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Pauline Odinot

Originally from France, I have always felt close to nature and that's how Iceland became my adopted country.

Traveling is about where you go, but I believe this is also about who you travel with. Friends, family, or even yourself. It is all about creating memories and having quality time, so I want to help people taking the best out of their trip.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"All of Iceland is my playground! "

How did you get involved in travel?

"My parents are experienced travelers and would take me on their trips since I was a baby. Growing up, I understood that planning a trip in advance would let me enjoy it much more and make sure I don't miss anything. I became the official trip planner for all my friends and family, and loved it; until I decided to make a living out of it!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The first time I visited Iceland was my most striking travel experience. It was during the month of November, and it was really, really cold. The waterfalls were partly frozen, with the water splash creating fields and walls of ice all around them.
This trip was such a mind-blowing experience that... I never left! "

Pauline is part of the following groups: Iceland Travel Agents
Goðafoss Waterfall
Iceland From West to North: Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Husavik, Akureyri, & More - 10 Days

This 10-day trip covers North and West Iceland and is meant for bypassing the crowded south during the summer months. Enjoy time exploring the geological features of the Golden Circle, the black-sand beaches of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Arctic Coast in Varmahlid. Discover the best of the Trollaskagi Peninsula and visit the whale watching capital of Husavik. Tour the geothermal wonder of Lake Mývatn, stay in the second city of Akureyri, and go sightseeing in lively Reykjavík.

Seljalandsfoss
6 Days in Iceland - 5 Unique Itineraries

Six days is enough time for a quick and eventful road trip through a couple of regions of Iceland, but not enough time to drive the full Ring Road. Most trips offer plenty of flexibility to circle back to any sights missed along the way. Tour dozens of destinations among the stunning Icelandic landscapes, from the Golden Circle to the South Coast. Enjoy both warm and cold adventures—with chances to enjoy more winter-forward excursions and sightings of the Northern Lights in the summer—in these five trip plans.

Seljalandsfoss
Iceland: Golden Circle, South Coast, & Westman Islands - 6 Days

Explore the Golden Circle on this well-balanced, self-drive itinerary featuring both popular stops and hidden gems. First, drive to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall, followed by a relaxing soak in the Secret Lagoon. Next, head to the South Coast to stunning waterfalls—Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss—and visits to Reynisfjara Beach, Vík, and the otherworldly Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Then, explore the glacial areas of Skaftafell, Svartifoss, and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, followed by a day to discover the lesser-known Westman Islands. Return to Reykjavík for some sightseeing and tour the Reykjanes Peninsula—plus a stop for a final soak in the Blue Lagoon—before your departure flight home.

Marvel at the "diamonds" of Jökulsárlón Lagoon and the distant Vatnajökull
Iceland in December: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

Dark and chilly, December brightens up in the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year's Eve, attracting visitors to Iceland's festive villages and towns. This is a great month to hit the slopes, wander a holiday market, and ring in the new year with a fireworks display over Hallgrímskirkja. Read on to learn more about visiting December in Iceland.

Recent trip reviews for Pauline

Pauline was great. Our Iceland trip wouldn’t ... · Iceland - Jan 17 - Jan 26, 2020

Traveler: Gaby G. - Local specialist: Pauline Odinot

Pauline was great. Our Iceland trip wouldn’t have been the same without having this itinerary and the availability to discuss with Kim Kim while I was there with any questions or concerns I had.

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Pauline Odinot, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Gaby and Congrats on facing the harsh weather like an Icelander!

Michelle

Beautifully planned! Excellent job! Thank you😊 · Iceland - Dec 26 - Jan 3, 2020

Traveler: Michelle B. - Local specialist: Pauline Odinot

Our trip was beautifully planned by Pauline. We did a 10-Day Winter Drive in the southern half of Iceland. Her itinerary was very detailed with interesting stops, restaurant recommendations and all hotel accommodations, noting what each hotel included. Our trip didn't go without mishaps, but to no fault of kimkim. They actually went above and beyond to make sure things worked out for the best. Our original flight was canceled causing us to arrive at 2am an entire day later than planned, but... read more

Our trip was beautifully planned by Pauline. We did a 10-Day Winter Drive in the southern half of Iceland. Her itinerary was very detailed with interesting stops, restaurant recommendations and all hotel accommodations, noting what each hotel included. Our trip didn't go without mishaps, but to no fault of kimkim. They actually went above and beyond to make sure things worked out for the best. Our original flight was canceled causing us to arrive at 2am an entire day later than planned, but they hustled and rearranged excursions and even had our van delivered to us 45 minutes from the airport at no charge. Pauline was on vacation the same time we were, but I called the number given and Michele and others jumped right in and took over. Thanks to each and every one who made our trip a success!

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Pauline Odinot, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your kind words Michelle! It has been a true pleasure planning this trip with you!
You indeed did experience the effect the icelandic weather can have on one's trip ; but let's say it made your experience more authentic ;)
All the best to you and your family

We had an amazing time and it was so easy to ... · Iceland - Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2019

Traveler: Theresa C. - Local specialist: Pauline Odinot

We had an amazing time and it was so easy to plan. Pauline took into account all of our requests and made it very easy and accessible for us,

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Pauline Odinot, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Theresa, I hope you had a very nice Christmas in Iceland !

Could not have done it without YOU! · Iceland - Oct 18 - Oct 25, 2019

Traveler: Sam W. - Local specialist: Pauline Odinot

Thank you all for an amazing adventure in Iceland, your attention to detail, flexibility, and quick responses made us feel very safe as we dealt with snow, cars, and accommodations! Pauline picked even better varied accommodations than we thought were possible and we loved each one! Gauksmyri with its dear sweet horses, tour group of friendly strangers and delicious food were delightful. Vogafjos Farm Resort in the Myvatn area made geothermal baths, cozy warm wood cabins, and gourmet food... read more

Thank you all for an amazing adventure in Iceland, your attention to detail, flexibility, and quick responses made us feel very safe as we dealt with snow, cars, and accommodations! Pauline picked even better varied accommodations than we thought were possible and we loved each one! Gauksmyri with its dear sweet horses, tour group of friendly strangers and delicious food were delightful. Vogafjos Farm Resort in the Myvatn area made geothermal baths, cozy warm wood cabins, and gourmet food go with snow, friendly guests and cows unforgettable! Could not ask for more! You all are so knowledgeable and caring, we are truly thrilled you took us on and made our journey so fabulous! Many thanks!

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Pauline Odinot, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Sam for this great review!
It was a pleasure putting your trip together to a less visited place, the North. I am glad you liked the accomodation as I know it was an important point of your trip :)
The weather has not been the best while you were here but hey, this is Iceland!!

Leslie

Trip to Iceland · Iceland - Sep 1 - Sep 11, 2019

Traveler: Leslie A. - Local specialist: Pauline Odinot

Iceland was an amazing experience for my husband and I. We will never forget about it! Everywhere we go had a breathtaking vista: the nature on the island is perfect and silent. We ran into a few travelers that were there during the same week, visiting the same places. I guess that's a common thing in Iceland, because all you wanna do, as a foreign, is to enjoy the beauty. Pauline helped us every time we needed her and her information was always accurate.

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Pauline Odinot, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Leslie,
Iceland nature is indeed very special! I am so happy that you had a good honeymoon in our beautiful country.
All best wishes for your future happiness :)

We enjoyed all of our experiences · Iceland - Oct 1 - Oct 9, 2019

Traveler: Robert R. - Local specialist: Pauline Odinot

We had a great time and learned a lot in this trip. The drive guide was wonderful in highlighting the major points. Having gotten stuck on some rainy day’s with gale force winds (who knew waterfalls could fall up?) we found drier locations to visit. The Bjarnarhöfn shark museum was inexpensive, interesting and a whole lot of fun. The lava museum on the way to Vik was a little more modern museum but still helped us to spend part of a very rainy day. We enjoyed all our hotels except... read more

We had a great time and learned a lot in this trip. The drive guide was wonderful in highlighting the major points. Having gotten stuck on some rainy day’s with gale force winds (who knew waterfalls could fall up?) we found drier locations to visit. The Bjarnarhöfn shark museum was inexpensive, interesting and a whole lot of fun. The lava museum on the way to Vik was a little more modern museum but still helped us to spend part of a very rainy day. We enjoyed all our hotels except hotel Fron. Our favorite had to be hotel Hamar where we had close access to hot tub, played Iceland trivia and enjoyed taking with our waiter. The issue with Hotel Fron was that we arrived late in the evening from a long day East of Vik and the day clerk was completely unhelpful about parking and getting us situated. We understood after the fact that our attitude probably wasn’t the greatest but she also made no effort to help calm us or make us feel welcome. To improve our mood we found the Lebrowski bar where Patrick from Poland invited us to join him in shots of jagermeister!
Our two Glacier tours were fantastic. The blue ice experience from Icelandic mountain guides was great! Agatha was a great guide and made sure the whole group got photos and was safe as we climbed the glacier! The Katlatrak ice cave tour was very different then what we had envisioned (thought we would be deeper in the glacier (and drier) but completely amazing nonetheless! Disappointing that the laki whale watching was rained out (see shark museum) as we might of had better success there then out of Reykjavík where we were unsuccessful at seeing any mammals (did see birds).
Thanks for setting up a great itinerary! We enjoyed all of our experiences.

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Pauline Odinot, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Robert,
It is such a pleasure to read your review, I really feel that you had a genuwine icelandic experience. I appreciate the museums tips, it is true that Iceland is more popular for its nature but sometimes the weather can indeed decide otherwise!
All the best!

Trip to Iceland · Iceland - Sep 12 - Sep 19, 2019

Traveler: Deborah W. - Local specialist: Pauline Odinot

We enjoyed the route through the Snaefellsnes Penninsula and remote areas Westfjords, We were able to snag a reservation at Tjorhusid in Isafjordur which was a real treat. Driving through the snow in the mountains on a gravel road was a real adventure. We liked the Malarhorn guesthouse and suggest taking route 68 from beyond Holmavik on the way back to Reykjavík for wild beauty and staggering views. It was the only time we ventured off the route planned by Pauline and it was well worth it. Pauline was able to develop an amazing 7 day trip for us with very little lead time.

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Pauline Odinot, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your review Deborah! To me, the Westjords are the most beautiful part of Iceland. The remoteness is propably part of the beauty! The road 68 is indeed nice but has more gravel parts. In good weather it has great views for sure. I am glad you had a good trip!

Lily

Trip to Iceland · Iceland - Aug 25 - Sep 2, 2019

Traveler: Lily W. - Local specialist: Pauline Odinot

The clockwise direction around Iceland and detour onto Snaefellsness peninsula were perfect. We saw far more cars heading in the opposite direction which made for a much smoother driving. Given the extra time it was a real treat to have some of the island’s most beautiful attractions to share with a relatively small crowd of visitors . It was shocking to encounter large caravans of cars and campers by the time we reached glacier lagoon. The golden circle was almost anti-climactic.... read more

The clockwise direction around Iceland and detour onto Snaefellsness peninsula were perfect. We saw far more cars heading in the opposite direction which made for a much smoother driving. Given the extra time it was a real treat to have some of the island’s most beautiful attractions to share with a relatively small crowd of visitors . It was shocking to encounter large caravans of cars and campers by the time we reached glacier lagoon. The golden circle was almost anti-climactic. Cases in point: Krafla crater lake was much more impressive than Kerid; and the Myvatn nature bath was very enjoyable ( skipped blue lagoon ).

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Pauline Odinot, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the review Lily! Iceland is a small country, therefore it can seem that there are many tourists. I appreciate that you point the treasures of the North as they are often underestimated.
All the best!