northern Lights and Husky Experience with Dinner
Northern Lights and Husky Experience with Dinner
Tromsø

This was an amazing experience. The dogs were great, the staff was friendly and the food was good. We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights as the clouds broke just enough.

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Aurora Dinner Cruise
Aurora Dinner Cruise
Tromsø

I wouldn't recommend this activity. The food wasn't to my taste and it was a dark, cloudy night so there wasn't much to see outside.

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Local specialist: Mar Quiñones Alonso
Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Oct 11, 2023

Dear Michael,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your detailed feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time here and enjoyed the Norwegian cuisine!
Our team would be delighted to welcome you again in the future :)
It was truly a pleasure working together with you!
My very best,
Mar

Balanced and fulfilling vacation
Norway | Sep 24 - Oct 5, 2023

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Shoshana S.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2023
Mar wonderfully balanced convenience, comfort, and leisure. We had a nice mix of practical and comfortable hotels when appropriate (e.g., had early travel the next day) and unique memorable places in between - just as we requested. Some of the days’ agendas were a little ambitious (also as requested) but the recommendations and planned events really allowed for a full and fulfilling trip! Would definitely recommend Mar and the Kimkim team in the future. Read more

Mar wonderfully balanced convenience, comfort, and leisure. We had a nice mix of practical and comfortable hotels when appropriate (e.g., had early travel the next day) and unique memorable places in between - just as we requested. Some of the days’ agendas were a little ambitious (also as requested) but the recommendations and planned events really allowed for a full and fulfilling trip! Would definitely recommend Mar and the Kimkim team in the future.

Hotel Reviews
Scandic Byporten
Oslo

Small rooms but can’t beat the convenience.

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Kviknes Hotel
Balestrand

Beautiful views of Ballestrand and lots of character. Room was spacious and there was a great dinner spread!

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Zander K Hotel
Bergen

Convenient location, good in-hotel restaurant, and comfortable rooms.

Eliassen Rorbuer
Moskenes

Amazing location with beautiful views, close to an amazing restaurant (right next door), cute accommodations. Smelled like something died in the bathroom.

HATTVIKA LODGE
Ballstad

Clean, quiet, beautiful accommodations. Stunning location and views. Really recommend treating yourself to the on-site restaurant. Would love to come back!

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Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardemoen
Gardemoen

Very convenient to the airport. Clean and adequate accommodations. Nice breakfast spread.

Scandic Svolvær
Svolvær

Nice location out on the water. Good breakfast buffet. Clean and comfortable.

Clarion Hotel the Edge
Tromsø

Nice views. Convenient location to some of the activities we did in Tromso. Comfortable and clean.

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Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Oct 09, 2023

Dear Shoshana,
Thank you so much for this amazing feedback! I'm thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time here in Norway!
Our team is absolutely delighted to know that you'll be using KimKim for your future trips too! We would love to welcome you again in the future, and I'll be right here, more than happy to assist you! :)
It was truly a pleasure working together with you.
Please feel free to reach out whenever you're ready for your next journey.
Thanks once again for letting us plan your Norway holiday.
My very best,
Mar

We had an amazing adventure in Norway.
Norway | Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2023

Karen
Karen Z.
Bedford, NH | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2023
We had an amazing adventure in Norway. Mar and Fenne were both fantastic. They responded to all our questions and concerns almost immediately. The accommodations and guided tours were perfect for how we wanted to spend our time. We did almost everything on the itinerary they suggested. Each guide, Maximo in Stavenger, Connor in Flam and our guide for the glacier hike was extremely knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and really, just a lot of fun. The cider tasting was very... Read more

We had an amazing adventure in Norway. Mar and Fenne were both fantastic. They responded to all our questions and concerns almost immediately. The accommodations and guided tours were perfect for how we wanted to spend our time. We did almost everything on the itinerary they suggested. Each guide, Maximo in Stavenger, Connor in Flam and our guide for the glacier hike was extremely knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and really, just a lot of fun. The cider tasting was very interesting and the food and cider was delicious.

Thanks you for putting together a memorable and exciting trip. We will definitely use KimKim for our next adventure.

Karen and Dave

Local specialist: Mar Quiñones Alonso
Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Oct 03, 2023

Dear Karen and Dave,
Thank you for this wonderful feedback! I'm thrilled to hear that you had an amazing time here in Norway, and our team is super glad to know that you will be using KimKim for your future trips too! We would love to welcome you again in the future :)
I will be here and more than happy to assist you :)
It was such a pleasure working together with you.
My very best,
Mar

When glitches happen Fenne was there
Norway | Aug 31 - Sep 18, 2023

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Stephanie B.
Hillsboro, OR | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023
Mar created a fabulous trip for us. We were interested in the Fjords and the Lofotons. Mar reserved excellent hotels and excursions. We had a fabulous time. There were several glitches that we created and team member Fenne answered middle of the night calls to fix everything. What could go wrong you ask? Well, I got to the airport with the passport that outdated 6 weeks later, not the new one. We were refused admittance on the international flight from the US. So I frantically worked... Read more

Mar created a fabulous trip for us. We were interested in the Fjords and the Lofotons. Mar reserved excellent hotels and excursions. We had a fabulous time. There were several glitches that we created and team member Fenne answered middle of the night calls to fix everything. What could go wrong you ask? Well, I got to the airport with the passport that outdated 6 weeks later, not the new one. We were refused admittance on the international flight from the US. So I frantically worked with the airlines to get tickets for the next day and Fenne managed the hotel and excursions that were missed. What about checking out of a hotel whose computer was down and we couldn't verify whether I had charged dinner to the room or to my credit card. Called Fenne and she managed the problem so I could go on without worry about that detail. What about cancelled flight to Oslo and delayed arrival? Called Fenne while riding in taxi to another airport and she notified the hotel. Life happens while traveling especially at night and on weekends and having a responsive understanding agent was a huge contributor to my wonderful trip. Thank you Mar, thank you Fenne!!!!

Local specialist: Mar Quiñones Alonso
Mar
Mar Quiñones Alonso
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Sep 20, 2023

Dear Stephanie,
Thank you for this fantastic feedback and for your kind words for the whole team!
We are absolutely delighted to hear that you had an outstanding experience during your time here in Norway :)
We would love to welcome you again in the future!
It was such a pleasure working together with you!
My very best,
Mar