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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! "

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Marvel at the "diamonds" of Jökulsárlón Lagoon and the distant Vatnajökull
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The Road to Adventure
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If you want to see Iceland's top natural highlights, a self-drive tour is by far the most popular option. Travel at your own pace with plenty of changes to head off the main road in search of your own adventures. This tour also includes the Snaefellsnes peninsula which many call "mini-Iceland" as almost every natural phenomenon in Iceland can be found there, albeit on a smaller scale than elsewhere. 

A hiking area named Stokknes along the route
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Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfalls with Kirkjufell in the distance
Iceland West Coast & Golden Circle - 5 Days

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A light snow covers the quaint town of Vik along the south coast
Iceland South Coast Road Trip - 5 Days

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Recent trip reviews for Pauline

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 ).