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Tom Christer Larsen

Possess a Master of Science degree in International Tourism and Hospitality Management. Have many years of work experience from hotel, aviation and tourism.
Also have a wide personal travel expereince.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Specialize in Norway in general, but also have good knowledge about South/America and Aisa in general. Specialize in tour groups and individual travel with a focus on sustainable and authentic experiences. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"After taking a backpacking trip in Brazil in 2001 I started to get interested in travelling and tourism, and started my tourism eduacation in 2002. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In Peru, I took a 3 day ferry through the Amazon rainforest to a city called Iquitos, the worlds largest city without a road connection. The ferry was filled with local people and sleeping in hammocks on deck was truly a unique expereince. "

Tom Christer is part of the following groups: Norway Travel Agents
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Favorite experiences

Hike Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

This excursion amid the Norway fjords isn't any ordinary hike. On the contrary, it's an adventure unto itself—a moderately difficult trek up one of the most beautiful trails in the world. And the reward, once you reach the endpoint at Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), is a viewpoint the likes of which...

Recent trip reviews for Tom Christer

Norway Adventure
Norway | Jul 9 - Jul 18, 2024

Larry
Larry F.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2024
I was introduced to Tom Christer with Ethical Travel in Norway through KimKim. Tom was responsive, knowledgable, willing to express his own opinion when asked, and flexible to our travel requests. Highlights of our stay included Stavanger and climbing Pulpit Rock, Aurland via ferry and rail, Alesand via overnight ferry, and Oslo. Tom arranged local guides for us both for the Pulpit Rock climb and a 3 hour walking city tour of Oslo. Both were excellent. Read more

I was introduced to Tom Christer with Ethical Travel in Norway through KimKim. Tom was responsive, knowledgable, willing to express his own opinion when asked, and flexible to our travel requests. Highlights of our stay included Stavanger and climbing Pulpit Rock, Aurland via ferry and rail, Alesand via overnight ferry, and Oslo. Tom arranged local guides for us both for the Pulpit Rock climb and a 3 hour walking city tour of Oslo. Both were excellent.

Hotel Reviews
Amerikalinjen
Oslo

Loved everything about this hotel. Ideally located, super friendly and helpful staff, fantastic breakfast, comfy bar, and beautiful large rooms.

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Vangsgaarden Gjestgiveri
Aurland
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Staff was very nice but did not have as much knowledge of the local attractions that you would normally expect from a larger hotel conciegre.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hurtigruten
Bergen

Older ship. We had an outward facing room, but the window view was fully obstructed by a life boat. Also, our room was very very small. For three people we would have gladly paid for a nicer and larger room if that option had been presented and explained to us. The boat is old, but well maintained and comfortable.

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Hotel Brosundet
Ålesund

Best hotel in Alesand. It is just charming and one can easily just hang out in the lobby by the fire or at the spa when not experiencing the town. Rooms are a little small but appointed very nicely. Food is excellent. Overall, it is a first class hotel.

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Hotel No13
Bergen

Super location, very welcoming staff, art deco rooms, quiet. Not a 5-Star hotel, but nice and pleasant for a short stay in Bergen.

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Hotel Victoria
Stavanger
Authenticity & Character
Charming.
Location
Ideally located close to shops and restaurants.
Staff
Very helpful. They even arranged breakfast bags for us as we had to leave at 5:30 am for an early morning ferry.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Fjordcruise on UNESCO Nærøyfjord
Fjordcruise on UNESCO Nærøyfjord
Norway
Quality of Experience
In addition to the phenomenal views, our trip was made even more special as a traveling teenage choir from the United States was on our boat and we stopped in the middle of the trip for them to sign a song. Very cool!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Very nice modern boat with lots of outdoor viewing space.
Pulpit Rock Classic Summer Hike
Pulpit Rock Classic Summer Hike
Norway

Our guide picked us up and returned us to the hotel as well as accompanied us on the hike. She was wonderful, sticking with the slower hikers and allowing those that wanted to go faster hike at their own pace. We were concerned that the weather would prevent us from making it to the top as it was raining hard and quite windy when we left the parking lot. Fortunately, it calmed down after the first few minutes and even cleared up enough at the top for us to see the fjord. This is a definite bucket list item.

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Transit Between Stavanger and Fjord Line Terminal
Stavanger

Right on time. Clean van and a good driver.

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Visit Stegastein Viewpoint
Visit Stegastein Viewpoint
Norway

An amazing view.

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Viking Dinner at Ægir BryggeriPub
Viking Dinner at Ægir BryggeriPub
Norway

Even though this experience is commercialized and designed for tourists, we really enjoyed it. The food was excellent and we enjoyed trying all the items on the plank.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer from Flåm to Aurland
Transfer from Flåm to Aurland
Norway

Driver ran a few minutes late as he got tied up on another ride, but he was super nice and told us a lot about the area.

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Embark Hurtigruten
Embark Hurtigruten
Norway

An older boat. Our cabin for 3 was extremely small. We had an outside view, but our window looked directly into a life boat. Would have paid for a larger and nicer cabin if given the choice. Food was good but nothing special.

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Explore Oslo's Hidden Gems with a Local Expert
Explore Oslo's Hidden Gems with a Local Expert
Oslo

A great introduction to Oslo. We did this on our first afternoon in the City.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Would recommend Stig to anyone. He is local to Oslo and loves the City.
Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Oslo, Norway | Replied on Jul 20, 2024

Hi Larry.

Thanks for your kind words and its very nice to hear you had a great stay when visiting Norway and enjoyed the places and sceneries. Happy to have contributed to making your stay a good one.

All the best.

Best regards,
Tom

Kimkim did a great job
Norway | Jun 23 - Jul 7, 2024

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Peter R.
Australia | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2024

We were supposed to do this trip in 2020 so over the years I have dealt with a number of Kimkim people. All have been excellent and Tom was no exception. I found Kimkim online and had never heard of them. I normally plan our trips but Norway just seemed like a bridge too far. The 14 night trip was a perfect match for our kind of travel. Be warned though Norway is a big country!! Lofoten is crowded but a must see. Highly recommend utilizing Kimkim for your next holiday

Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Oslo, Norway | Replied on Jul 08, 2024

Hi Peter!

Good to hear you have arrived safe back in Oz and thanks for the kind words. Its been a true pleasure handling this postponed trip together with you, and happy to hear you liked visiting our country :)

I dont think you are the first one to realise that such a small country can be that big!
But yes some places tend to draw more crowds than other, but usually for a reason.

Thanks for letting us plan this trip for you, and welcome back on a later occasion.

All the best.

Best regards,
Tom

Relaxing week-long taste of Bergen and the fjords of Norway
Norway | Jun 21 - Jun 30, 2024

Stephen
Stephen B.
Harrison, NJ | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2024
My wife and I usually plan trips ourselves but I was short on time for planning our trip to Norway. Relying on kimkim and its Norway-based Ethical Travel partner greatly relieved the stress. After some initial guidance, our knowledgeable local specialist Tom Christer proposed an itinerary. We communicated back and forth a few times, with Tom providing clear answers to all questions, to refine the plan. The high point of our trip was a 4-night stay at a boutique inn called BesteBakken, in... Read more

My wife and I usually plan trips ourselves but I was short on time for planning our trip to Norway. Relying on kimkim and its Norway-based Ethical Travel partner greatly relieved the stress. After some initial guidance, our knowledgeable local specialist Tom Christer proposed an itinerary. We communicated back and forth a few times, with Tom providing clear answers to all questions, to refine the plan. The high point of our trip was a 4-night stay at a boutique inn called BesteBakken, in Hafslo. The owner personally hosted delicious family-style dinners and breakfasts where we had a chance to meet other travelers including quite native Norwegians. It was a great base for exploring the local region, including a glacier hike, a kayak day paddle, and a hike up Molden mountain on our own. Our family of 4 adults needed some rest as well as wonderful sights and that's what we got on this trip. Tom or others at Ethical Travel were available to answer questions during the trip, and rebooked us in advance when one boat tour was cancelled. I would not hesitate to use kimkim again.

Hotel Review
Hôtel Charmante
Bergen

The hotel was recently built or renovated inside old wooden homes. Location is great, right in the center of action in Bergen, but the interior is a triumph of style over function. If you're seeking the style of an old hotel in Paris (in Bergen), you may like this place. But otherwise, the over-the-top interior decoration feels (and is) claustrophobic. The main entrance to the hotel is via a food service area which feels unhygienic. My biggest gripe is with the room itself. There was absolutely no place except the floor for our suitcases. Meanwhile, one corner of the room was occupied be a large wine refrigerator that few travelers will use. The bathroom was large enough, but the shower has no sills and the glass doors did not seal properly with each other or the floor, leaving deep puddles of water all over the bathroom after a shower. Neither the sink nor shower drained properly despite the recent renovation. Hotel staff were gracious and the included breakfast was tasty and luxurious. Despite it being rather cool outdoors, our room was warm and stuffy, with no air moving. We opened the window to cool off, but were awoken around 3am by someone clinking glassware in the courtyard cafe below our window.

Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Perfectly clean, but I detailed comfort issues in my review.
Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Oslo, Norway | Replied on Jul 01, 2024

Hi Stephen.

It was a pleasure communicating with you and arranging your trip for the four of you. Happy to hear you were happy with the itinerary and our follow up and that you are willing to book through KimKim again.

An your feedback is both valuable to both us and for other travellers out there.
The comments are feedbacks from the Hotel Charmante is well noted, and it is not the quality we expect from them and will follow up on them with this.

All the best,
Tom

A belated Thank You to Tom and the Norway cre...
Norway | Feb 4 - Feb 12, 2024

David
David O.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2024
A belated Thank You to Tom and the Norway crew at kimkim! Back in the cold days of February this year, my spouse and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Norway for a short time - and on short notice. Not being good at quickly making detailed plans to visit a new country for the first time without a car in the winter, we went with a recommendation to try kimkim. We are soooo glad that we did! Tom transformed our desires for beautiful fjords, train travels, and a chance or two at... Read more

A belated Thank You to Tom and the Norway crew at kimkim!

Back in the cold days of February this year, my spouse and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Norway for a short time - and on short notice. Not being good at quickly making detailed plans to visit a new country for the first time without a car in the winter, we went with a recommendation to try kimkim. We are soooo glad that we did!

Tom transformed our desires for beautiful fjords, train travels, and a chance or two at northern lights into a fantastic itinerary of unique memorable experiences and splendid overnight stays in towns rich with history.

The arranged tours, travel, and lodging were all top-notch. Communication was great! The availability of the team's 24/7 phone assistance really helped put our minds at ease with the travel connections.

Hotel Review
Thon Hotel Opera
Oslo
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Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Oslo, Norway | Replied on Jul 01, 2024

No worries about late feedback, we are very happy to hear that you had a great time visiting Norway and that you had many memorable experiences here.
Thank you for booking the trip through KimKim and letting me arrange this trip for you.

Welcome back to Norway on a later occasion.

All the best.

Best regards,
Tom

Norway Winter Wonderland
Norway | Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2024

Jennifer
Jennifer E.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Mar 09, 2024

The Kim, Kim team provided us a positive experience planning our Norwegian winter trip. Tom Christer provided us excellent service planning our trip, during our trip, and even after we got home. It's wonderful to know that good customer service still exists.

We are already referring friends and family to Kim Kim.

The only thing I would’ve changed was to add another night, staying in samurai and adding a bus tour excursion to see the northern lights as our cruise got canceled due to weather.

Thank you Kim Kim and Tom for a magical experience.

Hope to see you soon.

Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Kongsvinger, Norway | Replied on Mar 10, 2024

Thank you so much Jennifer, its so good to hear you enjoyed your time visiting us here up in the North.
It was just my pleasure being there being able to assist you on your journey.
And I must say, what great pics you have from your trip here! Especially the one with the dog stretching out is so cool :)

Hope to see you again soon too.

All the best.

Best regards,
Tom

Outstanding servicer
Norway | Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2024

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Robert B.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Mar 04, 2024
This was the best service I have ever received for trip planning and follow thru. Tom Christer did a wonderful job in helping us plan a great itinerary, and then keeping up with this during our trip. We couldn't have asked for better service and we have been referring our friends to your company.
Thanks, again to Tom.
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This was the best service I have ever received for trip planning and follow thru. Tom Christer did a wonderful job in helping us plan a great itinerary, and then keeping up with this during our trip. We couldn't have asked for better service and we have been referring our friends to your company.
Thanks, again to Tom.

Activity Review
Full Day Ice Dome visit with Activities and Dinner
Full Day Ice Dome visit with Activities and Dinner
Tromsø

This was a fabulous day. Everyone was very friendly and extremely helpful

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Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Kongsvinger, Norway | Replied on Mar 04, 2024

Hi Robert and Jennifer.

Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate that. And for me it's been a great experience planning and follow your trip too, and I'm happy you had a great time visiting Norway.

So thanks to you too Robert and Jennifer.

All the best

Warm regards,
Tom

Oslo to Bergen and back!
Norway | Aug 18 - Aug 23, 2022

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Sky S.
Calabasas, CA | Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024
My husband and I and another couple needed help getting from Oslo to Bergen and back. I generally make our own travel plans but was overwhelmed by the train and ferry choices and stops along the way. Happy I contacted KimKim. Tom was very helpful and responsive if there was a concern or a glitch. We had a wonderful trip! I have been meaning to write this review and finally got around to it. Thank you Tom for helping coordinate a memorable trip in beautiful Norway! Read more

My husband and I and another couple needed help getting from Oslo to Bergen and back. I generally make our own travel plans but was overwhelmed by the train and ferry choices and stops along the way. Happy I contacted KimKim. Tom was very helpful and responsive if there was a concern or a glitch. We had a wonderful trip! I have been meaning to write this review and finally got around to it. Thank you Tom for helping coordinate a memorable trip in beautiful Norway!

Activity Reviews
Scenic Boat Trip to Fjærland
Scenic Boat Trip to Fjærland
Norway

This was so much fun..lovely having a local guide who had grown up there! Thor was a delight!

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Bergen Walking Tour With a Local Guide
Bergen Walking Tour With a Local Guide
Bergen

The guide didn't show up. Tom refunded our money! It wasn't Tom's fault.

Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Kongsvinger, Norway | Replied on Feb 27, 2024

Dear Sky.

No worries if it took some time getting around to it, anyway its very good to hear you were very happy about your stay here and hope the memories are still alive and present!
Yeah the guide thing was unfortunately a human glitch he not showing up as agreed upon. Good you took it lightly in the heat of the moment.
It was a true pleasure planning and arranging your trip, welcome back on a later occasion and wish you all the best.

Best regards,
Tom

Norway tailored to our taste
Norway | Aug 10 - Aug 20, 2023

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Anita W.
Washington, DC | Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023
We are two first-time visitors who wanted to see Norway’s spectacular fjords, historic towns like Bergen, Oslo, and Trondheim, and more. A friend suggested kimkim to help plan that trip and find out if we could drive the Atlantic Road (inspired by a travel article.) kimkim’s Tom Christer was quick to offer a good plan for us to travel from Trondheim to Oslo for 7-8 days including hotels and transportation along the way. Tom was quick to answer questions, adjust the plan, and develop... Read more

We are two first-time visitors who wanted to see Norway’s spectacular fjords, historic towns like Bergen, Oslo, and Trondheim, and more. A friend suggested kimkim to help plan that trip and find out if we could drive the Atlantic Road (inspired by a travel article.) kimkim’s Tom Christer was quick to offer a good plan for us to travel from Trondheim to Oslo for 7-8 days including hotels and transportation along the way. Tom was quick to answer questions, adjust the plan, and develop alternatives before we traveled. Once we were on the trip, Tom helped with schedule changes, found individual guides and drivers when we needed them, and had perfect timing to get us on a shuttle to a scenic viewpoint when we thought it was sold out. Without Tom, we would not have experienced two of our favorite spots on the trip: staying on Håholmen island along the Atlantic Road and Aurland with its quiet magnificence. kimkim and Tom Christer provided great value and support.

Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Oslo, Norway | Replied on Oct 10, 2023

Hi Anita.

It was my true pleasure to be able to assist you and be able to lead you to your favourite spots. It is very good to hear you had a great time here in Norway, and thank you for letting us organise it for you. It was your first time to visit but hopefully not the last! :)

All the best.

Best regards,
Tom

Great Courteous and Responsive Service
Norway | Jul 10 - Jul 20, 2023

Wendy
Wendy C.
Australia | Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023
We were v happy with the service provided by KimKim and found Tom to be courteous and responsive. Love that everything you need (trip plan, hotels, chat records) is organised and can be found in your trip portal. I unfortunately fractured my wrist the week prior and Tom went the extra mile in terms of rearranging some activities and also personally contacted me to assist when we had some issues with our rental vehicle. My advice would be to do some initial research yourself so you can... Read more

We were v happy with the service provided by KimKim and found Tom to be courteous and responsive. Love that everything you need (trip plan, hotels, chat records) is organised and can be found in your trip portal.

I unfortunately fractured my wrist the week prior and Tom went the extra mile in terms of rearranging some activities and also personally contacted me to assist when we had some issues with our rental vehicle.

My advice would be to do some initial research yourself so you can give your agent a detailed overview of what you want to see and do during your trip. Then let them come up with an itinerary for you.

Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Oslo, Norway | Replied on Jul 28, 2023

Hi Wendy.

I am happy you were happy with your stay here.
Sorry that you experienced a fractured wrist affecting your trip here, but it was just my pleasure to able to assist you making your trip as good as possible, that is what we are here for :)

Hope the memories from here will last a lifetime, and hope your fracture is healing well not causing more challenges in everyday life or further travel.

Stay safe.

All the best.

Best regards,
Tom

Perfection
Norway | May 28 - Jun 7, 2023

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Danette G.
Altoona, IA | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023
Tom planned an amazing itinerary for us in Norway. Words can’t describe how well it went for us. From the modes of transportation, hotels, and activities he selected all were wonderful. Vilde in Bergen gave us a great tour and provided the best restaurant recommendation. Tom really listened to what we were looking to do and our preferences when he planned out our itinerary. Thank you for planning a perfect dream vacation for my siblings and I to take with our Mom! Read more

Tom planned an amazing itinerary for us in Norway. Words can’t describe how well it went for us. From the modes of transportation, hotels, and activities he selected all were wonderful. Vilde in Bergen gave us a great tour and provided the best restaurant recommendation. Tom really listened to what we were looking to do and our preferences when he planned out our itinerary. Thank you for planning a perfect dream vacation for my siblings and I to take with our Mom!

Activity Reviews
Fjordsafari
Fjordsafari
Norway
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
People were so nice and helpful!
Transport
Bergen Walking Tour With a Local Guide
Bergen Walking Tour With a Local Guide
Bergen

Having a local guide take us around Bergen was great. It was a wonderful experience to walk around with somebody local to see and hear a more personalized view and history of the city.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Vilde was great!
Flor & Fjære Garden Cruise
Flor & Fjære Garden Cruise
Stavanger

Flor & Fjaere was so unexpectedly amazing. We weren’t sure what to expect when we picked the activity, but we were in awe of the gardens and scenery. The venue and the meal was a one of a kind experience that would be very difficult to duplicate anywhere else.

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Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Oslo, Norway | Replied on Jun 20, 2023

Im so grateful you had such a great experience here in Norway. This was a very cool trip to plan for me as well as you wanted to go to the area where I am originally from. And Im glad all went smooth throughout your journey and that all of you had a very nice time. And yes compliments to Vilde, and thank you also.

All the best.

Best regards,
Tom

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