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Michele Bardasi

When I travel, it's important for me to have an authentic experience in order to enjoy the places I visit, especially in nature. When I plan trips for others too, I aim for this.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in customized activities and holidays in general, in the Westfjords region and all across Iceland. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"After some years of traveling, living in different places and working in different fields, but often in the tourism industry, I settled down in Iceland mainly because of its nature and I'm happy to have ended up as a travel agent in the Westfjords."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One summer evening I went for a short walk in a nice and solitary area I didn't know, not far out of Reykjavík. I eventually came back to the car three hours later, after wandering through a lava field and ending up on top of a volcano watching the midnight sun setting."

Michele is part of the following groups: Iceland Travel Agents
Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, Iceland
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Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland
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Glymur Falls
Classic Iceland Ring Road Drive - 7 Days

Drive Iceland's famous Ring Road on this quick, seven-day trip designed for warmer travel (so there are no slowdowns due to weather and lack of daylight in the winter). Head south to the most-visited highlights—massive waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and glaciers. Enjoy the scenic route through the East Fjords, before arriving at Lake Myvatn, surrounded by geothermal and volcanic wonders. Join a whale-watching trip from Husavik, the whale watching capital, and spend time in Reykjavik exploring the best of the city, along with enjoying a soak in the Blue Lagoon.

Recent trip reviews for Michele

The trip was very well planned out. The iti...
Iceland | Sep 16 - Sep 21, 2022

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Joe D.
Queens Village, NY | Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

The trip was very well planned out. The itinerary was easy to follow and the WiFi device in the car was excellent. It not only helped us follow the planned routes but gave us the ability to fine other attractions and restaurants. All the excursions we booked went smoothly and were exactly what we expected. The tour guides were excellent. All the hotels were nice. Most were remote and suggestions of restaurants within 20 miles would have been helpful.

I would highly recommend kimkim to other travelers.

Joe Ditta

Local specialist: Michele Bardasi

Great triip!
Iceland | Aug 25 - Sep 10, 2022

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Karyn O.
Billings, MT | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

We had a truly amazing trip. The itinerary was excellent - we felt we had a great experience of Iceland and had time to really enjoy its wonders. All the bookings were hassle-free, we loved the locations, the hosts and guides were great. Even our weather karma was pretty good!

Local specialist: Michele Bardasi

Michele, our local specialist was fabulous! ...
Iceland | Jul 12 - Jul 21, 2022

Kevin
Kevin S.
Highlands Ranch, CO | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Michele, our local specialist was fabulous! He went out of the way for us when we were called home early due to some issues at home. He made all the last minute changes we needed and they were perfect. The hotel accommodations we had during the entire week were very nice, but we especially enjoyed the Hotel Laki and Hotel Selja, both of which were newer facilities with more spacious bathrooms. The others were nice, too, but these were nicer. All the tips for things to see along the route... read more

Michele, our local specialist was fabulous! He went out of the way for us when we were called home early due to some issues at home. He made all the last minute changes we needed and they were perfect. The hotel accommodations we had during the entire week were very nice, but we especially enjoyed the Hotel Laki and Hotel Selja, both of which were newer facilities with more spacious bathrooms. The others were nice, too, but these were nicer. All the tips for things to see along the route were excellent and much appreciated.

Overall, we absolutely enjoyed our Iceland vacation. Iceland is so unique and special; it was definitely worth our effort. We enjoyed hiking to various waterfalls, such as Grundarfoss, Kirkjufellfoss, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and those higher up on the hike to Skogafoss – Hestavaðsfoss and Fostorfufoss. We attempted to hike to the Glymur falls, but were turned away when we thought the log bridge crossing over the river Botnsá was beyond our capability – the river was flowing rapidly! We enjoyed driving around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and hiking off of Road F575 and hiking to Klukkufoss and Snekkjufoss. Taking in the sights of Djúpalónssandur beach on the west coast of the Peninsula was a unique experience. Our adventure to the Secret Lagoon for a dip in the oldest swimming pool in Iceland – located in a geothermal area near Flúðir was warm and relaxing. We also thought the sights of Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon were exceptional as was hiking in the area of the Svinafellsjokull Glacier near Vtnajökull National Park. But our absolute favorite activity was the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon excursion! It was a magnificently beautiful and warm day and the sights were once-in-a-lifetime views. How special - we will remember it for the rest of our lives.

Local specialist: Michele Bardasi

Great itinerary!
Iceland | Jun 16 - Jun 26, 2022

Mark
Mark O.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Great itinerary! Suggest the counter-clockwise direction for circumnavigating the island.

Local specialist: Michele Bardasi

My wife and I travelled with our son and daug...
Iceland | Jul 4 - Jul 10, 2022

Sandy
Sandy D.
Levittown, PA | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

My wife and I travelled with our son and daughter-in-law and their 4 boys, 3 of whom are big, 6 foot teen-agers. Car was a big 9 passenger diesel van and accommodated all of us nicely. My son did all the driving and he plugged in his phone and used google maps to get us from place to place. First day in Reykjavik was to get oriented - drove to a few sites, restaurants, but we were all jet lagged so we really didn't do all that much. Hotel was nice and conveniently located. Next day we did the... read more

My wife and I travelled with our son and daughter-in-law and their 4 boys, 3 of whom are big, 6 foot teen-agers. Car was a big 9 passenger diesel van and accommodated all of us nicely. My son did all the driving and he plugged in his phone and used google maps to get us from place to place. First day in Reykjavik was to get oriented - drove to a few sites, restaurants, but we were all jet lagged so we really didn't do all that much. Hotel was nice and conveniently located. Next day we did the golden circle and saw all the famous sites - waterfalls, geysirs, icebergs, etc - spectacular scenery. In addition to Micheles input, we took a Rick Steve guide book with us which gave us some great insights on how to best use our time, where to park, etc. On our last day in Reykjavic, we did whale watching with Elding and we saw
plenty of whales and dolphins jumping out of the water - good weather and very calm sea made this really enjoyable. Next day we headed south, did the waterfall you can walk behind, and stayed at the Glacier View Hotel which was just wonderful - our hosts there were so very pleasant and the scenery was wonderful. We drove to the lagoon with icebergs and the black diamond beach - so glad we did this western part of iceland with it's truly spectacular scenery. Finally, did our dip into the Blue Lagoon on our day of departure, which refreshed us for the flight home. Thanks Michele and Preeti for mapping out such a great trip - this was our second trip to Iceland but the first was a short one on a tour that just did the circle. Doing it on our own was so much better and the sites in the western region were amazing. Our son's family had an amazing time and I'm sure will be talking about it for years to come.

Local specialist: Michele Bardasi
Michele
Michele Bardasi
Local specialist in Isafjordur, Iceland. | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Thank you for the review and for traveling with us!

Michele is the BEST!!
Iceland | Sep 19 - Sep 27, 2021

Rachel
Rachel M.
Marshalltown, IA | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2021

Michele planned such a perfect trip around Iceland! He really helped us find the "off the beaten path" gems. He selected great activities and hotels and really listened to what we were looking for! We even have the good fortune of an incredible northern lights display. We especially enjoyed the time we spent in eastern and northern parts of Iceland; away from some of the "crowds" of the golden circle and Reykjavik. Iceland was our favorite trip we have taken! We highly recommend Michele!

Local specialist: Michele Bardasi
Michele
Michele Bardasi
Local specialist in Isafjordur, Iceland. | Reviewed on Oct 08, 2021

Thank you!

Fantastic way to self-drive and see Iceland!
Iceland | Sep 25 - Oct 3, 2021

Aneri
Aneri P.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2021

My husband and I felt very taken care of in planning ring road trip. Essentially Michele did everything for us, booked the car, hotels, created maps and driving routes, and stops for us to see. We are both busy professionals and the fact that we didn't really have to think about this trip until we landed in Iceland was absolutely perfect and we enjoyed exploring the itinerary on a day to day basis. The hotels were also really nice and comfortable. Thank you Michele!

Local specialist: Michele Bardasi
Michele
Michele Bardasi
Local specialist in Isafjordur, Iceland. | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2021

Thanks to you both!

A Phenomenal tour of a Phenomenal country!
Iceland | May 22 - May 30, 2021

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Pavithra R.
Newport News, VA | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2021

My husband and I had a wonderful 8 day tour of Iceland's Snaefellsnes peninsula and the Golden circle. We had high expectations for the trip, but the actual sights exceeded them! We had excellent communication with our local specialist Michele both before and during the trip. He was extremely helpful in providing various trip options and helping us customize the trip to our liking.

Everyday was a highlight and memorable part of our trip. We especially loved Snaefellsnes, hiking up to Glymur... read more

My husband and I had a wonderful 8 day tour of Iceland's Snaefellsnes peninsula and the Golden circle. We had high expectations for the trip, but the actual sights exceeded them! We had excellent communication with our local specialist Michele both before and during the trip. He was extremely helpful in providing various trip options and helping us customize the trip to our liking.

Everyday was a highlight and memorable part of our trip. We especially loved Snaefellsnes, hiking up to Glymur falls, natural hot spring river in Rejkjadalur, black sand beach in Reynisfjara, and visiting the live volcanic eruption at Geldingalir. The Kimkim specialists Michele, Preeti, and Halldor helped us through some changes in our plans due to weather and quickly changed our hotel reservations and guided us on obtaining a covid test prior to leaving.

Overall, we would highly recommend both Iceland and the Kimkim team! We are definitely planning to come back!

Local specialist: Michele Bardasi
Michele
Michele Bardasi
Local specialist in Isafjordur, Iceland. | Reviewed on Jun 02, 2021

Thanks a lot Pavithra!

Outstanding team
Iceland | Oct 23 - Nov 2, 2019

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Garth S.
Manchester, TN | Reviewed on Nov 03, 2019

Michele and his team did a wonderful job. My expectations were high for this trip; and, my expectations were left in the dust for what my experiences actually were on this trip. The accommodations were top notch. The itinerary that was made for me, was spot on, perfect. Michele and his team were able to notify me immediately of an issue with one of the excursions I was going to take, avoiding me driving out of my way to find out it had been cancelled. The few questions I had, their response... read more

Michele and his team did a wonderful job. My expectations were high for this trip; and, my expectations were left in the dust for what my experiences actually were on this trip. The accommodations were top notch. The itinerary that was made for me, was spot on, perfect. Michele and his team were able to notify me immediately of an issue with one of the excursions I was going to take, avoiding me driving out of my way to find out it had been cancelled. The few questions I had, their response was nearly immediate. I would highly recommend using them if you know nothing about the wonderful place of Iceland.

Local specialist: Michele Bardasi