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Othman A

I lived in Iceland for a time where I worked as guide. This allowed me to travel all around the country and discover many stunning places, even in the most remote areas.
Travelling is, I think, a very personal thing. Each trip is unique and after 5 years in the tourism industry, I always keep those ideas in mind for each trip I help planning.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in customized holidays all over Iceland. We plan a lot of sightseeing road trips (self-drive and private guided), glacier and volcano tours, multi-day northern lights hunts in the countryside, hiking trips, day tours and other excursions."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started travelling when I was in High school. Since then, I never stopped. I lived and worked in many different countries such as Mexico, Australia and off course Iceland. I travelled on every continent, discovering incredible places, cultures and people. At some point, it became evident to me that sharing my passion was what I wanted to do and I am now very happy to help you plan the best trip with Iceland Offbeat."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"A few years back, during the summer, I took a few days off to travel with a couple of friends to the northwest of Iceland. We had a beautiful day and after a long hike, we decided to go to Dettifoss and relax in front this powerful waterfall. As the midnight sun was there, it took us some time to realize we were so late. At the end, in less than one hour, we enjoyed a sunset and a sunrise over Dettifoss. AMAZING. "

Othman is part of the following groups: Iceland Travel Agents
Icelandic horses
Iceland Off-the-Beaten-Path Road Trip: North & West - 12 Days

Follow an arc from eastern to western Iceland via the north coast on this 12-day active self-drive adventure. You'll pack in many of the country's most iconic sites, from Godafoss waterfall and the volcanic wonders of Lake Mývatn to the dizzying Látrabjarg cliffs and world-famous Kirkjufell mountain. Plus, you'll thrill to mountain hikes, "Super Jeep" adventures, and even snorkeling in the Silfra fissure of the Mid-Atlantic Rift.

Godafoss waterfall
Iceland Ring Road & Westman Islands Highlights - 12 Days

Make a complete circle of Iceland, plus explore the Westman Islands, on this 12-day self-drive itinerary that takes in a vast wealth of geological wonders, exciting activities, and cultural highlights. From whale watching, snorkeling the Silfra fissure, and a boat journey on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon to soaks in the Mývatn Nature Baths and Blue Lagoon, you'll experience Iceland in all its facets, north, south, east, and west.

Skogafoss
Iceland: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle, South Coast, Westman Islands, & Thorsmork - 10 Days

In 10 days, discover the highlights of five areas in Iceland. Prepare for minimal driving, thanks to the close proximity of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a ferry trip to the beautiful islands, and on-foot exploration in Thorsmork. Embark on a number of great hikes—from breathtaking coasts and cliffs to lava fields, and through lush valleys and scenic glaciers. This trip is a great way to balance out visiting popular areas (including the Golden Circle) with lesser-known destinations (like the Westman Islands).

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.

Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall
9 Days in Iceland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Nine days is a comfortable amount of time to explore two of Iceland's regions. Consider a leisurely road trip around the famed Ring Road, getting off the main route to spend time in Thorsmork and the Highlands or the Westman Islands (a favorite local hideaway). The five itineraries below take you to popular areas, like the Golden Circle and South Coast, while also incorporating lesser-known territories, including the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords.

Recent trip reviews for Othman

Amazing Icelandic Adventure!Othman worked w...
Iceland | Oct 15 - Oct 21, 2022

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Shannon K.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Amazing Icelandic Adventure!

Othman worked with us to plan a spectacular trip to Iceland! Our trip was a trip of a lifetime for me, my husband, and my father. We participated in amazing activities, saw spectacular sites, and fell in love with every part of Iceland that we visited. I would highly recommend KimKim to anyone who is looking for expert guidance and planning for their trip to Iceland. We loved every thing we did and cannot thank KimKim enough for helping us plan this trip, and I... read more

Amazing Icelandic Adventure!

Othman worked with us to plan a spectacular trip to Iceland! Our trip was a trip of a lifetime for me, my husband, and my father. We participated in amazing activities, saw spectacular sites, and fell in love with every part of Iceland that we visited. I would highly recommend KimKim to anyone who is looking for expert guidance and planning for their trip to Iceland. We loved every thing we did and cannot thank KimKim enough for helping us plan this trip, and I will definitely use them for trips in the future.

Shannon Kearney

Activity Reviews
The Secret Lagoon
Iceland

Beautiful setting to relax in a geothermal bath.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sky Lagoon
Iceland

We loved it! Beautiful facilities right on the ocean!

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Helicopter Tour - from Reykjavik
Reykjavík

This is was definitely one of the best things we did in Iceland! I would do this again in a heartbeat. We loved that we experienced Iceland from land, sea, and air.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching
Reykjavík

The staff was amazing. We found the tour very informative and enjoyed being out on the ocean.

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Local specialist: Othman A

Over all a great trip and experience
Iceland | Sep 16 - Sep 29, 2022

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Jeff S.
Anaheim, CA | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

Othamn tried to work with in our parameters and did a great job with the sudden change to the schedule in the end. He and the local people were able to fix the issue with the dive group in a quick manner. The over all trip was great and was thoroughly enjoyed. If I were to do it over, I would have suggested an extra day or two in Reykjavík instead of the day on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula as the time of the year we were there was not the high time for the wildlife in that area. read more

Othamn tried to work with in our parameters and did a great job with the sudden change to the schedule in the end. He and the local people were able to fix the issue with the dive group in a quick manner. The over all trip was great and was thoroughly enjoyed. If I were to do it over, I would have suggested an extra day or two in Reykjavík instead of the day on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula as the time of the year we were there was not the high time for the wildlife in that area.

Hotel Review
Álftröð Guesthouse
Selfoss

This hotel/guest house was very comfortable. The lady running the guest house was friendly and helpful and the breakfast was very good. If you have time the common areas have board games and horse back riding is available.

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Local specialist: Othman A

Our trip to Iceland was amazing, our best fam...
Iceland | Aug 27 - Sep 5, 2022

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Jennifer E.
Point Pleasant, NJ | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022

Our trip to Iceland was amazing, our best family trip yet! Othman was very helpful with making a few changes to our itinerary in the planning stage and our whole trip turned out perfectly . The website was easy to navigate and use on our day to day travels. There were no issue with any of the hotel reservations or our excursions. We knew it would be an active vacation but it was just the right amount of travel time and activity planned for each day.

If I had to make one suggestion - ... read more

Our trip to Iceland was amazing, our best family trip yet! Othman was very helpful with making a few changes to our itinerary in the planning stage and our whole trip turned out perfectly . The website was easy to navigate and use on our day to day travels. There were no issue with any of the hotel reservations or our excursions. We knew it would be an active vacation but it was just the right amount of travel time and activity planned for each day.

If I had to make one suggestion - I would have preferred zodiac boat tour at Fjallsarlon over Jokulsarlon which is extremely crowded with many tourists and a lot of boats in water. Fjallsarlon was just as beautiful, less crowds, and their tours go right up to glacier.

We loved all of your hotel recommendations, except Hotel Selfoss. We did not have a good experience there. It felt like a college dorm and cafeteria, our room was noisy and not clean with very outdated furniture.

Hope this feedback helps!

Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland
Myvatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn
Husavik Whale Watching
Iceland
Solheimajokull Glacier Hike
Iceland

Great guide and excursion!

Local specialist: Othman A

Iceland trip
Iceland | Aug 31 - Sep 6, 2022

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wanda b.
Williamsburg, VA | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022

Othman’s planned the perfect trip for us to Iceland. He listened to what we wanted for the trip and his 7 day journey was ON POINT!
He had the road trip perfectly mapped out as to not back track and it kept us busy but we also had plenty of time to “stop and smell the roses”
10 out of 10!

Cheers!
Wanda &Wd

Local specialist: Othman A

Othman was EXCELLENT! Very responsive and he...
Iceland | Jul 29 - Aug 6, 2022

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brette h.
Overland Park, KS | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Othman was EXCELLENT! Very responsive and helpful. He was super knowledgeable about Iceland and had great recommendations specific to our family's interests. The accommodations were unique and really great. Othman found unique outings for us and handled all bookings, confirmations and any small issue that arose. We will definitely book with KimKim again! read more

Othman was EXCELLENT! Very responsive and helpful. He was super knowledgeable about Iceland and had great recommendations specific to our family's interests. The accommodations were unique and really great. Othman found unique outings for us and handled all bookings, confirmations and any small issue that arose. We will definitely book with KimKim again!

Hotel Reviews
Dis Cottages
Grundarfjordur

WOW! This cottage and the VIEW blew us away!

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Fosshótel Rauðará
Reykjavík

The hotel was definitely very dated - not sure the interiors have been updated in 15+ years. But, it was clean. A bit far from interesting spots in and the center of the city. The breakfast was really excellent.

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The Holiday House
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

WOW this cottage and view were SO GREAT! It was perfect for our 4-person family. The kitchen was well apportioned. The view and the front porch are uncompromised. Loved it!

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Vatnsholt
Selfoss

We had a family room in a larger guest house. It was very clean and well-appointed. It was quiet and the beds were very comfortable. The restaurant had a good breakfast and dinner. Very nice and helpful staff.

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Activity Reviews
Saxholar Crater
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Quality of Experience
Blue Lagoon
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Gerduberg Basalt Cliffs
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Whale Watching Ólafsvík
Iceland
Folklore Walking Tour
Reykjavík
Quality of Experience
Solheimasandur beach & Plane wreck
Iceland

We didn't go to this sight.

Horses and Hotsprings
Iceland

SO AMAZING!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Thingvellir
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Kerid Crater
Golden Circle
Quality of Experience
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon amphibian boat tour
Iceland
Secret Ice Cave
Iceland

WHOA was this SUPER COOL!

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Othman A

Othman and kimkim helped us create the trip of a lifetime!
Iceland | Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2022

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Roddy C.
Portsmouth, NH | Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

It was awesome to have Othman help me piece together this trip for our family! He patiently guided me through every question I had and we pieced together a trip that was manageable and well priced for our budget. Each day was an astounding adventure. The guided day with Midgard Base Camp was flawless, Magnus and Steph gave us a perfect day. We returned to the base for dinner which was our favorite meal in 6 days! One of the best parts of working with Othman and kimkim was the clear itinerary... read more

It was awesome to have Othman help me piece together this trip for our family! He patiently guided me through every question I had and we pieced together a trip that was manageable and well priced for our budget. Each day was an astounding adventure. The guided day with Midgard Base Camp was flawless, Magnus and Steph gave us a perfect day. We returned to the base for dinner which was our favorite meal in 6 days! One of the best parts of working with Othman and kimkim was the clear itinerary we ended up with. kimkim made all of our reservations and purchased tickets for our 3 biggest day trips. We rented a car and drove 600+ miles with the added bonus of easy short side trips listed for us to consider, we hit most of them and every one was breathtaking. They also kept in touch to make sure that our trip was going well and to contact them if need be. I HIGHLY recommend kimkim for any trip anywhere in the world. It would've been a daunting and stressful task for me to put together this trip of a lifetime!

Hotel Review
Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel
Reykjavik

Eyja was an excellent choice for our family! Hip and comfortable (plus the best breakfast of our 6 day trip!) It is a stone's throw from Laugavegur St, an eclectic shopping, eating, people watching, coffee drinking experience. Also within walking distance of the Shore walk. We will definitely stay with them for our next visit!

Authenticity & Character
unique decor!
Location
easy walking!
Staff
always helpful, so glad locals speak flawless English!
Cleanliness & Comfort
gotta love the simplicity of nordic design and efficiency!
Local specialist: Othman A

Bucket List Country
Iceland | May 21 - May 29, 2022

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Sharon M.
Aspen Hill, MD | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

We loved our trip to Iceland. We wanted a lot of flexibility in our travels and KimKim provided what we needed. Othman was great to work with and provided excellent recommendations. He booked us nice hotels and a few tours but also gave us recommended stops along the way of our trip that were great. He was responsive to questions and a pleasure to work with. read more

We loved our trip to Iceland. We wanted a lot of flexibility in our travels and KimKim provided what we needed. Othman was great to work with and provided excellent recommendations. He booked us nice hotels and a few tours but also gave us recommended stops along the way of our trip that were great. He was responsive to questions and a pleasure to work with.

Hotel Reviews
Storm Hotel by Keahotels
Reykjavík

Hotel and breakfast were great, as was the staff. We would have preferred to stay in the heart of the city but it was walkable if you are up for it.

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Arnarstapi Hotel
Snæfellsbær

Nice clean hotel with good food.

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Hótel Kvika
Sveitarfélagid Ölfus

They hotel is out of the way of the town. The lobby is really nice, as is the staff. The rooms need to be updated but they were clean and comfortable. Appreciated the black out shades!

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Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Great hotel. Very modern and the restaurant was bright with a great breakfast. Staff were nice and helpful when needed, although seemed a bit sparse, playing multiple roles (e.g., front desk and bartender)

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Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

A must see/do.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Katla Ice Cave
Iceland

Great guide but only one cave was available at that time of year and it was small. The guide made up for it by hiking around the area and providing expertise.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Skaftafell Glacier Hike
Iceland

Love this hike. Felt safe and guide was terrific.

Quality of Experience
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Transport
Local specialist: Othman A

This was a wonderful trip in a beautiful coun...
Iceland | Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2022

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Nancy G.
San Marcos, CA | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

This was a wonderful trip in a beautiful country. The thing I want to thank Othman for is listening to me when I said we wanted to go somewhere beautiful, nature-focused and away from the main tourist attractions. The itinerary he built for us ended up being nearly perfect. The accommodations were also all really good. We wished we could have spent more time in Iceland and will def use KimKim again for another trip to a country we aren't familiar with. Thank you so much for all your help!
Nancy read more

This was a wonderful trip in a beautiful country. The thing I want to thank Othman for is listening to me when I said we wanted to go somewhere beautiful, nature-focused and away from the main tourist attractions. The itinerary he built for us ended up being nearly perfect. The accommodations were also all really good. We wished we could have spent more time in Iceland and will def use KimKim again for another trip to a country we aren't familiar with. Thank you so much for all your help!
Nancy

Hotel Reviews
Fosshotel Hellnar
Hellnar
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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Flokalundur
Vesturbyggð
Hotel Isafjördur
Ísafjörður
Hótel Laugar Sælingsdal
Budardalur
Konvin Hotel by Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
Keflavík
Activity Review
Grábók Crater
Iceland
Local specialist: Othman A

I never want to travel without KimKim
Iceland | Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2021

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Jessica E.
Brookline, MA | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

I almost never want to travel without using KimKim. Othman was absolutely INCREDIBLE! I told him the region I wanted to travel and the activities we were interested in, and he tailored an already wonderful base itinerary to match exactly what we were looking for. Iceland was magnificent and everything we did went off without a hitch. We didnt have to think about ANYTHING. Reservations were all set up for us, including a car, and the itinerary even had notes for activities if we happened to... read more

I almost never want to travel without using KimKim. Othman was absolutely INCREDIBLE! I told him the region I wanted to travel and the activities we were interested in, and he tailored an already wonderful base itinerary to match exactly what we were looking for. Iceland was magnificent and everything we did went off without a hitch. We didnt have to think about ANYTHING. Reservations were all set up for us, including a car, and the itinerary even had notes for activities if we happened to have extra time. I cannot say enough. PLUS I got engaged on the trip so, even better! We will definitely use KimKim for our honeymoon!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Laxnes
Mosfellsbaer
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arnarstapi Hotel
Snæfellsbær
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Katla by Keahotels
Vík
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fosshotel Baron
Reykjavík
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Othman A

Iceland
Iceland | Jun 11 - Jun 18, 2022

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Kristina C.
Windsor, CT | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Othman was super helpful, communicative, and planned an amazing trip for my sister and I to Iceland. It was probably the best trip we have gone on and it wouldn’t have been possible without Othman’s help. Our excursions, hotel accommodations, and daily schedule were great and matched our needs appropriately. Can’t recommend Othman enough! read more

Othman was super helpful, communicative, and planned an amazing trip for my sister and I to Iceland. It was probably the best trip we have gone on and it wouldn’t have been possible without Othman’s help. Our excursions, hotel accommodations, and daily schedule were great and matched our needs appropriately. Can’t recommend Othman enough!

Activity Reviews
Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier hike
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The Secret Lagoon
Iceland
Blue Lagoon
Iceland
Jokulsarlon Glacier Kayaking Adventure
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Horse Riding Tour
Iceland
Whale Watching Ólafsvík
Iceland
Silfra Snorkeling
Iceland
Local specialist: Othman A

Thank you Othman!
Iceland | Jun 4 - Jun 10, 2022

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Jennifer W.
Lafayette, CA | Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Othman was great to work with! He planned an amazing itinerary and we had the best trip ever! Othman really understands Iceland and tailored our trip perfectly with our family's needs and interests in mind. We especially loved the glacier lagoon tour, glacier hike, and horseback riding. In addition, he set us up with the perfect accommodations. Othman was always responsive to my questions, and answered in a timely manner. If you are planning a trip to Iceland, Othman is the man to help! read more

Othman was great to work with! He planned an amazing itinerary and we had the best trip ever! Othman really understands Iceland and tailored our trip perfectly with our family's needs and interests in mind. We especially loved the glacier lagoon tour, glacier hike, and horseback riding. In addition, he set us up with the perfect accommodations. Othman was always responsive to my questions, and answered in a timely manner. If you are planning a trip to Iceland, Othman is the man to help!

Hotel Reviews
Stay Apartments Einholt
Reykjavik

Pros: great space and the beds were comfy Cons: run down, laundry facility in other building, and water really, really smelled like rotten eggs. Location was ok but would have preferred being closer to downtown area.

Tips for future travelers

basic accommodation - if you just need a place to sleep, this place will be fine.

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Hestheimar
Hella

Beautiful location. Friendly staff. Loved the horses! We could have stayed here forever.

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Staff
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Dalshöfði Guesthouse
Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Unique location, surprisingly modern accommodations. Very comfortable beds.

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Staff
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Garður Apartments
Gardur

Quaint seaside village, walking distance to restaurant. Quiet neighborhood. Comfy beds.

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Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

Loved the Blue Lagoon!

Quality of Experience
Horses and Hotsprings
Iceland

Fun to ride Icelandic horses, however some of our horses did not seem interested in following the commands given. Staff seemed on autopilot. Not super enthusiastic. Would maybe try a different horse riding experience next time.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Thingvellir
Iceland

Interesting, although other sights were more amazing.

Quality of Experience
Kerid Crater
Golden Circle

Cool site!

Geysir Geothermal Area
Golden Circle

Amazing!

Gullfoss
Iceland

Loved this!

Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier hike
Iceland

Super fun!

Skaftafell
Iceland
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon Zodiac boat tour
Iceland

This was a family fave!

Local specialist: Othman A

Great service!
Iceland | Sep 25 - Oct 2, 2021

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Charlotta R.
Newport, RI | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2022

I really enjoyed working with Othman. He helped me create an itinerary that worked with my requirements- no driving more than 4 hours a day - he provided advice on restaurants and other activities. We really appreciated the step-by-step driving directions, too. Othman responded quickly to all my questions both before and during the trip. Excellent service that I hope to use again! read more

I really enjoyed working with Othman. He helped me create an itinerary that worked with my requirements- no driving more than 4 hours a day - he provided advice on restaurants and other activities. We really appreciated the step-by-step driving directions, too. Othman responded quickly to all my questions both before and during the trip. Excellent service that I hope to use again!

Hotel Review
Hotel Odinsve
Reykjavik

Great location! The included breakfast was excellent and we also had a great dinner one night.

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In the center of the city
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Othman A

Fantastic trip! Othman did a great job respon...
Iceland | Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022

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Ben P.
| Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Fantastic trip! Othman did a great job responding quickly and working with us to create the perfect trip that allowed us to enjoy every moment. read more

Fantastic trip! Othman did a great job responding quickly and working with us to create the perfect trip that allowed us to enjoy every moment.

Activity Reviews
Crystal Blue Ice Cave
Iceland

Gorgeous place! Photos don’t do it justice. Just don’t go if you get carsick. The monster truck ride is wild! The whole trip was a little over 3 hours

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The car was a bit older than all the others at the lot
Crystal Blue Ice Cave
Iceland

Gorgeous place! Photos don’t do it justice. Just don’t go if you get carsick. The monster truck ride is wild! The whole trip was a little over 3 hours

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The car was a bit older than all the others at the lot but it did not detract from the experience
Local specialist: Othman A

Mixed Iceland Review
Iceland | May 9 - May 15, 2022

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Erica R.
Jacksonville, FL | Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Throughout the process of being assigned to Othman at the start of our use of KimKim, we had difficulty understanding what he was doing or saying. It should have been a sign for us to back out of using KimKim.
Othman carried out a plan for us that seemed to ignore some things that were most important to us and seemed scripted and geared toward his personal favorite things to tell tourists to see.
The first example of "The Othman Scripts" was his "Welcome to Reykjavík" and "So happy you... read more

Throughout the process of being assigned to Othman at the start of our use of KimKim, we had difficulty understanding what he was doing or saying. It should have been a sign for us to back out of using KimKim.
Othman carried out a plan for us that seemed to ignore some things that were most important to us and seemed scripted and geared toward his personal favorite things to tell tourists to see.
The first example of "The Othman Scripts" was his "Welcome to Reykjavík" and "So happy you enjoyed your day" message, which he posted about 4 weeks before we landed, and it was written for travelers who arrive early AM, not late PM (we arrived at 9:00 PM/21:00)- so his message was off-putting and irrelevant.
Our itinerary seemed to have been pre-written from other travelers' itineraries and often included places we had no interest in seeing and Othman often placed our personal stated goals into his "alternative ideas"- "if you have time" section.
Upon de-boarding and making our way to the transport service, our itinerary listed one company and our voucher listed another. Our voucher said drop-off at hotel and the actual drop off was at a church. Not that walking at 10:00 PM at night in Reykjavík is too dark as they days are long and we easily got to our self-booked hotel which was so charming and clean.
We were assigned to EuroCar for our vehicle and were assigne a similar model at the airport the evening of day 2. We spent several hours the next day driving to one of their stations in Akureyri and waiting as they located a SIM card and black box so we had wifi connection for our driving directions. (One has a 50-50 chance of dealing with a friendly hospitality specialists or a rude hospitality specialists in Iceland.) As never-been-to-Iceland-before tourists, we definitely got our first dose of rude hospitality at EuropCar in Akureyri. The initial male we experienced (after several minutes of ignoring our presence and then assisting a male customer who walking in after us) kept asking us to produce a black case from our vehicle which of course we did not have and was the reason we were there to begin with. Luckily the female who rented us the car at the airport arrived at this station and began to help us obtain the missing SIM card and routing case. After about an hour, a new SIM card was successfully activated. And we finally began our sight-seeing for the day.
Driving times did not seem to factor into Othman's planning so there was no way to both experience his suggestions and our personal interests (which were too-often listed as "alternative sites"). By day 3 we knew to research our personal interests and then focus on what mattered to us (what attracted us to Iceland in the first place).
Any tour that had issues due to weather was fine with us. On day 4 our Geothermal Spa tour was unpleasant because the hospitality experts there are rude. Othman did not think to add towels to our tour package and he did not warn us to bring towels from our hotel. So the hospitality staff took pleasure is insulting us for not knowing that our "basic tour" did not include a way to dry off. By this time in our tour, it was becoming clear that had we done everything ourselves, and not relied on KimKim's "self-guided tour", we would have had a smoother experience all the way around. Everything that we had booked ourselves was splendid, things that Othman booked were often incorrect or chaotic or poorly thought-out. Although in retrospect one of Othman's or KimKim's scripts may have said "make sure you follow Covid policies", it was not mentioned during our stay, nor were we reminded to check on need for Covid testing before going to the airport. It would have been a nice and helpful touch for KimKim/Othman to just check in on us and try to save us money and time by telling us about the Covid testing site on the way to the airport. Spending extra money and time on cabs and testing right before our departure after a less than stellar KimKim experience was not appreciated. We are happy we came and saw Iceland. We are not happy we were assigned to Othman or that we used KimKim.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Odinsve
Reykjavik

We booked this hotel ourselves and it was charming, clean, well-situated for sight-seeing and had super friendly staff!

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Hotel Sveinbjarnargerdi
Svalbarðsstrandarhreppur

Although rooms are rustic, they are clean and get the job done. The food here was the best of all hotels booked by KimKim. The staff is generous and kind.

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Although rooms are rustic, they are clean and get the job done. The food here was the best of all hotels booked by KimKim. The staff is generous and kind.
Húsavík Cape Hotel
Husavik

The two owners have been running this hotel for about three weeks. They are passionate about their unique gallery (Eurovision-themed) and this was an interesting, quirky, and fun bonus. The rooms was clean, the staff was friendly. The current cooks are from Naples so the pizza and tiramisu was delicious. The breakfast was the weak point. No yogurt (a specialty of Iceland), no hot food. Bread, meh. Cucumbers fresh and delicious. Heinrich was quick to honor local restaurants and gave an excellent recommendation for dinner. We are "foodies" and the suggested restaurant was a Win.

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Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Reykjavik

We booked this hotel ourselves and it is a great find. Loved the gym, restaurant, locations was good good. Free parking was a Plus. Friendly staff and waiters. Delicious cuisine in the restaurant. One weird thing which we tried to fix ourselves. The air-draft beneath the door to the hallway is quite loud- like a continuous running loud vacuum. We placed a towel there to dampen the sound so we could sleep. It worked well-enough.

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Hotel Laugarbakki
Hvammstangi

Food was nice. Staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms were very modern, minimalist, and clean. Very updated and pretty. Horses, ponies nearby and swing set for children. Outdoor hot tubs were popular.

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Activity Reviews
GeoSea Geothermal Baths
Iceland

The pools themselves were pretty and did overlook the ocean with land between the two. Of course it was snowing the day we were there so visibility was limited and our heads were exposed to the snow and cold as we did not have hair/head covers. Water was warm and relaxing from the shoulders down.

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Friendliness, understanding that travelers using a travel company are not made aware of details odf what's included in the package purchased by the tour company.
Skutustadagigar Pseudocraters
Lake Myvatn

Cold snowy day. Not much to remember.

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Blue Lagoon
Iceland

The lagoon is very pretty and the hospitality staff were informative and friendly. A towel, silica face mask, and drink were included with the experience which was appreciated.

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self transport
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