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Terry Stanley

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.

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Terry is part of the following groups: Iceland Travel Agents
A snowy Icelandic scene near Arnarstapi area in Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Self-Drive Iceland North, West & South: Ultimate Winter Adventure - 12 Days

Enjoy an array of diverse regions, geological wonders, and exciting experiences on this 12-day self-drive itinerary, which explores Iceland's north, west, and south in the winter months. Wander through ice caves on the Vatnajökull glacier, snowmobile on the Myrdalsjokull ice cap, view seals on the Vatnsnes Peninsula, and even sample cheese at a goat farm. Add soaks in geothermal hot springs, hikes to iconic waterfalls, and drives through the majestic fjords of Westfjords for a comprehensive, in-depth self-drive exploration of Iceland.

Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland
How Kimkim Trips Works in Iceland

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.

Silfra Fissure at Þingvellir National Park
South Coast & Laugavegur Trek - 10 Days

Discover two sides of Iceland on this 10-day trip. Begin in the Golden Circle, home to Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates meet and go snorkeling in a fissure. Then, explore the waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and cliffs along the South Coast, followed by a day surrounded by stunning glaciers. Next, visit a few notable sites on the way back to Reykjavik, before hopping a bus to embark on the Laugavegur Trek for the next few days. Hike around the landscapes rich with volcanoes, mountains, scenic lakes, and deserts before reaching the iconic Thorsmork Valley. Return to the capital for one last night, and soak in the Blue Lagoon before departure.

Lake Álftavatn at sunrise
Hiking in Iceland's Highlands: Laugavegur Trek - 7 Days

Embark on the famed Laugavegur Trail on this seven-day Icelandic trek. Journey through active, geothermal lava fields, the Rhyolite Mountains, and snow-covered passes. Cross through a black-sand desert and land in a native forest. Learn about wild and rare plants and animals, and soak in the hot springs along the way. This scenic-yet-basic camping trek allows you to maximize your time in this unique destination. You can choose to travel with just a day pack (luggage storage can be arranged), and you can opt for a guided or self-guided tour, depending on preference.

Recent trip reviews for Terry

KimKim did a great job of planning our Iceland trip
Iceland | Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2022

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Suzanne D.
Lakewood, CO | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2022

Our Iceland trip was amazing. Terry did a great job of putting together a great itinerary with a good mix of planned and optional activities. Some of my favorite things were: Vatnshellir Lava Cave Tour, Husafell Canyon Baths and Jokulsarlon & Diamond Beach. The Geldingadalir volcano hike was really interesting.

The best meal we had on the trip was Narfeyrarstofa in Stykkishólmur. Amazing scallops. The food was presented interestingly and it was all very tasty. We also enjoyed... read more

Our Iceland trip was amazing. Terry did a great job of putting together a great itinerary with a good mix of planned and optional activities. Some of my favorite things were: Vatnshellir Lava Cave Tour, Husafell Canyon Baths and Jokulsarlon & Diamond Beach. The Geldingadalir volcano hike was really interesting.

The best meal we had on the trip was Narfeyrarstofa in Stykkishólmur. Amazing scallops. The food was presented interestingly and it was all very tasty. We also enjoyed Englendingavik in Borgarnes.

On our day back to Reykjavik we discovered Rósakaffi, a restaurant in an old greenhouse. We had a very nice snack here.

When there was a question about whether breakfast was included at one of our stays, the local KimKim staff was quick to help us resolve it.

There were easily enough activities to do and things to see that we could have stayed for several more days.

Activity Reviews
Vatnshellir Lava Cave Tour
Snæfellsnes Peninsula

I found it really interesting to compare a lava cave to a limestone cave. Our guide, Andre, did a very nice job of explaining what we were seeing.

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Husafell Canyon Baths
Iceland

I really enjoyed being down in the canyon and the baths were lovely.

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Local specialist: Terry Stanley
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Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2022

Hi Suzanne, What a wonderful review - thank you very much! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed everything and especially Husafell Canyon Baths. It was a pleasure putting this trip together for you and Heather. Thanks again. Terry

Terry did a great job of managing things we w...
Iceland | Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2022

Heather
Heather G.
McLean, VA | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2022

Terry did a great job of managing things we wanted to see, downtime and our route. We enjoyed having a couple things planned the first few days then relaxed into our own schedule and our own pace for a few days. It was perfect! read more

Terry did a great job of managing things we wanted to see, downtime and our route. We enjoyed having a couple things planned the first few days then relaxed into our own schedule and our own pace for a few days. It was perfect!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
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Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2022

Hi Heather, Thank you for leaving me the lovely review. I'm so pleased that you had such a great time. Cheers. Terry

Iceland in September
Iceland | Sep 6 - Sep 13, 2022

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Ilana R.
Laguna Beach, CA | Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

My husband and I went to the Golden Circle, Snaefelsness Peninsula and the Westfjords on a self-driving trip arranged by Terry Stanley. Terry was amazing from start to finish and our trip was wonderful and went very smoothly. I strongly recommend a self-driving trip with access to Wifi in your car as you can balance between having an itinerary with some flexibility. We went from 9/6-9/13 and were lucky to have had excellent weather. We loved the scenery, especially in the Westfjords and... read more

My husband and I went to the Golden Circle, Snaefelsness Peninsula and the Westfjords on a self-driving trip arranged by Terry Stanley. Terry was amazing from start to finish and our trip was wonderful and went very smoothly. I strongly recommend a self-driving trip with access to Wifi in your car as you can balance between having an itinerary with some flexibility. We went from 9/6-9/13 and were lucky to have had excellent weather. We loved the scenery, especially in the Westfjords and highlights included stopping at various 'hot pots', snorkeling in Silfra and the Inside the Volcano Tour. I would recommend purchasing a gas card as we had trouble using a credit card, even with a PIN.

Activity Reviews
Silfra Snorkeling
Iceland
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Transport
We did not use but it is forcing me to rate it
Inside the Volcano Tour
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Lamb stew was excellent!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
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Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Thank you for the lovely review, Ilana! I am so happy that you had such a wonderful time - and great weather too. If there's a return trip to be planned, let me know. HaHa!
Cheers.
Terry

10/10 The Perfect trip to Iceland
Iceland | Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2022

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Katherine g.
Durham, NC | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

We had the most incredible trip to Iceland. 10/10, i can't really imagine anything going better. The process of working with Terry was super smooth and easy. I have never used any kind of agency or travel service before and think of myself as a good trip planner, but having the whole trip so thoughtfully planned with excellent, vetted services, hotels and guides saved us a ton of time and metal bandwidth. It totally exceeded my expectations. Terry was great about working within our budget to... read more

We had the most incredible trip to Iceland. 10/10, i can't really imagine anything going better. The process of working with Terry was super smooth and easy. I have never used any kind of agency or travel service before and think of myself as a good trip planner, but having the whole trip so thoughtfully planned with excellent, vetted services, hotels and guides saved us a ton of time and metal bandwidth. It totally exceeded my expectations. Terry was great about working within our budget to get us the best possible trip. Hiking around Skogafoss on a beautiful, rainbow filled day i think was my favorite experience, and we also loved our guided adventures snorkeling in Sifra and glacier hiking. We will definitely recommend KimKim to our friends and we hope to use it and work with Terry again for a future family trip to Iceland and other trips as well.

Hotel Reviews
Guesthouse Flúðir - Grund
Hrunamannahreppur

Clean, comfortable and very quiet. Good location and great coffee in the AM.

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Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Clean and quiet rooms, daily housekeeping, friendly staff. Luxurious breakfast buffet. We really enjoyed it. We also used to hot tub at the city pool next door which was a nice amenity.

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Fosshotel Baron
Reykjavík

Small room but well decorated, quiet and in a great location downtown. we appreciated the free parking and another great icelandic breakfast. this was the only hotel we stayed at that had an in-room safe, which was nice for passports.

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Activity Reviews
The Secret Lagoon
Iceland

this was an awesome first afternoon in iceland activity to relax after jetlag.

Quality of Experience
Silfra Snorkeling
Iceland

truly magical experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
our guide, lorenzo, was great
Breidamerkurjokull Glacier Walk, Ice Cave, Super Jeep
Iceland

incredible weather, incredible views. our guide Damian was helpful, safety conscious and knowledgeable. We even got to go into an ice cave early in the season.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Damian was great
Transport
super jeep ride was bumpy and wild but safe
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

classic, amazing, lives up to the hype. Perfect ending before traveling home.

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
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Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Hi Katherine,
Thank you for your glowing review! It was absolutely my pleasure working with you and I am just so thrilled that it exceeded your expectations.
And I look forward to helping you plan a return trip to Iceland - this time with the whole family!
Terry

Everything was spot on...
Iceland | Aug 20 - Aug 29, 2022

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Aimee P.
East Palo Alto, CA | Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

Everything was spot on. Considering we were a last minute booking, six in the group and traveling with a wheelchair, Terry did an awesome job in getting us accommodations in all the right places on the Ring Road in Iceland. Siglufjordur was a must and the hotel there was the best!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
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Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

I am thrilled that everything worked out so well, especially with all the challenges that we faced. It was somewhat of a unique itinerary with Siglufjordur included in it; I'm so glad that I could make this wish list request a reality for your husband. Thank you, Aimee.

Awesome planning, flawless execution and a fantastic trip to Iceland!
Iceland | Jul 26 - Jul 31, 2022

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Tina D.
| Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Terry spent almost 9 months helping us plan a 7-day and a 6-day trip, before and after 18 days in Norway and Svalbard. We were involved as much as we wanted, providing feedback on the numerous options available. We made our way through the various COVID restrictions put in place by Iceland last year and earlier this year and all of them were thankfully lifted a month or two before departure.

We’ve travelled a lot, having spent almost 30 years living overseas, but this trip has us... read more

Terry spent almost 9 months helping us plan a 7-day and a 6-day trip, before and after 18 days in Norway and Svalbard. We were involved as much as we wanted, providing feedback on the numerous options available. We made our way through the various COVID restrictions put in place by Iceland last year and earlier this year and all of them were thankfully lifted a month or two before departure.

We’ve travelled a lot, having spent almost 30 years living overseas, but this trip has us totally convinced that Iceland is the most beautiful country in the world. Around every bend in the road and from the top of hills and peaks, there were spectacular views. Terry planned a diverse set of stops and activities for us, from incredible waterfalls, to a glacier hike, snorkeling the Silfra Fissure, hiking in Porsmork, a boat trip and tour to a bird sanctuary on Vigur Island, and a five-hour spa retreat at Blue Lagoon.

The rental car process was easy and with the daily link to Google map directions Terry sent that easily connected to the car’s nav system, we never missed a turn and the the timing between places was amazingly accurate. The hotels were comfortable and varied, but always to a good standard.

I have always planned our elaborate trips myself, but took a chance on KimKim, because I didn’t know Iceland at all. I hate to admit it but Terry surpassed my extremely high bar and we had a an incredible trip. All that’s left is going through the thousand photographs!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
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Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Thank you, Tina, for the stellar review! It was so much fun planning your pre & post cruise adventures in Iceland and I am thrilled that you had such a fantastic time. Happy travels!

A seamless and unforgettable adventure
Iceland | Jul 14 - Jul 24, 2022

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Amber G.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

We had the best time in Iceland! Every single attraction Terry set on our daily itinerary and paid adventures were so beautiful and fun.

We decided to book our trip through a travel agency, which we've never done before, because our Iceland adventure was part of a larger travel plan that we were already overwhelmed with booking. All through our time in Iceland, and since we got back, we've been congratulating each other on what a good idea that was!

We heard from Terry, our travel... read more

We had the best time in Iceland! Every single attraction Terry set on our daily itinerary and paid adventures were so beautiful and fun.

We decided to book our trip through a travel agency, which we've never done before, because our Iceland adventure was part of a larger travel plan that we were already overwhelmed with booking. All through our time in Iceland, and since we got back, we've been congratulating each other on what a good idea that was!

We heard from Terry, our travel agent, within a few hours of filling out our interest form. And she was amazing. She was responsive to our questions and our priorities, she worked with us as we chose and changed activities (often) and she was communicative about roadblocks.

And, to top it all off, she put in a ton of extra work--all in secret--to help me plan a surprise proposal in front of an Icelandic waterfall for my now fiancee! She was so helpful and excited about being my "secret agent," and she planned everything so perfectly. It all went without a hitch, and my fiancee hadn't expected any of it!

Thank you, Terry, for a trip of a lifetime!

Activity Reviews
Blue Lagoon
Iceland

A super relaxing first outing. What a great way to refresh and relax after a long trip!

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Icelandic horse riding tour
Vik

Very fun! We learned about the horses and got to do the Icelandic gait. It would have been fun to go on a bit of a longer/more varied route.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
It was horses. What's not to like?
Zipline Adventure Tour
Iceland

Wonderful guides and such a fun adventure! It was the perfect length, as well. Zoom zoom! Such a thrill!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Fantastic! Loved the history we got sprinkled in, and the wonderful good humor. Total sweethearts!
Transport
Whales and Puffins
Iceland

A trip highlight! What an amazing experience. The boat was comfortable. We were given coveralls to keep us warm, and the tour guide was passionate and articulate. We really learned something on this trip, and our tour guide made us as tourists feel very connected to the larger cause of animal conversation in this beautiful country. Also puffins rock.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
A+
Transport
Boats are fun.
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Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Thank you so very much for your glowing review ; I'm blushing! I'm thrilled that you had such an amazing adventure but even more so that we were able to keep the proposal a secret. That was so tough for me (but so exciting as well)! Congratulations, you two!

Terry was great to work...
Iceland | Jul 23 - Jul 30, 2022

Phyllis
Phyllis S.
Canada | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Terry was great to work with and very patient as we tweaked our plans. Her advice was helpful and she made great suggestions we might not have discovered on our own. We had a relatively short time before jumping on a cruise in Reykjavík and Terry helped us make the most of it. We even squeaked two days on the Westman Islands, which was fantastic. We appreciated having all the arrangements made for us and there were no glitches or lost reservations. read more

Terry was great to work with and very patient as we tweaked our plans. Her advice was helpful and she made great suggestions we might not have discovered on our own. We had a relatively short time before jumping on a cruise in Reykjavík and Terry helped us make the most of it. We even squeaked two days on the Westman Islands, which was fantastic. We appreciated having all the arrangements made for us and there were no glitches or lost reservations.

Hotel Review
Guesthouse Nýpugarðar
Hofn

Our room was comfortable and extremely clean. It was so quiet with views that went on forever. We enjoyed a fully-loaded breakfast buffet with fresh bread and there was even rullapylsa, a cured lamb sliced meat that my mom used to make. That was a small, but very Icelandic touch.

Authenticity & Character
It had a homey feeling
Location
Fantastic views
Staff
Everyone was attentive and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything!
Activity Review
Reykjavik Beer & Booze Tour
Reykjavik

Ásþór shared his knowledge and experience with Icelandic breweries as well as his entertaining stories of Iceland and Reykjavík. We visited several pubs and tasted a variety of beers.

Quality of Experience
Great stories and info about beer in Iceland
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Ásþór had us all laughing.
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Phyllis. I had great fun planning your Icelandic adventure with you!

Iceland July 2022
Iceland | Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2022

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Allison J.
North Augusta, SC | Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022

Our trip to Iceland in July 2022 was absolutely amazing. Terry did a spectacular job putting the trip together. Each day had plenty to do and we never felt that we had to rush to accomplish what she had planned for the day. The daily driving plans worked great with the GPS unit provided by the rental car company. All of the hotels were nice with friendly staff. We saw so many amazing things but the Puffins on the Westman Islands were my favorite! Truly an amazing trip. Highly recommend read more

Our trip to Iceland in July 2022 was absolutely amazing. Terry did a spectacular job putting the trip together. Each day had plenty to do and we never felt that we had to rush to accomplish what she had planned for the day. The daily driving plans worked great with the GPS unit provided by the rental car company. All of the hotels were nice with friendly staff. We saw so many amazing things but the Puffins on the Westman Islands were my favorite! Truly an amazing trip. Highly recommend

Hotel Reviews
Hótel Kría
Vík
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Vestmannaeyjar
Vestmannaeyjar
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Eldhestar
Ölfus, Hveragerði
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hótel Varmaland
Borgarnes
Authenticity & Character
Loved the restaurant on top floor. Amazing. Views
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fosshotel Hellnar
Hellnar
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Storm Hotel by Keahotels
Reykjavík
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Courtyard by Marriott Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
Reykjanesbær
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022

I am so happy that you had such a wonderful time on your trip. It was such a pleasure to work with you in creating this Icelandic adventure.

Working with KimKim was a fantastic way to pl...
Iceland | Jun 30 - Jul 8, 2022

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Ann E.
Canton, MI | Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022

Working with KimKim was a fantastic way to plan a trip to Iceland when I didn't have much time to do the research myself. Terry incorporated all of the activities my daughter and I wanted to engage in, and everything went smoothly (well, except for the weather). I especially liked that KimKim provided us with an in-country, emergency number because that simplified the process of getting help when our mobile wifi suddenly stopped working. I loved the way that Terry and that Preeti kept... read more

Working with KimKim was a fantastic way to plan a trip to Iceland when I didn't have much time to do the research myself. Terry incorporated all of the activities my daughter and I wanted to engage in, and everything went smoothly (well, except for the weather). I especially liked that KimKim provided us with an in-country, emergency number because that simplified the process of getting help when our mobile wifi suddenly stopped working. I loved the way that Terry and that Preeti kept checking in on us, and I liked knowing that the KimKim staff would let us know if weather cancelled any of our events. If I have any complaint, it would be that it might have been nice for us to have been offered a few choices (along with information on how those choices might affect cost).

Activity Reviews
Vatnshellir Lava Cave Tour
Snæfellsnes Peninsula

We had the great fortune to have the tour all to ourselves. The lava cave was interesting & our guide was terrific. The cave wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be, though. I suspect there are more fascinating lava caves in Iceland.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Myvatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn

This was a fun experience, although I suspect that there are even nicer nature baths in Iceland -- possibly ones that don't have as strong a smell of sulphur. Personally, I would have preferred the water to be a little hotter, but my companion thought it was plenty hot. I wish they'd had more cocktail options at the swim-up bar and better food there.

Quality of Experience
Horse Riding Tour
Iceland

This horseback ride was great -- better than I expected. I learned a lot about Icelandic horses and was thrilled with the opportunity to tolt -- to experience a horse gait that only Icelandic horses do. I'm not an experienced rider and I find trotting uncomfortable, so it was great fun to go faster than a walk (and learn something new). We also got to curry and feed our own horses, which was a nice experience. While the scenery on the ride wasn't spectacular, it was pretty and we particularly enjoyed getting to watch the farm's dog bound around the landscape and chase ducks into the river.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Jokulsarlon Glacier Kayaking Adventure
Iceland

This is unquestionably a must-do experience. Kayaking is fun in lots of different locales, but kayaking around icebergs was particularly special. I much preferred seeing them -- and the seals -- up close from a kayak than I would have jammed into a large boat with lots of people. The Diamond Beach across the road from the glacial lagoon is also spectacular.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Solheimajokulll Glacier Hike
Iceland

This was a fun experience, although, it was definitely more of a walk than a hike. A couple of not very fit participants really held us back & made the walk much slower than it needed to be. If you're an experienced hiker, like my companion and I are, I would recommend that you look at other activities the same tour agency provides, like the longer 4-hour hike. The guides are impressively knowledgeable, though, about the geology of the area and the impact of global warming on the glaciers.

Quality of Experience
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Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022

Thanks for the wonderful review, Anne. I enjoyed putting together your Icelandic adventure for the two of you. I'm glad you had a great trip despite the awful weather (so un-summer-like!).

Terry planned an amazing trip for us
Iceland | Jun 22 - Jun 29, 2022

Michelle
Michelle L.
Rochester, MN | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2022

Terry planned a fantastic trip for us!

My partner just finished 12 years of medical training,
and this trip was to celebrate his amazing accomplishment. I wanted it to be special.

We went to Iceland for the first time and decided to use KimKim to alleviate some travel stress. Terry created a detailed itinerary, respected our budget, and crafted a well-organized and efficient trip plan that considered our likes and dislikes for activities, hotels, and even restaurants!

Terry's... read more

Terry planned a fantastic trip for us!

My partner just finished 12 years of medical training,
and this trip was to celebrate his amazing accomplishment. I wanted it to be special.

We went to Iceland for the first time and decided to use KimKim to alleviate some travel stress. Terry created a detailed itinerary, respected our budget, and crafted a well-organized and efficient trip plan that considered our likes and dislikes for activities, hotels, and even restaurants!

Terry's notes on our itinerary, such as suggested places to make dinner reservations, were so helpful. We are both vegetarian, and a few weeks before the trip, Terry sent us a list of vegan/vegetarian restaurants in each location, which was very considerate.

All the details, the communication, and the accommodations were excellent. We are so happy with the trip.

It was a very smooth trip, and because of Terry, we focused on just having fun. No stress. We will definitely use kimkim again!

Hotel Review
Blue Hotel Fagrilundur - On The Golden Circle
Bláskógabyggd

Very clean and smooth check-in. Comfortable bed and excellent blackout curtains. Would stay here again!

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Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2022

Thank you so much for the glowing review, Michelle! I'm thrilled that it was the amazing Icelandic adventure that we were striving for. And it was such a pleasure putting this trip together for you and Sarma. Warmest regards, Terry

Terry was terrific -- responsive, kept us up ...
Iceland | Jun 19 - Jun 27, 2022

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Jeffrey H.
Gainesville, FL | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

Terry was terrific -- responsive, kept us up to date on possible changes with respect to covid tests, advised us correctly about driving too much, etc. I would like her to plan every trip for us. The maps and instructions were first rate. I mean we are talking about really being on top of every detail over which she had control.
There is one problem. Terry seems to arrange everything and somewhere along the line the people in Iceland get involved. The hotel choices on that end were great... read more

Terry was terrific -- responsive, kept us up to date on possible changes with respect to covid tests, advised us correctly about driving too much, etc. I would like her to plan every trip for us. The maps and instructions were first rate. I mean we are talking about really being on top of every detail over which she had control.
There is one problem. Terry seems to arrange everything and somewhere along the line the people in Iceland get involved. The hotel choices on that end were great in some cases and not as great in others. Whoever arranged for our car did so with an agency that was closed when we arrived. There was a kiosk that you could use but somehow it did not work for us. Consequently, we spend a couple of cold hours after a long flight dealing with the problem. Eventually, we took an expensive taxi ride to the first hotel and came back -- another expensive taxi ride -- in the morning to get the car, We were told to keep the receipts and we would be reimbursed but we are waiting for instructions on how to make this happen.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Laugarbakki
Hvammstangi

Needs repair. Shower curtain rod fell down. Shower extremently and a sliding glass door to the bathroom that did not really close

Location
Konvin Hotel by Reykjavik Keflavik Airport
Keflavík

Clean, efficient, good breakfast. Pretty much ideal. Amazing is a very high bar,

Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
Stykkishólmur

Great location for catching ferry next day. Helpful staff, clean, modern Nice.

Hotel Isafjördur
Ísafjörður

Central location, clean, nice breakfast, would stay there again without reservations.

Centrum Guesthouse
Akureyri

Good location, above a bar/restaurant, oldish, rooms more spartan than most. Could get stuffy if you have to close windows to keep sound of music out,

Hotel Duus
Reykjanesbær

Nice view, convenient to airport but not as nice the the first place we stayed that was close to the airport. Staff was nice but sometimes hard to find. Bizarre layout to our room.

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

Jeffrey & Sara, It was a pleasure putting together this trip for you and I'm glad that the car rental issue on arrival didn't detract from the enjoyment of the rest of your Icelandic adventure. All my best, Terry

Amazing tour of Iceland: May 29-June 9, 2022
Iceland | May 31 - Jun 9, 2022

Emily
Emily L.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

My husband and I were scheduled to take a circumnavigation cruise of Iceland that was canceled with just a few weeks notice. We already had airline tickets and activities planned for two days in Reykjavik when I contacted Terry in a panic with a request to fill the remaining ten days with a Ring Road tour. She asked about our interests and did an amazing job! The car rental, hotel accommodations, and pacing suited us very well. Our daily plan was so easy to follow and included absolutely... read more

My husband and I were scheduled to take a circumnavigation cruise of Iceland that was canceled with just a few weeks notice. We already had airline tickets and activities planned for two days in Reykjavik when I contacted Terry in a panic with a request to fill the remaining ten days with a Ring Road tour. She asked about our interests and did an amazing job! The car rental, hotel accommodations, and pacing suited us very well. Our daily plan was so easy to follow and included absolutely everything we could have wanted. The activities were well-chosen and included things that I would never have thought of, like a tour of a lava cave. I’ve always wanted to see puffins so she suggested a trip to Grimsey Island and made all of the arrangements. It was the highlight of out trip! There were puffins, arctic terns, kittiwakes and guillemots everywhere! We loved it!
My husband and I love to travel and prior to Covid spent at least 25% of our time away from home. I did all of the planning and always enjoyed doing it. KimKim and Terry made this trip so easy and delightful that I have decided to retire as our family travel agent!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

I am so glad that we were able to turn your disappointment from a cancelled cruise into an amazing adventure in Iceland. I loved putting together your trip, especially including the unique air tour to Grimsey; thank you for trusting me about this. And congratulations on your retirement (from being your own travel agent)! Haha. It was a pleasure working with you.

ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!!!!!
Iceland | May 21 - May 29, 2022

Marnie
Marnie M.
Austin, TX | Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

I will start out by saying TERRY was absolutely AMAZING!!! Cannot say enough wonderful things about her and how helpful she was in planning the most perfect vacation for us. She listened to what we were wanting and gave great suggestions. She took the time to chat with us on the phone which made communicating our needs so much easier. HOTELS: all the hotels were really nice, but want to give a special shout out to Hunkubabbar Guesthouse and Arnarstapi hotels. They were both so incredibly... read more

I will start out by saying TERRY was absolutely AMAZING!!! Cannot say enough wonderful things about her and how helpful she was in planning the most perfect vacation for us. She listened to what we were wanting and gave great suggestions. She took the time to chat with us on the phone which made communicating our needs so much easier. HOTELS: all the hotels were really nice, but want to give a special shout out to Hunkubabbar Guesthouse and Arnarstapi hotels. They were both so incredibly unique and wonderful and the little towns they were in were so special! EXCURSIONS: Silfra Snorkeling was our favorite and a once in a lifetime experience. Also, the people that ran that outfit were above and beyond fantastic and accommodating. Our younger son was last minute not able to do the snorkel and they offered us a refund for him on the spot! Kayaking on the glacier lagoon was extraordinary as well! All of our excursions( and we did a lot of them) were top notch, well organized, well run and truly fabulous. If there was one thing to miss I would say maybe the Lava Cave. FAVORITE AREAS: Peninsula, Golden Circle and Kirkjubaejarklauster. It was all so spectacular it's hard to pick just one thing. The waterfalls, the whale watching, going into a glacier...and ending with a day in Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon was just what the doctor ordered! Truly an adventure of a lifetime!!!! We didn't want to leave!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

Thank you so much for your wonderful words of praise. It was my pleasure putting together this adventure for your family and I'm so happy that you had such a fantastic time.

The itinerary planned for us was tailored to ...
Iceland | May 15 - May 21, 2022

William
William M.
Salem, NH | Reviewed on May 26, 2022

The itinerary planned for us was tailored to our interests. The guided excursions included hikes that allowed us to see amazing landscapes that you can’t get from a highway pull off. Our guides Damion of Ice Explores and Omar of South Coast Adventures gave us insight to the ever changing Iceland landscape and the history of its population. The links included in the itinerary were very helpful. The driving plan link to google maps along with Apple car play made finding our way around Iceland... read more

The itinerary planned for us was tailored to our interests. The guided excursions included hikes that allowed us to see amazing landscapes that you can’t get from a highway pull off. Our guides Damion of Ice Explores and Omar of South Coast Adventures gave us insight to the ever changing Iceland landscape and the history of its population. The links included in the itinerary were very helpful. The driving plan link to google maps along with Apple car play made finding our way around Iceland stress free. our favorite hotel of the trip was the Magma. This trip qualified as a check mark on our bucket list. We walked on glacier, saw seals swimming around icebergs , soaked in a geothermal river, walked up to a lava field, hiked into canyons where scenes from The Game of thrones was filmed, watched 10pm sunsets, gagged on fermented shark and much more.

Will

Activity Review
Breidamerkurjokull Glacier Walk, Ice Cave, Super Jeep
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on May 26, 2022

What wonderful adventures you had and memories you made. I'm so pleased that I could be a part of this. Thank you for the wonderful review.

Our amazing trip plan by Terry
Iceland | Apr 13 - Apr 22, 2022

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Laura H.
West Melbourne, FL | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Terry and I emailed back and forth and she really got a good idea of what type of a vacation we were looking for. She wanted to know about us, what we liked to do, eat, etc. Then we had a nice long phone conversation to discuss further what we were looking for.
She listened and provided a few ideas and we revised and regrouped and tweaked the plan and the trip plan was fantastic. We stayed in 7 hotels over 10 nights. The selection of hotels were perfect. Exactly what we wanted.
The... read more

Terry and I emailed back and forth and she really got a good idea of what type of a vacation we were looking for. She wanted to know about us, what we liked to do, eat, etc. Then we had a nice long phone conversation to discuss further what we were looking for.
She listened and provided a few ideas and we revised and regrouped and tweaked the plan and the trip plan was fantastic. We stayed in 7 hotels over 10 nights. The selection of hotels were perfect. Exactly what we wanted.
The Iceland Yurt !! Wow what an experience. Loved it. It was the perfect way to begin our adventure. We wanted a variety and she delivered. We stayed in a cottage on the water in Fjarabyggd and it happened to be cold, windy, rainy and blustery. It was so perfect and we were able to keep our blinds open and watch the weather through the windows overlooking this amazing water - the view was amazing. Frost and Fire in Hveragerdi was awesome. Loved the town and so glad she chose this little gem for us to stay for two nights. Every hotel choice was perfect - we had fantastic variety and locations.
Excursions !! She hit the nail on the head. Every one of them was perfection. We had the perfect quite the variety; beer bath, Glacier Hike, Geo Spa geothermal pool, Ice Cave tour, Glacier Snowmobile.
Between our excursions we had outlines of the best things to see as we drove around the country.
The driving directions and itinerary was outstanding. Every night we checked the next days activities and picked the can't miss ones !!! We followed right along with the directions in our trip plan. We loved the way the trip plan was broken down with the driving directions, hints (ie: when to book our covid test, dont forget to pay for the toll for the tunnel, etc) accommodations and confirmations for our tours.
It was truly priceless. It allowed us to just enjoy the adventure and not stress about the little things. Thankful for Terry's work and diligence to help us plan the absolute best vacation of our lives.

Activity Reviews
GeoSea Geothermal Baths
Iceland

This was a great place to visit. We loved the baths, the swim up bar, etc. We ate in a lovely restaurant in the town. Be sure to bring clothes and be ready to shower before and after going into the pools. We brought a towel with us from our hotel. We didn't need a robe. I was shocked that i wasn't freezing getting in and out of the pools. The view of the mountains over the water in the distance does take your breath away.

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

This hike was very educational . We didn't realize why the lava was on the glacier, etc I loved learning about it. The crampons are interesting to walk with. They will give you those, a helmet and you will wear a harness. Be prepared that you may get hot walking but the guides are so great. They realize that you may want to take off a layer or two. This is a straight hike. You hike from where you check in. There is not drive to the glacier.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guides were great. Super helpful
Fast Track Ice Cave Tour
Vik

The cave is beautiful. Our guide was great as well. The notes said that there was a bumpy ride to the cave. Just be prepared because whatever you think is bumpy times it by 10. It was super bumpy as you drive for about a half hour off road. Then you will hike about a half hour to the cave. It is an easy walk. It is gorgeous in the cave. Waterproof pants jackets and shoes really will make life easy.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Langjokull Glacier Snowmobiling
Iceland

This was our favorite excursion. You will meet at the meeting spot and drive for one hour up the mountain in ice and snow. Once you get to the hut they will put a complete snowsuit on you with helmet and buff. If you don't have waterproof shoes they have a bootie you can use. The day we went the winds were at least 50mph and it was hailing. Being a Florida girl never on a snowmobile I was second guessing my choice as I watched grown people fall over because the wind was so strong they couldn't even walk. Once we got on the snow mobile and drove for about 5 mintues we got out of the hail storm. It was the most beautiful sights from up there. Truly unforgettable .

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Wow, I am absolutely thrilled that you had such an amazing experience! And thank you for the glowing review. It was great working with you both to put together this Icelandic adventure.

Everything we were looking for
Iceland | Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2022

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Erin J.
Wantagh, NY | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

We were so happy with our trip to Iceland. Terry provided a very detailed and easy to follow itinerary. We so appreciated the convenience of having all of our reservations booked for us and easily accessible. The tours, hotels, and rental car were all perfect for our needs. Terry was excellent in communicating and providing helpful information. We will definitely recommend kimkim to those looking to travel to Iceland! read more

We were so happy with our trip to Iceland. Terry provided a very detailed and easy to follow itinerary. We so appreciated the convenience of having all of our reservations booked for us and easily accessible. The tours, hotels, and rental car were all perfect for our needs. Terry was excellent in communicating and providing helpful information. We will definitely recommend kimkim to those looking to travel to Iceland!

Activity Review
Silfra Snorkeling
Iceland

Our tour guide, AJ was fantastic. He helped us every step and let us know what to expect. The experience was amazing and even though seemed daunting at first was very surreal and easy if you listened to your guide’s tips.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

It looks and sounds like you had a truly amazing Icelandic adventure! I'm so happy for you both.
I look forward to you becoming repeat customers. Haha. Terry

Iceland
Iceland | Nov 20 - Nov 26, 2021

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Faiza M.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Terry did an amazing job planning our trip to Iceland! I would highly recommend!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Thanks Faiza! It was such a pleasure working with you both and planning your honeymoon. Enjoy your memories!

Ease of Mind
Iceland | Sep 18 - Sep 26, 2021

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Kelsey H.
Fremont, OH | Reviewed on Oct 02, 2021

Booking the trip through KimKim made for much more peace of mind leading up to and during our travels. We were able to speak with our specialist Terry prior to booking and she made a specialized itinerary based on our interests. I didn’t have to worry about what I didn’t know when going to a foreign county because she and she folks on the ground in Iceland took care of all the bookings and scheduling and even gave us driving directions. When one of our tours was cancelled due to weather we... read more

Booking the trip through KimKim made for much more peace of mind leading up to and during our travels. We were able to speak with our specialist Terry prior to booking and she made a specialized itinerary based on our interests. I didn’t have to worry about what I didn’t know when going to a foreign county because she and she folks on the ground in Iceland took care of all the bookings and scheduling and even gave us driving directions. When one of our tours was cancelled due to weather we were able to call and have them handle rescheduling for us. All in all made for a much more relaxing vacation, and I would definitely do it again and recommend the service to others. Thanks Terry and the KimKim team!!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Oct 02, 2021

Thank you Kelsey and Elise! It was my pleasure creating your customized trip to Iceland. The pictures of your Icelandic adventure are amazing.

wonderful Iceland trip
Iceland | Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2021

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Lance B.
University Place, WA | Reviewed on Sep 02, 2021

Thanks to Terry and the entire KimKim team, our family had a fabulous time in Iceland. We knew we trusted Terry from the first time we spoke to her on the phone. She listened to us and understood what we were looking for in our vacation. Her attention to details allowed for a smooth, trouble free week in Iceland. The responsiveness of Terry and KimKim representatives exceeded our expectation. Needless to say, we will use KimKim again for our future vacations. We will recommend Terry to all of friends.

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Canada | Reviewed on Sep 02, 2021

Oh wow, thank you very much, Lance. What a glowing review!
It was my absolute pleasure working with you and Lin on your Icelandic trip.
Thanks again. Take care.
Terry