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Preeti Bhide

Travel is an experience that enriches our lives and is essential for all of us to grow as individuals.

Personally I love my holidays to be slower paced with time to stop and smell the flowers; a balance between the famous sights and the offbeat lesser known places; and opportunities to experience local culture, people and cuisine.

At the same time, I strongly believe that a holiday is all about the person travelling and the essence of travel planning is to help people plan an itinerary that is exactly how they want it to be!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialise in customised holidays all across Iceland. For me, your holiday is all about you. You let me know what you want and I will try my best to make it happen!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always loved travelling. After many years of working in consulting, I had an opportunity to take a sabbatical which is when we started our travel company, Wild Westfjords.
I have never looked back and it seems that this is what I was always meant to do.

Today, under our umbrella, we also have the Icelandic Aurora, specialising in winter & northern light holidays; and Iceland Offbeat, catering to the traveller who is looking for something different."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Iceland is beautiful, in a surreal way, and it is difficult to pick one unique experience. I know it sounds cliched but it's true.

However a few of my travels in Iceland that I especially remember are:
- a trip to the gorgeous Westman islands: Hiking to the newest volcano Eldfell, looking for puffins, attending a festival and enjoying the fantastic food. Apart from the breathtaking scenery, most interesting, were the locals who are so passionate about their little island.
- a trip through the Northern Westfjords and North West Iceland to Akureyri to see the Holuhraun eruption: Stopping for the best waffles in Iceland, driving the remote coastline of Skagafjordur and Trollaskagi and of course flying over the eruption. The most fascinating part of this trip was discovering the hidden beauty of the North West which many people consider to be a less interesting part of Iceland."

Featured trips & expertise

Lace up your hiking boots and go on a trek through Þórsmörk
Iceland in September: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

September marks the end of the high season and is a fantastic month to explore Iceland's iconic scenery without the crowds. This is also a great month to join a Northern Lights tour. Read on to learn what to do and where to go.

The Road to Adventure
Classic Circle Tour of Iceland - 9 Days

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. 

Northern Lights
Chasing the Northern Lights in South Iceland - 4 Days

Check the spectacular Northern Lights off your bucket list with this quick-hit trip to southern Iceland. In addition to nighttime expeditions in search of the Aurora Borealis, you'll tour some of the country's most dramatic natural wonders and unforgettable landscapes. Visit impressive waterfalls, vast glaciers, volcanic beaches, and more on this exciting winter adventure.

Ice Cave and Northern Lights
Iceland's South Coast Guided Tour - 5 Days

This 5-day tour of Iceland's South Coast hits the top natural sights. Visit Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall, see the Reynisfjara black sand beach, and drop by the small village of Vik for coffee and local history. Stop and see the Jokulsarlon lagoon and Skaftafell National Park's many glaciers. Enjoy viewing the Northern Lights in comfort.

North Iceland's Viti crater is filled with a bright blue lake
Iceland Ring Road & Westfjords Adventure - 12 Days

This epic 12-day road trip is a perfect way to absorb Iceland as you traverse all four corners of the country. You'll visit popular spots along the famous 828-mile (1,332 km) Ring Road, while also having the opportunity to escape the crowds as you detour through the Westfjords with some of Iceland's most dramatic landscapes (great for mountain biking and kayaking). The self-drive loop also includes stops in Iceland's two biggest cities, and numerous natural sites like volcanoes, waterfalls, lava fields, black sand beaches, glaciers, and blockbuster attractions in the Golden Circle.

Recent trip reviews for Preeti

Southern iceland: explore volcanoes, lagoons, glaciers and hiking trails - 8 day itinerary, Iceland - Jul 11 - Jul 19, 2019

Traveler: Ratna D. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We just returned from our amazing trip to Iceland. Preeti planned a great itinerary for us, with the perfect mix of activities and sightseeing for a family of 3 with a 10-year-old. Highlights included a glacier hike, horseback riding through the hot springs, exploring lava caves and soaking in the hot baths at Krauma. The waterfalls and glaciers were epic. Each one, unique and awe-inspiring. We covered a lot of ground over the course of our 9-day trip and were blown away by the natural wonder of Iceland and its varied, other-worldly landscapes.

Iceland + norway, Iceland - Jun 28 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: Debora T. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti was a great specialist, she planned a great route and every detail was organized perfectly. It was super easy to do the self-drive and we really enjoyed the trip she planned for us.
I really recommend kimkim and Preeti for an iceland trip.

Iceland in july, Iceland - Jul 5 - Jul 11, 2019

Traveler: Michael H. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We just got back and we had a great vacation. It was just the right amount of time and travel. It was very easy to navigate Iceland thanks to your navigation and picks.
Hotels
Hotel 1001 5 stars the best place. Great food and room the folks were very friendly. Staying there 2 nights was great. Lots to see on side trips.

Lilja Guesthouse - 3 stars. room was good breakfast was good. Not very friendly.

Hotel Katia - 2 stars Hotel looked nice but they stuck us in a small off building not in... read more

We just got back and we had a great vacation. It was just the right amount of time and travel. It was very easy to navigate Iceland thanks to your navigation and picks.
Hotels
Hotel 1001 5 stars the best place. Great food and room the folks were very friendly. Staying there 2 nights was great. Lots to see on side trips.

Lilja Guesthouse - 3 stars. room was good breakfast was good. Not very friendly.

Hotel Katia - 2 stars Hotel looked nice but they stuck us in a small off building not in the main lodge. It was old and tiered. The breakfast was amazing as was dinner. Would be 5 stars if better room.

Iceland Hotel Fludir 4 stars Nice place food was very good. They did not have our reservation and gave us a little hard time, but they figured it out.

Hotel Fron. Great location but no where to park they said their garage was full and we had to park on the street and pay. I had to get up early to go plug the meter. 3 stars.. Because of parking and the breakfast was modest and ended right at 9:30.

We loved the two trips you offered and most of the stops you suggested.. We are very pleased with all that you did. Thank you.. We are looking at Japan now with you for next year.

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jun 29 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: Lori A. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

All I can say this was a trip of a lifetime!! Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on this earth. My daughter and I did the self- driving ring road tour and had a blast. Preeti and her team did a fantastic job of organizing our trip and customizing to our needs. I will definitely be utilizing KimKim Travel again for our upcoming trips. Thank you again for planning an unforgettable trip.

7 days in iceland - 4 unique road trip itineraries, Iceland - Jul 1 - Jul 7, 2019

Traveler: Sukanya I. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Thank you Kim Kim and Preeti for planning this amazing trip to Iceland for us! It was spectacular and we can't wait to come back and tour North Iceland. Preethi was very prompt with answering all my questions and customizing the itinerary to our needs, I was 25 weeks pregnant and we had our 3 year old daughter along. In 6 days we were able to cover almost all major sights and then some, it was planned in such a way that we didn't have to drive more than 3-3.5 hours on any given day and even... read more

Thank you Kim Kim and Preeti for planning this amazing trip to Iceland for us! It was spectacular and we can't wait to come back and tour North Iceland. Preethi was very prompt with answering all my questions and customizing the itinerary to our needs, I was 25 weeks pregnant and we had our 3 year old daughter along. In 6 days we were able to cover almost all major sights and then some, it was planned in such a way that we didn't have to drive more than 3-3.5 hours on any given day and even that was broken up into smaller distances. Driving in Iceland is almost a visual treat, you can't possibly get enough of the numerous waterfalls along the ring road or the friendly livestock that come up to greet you by the fence along the roads. It is hard to pick one favorite activity/destination but the experience at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon was surreal. We were also blessed with amazing weather for the entire week and the highlight of it was the numerous rainbows we managed to catch at the Gulfoss waterfalls.
That said, there were a couple of things we wish had been done differently. We had particularly requested a 4x4 automatic transmission car, but when we reached Enterprise they told us we could either take the only 4x4 manual car left or we didn't have a car. It wasn't end of the world but it wasn't the start to the trip I was expecting and my husband ended up being the only driver the entire trip. Also, for families traveling with little kids (car seat/stroller etc.) it would probably make life easier if they could rent a car from one of the onsite car rental agencies. It was a nightmare lugging everything to the car rental shuttle stop, trying to fight the crowds to get a place in the shuttle and finally getting to the car rental after 45 minutes.
The other thing I would have done differently is not staying overnight and spending 24 hours on the Westman Islands. The island was pretty much dead when we stepped out around 7pm for dinner, there wasn't much to see. The aquarium had shut down permanently, the resident puffin had passed away a while ago and these were the activities we were looking forward to. Also, since the ferry ride to the island was eventful with both me and my daughter getting seasick due to super choppy waters, we ended up skipping the circle boat tour that we were supposed to take the next day. It would have been nice to tour the archipelago but didn't seem worth the risk of getting seasick again. Instead we took an earlier ferry back to the main island and did the stable tour at Skeidvellir. That was the highlight of my daughter's trip being able to interact with the gorgeous Icelandic horses and riding them indoors.

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jun 23 - Jul 1, 2019

Traveler: Rena H. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Our vacation was absolutely what we had hoped for, with way less stress than if I had had to plan it myself. There were two issues while we were in Iceland, but I contacted Preeti and Haldor, and the issues were handled extremely fast without my husband or I having to interrupt our vacation to deal with them. I never once was concerned because I felt like I had a team of people behind me if anything didn't go as planned. There aren't enough ways to say "thank you" for creating such a memorable, easy trip with a 6 year old and 2 year old!!

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jun 9 - Jul 2, 2019

Traveler: Denys T. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Went on a 12-day driving tour of the ring road, with 2 teenagers and another family of 3. Preeti did an amazing job planning everything, hotels were very diverse and all very comfortable. Most memorable hotel was the 1001 Nott in the Eastfjords which is run by a very nice couple (food is amazing), a real boutique hotel. Highlights were numerous, we loved the North (least touristy with incredible scenery) with the beach at Hvitserkur and the Elephant Rock, the Godafoss waterfalls, the... read more

Went on a 12-day driving tour of the ring road, with 2 teenagers and another family of 3. Preeti did an amazing job planning everything, hotels were very diverse and all very comfortable. Most memorable hotel was the 1001 Nott in the Eastfjords which is run by a very nice couple (food is amazing), a real boutique hotel. Highlights were numerous, we loved the North (least touristy with incredible scenery) with the beach at Hvitserkur and the Elephant Rock, the Godafoss waterfalls, the horseback riding next to Husavik, Lake Myvatn, Detifoss waterfalls. We did the ring road clockwise and we finished with snorkeling in the Silfra fissure, another high point of the trip. Often we felt we were among the first humans to set foot in Iceland as the country seems unscathed by human activity. Thank you Preeti!

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jun 24 - Jul 3, 2019

Traveler: Salomon S. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Great service,
Great itinerary,
Great tours,
Preeti was amazing

Hiking & kayaking in iceland, Iceland - Jun 15 - Jun 29, 2019

Traveler: Diana D. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti and Halldor did an excellent job of designing an itinerary for us to explore the island via the ring road over a 2 week period. Halldor made great suggestions for hikes and exploring the less visited areas of the West Fjords. We were amazed at the variety of landscapes, waterfalls, and birds we saw on our adventures and we can't wait to come back! Thank you for a terrific trip!

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jun 21 - Jul 1, 2019

Traveler: Iciar G. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

My husband and I took our four children (ages 11, 8, 5 and almost 2) and my mother-in-law (aged 60+) to explore Iceland on an 11-day Ring Road tour. Preeti was excellent in assessing our desire to see as much as possible, while being realistic as to what was possible given the ages of our crowd and the duration of our trip. The itinerary that she curated for us was excellent. The accommodations were fantastic -- cozy, spacious and conveniently located. Whenever an issue came up -- once... read more

My husband and I took our four children (ages 11, 8, 5 and almost 2) and my mother-in-law (aged 60+) to explore Iceland on an 11-day Ring Road tour. Preeti was excellent in assessing our desire to see as much as possible, while being realistic as to what was possible given the ages of our crowd and the duration of our trip. The itinerary that she curated for us was excellent. The accommodations were fantastic -- cozy, spacious and conveniently located. Whenever an issue came up -- once with our rental car and with our accommodations in Reykjavik -- Preeti and her team (Pauline and Halldor) were quick to respond and followed-up until the issue was resolved, checking back-in with us to make sure we were satisfied. Communication through the app is easy and convenient. We had a great time and would definitely use kimkim again. We especially recommend horseback riding in Husavik with Madja at Saltvik Horse Stables (she could not be more attentive with my daughters, both beginner riders), Into the Glacier at Husafell (the entire team was excellent, although it is a long experience and younger children are likely to get cold and wet and miserable towards the end), and glacier hiking at Skaftafell with Icelandic Mountain Guides (Till was awesome, but note that this is a long hike and younger children may get tired towards the end). Too many great experiences to choose from -- we are exhausted in a good way!

7 days in iceland - 4 unique road trip itineraries, Iceland - Jun 16 - Jun 23, 2019

Traveler: Jennifer L. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We had a wonderful trip! The sights were amazing , the people so very nice, and the food delicious. Planning was stress free thanks to Preeti.

Iceland outdoor adventure, Iceland - Jun 2 - Jun 12, 2019

Traveler: Laura G. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We asked for a custom trip with some out of the box requests but Kimkim delivered! They helped set up the perfect trip for us with accommodations meeting to exceeding expectations. All the tours went smoothly and when there were the tiniest of hiccups, they were there to help and answer questions. They also helped informed us when tours were altered. I enjoyed our hike in hopes to see an arctic fox with Stephanie, scooting around the westman islands, zodiaking through the icebergs,... read more

We asked for a custom trip with some out of the box requests but Kimkim delivered! They helped set up the perfect trip for us with accommodations meeting to exceeding expectations. All the tours went smoothly and when there were the tiniest of hiccups, they were there to help and answer questions. They also helped informed us when tours were altered. I enjoyed our hike in hopes to see an arctic fox with Stephanie, scooting around the westman islands, zodiaking through the icebergs, exploring the lava cave, investigating an ice cave, and all the little non-touristy spots. Overall kimkim’s service was superb and greatly aided in the smooth, once-in-a-lifetime trip. Thank you!

8-day ring road itinerary: explore iceland’s top places along its most famous road, Iceland - Jun 5 - Jun 13, 2019

Traveler: Lori B. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

I wanted to take my son on a trip for graduation from Medical School. We decided on Iceland a few weeks before we went. I told Preeti what we wanted to do in Iceland for 7 days and she made it happen! The trip was great...a perfect mix of hiking, excursions and driving! Our last hike to Glymur Falls was especially memorable/challenging for me but after I crossed the log bridge, waded across the top of the falls, hiked straight down the rocky trail and lived to tell you that it was worth it... read more

I wanted to take my son on a trip for graduation from Medical School. We decided on Iceland a few weeks before we went. I told Preeti what we wanted to do in Iceland for 7 days and she made it happen! The trip was great...a perfect mix of hiking, excursions and driving! Our last hike to Glymur Falls was especially memorable/challenging for me but after I crossed the log bridge, waded across the top of the falls, hiked straight down the rocky trail and lived to tell you that it was worth it as the views were spectacular! After that hike, we went to the Blue Lagoon and that was the end to a great trip! The stopping places each night were perfectly spaced to allow maximum sights each day. All of our accommodations were nice...some of the breakfasts were better than others. We enjoyed all the restaurants she recommended! Thank you for planning such a great trip for us!

Trip with thorenz/hraby, Iceland - Jun 9 - Jun 20, 2019

Traveler: Monica F. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We felt very lucky to have Preeti organize our trip because we wanted to join friends at the very last second. She managed to book us and find hotels close by and booked all the tours.

Every day we had something fun and special. The directions were clear and everything was planned to perfection.

All the tour operators were top knotch. I could write about our tour guides, all whom were knowledgeable and friendly and kind. Standouts were Steph at the Blue Ice Experience, David at... read more

We felt very lucky to have Preeti organize our trip because we wanted to join friends at the very last second. She managed to book us and find hotels close by and booked all the tours.

Every day we had something fun and special. The directions were clear and everything was planned to perfection.

All the tour operators were top knotch. I could write about our tour guides, all whom were knowledgeable and friendly and kind. Standouts were Steph at the Blue Ice Experience, David at Katlatrack, Adam and Luis at Adventure Vikings, and our guide at Vatnsheiller Cave Tours.

The hotels were all clean and comfortable. Hotel Tindastoll was like stepping back in time and very comfortable, Eidhus apartments were so pretty and comfortable with such a peaceful view, Hotel Grasteinn is a little gem by the airport but by far Hotel 1001 Nott made us wish we were staying a few more nights. Amazing hospitality, comfort and peacefulness. And the food and breakfast were delicious.

All in all it was an unforgettable vacation and will use Kimkim again. Preeti and her team did a fabulous job. Tak!!!

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jun 5 - Jun 12, 2019

Traveler: Silvia R. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

After years of doing my travel arrangements all on my own, I decided to trust a travel agent again, for a trip to Iceland that I was organizing as a birthday gift to my husband and had to be just perfect in every way.
Entrusting Kimkim and their local specialist Preeti was the best decision I ever made! Massive time saver, not a single problem or hiccup, and all the choices they made - bookings, itinerary, recommendations, - everything was perfectly tailored to my requirements, individual... read more

After years of doing my travel arrangements all on my own, I decided to trust a travel agent again, for a trip to Iceland that I was organizing as a birthday gift to my husband and had to be just perfect in every way.
Entrusting Kimkim and their local specialist Preeti was the best decision I ever made! Massive time saver, not a single problem or hiccup, and all the choices they made - bookings, itinerary, recommendations, - everything was perfectly tailored to my requirements, individual interests and circumstances.
Very quick response, great professionalism and customer care. Warmly recommended!

Iceland outdoor adventure, Iceland - Jun 2 - Jun 12, 2019

Traveler: jay d. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti took the info we gave her on what we wanted to do and see and designed a great vacation for my family I will recommend her to all my friends that want to experience the wonderful place called Iceland

Celisse

Trip to iceland, Iceland - May 20 - May 25, 2019

Traveler: Celisse B. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We had the most AMAZING time in Iceland and it's all thanks to Preeti and Halldor! Booking was a so simple and we got to see everything and more. Kimkim set us up with the best tour companies! From the time we landed and had our taxi waiting it was fantastic. We landed very early so she found us a cute cafe to have breakfast and taught us proper Icelandic pronunciation lol! Our kayak guide Tim at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon was so knowledgable and since it was just the two of us we had our... read more

We had the most AMAZING time in Iceland and it's all thanks to Preeti and Halldor! Booking was a so simple and we got to see everything and more. Kimkim set us up with the best tour companies! From the time we landed and had our taxi waiting it was fantastic. We landed very early so she found us a cute cafe to have breakfast and taught us proper Icelandic pronunciation lol! Our kayak guide Tim at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon was so knowledgable and since it was just the two of us we had our own unexpected private tour. At Myrdalsjokull our guide Elsa from Arcanum was on point! On our second to last day we missed our snorkeling tour at Silfra Fissure (our own faults) but Preeti and Halldor came through and got us booked on the next one!! We saw and experienced so much on this road trip. Wow and a million thanks for making this post graduation girls trip the most amazing!!

Melissa

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Mar 23 - Mar 30, 2019

Traveler: Melissa D. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Our 7-day excursion to Iceland went very smoothly, and we were very pleased that all the logistics involved with the reservations and itinerary planning worked out well. Except for the hike to the airplane ruin, I think we did all the recommended activities!

Before engaging with KimKim, I had considered just piecing together an itinerary and reservations by myself. In the end, I'm glad we paid the premium to have specialists organize everything. It was extremely helpful to have someone with... read more

Our 7-day excursion to Iceland went very smoothly, and we were very pleased that all the logistics involved with the reservations and itinerary planning worked out well. Except for the hike to the airplane ruin, I think we did all the recommended activities!

Before engaging with KimKim, I had considered just piecing together an itinerary and reservations by myself. In the end, I'm glad we paid the premium to have specialists organize everything. It was extremely helpful to have someone with local knowledge of the terrain and travel conditions to sketch out our daily schedule.

Driving at the end of March brought us a little more wintry conditions than I had expected. We drove through a couple of snowstorms on the Ring Road, and it was scary for some moments with zero visibility, but fortunately we had no problems. (The last time I visited Iceland was in 1997, and I skidded off the road into the snow on the way back from the Thingvellir Park. A nice family stopped and helped jack up my rental car to clear out the snow from around the tires, so all turned out well in the end.) Driving in Iceland is no joke! There were days when I was mentally planning to not be able to drive because of the weather. (But we did drive daily). It was nice that our itinerary wasn't jam packed, and we had some time flexibility.

We enjoyed every part of the trip, but our absolute favorite parts were:

-The snorkeling in the Silfra fissure: Our guide, Taz, from Arctic Adventures was excellent! She had a very sunny disposition, was very careful about getting us suited up properly and kept a good eye on us while we were in the water. I actually felt very light headed at the very end of the snorkeling route, and she had to tow me to the stairs and help me get out of the water. I felt like I was going to faint, but she was extremely attentive and helped me walk back to the parking lot without incident. I will write to Arctic Adventures directly to thank her again - Taz was truly an outstanding professional.

-The ice cave tour outside of Vík: Our guide, AJ, was great. We weren't sure if the tale he told us about the Katla eruption in 1311 was a myth or not, but he made the details very entertaining. The small cave we visited was beautiful, and the pristine, desolate surroundings were stunning. We were very glad to have been the first tour of the day, so we were able to go out and see the cave by ourselves with no other visitors around, because we were the only ones on the tour. (The other clients didn't show up.)

-The hike to Svartifoss: Wow- what a beautiful waterfall and a pretty little route to get there.

-The hike between Arnarstapi and Hellnar was a majestic path that gave us a tiny bit of solitude for a while.

Since I visited in 1997, tourism in Iceland has obviously grown exponentially. I remember going to visit Gullfoss and not seeing anyone else around for miles. This time around was obviously quite different with hordes of tourists stepping off buses.

The next time we visit Iceland, we would like to tour the north and the interior and do a lot more walking or hiking. This trip was a great introduction to the country for my husband and daughter and inspired them to also want to return someday.

Thanks for your help in making this a great experience!

5 days of iceland’s highlights: east to west from egilsstadir via jokulsarlon to reykjavik, Iceland - Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2018

Traveler: Purvish P. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

What can I say about planning, it was started with no one was waiting for us at the airport when we landed as it was planned to transfer us to local airport for our connecting flight to eglissdir. Fortunate enough Mr S was outside the airport and was able to find him by asking few people outside the airport. Only problem during the trip and after such a small issue everything was just planned perfectly.
Preeti, Halldor and Herbert all were just great with everything from very beginning stage... read more

What can I say about planning, it was started with no one was waiting for us at the airport when we landed as it was planned to transfer us to local airport for our connecting flight to eglissdir. Fortunate enough Mr S was outside the airport and was able to find him by asking few people outside the airport. Only problem during the trip and after such a small issue everything was just planned perfectly.
Preeti, Halldor and Herbert all were just great with everything from very beginning stage of the trip planning.
Even tour guide Jenn during glacier walk was very carring and knowledgeable.
Marcin, during ice cave tour just perfect. Due to very windy condition 70MPH+ wind, when every tour company cancel the trips, was able to take us for the tour on the glacier.
Both Jenn and Marcin, I would definitely recommend to request of them for anyone who is planning the trip. Both are great helping hands for having 5 female ranging in age from 17 to 47.
Having only 4 hours of daylight, Trip was planned very well. Driving on the south coast starting from Eglissdir and ending it in Reykjavik by staying in nearest hotels of the activities we requested to do such as Glacier hike, ice cave tour and snowmobiling.
Visiting Blue Lagoon on the day of our departure was just perfect before the six hours of flight home.
I strongly recommend to use Kim Kim team of Preeti,Halldor and Herbert for trip of beautiful Iceland. We will definitely use them for our future trip to Iceland in Summer months to experience midnight Sun.
Though we were unfortunate for not being able to see the Northern Lights as it was the warmest December in 17yrs informed by receptionist at hotel Ranga one the hotel we stayed. We will have to visit Iceland winter month also.
After visiting so many different countries, i can say Iceland is one country that we will be taking trip to in different seasons over and over again, such a BEAUTIFUL , PEACEFUL COUNTRY full of fresh air.
Thank you Preeti, I will contact you again for my future trips to Iceland.
Purvish (December 20 - 28 2018)

Mital

Explore iceland in 5 days - seven optimized itineraries to help you make the most of your short trip to iceland , Iceland - Nov 18 - Nov 24, 2018

Traveler: Mital P. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We have had a great experience booking through with kimkim. The entire team has been extremely helpful and onboard since day 1. A special thank you to both Herbert and Preeti!

Snowmobiling was certainly the highlight of the trip and I would most definitely recommend that to anyone considering a trip to Iceland.

Explore iceland in 5 days - seven optimized itineraries to help you make the most of your short trip to iceland , Iceland - Nov 1 - Nov 7, 2018

Traveler: Sanjeev S. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Our trip to Iceland would not have been so easy and enjoyable without the help from Preeti and team Kimkim. When the topic of travelling to Iceland with friends & family came across I started my research and planning, having traveled many different places in the world and my love to plan trips, I was not sure if I will be open to use someone's help. My first interaction with Preeti changed my mind, Preeti and Kimkim team took all the input from me and my group and planned a itinerary, which... read more

Our trip to Iceland would not have been so easy and enjoyable without the help from Preeti and team Kimkim. When the topic of travelling to Iceland with friends & family came across I started my research and planning, having traveled many different places in the world and my love to plan trips, I was not sure if I will be open to use someone's help. My first interaction with Preeti changed my mind, Preeti and Kimkim team took all the input from me and my group and planned a itinerary, which we modified until we got it right with my group, Kimkim team was very patience all along. They even asked us to change our route from our final itinerary to what would make our drive more efficient. Our group of twelve visited West, Golden triangle and South coast of Iceland. We enjoyed the Lava fields, Diamond beach, hot pods near Reykjavik and of course a spectacular Northern lights near Vik. The drives in Iceland were very beautiful and how can we forget the horses and FLUFFY herd of Sheep. I am not sure we could have visited all these places and stayed in the locations of our own in our seven days without the help from Kimkim team. I will highly recommend Kimkim to anyone. I will try Kimkim again for all my other trips as well.

Iceland, Iceland - Sep 12 - Sep 20, 2018

Traveler: Leo T. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Our trip to Iceland coincided with our 35th wedding anniversary and my two month recovery from hip replacement surgery. We had a slightly rocky start as the ride from the airport didn't drop us off at the hotel but instead at the bus depot, a 20 dollar ride to the hotel. Because it was a special time for us I booked the Icelandair Reykjavik Marina hotel for 4 nights so we could enjoy the city and its sights and cuisine. The hotel was fantastic and perfectly located. The room I booked came... read more

Our trip to Iceland coincided with our 35th wedding anniversary and my two month recovery from hip replacement surgery. We had a slightly rocky start as the ride from the airport didn't drop us off at the hotel but instead at the bus depot, a 20 dollar ride to the hotel. Because it was a special time for us I booked the Icelandair Reykjavik Marina hotel for 4 nights so we could enjoy the city and its sights and cuisine. The hotel was fantastic and perfectly located. The room I booked came with a social hour that included free wine and beer and snacks which took a little of the edge off of the expense of Iceland. I hired the kimkim team to plan the next 4 days and they came through with a spectacular agenda in the Golden Circle and the South of Iceland. They arranged for the rental car, three hotels, and forwarded the agenda which included google map directions, vouchers for a zodiac boat tour of the ice lagoon, and an ice cave exploration. We were picked up in the morning to get the car. The car came with a wifi hot spot and a garmin nav device. Driving in Iceland is easy once you get the feel of the two lanes roads that become one lane over bridges. Our mapquest instructions broadcast through the radio and were perfect during our first days exploring through the glorious, sometimes strange landscape. Waterfalls and photo ops every few feet it seemed. We drove approximately 235 km on the Golden Circle and stopped at Thingvellir National Park, got drenched by an active Geyser but recovered with a mug of spectacular lamb soup, saw the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. We ended our day at the Hotel Ranga. This was another beautiful hotel with rustic charm and amazing views, including one of the most productive Salmon rivers in Iceland right in their back yard. We continued on around the Island towards the east coast with more astonishing landscapes but at this point our mapquest couldn't find a network. Fortunately we had printed the itineraries and had the Garmin navigation device so we were ok. We visited black lava beaches, looked at seals and took photo's of icebergs on the beach before donning our survival suits and flotation devices for a zodiac ride on the lagoon. We were up close to a glacier that represents one 6th of the landmass of Iceland. The day was really wonderful but we were ready for a quiet night in our next Hotel, the Fosshotel Nupar. This was a bit of a disappointment as it was a little old and tired looking but since we booked late there were no better accommodations to be found. We were there for 2 nights. It did have a nice bar lounge that played some really great music. I should mention that all the hotels kimkim booked for us came with a full breakfast which again helped the budget from bleeding too much. The last day took us through the charming town of Vik with its lovely red and white church standing over the town and from which one had spectacular views of the ocean and the surrounding landscape. We drove through miles of lava fields, the largest in human history, that was other worldly! We took our time, visited the Bridge between the continents where the Euroasian and the American tectonic plates meet. I had to cancel the ice cave adventure as it involved some climbing which my new hip just wouldn't allow. Kimkim were gracious enough to refund that portion of the trip and we were very grateful. It gave us a little more time to drive to the most geothermal area of Iceland and feel the heat! We also at some point went to a waterfall that had a rainbow in front of it for hours and one that we walked behind. Our last night was at the Hotel Berg near the airport for our return flight the next day. Iceland is one extraordinarily beautiful country and we picked what must have been be nicest 8 days in the year. It was sunny every day with only one having a mild rain squall. Unfortunately it was cloudy at night so the only time we saw the Northern lights was on the plane as we approached Iceland. Just an excuse to return. So thank you Preeti, our kimkim travel coordinator, and her colleagues, and kimkim itself for helping us make memories.

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Oct 3 - Oct 10, 2018

Traveler: Anastasia M. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Hello,
Our trip to Iceland was amazing! So well planned by Preeti and team. Everything on the itinerary was detailed and worked really well. The timing of drives and sightseeing was perfect. Also, the pre-booked tours were very interesting and provided us with an experience that we would have otherwise not had.
We were also very happy with the accommodation and included breakfasts which really saved us time each morning. Only Hotel Hilda in Reykjavík was a very tiny room. However, the... read more

Hello,
Our trip to Iceland was amazing! So well planned by Preeti and team. Everything on the itinerary was detailed and worked really well. The timing of drives and sightseeing was perfect. Also, the pre-booked tours were very interesting and provided us with an experience that we would have otherwise not had.
We were also very happy with the accommodation and included breakfasts which really saved us time each morning. Only Hotel Hilda in Reykjavík was a very tiny room. However, the location of the hotel was very convenient. We found driving in Iceland quite easy- even with many tourists on the roads.
Overall, we had good weather- particularly in the important places where clear skies was a benefit to most enjoy the scenery. We even saw the Northern Lights in Höfn which was such a bonus for us.
Thank you so much for organising this amazing trip for us. I have already recommended KimKim to some friends and family members and would definitely use your booking team again.
Thank you again
Ann & Thor Morris

Best day hikes in iceland, Iceland - Aug 30 - Sep 15, 2018

Traveler: Kris M. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti did an excellent job tailoring our trip to our interests and responded quickly when we ran into snags.

Best day hikes in iceland, Iceland - Aug 30 - Sep 15, 2018

Traveler: Laura D. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

So happy to meet Preeti, Halldor and their family! The itinerary was exactly what we wanted to do! Though some days were packed and we had to skip some things. But we got in plenty of hiking and excursions. We were very please with the hotels and guesthouses too! For the very few issues we had, they were so responsive and gave great service!

We loved all of the hotel choices except for FossHotel Lind. The shower smelled like sulphur and the room was too small to open your luggage... read more

So happy to meet Preeti, Halldor and their family! The itinerary was exactly what we wanted to do! Though some days were packed and we had to skip some things. But we got in plenty of hiking and excursions. We were very please with the hotels and guesthouses too! For the very few issues we had, they were so responsive and gave great service!

We loved all of the hotel choices except for FossHotel Lind. The shower smelled like sulphur and the room was too small to open your luggage anywhere.

Our favorite hotels were:
>Tungulending; loved the location and the novelty of it! We could have stayed here awhile!
>Hotel Hellnar was wonderful and we loved the costal walk to Arnarstapi
>Hotel Heydalur - we loved this place! It would be a great place to stay for a couple of nights! Nice pool, hot pots, horseback riding, hiking, and we loved the animals! (dogs and an arctic fox!)
Heydalur was hard to find.  The gps to a dilapidated building with broken windows! We were driving on a narrow dirt road. We went back to a sign for Heydalur. The only sign was “restaurant “ so we went in to ask and that was the place.
>Hotel Bork - we loved the large rooms and the location right by the small harbor with an easy walk to dinner on the harbor at KAFFI DUUS. The food was great!
>Glacier World hotel, loved the little glacier museum with the video explaining how the community built the walls to save their town from the melting glaciers

Our favorite Restaurants:
>Tjoruhusid in Isafjordur was fabulous! We talked about the food there the entire rest of the trip! We actually enjoyed going there for lunch when the price was cheaper and it wasn't so crowed.
>Sjavaborg restaurant in Hvammstangi - the lamb shank and cheese cake was fabulous
> Cafe Vogafjos in Mytvatn, food was great and it was neat it was attached to the cow barn
> Pakkhusid in Hornafjordur; the langoustine was soooo good! It was neat to see the boat that brought them in right out the window
>Efsti-Dalur, found this on our own on the way to the Secret Lagoon. A wonderful cow farm that makes their own ice cream. We stopped back here for dinner after the Secret Lagoon

Favorite Hikes:
>Hellnar costal walk to Arnarstapi
>Dynjandi waterfall - it took our breath away!
> Landmannalaugur! Quite a crazy road to get there, but that was my favorite place. It was so beautiful!
>Valagil gorge; loved the beautiful grass land, the blue berries and the "surprise" gorge and waterfall
> Dimmuborgir - Beautiful hiking trails through lava rock formations. The plants interspersed in the rocks were so pretty, they look like a garden.
>Seydisfjordur; we loved this little harbor town... so picturesque. We did a small hike to to the man made structure called the singing concrete.  It was a great view of the town from up there!
> westman island Heimeny

We loved this place! There were still some Puffins and the desk clerk at the hotel told us how to find them. We hiked around the cliffs near the golf course where we got a picture of some. We also enjoyed the aquarium and the volcano museum. We heard about the kids rescuing pufflings and ran across some caring a big box. Sure enough they had a puffling they were getting ready to release. It was so cool to share this experience with them.

Excursions:
>Hellulaug hot pot
We loved this little remote hot pot! The view was fabulous! We had a little trouble finding it. It was further up the road than we could figure out. Found someone walking down the road that helped us find it. Also, it would have been nice to know there was a restaurant right there. Based on the itinerary, the only place we saw for dinner was on the car ferry and that food was not good.
>Kayaying in Isafjordur
We loved the kayak excursion in Isafjordur. It would have helped to know a little more about the gear they were going to provide, but it worked out okay. It was also confusing on where to meet. The voucher was not correct.
> Inside the Volcano!!! We LOVED this! It might be helpful to warn people that it is about a 2 mile walk to the base camp and 1/4 mile up the side of the volcano. But it was so worth it! It would have been helpful to know they were going to feed us meat soup (or vegetarian version) afterward. It was so good, but didn't know and had brought sandwiches to eat.
> Husavik Whale tour was a bust, but I guess you can't always count on seeing whales. There was a beautiful sunset that evening and we would have rather eaten at Tungulending and enjoyed the sunset.
>Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon 
our kayak trip was cancelled because of wind and rain, but the lagoon was well worth seeing the beautiful blue ice

Helpful hints:
> 100Kr coins needed for many of the WC we stopped at along the way.
> The Driving plan link on Day 12 had the wrong starting point. We couldn't use it, but we loved the Driving plan links provided to us for the entire trip! FYI, you might let the customer know that link is in the itinerary, I didn't realize it was there until right before we left.

We had an absolutely wonderful time. The itinerary was perfect for us! Thank you!

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Aug 14 - Aug 22, 2018

Traveler: Sara H. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We had a great experience planning our 9 day self drive trip around Iceland August 2018 with Kimkim. Preeti was extremely helpful and easy to work with. We appreciated her personal input and planning. We loved the places we stayed at. They were modern, clean and each had a special touch of Iceland. All our activities were well planned other than the whale watching, which was the tour facilities fault. They forgot to put our name down on their list and created few hours of delay in our... read more

We had a great experience planning our 9 day self drive trip around Iceland August 2018 with Kimkim. Preeti was extremely helpful and easy to work with. We appreciated her personal input and planning. We loved the places we stayed at. They were modern, clean and each had a special touch of Iceland. All our activities were well planned other than the whale watching, which was the tour facilities fault. They forgot to put our name down on their list and created few hours of delay in our schedule. Other than that glitch, we had an absolutely great time and truly enjoyed our visit. Preeti had an excellent itinerary planned for us, and we got to see all the things we wanted to see and places we wanted to go to. Thanks Preeti for all your help. Our accommodations were great.

10 days in icelend, Iceland - Aug 18 - Aug 28, 2018

Traveler: Mike J. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

kimkim WowWow,

Preethi and Haldor both planned our trip and helped us along the way. They replied to all inquiries and beforw and during the trip and sent detailed instructions for access to our lodgings and activities. They arranged our rental car for trip around Iceland - all our lodgings - sightseeing itnerary - Blue lagoon (Premium Entrance) - Iceberg lagoon kayaking, glacier walk, ice climbing, ice cave trip, and Silfa snorkeling. The itinerary they set up included links to... read more

kimkim WowWow,

Preethi and Haldor both planned our trip and helped us along the way. They replied to all inquiries and beforw and during the trip and sent detailed instructions for access to our lodgings and activities. They arranged our rental car for trip around Iceland - all our lodgings - sightseeing itnerary - Blue lagoon (Premium Entrance) - Iceberg lagoon kayaking, glacier walk, ice climbing, ice cave trip, and Silfa snorkeling. The itinerary they set up included links to GoogleMaps navigation for our route.

All in all - I would highly recommend kimkim. They really did everything and it turned out perfectly. I would use them in the future.

Thank you Preeti and Haldor.

Mike and family.

Explore iceland in 5 days - seven optimized itineraries to help you make the most of your short trip to iceland , Iceland - Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2018

Traveler: Lesley A. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We really enjoyed the itinerary and the hotels that were selected. Would have appreciated a bit more detail and tips. For example the day trip to the waterfall, where there was no opportunity to get lunch, a note suggesting to take a picnic lunch would have been helpful. Also some detail on the timing of activities would help plan the day better - seal colony viewing duration, whale watching duration etc.

William

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jul 23 - Jul 30, 2018

Traveler: William R. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We had an excellent time in Iceland and particulary liked the scheduled activities (Glacier walk and Iceberg lagoon boat ride). We also very much enjoyed our overnight on Westman Is. On the south coast we loved the major waterfalls-Seljalandsfoos, Skogarfoss and Gullfoss-, the black beaches-Dyrholaey & Reynisfjara . Also the wildness and vastness of the Snaefellsne was a highlights.

The amount of dramatic and beautiful scenery was unlimited and endless in Iceland.

Preeti made several... read more

We had an excellent time in Iceland and particulary liked the scheduled activities (Glacier walk and Iceberg lagoon boat ride). We also very much enjoyed our overnight on Westman Is. On the south coast we loved the major waterfalls-Seljalandsfoos, Skogarfoss and Gullfoss-, the black beaches-Dyrholaey & Reynisfjara . Also the wildness and vastness of the Snaefellsne was a highlights.

The amount of dramatic and beautiful scenery was unlimited and endless in Iceland.

Preeti made several suggestions that were excellent-Fjadargljufur Canyon, Route 558 through the lava filed and the Floi Bird Reserve, plus a wonderful ice cream stop Efstidalur. We prefer the less crowded stuff and these tips were good. We thought other than Gullfoss, the Golden Circles was overcrowded and not appealing.

People of Iceland were very nice and helpful. Over all it was great. As pescaterians , the food was fine and supermarkets were good shopping

We liked the accommodations particularly when isolated a bit and in beautiful place. However the apartment for 2 nights in Reykjavik while in a great location could have been a bit nicer. Also we spoke about the last nights accommodation at West Park and were offered a refund (shared bathroom and sitting area) and pretty basic all the way around.

Iceland in july , Iceland - Jul 6 - Jul 13, 2018

Traveler: Gabriella P. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Our trip to Iceland was amazing! We were very pleased with the sites and recommendations made by Preeti and kimkim - so much so that we want to visit again - and soon.

Things that stood out:
While we enjoyed the entire trip, the following stood out as truly exceptional experiences: the south coast, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, the glacier hike, the fjords on the east coast (Hotel Bjarg was charming!), Arnarstapi hotel and the surrounding area, Skaftafell national park, Kirkjufell mountain,... read more

Our trip to Iceland was amazing! We were very pleased with the sites and recommendations made by Preeti and kimkim - so much so that we want to visit again - and soon.

Things that stood out:
While we enjoyed the entire trip, the following stood out as truly exceptional experiences: the south coast, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, the glacier hike, the fjords on the east coast (Hotel Bjarg was charming!), Arnarstapi hotel and the surrounding area, Skaftafell national park, Kirkjufell mountain, Reynisfjara beach, Djupalonssandur beach, Londrangar, and Thingvellir National Park. Plus, we loved all the waterfalls, and we would most definitely recommend to anyone going to Iceland to drive around the country - it is simply breathtaking.

Things we'd do differently:
Our itinerary was quite full, which at times felt like there wasn't enough time to enjoy many of the locations fully. Also, we visited Perlan on the last day of our trip, and looking back, we think Perlan would have been great at the start to help provide more background and context to the area we explored. While all of the hotels were clean and sufficient, our least favorite was Hotel Laugarbakki, perhaps because of its remoteness (and the hot tubs were rather cold). Given that we drove around the country, we might also recommend a different car (a crossover perhaps or SUV) other than the sedan we received. While most of the routes were paved, we did occasionally find ourselves in the middle of bumpy gravel roads and a more durable car would have eased our minds a bit - though our sedan worked out just fine, and we did not have any difficulties.

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jul 14 - Jul 22, 2018

Traveler: Amy C. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti was fantastic! Each day was filled with great adventures and experiences! Preeti was available for quick questions and advice at any time , and was really interested in preparing a trip that fit our interests!

Two week self drive trip to iceland, Iceland - Jun 30 - Jul 14, 2018

Traveler: Ben B. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

My wife, Renee, and I had a memorable and exciting 14 day trip driving an AWD vehicle all the way around Iceland in early July. Preeti at kimkim did a fantastic job taking into account what we wanted to do, working out the logistics of how much we would likely be able to drive/accomplish in a day and choosing hotels for us that were all 3+ star and met and, in many cases, exceeded our expectations. She also incorporated a variety of guided activities into our schedule. The final package... read more

My wife, Renee, and I had a memorable and exciting 14 day trip driving an AWD vehicle all the way around Iceland in early July. Preeti at kimkim did a fantastic job taking into account what we wanted to do, working out the logistics of how much we would likely be able to drive/accomplish in a day and choosing hotels for us that were all 3+ star and met and, in many cases, exceeded our expectations. She also incorporated a variety of guided activities into our schedule. The final package was delivered to us as a pdf document with day-to-day instructions, Google driving maps and vouchers for hotels and activities that we had pre-paid for. All-in-all a very seamless experience and well worth the small percentage service fee included in the final reckoning. My only somewhat minor criticism was that it was hard to decide what to include and what not to, based simply on cost, as the car rental, activities and hotel bills were not itemized prior to payment. For those trying to budget, I would strongly recommend searching on the web in addition to working with Preeti for a better idea of itemized costs before committing.

The best things about Iceland are the incredible scenery, especially the volcanic landscapes, seascapes, waterfalls and turf-roofed houses and churches, and the flora and fauna, especially the Icelandic Horses, puffins and arctic foxes. All of it was wonderful, even if the weather was not always cooperative. Expect to have a backseat full of wet rain gear, as you get in and out at frequent intervals to explore roadside attractions and take photos! Places that I would highly recommend include ALL the waterfalls (including Gjain and Haifoss, two of our favorites which we added to Preeti's itinerary), the road to Landmannalaugur, the icebergs at Jokulsarlon, Petra's Stone Collection in Stodvarfjordur and Audunn's Mineral Collection in Djupivogur, Seydisfjordur (especially the sushi at Nord Austur), puffin viewing at Halmarholmstri, hiking around Lake Myvatn and Asbyrgi, the Whale Museum at Husavik, the Herring Museum at Siglufjordur, the Settlement Center at Borgarnes, Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, and the reconstructed fishing station at Osvor. Overall, I'm so glad we did not spend too much time in Reykjavik or waste our money on the Blue Lagoon, as the rest of Iceland has so much more to offer.

Among the organized activities Preeti set up for us, we particularly enjoyed horseback riding among the geothermal springs at Eldhestar, a glacier hike near Skaftafell, and eating uni (sea urchin) and scallop sashimi freshly bottom trawled from the floor of Breidafjordur on our Viking Sushi tour. While we did successfully track three humpback whales on our whale watch tour in Husavik, it was a very wet ride and we had hoped to see other species, so it was a bit disappointing. The weather (10 foot swells!) also caused our trip by boat to Hornbjarg, the bird cliffs on the north side of Hornstrandir Nature Resrve, to be cancelled, but Preeti and her husband came to the rescue and arranged for us to go instead to Hesteyri on the south side of the Reserve, where we had an enjoyable hike to an old whaling station. We had booked a kayaking tour in Isafjordur the next day, but we were too tired to contemplate it and the weather looked foreboding still. Luckily, Preeti was able to cancel at no charge for us and we received a refund for this and the shortened Hornstrandir trip very promptly on our credit card. Finally, on our last day in Iceland, we were booked for the Inside the Volcano tour near Reykjavik. When we got there, the weather was really ghastly and we called Preeti to ask if we should/could cancel. She persuaded us to go, despite the weather, as she revealed that it was the most expensive tour we had booked on the whole trip. So we bravely marched two and a half miles across the lava in our yellow slickers and had an incredible experience descending more than 200 meters inside an extinct volcano, something I'm sure we'll never get the chance to do again. On top of that, we got to see an adorable baby arctic fox who had taken up residence under the trailer for the base camp at the volcano. So, THANK YOU Preeti for persuading us to persevere and for organizing such a great trip. Thank you also for going above and beyond to retrieve Renee's expensive Swarovski binoculars that she left at Hesteyri and ship them efficiently for us to Reykjavik's domestic airport, where we could pick them up before our departure back to the US. You get the highest recommendation from us!

Iceland outside of reykjavik, Iceland - Jul 2 - Jul 11, 2018

Traveler: Sarah C. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

It was great to have Preeti's help once we were in Iceland. We encountered a few problems as we went, due to weather and cancellations, and she had to do some reshuffling and re-booking. It was nice to continue on our vacation while she handled the headaches- I don't know what we would have done without her help. The driving plan had lots of suggestions for stops and optional detours that were wonderful. We were very glad to have her to turn to during our stay. I wish that we had been given... read more

It was great to have Preeti's help once we were in Iceland. We encountered a few problems as we went, due to weather and cancellations, and she had to do some reshuffling and re-booking. It was nice to continue on our vacation while she handled the headaches- I don't know what we would have done without her help. The driving plan had lots of suggestions for stops and optional detours that were wonderful. We were very glad to have her to turn to during our stay. I wish that we had been given more choice and explanation during the planning process- particularly around accommodations. The hotels were always clean and located near the next day's activities, but we would have liked a higher class of accommodation and hotels with more personality. We had booked two nights on our own before enlisting help, and the places we booked were much nicer than what we got through Kimkim. Preeti really never asked what we were looking for or what price range we were looking for- we gave her some ideas for activities we'd like and she gave us back a fully planned trip and price for the trip without an explanation about how the price was set. In the end, we had a wonderful vacation and were glad that we went through Kimkim/Preeti, I just wish we'd felt a little more in control of and aware of the vacation we were embarking on. One thing that we came to appreciate during our trip was how Preeti had tried to steer us away from the Golden Circle- we felt obligated to see some of the sights there, and ultimately insisted on including it in the itinerary. She obliged and squeezed it in. We enjoyed the rest of Iceland much more than the Golden Circle. It was a zoo. We were glad we spent the majority of our trip elsewhere, where there are just as many beautiful and unique spots but a third of the people.

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jul 1 - Jul 10, 2018

Traveler: Judi L. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

The hotels we stayed in were fine - but directions to them were sorely lacking.

In general directions were poor.

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jul 1 - Jul 10, 2018

Traveler: Otto S. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Super trip in spite of the miserable weather. The itinerary was excellent. Preeti handled the refunds for the cancelled excursions speedily. The only item that must be improved is the directions to the booked hotels - there were none. Our car navigation system handled the two hotels with street addesses (Hotel Orkin & Hotel Bjarg) but we spent a lot of time finding the others. E.g. it would have been useful to know that Efri-Vik Bugalows are co-located with Hotel Laki. All the... read more

Super trip in spite of the miserable weather. The itinerary was excellent. Preeti handled the refunds for the cancelled excursions speedily. The only item that must be improved is the directions to the booked hotels - there were none. Our car navigation system handled the two hotels with street addesses (Hotel Orkin & Hotel Bjarg) but we spent a lot of time finding the others. E.g. it would have been useful to know that Efri-Vik Bugalows are co-located with Hotel Laki. All the accomodations were good - we especially enjoyed Hotel Bjarg. The background information that we received should also mention the numerous Visitor Information Centers. They were an excellent resource. We really enjoyed the Myvatn Nature Baths. Thanks for a great trip.

Iceland, Iceland - Jun 17 - Jun 23, 2018

Traveler: Todd V. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

It was our first time using kimkim and we have already recommended it to others. Preeti's itinerary provided a great balance - logistics were taken care of and we had reservations for a few excellent activities, but she also left us with suggestions for add-ons and free time to explore on our own. That made it better than an all-inclusive tour while being a lot less stressful than planning it all ourselves. I'm glad we chose to spend the first days in the remote and beautiful eastern fjord... read more

It was our first time using kimkim and we have already recommended it to others. Preeti's itinerary provided a great balance - logistics were taken care of and we had reservations for a few excellent activities, but she also left us with suggestions for add-ons and free time to explore on our own. That made it better than an all-inclusive tour while being a lot less stressful than planning it all ourselves. I'm glad we chose to spend the first days in the remote and beautiful eastern fjord country before we drove to the more heavily touristed southwest. I think we were both impressed most by the ever-changing and dramatic landscape shaped by volcanoes and glaciers.

Annie

Iceland 2107, Iceland - Jun 15 - Jun 26, 2018

Traveler: Annie T. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Overall, the trip was amazing. We really enjoyed the sights, food and experience. The different hostels each had a charm of their own, and only one or so was even remotely a negative., and that was because of the access to the house and kitchen.
My only concern was the hike in Hornstrandir was extremely strenuous. I had appropriate gear, and was in decent enough shape to find it enjoyable, however the description kind of made it sound like an easy stroll. Other people might not be as... read more

Overall, the trip was amazing. We really enjoyed the sights, food and experience. The different hostels each had a charm of their own, and only one or so was even remotely a negative., and that was because of the access to the house and kitchen.
My only concern was the hike in Hornstrandir was extremely strenuous. I had appropriate gear, and was in decent enough shape to find it enjoyable, however the description kind of made it sound like an easy stroll. Other people might not be as prepared with gear, and/or ability. Although if I had understood, maybe I would have had more fear. So it’s hard to say if more description would have been good or bad! We got through it and felt that we really accomplished something at the end. . I absolutely loved our guide and the experience. It was incredible, but I was somewhat unprepared for the reality of wading shoeless in icy creeks and rivers and hiking straight uphill for several kilometers.

Also the road to Látrabjarg, HOLY CRAP, that road was so super scary, for little payoff at the end, it was really foggy and we couldn’t see much. A little warning about that road and maybe I could have been a little more prepared, and not so scared that we would slide off into the ocean.

Otherwise, everything was fabulous. We enjoyed the horseback riding, the hostel in Broddannes was our favorite, hands down. What a stunning place.
We also really enjoyed the town that was the Herring Capital, and the museum there.
The whale watching was a little different than we do here in the states, but it was pleasant nonetheless, and I hope that Iceland abandons it’s Whaling program for whale watching instead, as I’m sure it’s more lucrative and more humane. But I’m an environmentalist, and have been against whaling my whole life. I hate to think of these creatures being killed. Seeing them on the menus in Reykjavík , I had to grit my teeth with that one.
Again, I had a wonderful, memorable time!! I will never forget it!!

When is the best time of year to visit iceland?, Iceland - Jun 16 - Jun 23, 2018

Traveler: Richard Y. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti & Haldor did a great job with our itinerary! The kayak and hike on the glacier was a big highlight. We had a great guide named Marek. The blue lagoon is a must do and would only add the in water massages (must do in advance as sold out when we arrived). One of the most memorable trips of my life....and I proposed (Preeti gave me some great ideas of where to do it!) while on the Westman Islands and she said YES!. Highly recommend The Kimkim Team!

5-day self-drive tour , Iceland - Jun 10 - Jun 15, 2018

Traveler: Samuel A. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

My experience with kimkim looks a lot like the daily temperature chart on my weather app: high at the very outset when a friendly woman in Tennessee took down the personal particulars of our well-traveled four person group (whose ages ranged from 84 to 78), descending to a series of lows when the first agent assigned to our group persistently erred in the details of our trip (how many days and nights, how many days for car rental, etc., and ultimately sent us a final bill before ever... read more

My experience with kimkim looks a lot like the daily temperature chart on my weather app: high at the very outset when a friendly woman in Tennessee took down the personal particulars of our well-traveled four person group (whose ages ranged from 84 to 78), descending to a series of lows when the first agent assigned to our group persistently erred in the details of our trip (how many days and nights, how many days for car rental, etc., and ultimately sent us a final bill before ever providing us with an itinerary). The temperature graph went up dramatically when competent Preeti arrived on the scene, and stayed up during our first 4 nights in Iceland, all on the incredibly beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula. It’s hard to pick a single high point, but the setting and lunch at Budir, and the setting (amidst hundreds of breeding Arctic Terns in the fields and Kittiwakes in the cliffs) and the elegantly restrained rooms in the cottages at Arnarstapi, our lobster lunch at Hraun, and the wide, wide waterfalls at Hraunfossar and Barnafoss- these things come to mind immediately.
We were incredibly happy travelers, in fact, until having picked our way through a maze of small and smaller roads, we arrived in the rain at the doorstep of the Hotel Kriunes, replete in all its faded southwestern/Mexican splendor. Construction in progress, extremely unwelcoming owners, gloomy corridors, no handicapped access to the badly lit lower level, etc., etc. I’ve been through all this before at some length with Preeti, so refer you to that correspondence for details. Whatever Preeti and the owners may say or think (and i’m not sure whether Preeti has ever seen the place), the Kriunes was nowhere near the level of quality that any of our group would ever find acceptable, nor could the offer of a $50 discount and free sandwiches, or even free rooms, have ever made any difference. Preeti says it was three-star, and maybe it once was, but i have to say that the ambience of the place was positively disagreeable; it did not measure up in any way to the charming little places we stayed in all the other nights. So, not wanting to ruin our entire visit during an endless argument pitting my opinion against Preeti’s and the owners, we made alternate arrangements on the spur of the moment, cancelled our rooms, paid for our sandwiches, tipped the helpful women at the reception desk. And found our way to a very nice hotel in Reykjavik’s city center.
So what did we think of kimkim’s services? We loved almost every minute of our short stay in Iceland, and we have Preeti to thank for much of what we enjoyed, but the gigantic mistake with the Kriunes - and her failure to understand why we felt the way we did and most particularly her inability to fix things for us (she appeared to be taking the side of the hotel, not we who were her direct clients), leaves me with decidedly mixed feelings about what added benefit we got from kimkim’s management of our travel arrangements in Iceland. I hope to hear back from you.

8-day ring road itinerary: explore iceland’s top places along its most famous road, Iceland - Jun 3 - Jun 13, 2018

Traveler: Calvin F. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Iceland is an amazing land of natural beauty. There are impressive waterfalls throughout the country. The weather in early June was for the most part sunny and pleasant with 2 days having rain. On 1 day there were issues of fog and some sights were missed.
The highlight of the trip for both of us was the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach, where the glacier meets the ocean and massive icebergs are everywhere in the lagoon. The ice pieces that litter the black sand beach look like expensive works of art made of clear glass.
The people of Iceland are friendly and welcoming.

Iceland exploration, Iceland - May 20 - May 28, 2018

Traveler: Bruce B. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We had a wonderful trip to Iceland. All of the logistics and reservations were great, and seamless throughout the trip. Really appreciated some of the locals favorites recommendations. All of the excursions were great. The daily itinerary was great and well planned. We had one snafu in that an activity was cancelled due to weather, but they were quick to recommend an alternate plan. Would have liked bigger rooms in a few of the places.

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2018

Traveler: Terry H. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Thanks for a memorable vacation,as your itinerary was perfect; the car correct, the sights wonderful and the accommodations superb. We appreciate your work and suggestions as we relive the week with friends and relatives. Your help--even with the weather! is appreciated. thanks again.
Terry

Kim

2-week ring road self-drive itinerary: highlights of iceland and the remote westfjords, Iceland - May 20 - Jun 1, 2018

Traveler: Kim C. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

My husband and I enjoyed a two week, self driving tour through West and North Iceland. We had an excellent, detailed itinerary with lots of options each day from our specialist Preeti. She focused on what we most wanted to see and do, and we weren't disappointed! Particularly of note were the dining suggestions - it's sometimes challenging to decide on the right place, so we enjoyed all her suggestions without worry. We also enjoyed having vouchers for our accommodations and excursions, it... read more

My husband and I enjoyed a two week, self driving tour through West and North Iceland. We had an excellent, detailed itinerary with lots of options each day from our specialist Preeti. She focused on what we most wanted to see and do, and we weren't disappointed! Particularly of note were the dining suggestions - it's sometimes challenging to decide on the right place, so we enjoyed all her suggestions without worry. We also enjoyed having vouchers for our accommodations and excursions, it made for hassle-free check-in's each night. Our favourite lodging was Siglunes Guesthouse in charming town of Siglugfjordur, and our favourite excursion was a beautiful, exciting hike up to Glymer Waterfall - a workout for us middle-aged folks!

Iceland babymoontrip , Iceland - May 20 - May 26, 2018

Traveler: Gretchen J. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We had a fantastic time exploring Iceland and are very happy with our decision to book a trip through kimkim. We were able to see many extraordinary features of Iceland without being too busy or 'overbooked' feeling. The hotels and rental car accommodations were also fantastic.

A week in iceland: 4 unique road trips filled with highlights & hidden gems, Iceland - May 12 - May 18, 2018

Traveler: nancy l. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Hi Preeti,

The trip was terrific. We appreciated your help a great deal and everything was fine. My feedback is only about the things that I thought could have been improved. Please know that overall we were very happy.
First of all, the email situation during the planning phase, the long threads and the occasional difficulty wading through. I always appreciated your immediate response but wished the format could have been a bit different.
Second: I know we were on The Ring Road that... read more

Hi Preeti,

The trip was terrific. We appreciated your help a great deal and everything was fine. My feedback is only about the things that I thought could have been improved. Please know that overall we were very happy.
First of all, the email situation during the planning phase, the long threads and the occasional difficulty wading through. I always appreciated your immediate response but wished the format could have been a bit different.
Second: I know we were on The Ring Road that that's pretty easy but we could have made use of a few directions! We use waze and so we were ok but without that we would have had some trouble. There was no notation for distances between sites or turns, even when we went to Reykavik. A few directions would have been helpful.
Third: The Hotel Ranga was the only place we weren't 100 percent pleased with. Our shower didn't work, the bed was uncomfortable and my dinner was pretty awful The manager agreed that my dinner was a disaster though and he took it off the bill.
We would use your organization again and we thank you for your excellent help throughout! When I misplaced the voucher for the Blue Lagoon Rico came through very quickly and all went well! I would suggest that you add the tomato farm to the list of things to do
Nancy

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Apr 1 - Apr 7, 2018

Traveler: Karen S. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

This was a dream trip! I was so busy with work and Preeti had everything planned according to where we wanted to go and sights we wanted to see. The self driving tour was great and the hotels were all amazing!!

I will definitely use Kim Kim again - it’s perfect for a busy person who doesn’t have time to plan all the logistics of a trip

Thank you

K & d birthday spectacular, Iceland - Mar 7 - Mar 16, 2018

Traveler: Kristy L. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We loved our trip! So happy with Kimkim for tailoring our trip to our type of travel. Especially loved our guide Yuli (Mývatn area snowshoe/waterfall excursion). All our bookings were without a hitch and we would recommend kimkim to anyone looking for a self drive tour of Iceland.

5 days of iceland’s highlights: east to west from egilsstadir via jokulsarlon to reykjavik, Iceland - Feb 10 - Feb 18, 2018

Traveler: David W. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Other than the weather interrupting our plans, which is not in anyone's control ... All of the activities were great and we really enjoyed them all from Ice Cave to Lava Tunnels to Icelandic Horse back riding and all of the scenic locations. We will return to see some of these sites in the summer at some point for additional breathe taking views. Thanks for all the support from Preeti, even while on vacation, it was a nice touch of excellent service.

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2017

Traveler: Daniel R. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Our winter trip to Iceland was amazing. Preeti helped us find great accomodations for our large family and tours we wouldn't have known about without her -- such as the only ice cave tour that allowed us to bring our 8-year-old. She was right to tell us that certain things we wanted to do would require too much driving and was able to suggest alternatives that fit our schedule better. We especially loved the dogsledding. There was one problem with the car rental when we arrived and we had to scramble to make new arrangements, but after the trip KimKim quickly helped us get a refund.

Ted

Walshmob christmas 2017, Iceland - Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018

Traveler: Ted W. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Overall our 12 days in Iceland were excellent. We did eveything we'd included in our trip specification, although mother nature didn't deliver whales on our Laki cruise or a spectacular northern lights display. However, we did have a magnificent White Christmas experience in Siglufjörður at the Herring House, which was the highlight of the trip for me. Other highlights were:

the dog sledding with Ispiration Iceland as we all got to drive our own sleds instead of just being passengers

our... read more

Overall our 12 days in Iceland were excellent. We did eveything we'd included in our trip specification, although mother nature didn't deliver whales on our Laki cruise or a spectacular northern lights display. However, we did have a magnificent White Christmas experience in Siglufjörður at the Herring House, which was the highlight of the trip for me. Other highlights were:

the dog sledding with Ispiration Iceland as we all got to drive our own sleds instead of just being passengers

our private super jeep tour into Thorsmörk with Iceland Activities which got us places we could have reached by ourselves in our rental car

New Years Eve in Reykjavik with it's joyous anarchic fireworks display laid on by the public.

Apart from some confusion about the quoted price, the service provided by KimKim and their Icelandic partner Wild Westfjords was first class. They proposed an itinerary based on our wish list and made the bookings for us, which I had neither the time nor the local knowledge to do myself. Our trip may have been cheaper if I had arranged it myself, but it wouldn't have been as awesome. The extra money spent organising this trip through KimKim was a good investment in terms of time saved during the planning and booking phase, the travel experience while we were away, and the asdistance provided by Preeti and Halldor of Wild Wesfjords before and during our trip. They even answered questions posed by members of my group which we could have answered ourselves with a quick google search.

Little things did go wrong along the way, like the rental car which didn't come with the ordered GPS, the broken heating in the snow truck which took us on our Into the Glacier trip, which resulted in us spending a couple of hours sitting in a deep freeze passenger cabin in temperatures below -10C, but none of that was the fault of KimKim and Wild Westfjords.

Thank-you KimKim, Preeti and Halldor for our best holiday ever!