I am Icelandic-Canadian, working remotely from the west coast of Canada (only a non-stop flight away). I have emphatically embraced my Icelandic heritage, continually learning, and experiencing, more of Iceland.
As an ambassador of travel to Iceland, I make it my responsibility to showcase the fun and the fabulous, the odd and the awe-inspiring, the memorable and the magical of this amazing country.
My affinity is to include as many experiences as (reasonably) possible when I travel so that I get a well-rounded view of the destination I'm visiting. I can not sit still when I travel ( which is probably why I don't do beach holidays)! Good thing that I specialize in Iceland then.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"All of Iceland, with a particular affinity towards the North and East. I create self-drive trips that showcase the best and the unique of Iceland. If you're of Icelandic heritage, I can also add in a genealogical component to your self-drive."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I fell in love in high school - with the geography projects I was assigned in Social Studies class. I wanted to not only learn about more countries but experience them first-hand myself.
So upon graduation, I enrolled in a 2 year post-secondary travel and tourism program after which I supplemented this with certification as a travel counsellor.
After short stints with both an airline and a cruise line, I spent the majority of my 15 years at a national vacation tour company and a national travel agency (all of this in Canada).
I am now putting my Icelandic expertise to good use, working for Iceland Offbeat."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"One of the many unique experiences that I've had while travelling throughout the world is when I went snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull glacier in the south of Iceland.
It was a gorgeous day as we wound our way up Katla volcano in the glacier truck to the ice cap on top. Once there we got on our snowmobiles (I was driving solo) and set off for some photo stops - views of neighbouring Eyjafjallajokull glacier (of 2010 eruption fame), the south coast and the North Atlantic Ocean. As luck would have it, we were only able to see the glacier as visibility was decreasing.
While we were driving around on the glacier, a storm blew in. Soon the wind-whipped snow had made it a white-out! To make a long story short, we used GPS to safely traverse the ice cap and return back to our starting point. It was an experience like none other and one I'll never forget.
That being said, I still want a "do over" so that I can experience the views and the tour of the glacier the way it was meant to be.
Featured trips & expertise
Travelers love Iceland for its wild landscapes, Reykjavik's cultural charms, and the seasonal magic of the Northern Lights. Work with a kimkim travel specialist to experience it all (while escaping the crowds): discover glaciers and waterfalls, stay in remote farmhouses, hike breathtaking trails, and do Reykjavik like a local. Read on to learn what it's like to plan a trip with kimkim, starting with customizing the perfect itinerary.
Ten days in Iceland allows you a good amount of time to explore three areas. Visit the popular Golden Circle and South Coast, coupled with lesser-known destinations like the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula or the animated Westman Islands. If you prefer to escape the crowded south, consider summertime itineraries to the West, North, and Westfjords for off-the-beaten-path discoveries, and active travelers can incorporate the trails of Thorsmork or the Laugavegur Trek as an accompaniment.
Explore the wintry side of Iceland on this nine-day, snow-filled adventure. Take in the spectacular frozen waterfalls en route to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Explore several glaciers—go snowmobiling around Langjökull, ice walking in Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and hiking in Sólheimajökull. Stay in the countryside, where there’s minimal light pollution, and enjoy great views of the Northern Lights, while setting aside some time for illuminated, warming soaks in hot springs and lagoons along the way.
This itinerary packs a lot into 8 days, but if you have limited time and have your heart set on driving the entire Ring Road, then this guide will be your best friend for the journey.