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Tricia Cantlon

There is so much beauty to discover on this beautiful floating rock we live on! I truly believe that travel, if done responsibly, teaches us meaningful life lessons about ourselves and the world around us that are incomparable to any other form of education.

I am originally from Detroit, MI but I moved to Norway five years ago; I was instantly drawn to the country's vast and unique beauty. In Norway, and worldwide, I have spent the majority of my adult life traveling through different scopes: including eco-hotels, hostels, backpacking, camping, road trips, and more. I use these experiences to create tailor-made trips so you can revel in the magic of Norway firsthand.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I crave activities that allow us all to thrive off of natural beauty and discover a deep connection with local culture! I specialize in fjord tours, arctic adventures, mountainous escapes, and coastal exploration on land and in sea throughout all of Norway. Sustainability, collective wellness and community inspire my activities to get acquainted with local cuisine, history and landscape. I can help you navigate a trip to explore beautiful Norwegian nature, quaint small towns, or urban areas including Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen and Tromsø."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Exploration was a deep desire of mine since I was young. I did the stereotypical 20-something backpacking trek through Europe, and quickly discovered that my connection to travel meant so much more when I could stay in one place, get to know people, and give back to the communities I visit. I slowed down my travels and started volunteering my way around the world - I worked in private homes and public organizations for varied causes like plastic cleanup, yoga teaching, sustainable farming, and animal rescue. From these ventures, I discovered how truly electric, enlightening, and earnest travel can be. This led me to develop meaningful travel knowledge to help create valuable memories for others."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"It's hard to choose just one! Every trip I've taken has been unique and beautiful in its own way. One of the most amazing experiences I had was visiting a permaculture farm and eco hotel in the middle of a Costa Rican jungle. It was a muddy two hour jungle walk just to get into the property; I saw snakes, poisonous frogs, butterflies as big as my hand, and fierce howling monkeys before I even got to the hotel. The trees were the brightest green and the water was the most electric blue. During my stay on the farm, I volunteered with locals and international travelers to utilize renewable resources, make meals from the farm we worked on, generate the land, and produce as little waste as possible with a humble lifestyle. Staying in the jungle was a slightly risky, tremendously beautiful and overall unforgettable experience."

Tricia is part of the following groups: Norway Travel Agents
Relish an overnight kayaking and camping experience of and by a Norwegian fjord
Epic Norway Camping, Kayaking & Hiking Journey: Oslo to Bergen - 15 Days

From conquering bucket list peaks to paddling UNESCO-protected fjords, this active 15-day Norway itinerary gets you close to the country's spectacular natural beauty. Camp in a cozy transparent dome at the famous Trolltunga, hike along Queen Sonja's Panoramic Trail, and explore the cities of Oslo and Bergen as you dash across the country by train, boat, and shuttle bus. This itinerary is perfect for active hikers, adventure-seeking travelers, and those with a moderate fitness level.

The queen of Sunnmøre, Slogen Mountain
Hike Norway's Hidden Fjords - 8 Days

Hike through some of Norway's most spectacular landscapes on this 8-day trekking adventure. Based in the northwestern regions of Romsdalen and Sunnmøre, you'll scale the famous Troll Wall, kayak across tranquil fjords, find hidden waterfalls at Geirangerfjord, and summit the triangular peak of Slogen. With nights spent in historic hotels, local inns, and remote mountain huts, you'll have plenty of time for rest and relaxation between each day's exhilarating excursions.

Traditional Lofoten fishing village
Top Experiences in the Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands is one of the most popular destinations in Norway. The moment you arrive, you'll understand why, as this stunning archipelago features jagged mountain peaks, colorful hamlets that cling to rocks, and a coastline dotted with islands. If you're looking for outdoor adventures, this is the place for you! Enjoy scenic drives, kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, sailing, and more.

Tromsø coastline
Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip: Tromsø & Senja - 7 Days

Explore northern Norway at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary. Seven days allows you sufficient time to explore the city of Tromsø and its historic streets, hike around isolated islands like Senja and Sommarøy, and sea safari alongside the fjord wildlife on your journey.

Sognefjord, nicknamed "King of the Fjords".
Norway Epic Family Tour: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 7 Days

This week-long family-friendly itinerary combines popular summer destinations and activities for a true Norwegian adventure. Start off in Oslo, where you can experience the capital's cool culture before taking a train to the mountain village of Geilo. From here, hop on a scenic steam train to Aurland, where a speedboat whisks you towards Skjerdal for hiking, goats, and spectacular fjord views. Sail through the magnificent Sognefjord to finish the trip in the picturesque port of Bergen, where you can explore its UNESCO-listed waterfront and take day trips into the surrounding fjords.

An aerial view of the Arctic city of Tromsø in summer.
Explore Bergen & Tromsø - 6 Days

Take a whirlwind tour through Norway’s most enchanting destinations on this diverse 6-day itinerary. Start on the southwest coast, where you’ll settle into historic UNESCO-listed  Bergen for three nights. Discover the charming port city's character-filled cobbled streets and lively atmosphere, then venture deep into the iconic scenery of the fjords, where you’ll travel by train and boat through some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. End your Norwegian adventure with a flight to the far north, where the Arctic city of Tromsø serves as your base to explore pristine wilderness by dogsled and go searching for the elusive northern lights.

Recent trip reviews for Tricia

I wasn't sure how trip would unfold as I have...
Norway | Oct 1 - Oct 11, 2022

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eric s.
South Bradenton, FL | Reviewed on Oct 12, 2022

I wasn't sure how trip would unfold as I haven't used KimKim before however, all turned out aces! Tricia was extremely helpful in putting it all together. Norway is an extremely beautiful country (even in the rain!) and if you are an outdoor person you will appreciate the amazing countryside. Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger are great very manageable cities with a lot to see. All said, a wounderful experience.

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

After a long wait through covid restrictions, I'm delighted you got to finally experience the magic of Norway. Autumn is my favorite time of year and I'm grateful you were willing to visit in off-season (and brave Kjeragbolten!). So glad you took the chance on using Kimkim, Eric! It was a pleasure working with you and Jane.

Our trip was exactly what we wanted. Tricia w...
Norway | Sep 29 - Oct 5, 2022

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Richelle S.
Castle Rock, CO | Reviewed on Oct 08, 2022

Our trip was exactly what we wanted. Tricia was very helpful in providing information and making adjustments where needed. She also went out of her way to keep in touch while we were on our trip to try to ensure we saw the northern lights (which we did!). The staff at Mefjord Brygge were helpful. Sebastian was knowledgeable and kind and made several suggestions regarding the best way to experience this beautiful country. We thoroughly enjoyed our time!

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Thank you right back for your easygoing travel vibe and wonderful feedback, Richelle. I’m so happy you had a trip to remember and Aurora showed up for you! Maybe see you back here someday :)

I had a spectacular trip!
Norway | Sep 2 - Sep 8, 2022

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Seth O.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

I had a spectacular trip through the country of Norway. Tusen Takk Tricia!!! You made my first international (solo) trip everything it could be and more! The route worked out perfectly and the activities were spot on for what I was looking to see and do. The trip plan went so well and removed much of the stress that may happen, for me at least, with planning everything myself. Tricia's knowledge of Norway and recommendations all came together to make for a smooth, easy to navigate... read more

I had a spectacular trip through the country of Norway. Tusen Takk Tricia!!! You made my first international (solo) trip everything it could be and more! The route worked out perfectly and the activities were spot on for what I was looking to see and do. The trip plan went so well and removed much of the stress that may happen, for me at least, with planning everything myself. Tricia's knowledge of Norway and recommendations all came together to make for a smooth, easy to navigate itinerary. I couldn't have asked for more. She checked in to make sure I was well on my way and was super supportive and responsive if/when I did call for help. I can't recommend using kimkim, and Tricia enough and will tell everyone and anyone the same.

Hotel Reviews
Thon Hotel Terminus
Oslo

Great location, enormous breakfast buffet, comfortable bed. A little noisy into the night but not too bad. Jet lag had me up anyway. I did change my room to the 2nd floor with a window which happen to be on a bus route. The 1st room on the 6th floor would've been much quieter but the view was non-existent.

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Vangsgaarden Gjestgiveri
Aurland

Quaint, unbelievably quiet, comfortable bed, nice breakfast and functional room with an unchanged classic charming style. Cool place to stay in this old sleepy town. Close to trails and good access to Flam. Good restaurant on the grounds too and the view of the fjord was awesome!

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Bergen Børs Hotel
Bergen

Upscale, busy popular hotel. The location doesn't get much better than this. Beds were comfortable and the room was quiet from all sides. This is classic Bergen in all it's history.

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Activity Reviews
Bergen Walking Tour With a Local Guide
Bergen

I so very much enjoyed this walking tour with John. I think we covered the whole city in a matter of 2-3 hours! He imparted his vast knowledge of his hometown everywhere we went with great suggestions to take in all of Bergen following the tour. I love Bergen, Norway!

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Oslo Food Trail With a Local Guide
Oslo

I enjoyed this tour around the city eating some local foods Oslo is known for. Walking and talking with Stig through his favorite parts of his hometown, eating the local treats along the way was truly a good time. Go Liverpool! :)

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Heritage Taste Fjordsafari
Norway

This unique experience was fun. Our guide, Erick (apologize for any misspelling here) was awesome on this tour. Zooming around the fjords, learning interesting, sometimes fascinating things about the history of the people who settled in and around the area.

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

So much fun to read through your reviews, Seth! Thanks so much!!
You were a joy to chat with throughout planning and during your stay. You handled your first international solo trip like a pro. I'm already looking forward to your next visit...and continuing to practice the Norwegian language with you :-D

Lykke til med fremtidige reiser!

Tusen hjertelig takk,
Tricia

Oslo to Bergen via the fjords
Norway | Aug 24 - Aug 31, 2022

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Sam T.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Really good suggestions and organisation. Picked venues I would never have chosen and activities that were all top rate. Would definitely recommend.

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

I appreciate this so very much, Sam! I enjoyed planning with you. Thanks for the visit :)

Tricia helped create a fantastic trip to Norway
Norway | Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2022

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Margaret S.
Bethesda, MD | Reviewed on Aug 21, 2022

Tricia helped create a trip in Norway focused on time in the fjords (including half a day of guide-led kayaking and another going out on a small boat to poke around a second fjord). Both experiences and the hotel we stayed at (the historic Kivknes, which may have one of the best fjord views possible) were amazing. The arrangements she made for train, ferries, hotels, experiences in Oslo, Flam, Balestrand, and the lovely Bergen all worked perfectly. She also, at my request, left us plenty of... read more

Tricia helped create a trip in Norway focused on time in the fjords (including half a day of guide-led kayaking and another going out on a small boat to poke around a second fjord). Both experiences and the hotel we stayed at (the historic Kivknes, which may have one of the best fjord views possible) were amazing. The arrangements she made for train, ferries, hotels, experiences in Oslo, Flam, Balestrand, and the lovely Bergen all worked perfectly. She also, at my request, left us plenty of time to do activites that we planned on our own (sauna and swim in the Bergen fjord for instance). The daytime temperature was usually mid-70s and even the famous summer rain stayed away all but one day. (One minor glitch involving a pullout couch at the initial hotel was worked out very quickly using the KimKim emergency number -- and our own efforts with hotel receptionl.) If Tricia is typical of KimKim we would definitely use KimKim again. Norway was really wonderful

Hotel Reviews
Clarion Hotel The Hub
Oslo

A large hotel in the very downtown port area. Convenient if not that scenic an area. Everyone in the hotel was extremely nice and helpful. And the rooms were comfortable.

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Kviknes Hotel
Balestrand

The hotel has an amazing setting in the middle of the fjord in the tiny town of Balestrand. We stayed in the old historic section, which has tremendous character and great balconies with stunning views, but be aware that the rooms are small. No king-sized beds here! Also since this part is "historic" the rooms are decorated in an older style but with all the basic amenitites. We loved the rooms and would happily have stayed longer. The dining room, where an emormous buffet is put on for breakfast, is open and glassy and overlooks the water. You can also dine there. We lunched one day on the long back porch overlooking the water. The activities did -- kayaking, boating, cidering -- were all within a 5 minute walk. There are a couple small restaurants nearby. We saw lots of hikers, but did not do that ourselves.

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Hotel Norge by Scandic
Bergen

I'm giving this 5 stars because we had 2 rooms on the top floor with amazing balconies overlooking a very scenic part of the center of town. The hotel is very convenient, very helpful and has great beds. They arranged a pullout couch in one room that I'd love to find for my own house. Really comfortable. The hotel has a great location for walking around Bergen, which is a very pretty cobblestone-y city.

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Activity Reviews
Kayaking in Balestrand
Balestrand

We had a guided kayak tours from the town of Balestrand which is so fantastic. A reason to visit again. Our guide "JT" was wonderful, helpful and just fun to kayak with. We were experienced kayakers and so he responded to that, but he often takes out people with no experience and clearly is a great teacher. There were 3 of us (adults) on this excursion and we all thought this was a highlight of our time in Norway.

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Scenic Boat Trip to Fjærland
Balestrand

This was a private trip for just 3 of us with a captain --Tor -- whose family hails from Balestrand for generations. As a result he was a wealth of info throughout the trip about places and people. Tor was really fun and intersting, slowing at certain places to talk or let us drink from a waterfall (without leaving the boat or getting wet--very impressive). Extra info: he has great warm jumpsuits for all his clients. He also does fishing trips, though we did not do that part.

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Balestrand Orchard Walk & Cider Tasting
Balestrand

Fun to hear about and see how cider is made. And then taste some of the ciders afterward.

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Bergen Walking Tour With a Local Guide
Bergen

John was our guide and despite having to walk in a downpour a lot of the time he was humorous, interesting about places and the history of those places and led us gently around the whole, mostly cobblestoned city.

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Depart Norway
Norway
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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

Margaret - thank you for all of these lovely details! It's so fun reading through your descriptions and hearing about the other parts of the trips we haven't yet had a chance to chat about. I am so vey grateful that the sun shined for you and your sons while you explored the fjords together.

It was a treat to plan for you and your family. Hope you come back to Norway someday :)

Norway family adventure!
Norway | Jul 29 - Aug 18, 2022

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Nancy P.
Canada | Reviewed on Aug 21, 2022

A huge shout out to Tricia Cantlon and her team for making my family’s three week trip to Norway an experience of a life time. My 11 year old son and I were travelling with my 90 year old mother on this family adventure. Putting an itinerary together that would work for all of us required something different and Tricia’s work on pace, variety and activity selection really worked. We appreciated the opportunity to experience the character of Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen but were REALLY blown... read more

A huge shout out to Tricia Cantlon and her team for making my family’s three week trip to Norway an experience of a life time. My 11 year old son and I were travelling with my 90 year old mother on this family adventure. Putting an itinerary together that would work for all of us required something different and Tricia’s work on pace, variety and activity selection really worked. We appreciated the opportunity to experience the character of Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen but were REALLY blown away by the beauty of the Fjords on our 10 day road trip out of Bergen. Having the flexibility to experience the fjords at our own pace for this portion of our trip was great. Tricia’s attentiveness to us while we were in Norway was also really helpful. She and her team were always super responsive and helpful when I had questions or concerns. They continued to gently guide us through the entire trip and this contributed to a sense of ease along the way that was lovely.

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

I am so absolutely grateful I could help craft your trip to be an easygoing adventure. (And a shoutout to my coworker Tom for stepping in to answer questions when necessary!) It was so much fun to help you on this multi-generational vacation. You guys were such troopers in any weather and really got the full Norwegian experience on a long tour. I am so thankful that we connected and that the trip was what you were hoping for. Thank you for everything, Nancy!!

Loved our experience with KimKim and Tricia. ...
Norway | Aug 10 - Aug 16, 2022

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Elizabeth C.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Loved our experience with KimKim and Tricia. She was so adaptive to our needs, and she went above and beyond to make sure everything was set up perfectly. Made for an actually enjoyable holiday, not stressing our about all the details! read more

Loved our experience with KimKim and Tricia. She was so adaptive to our needs, and she went above and beyond to make sure everything was set up perfectly. Made for an actually enjoyable holiday, not stressing our about all the details!

Hotel Reviews
Thon Hotel Cecil
Oslo
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Gudvangen Fjordtell & Apartments
Gudvangen

Basic accommodations in a beautiful setting. Limited dining options.

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Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz
Bergen
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Preikestolen Fjellstue / Preikestolen BaseCamp
Jørpeland

Excellent base camp hotel for hiking. Dinner was fabulous! Rooms are basic but comfortable. Shower/bathroom combo is a little weird and messy but again, functional. Beautiful setting.

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Loved all the pillows!
Activity Review
Ferry from Bergen to Stavanger
Norway

Great experience!

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Elizabeth, thank you again for everything! As a mom of a toddler you deserve all the breaks you can get! I'm so happy to plan the details so you can concentrate on enjoying these moments with your family (And big thank you to my coworker Tom who also stepped in to help while you were in-country). Glad you got to see some of the big sites. It was a pleasure getting to know you a bit and connect with a fellow expat. Take care and good luck on your future adventures!!

When I think of a tour, I think I’m paying so...
Norway | Jul 19 - Jul 28, 2022

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Anne L.
Fountain Valley, CA | Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

When I think of a tour, I think I’m paying someone to do for me what I don’t have to do myself. At each leg of this trip we were left wondering and scrambling, causing a lot of anxiety. For example, the itinerary would say the name of the hotel but not tell us how to get there or even if it was walking distance In one town we paid $50 just to taxi ( the only option) back and forth from the bus. Other towns told us to meet somewhere but didn’t indicate if it was an address or a place.... read more

When I think of a tour, I think I’m paying someone to do for me what I don’t have to do myself. At each leg of this trip we were left wondering and scrambling, causing a lot of anxiety. For example, the itinerary would say the name of the hotel but not tell us how to get there or even if it was walking distance In one town we paid $50 just to taxi ( the only option) back and forth from the bus. Other towns told us to meet somewhere but didn’t indicate if it was an address or a place. That meant each night I’d have to go over the itinerary and figure out the next day with a map in hand. It was stressful. This happened in nearly every location. When we ran into hiccups our local specialist offered sympathy or wasn’t available. Finally there were four things “included” on our itinerary that were not included.— our trips to and from the airports and the excursion to Rosendal with lunch. Very disappointed. I will pursue compensation.

Hotel Reviews
Zander K Hotel
Bergen
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Trolltunga Hotel
Odda
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Vangsgaarden Gjestgiveri
Aurland
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Thon Hotel Opera
Oslo
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Activity Reviews
Short Hike with a Local in Bergen
Bergen
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Norway

This felt like a ferry cruise, nothing spectacular. Trish said Rosendal wasn’t included and yet you are including it here. Please advise.

Guided Hike to Trolltunga
Norway
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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Aug 04, 2022

Anne, I'm so very saddened and surprised to learn that you felt scrambled during the trip! I truly did my best to offer support as quickly as possible and answer your questions when we chatted regularly throughout your journey. The emergency phone is a great resource for these rough moments; we always have an on-call specialist for urgent or unexpected situations.

I take my work personally because I love sharing my home and creating memories for people from all over the world. I'm very... read more

Anne, I'm so very saddened and surprised to learn that you felt scrambled during the trip! I truly did my best to offer support as quickly as possible and answer your questions when we chatted regularly throughout your journey. The emergency phone is a great resource for these rough moments; we always have an on-call specialist for urgent or unexpected situations.

I take my work personally because I love sharing my home and creating memories for people from all over the world. I'm very sorry that my impact was not a positive one in this case. I really appreciate your feedback and will carry it with me.

Twice Postponed Norway Exploration Turns out Perfectly!
Norway | May 30 - Jun 12, 2022

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Daniel B.
Waterford, CT | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Tricia and the entire Kim Kim Team
Please accept our sincere appreciation for all the work you and the KimKim team put in to make our travels so enjoyable. We had a wonderful trip exploring Norway (and a wonderful three days in Stockholm!). All the logistics, the accommodations across Norway and tours were first rate. But most importantly, we appreciate the extra work that went into scheduling this entire trip at least twice and perhaps even three times. Everyone understands the... read more

Tricia and the entire Kim Kim Team
Please accept our sincere appreciation for all the work you and the KimKim team put in to make our travels so enjoyable. We had a wonderful trip exploring Norway (and a wonderful three days in Stockholm!). All the logistics, the accommodations across Norway and tours were first rate. But most importantly, we appreciate the extra work that went into scheduling this entire trip at least twice and perhaps even three times. Everyone understands the unprecedented disruptions to travel that COVID cost, but none the less, it caused organizations like yours to deal with unique and daunting scheduling, cancellation and rebooking issues. Through all those stressful times, you and Hilde and your other co-workers kept us informed, and did so with a professional, pleasant and positive attitude which was very much appreciated by both my wife and I. The Norway we experienced was a beautiful mixture of colors, from midnight sun on costal rocks and waters to the shine of rosy cheeks and friendly smiles, from multi-colored Bergen store fronts to deep red isolated barns, all never far from the deep greens of spring grasses and just the right amount of mountaintop snow. Thank you for all the effort that went into making our experience one we will never forget.
With deep appreciation
Dan and Jane Brannegan

Hotel Review
Bergen Børs Hotel
Bergen

Wonderful staff, great room and fantastic restaurant, centrally located. Quite perfect.

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Aug 04, 2022

Thank you again for your kind words and sharing this review, Daniel. You have such an eloquent way of describing my home that I appreciate so deeply. You both deserved a wonderful trip after such a long wait. Thanks for visiting, and giving me (and Hilde!) the pleasure to guide your experience.

What an amazing trip! Tricia’s itinerary was ...
Norway | Jul 17 - Jul 26, 2022

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Peter C.
Oceanside, NY | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

What an amazing trip! Tricia’s itinerary was spot on and more importantly she was always there to help us along the way. When SAS cancelled our flight to Svolvaer, Tricia found a solution that kept us on schedule so we would not miss a single minute of this beautiful country, kudos to Tricia and the Kim Kim team!
Peter

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Aug 04, 2022

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Peter! It was lovely to have you guys here, and I'm so thankful it all worked out with the flights. Dani's photos are marvelous. I love seeing a sneak peek into your adventures! Take care and good luck on future travels :)

Norwegian Bucket List Vacation! Tricia was absolutely incredible! From the be...
Norway | Jul 17 - Jul 26, 2022

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Dani L.
Mineola, NY | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Tricia was absolutely incredible! From the beginning, Tricia listened to and checked off everything I asked for making my Norwegian bucket list adventure come true! She was amazing in helping us with flight changes due to SAS being on strike, was able to extend our car rental and get us last minute accommodations because of the strike. My dream vacation would not have happened if it weren't for her. Thank you for the most memorable, awesome, amazing, dream vacation of a lifetime!!!!

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Aug 04, 2022

I went through all of your photos, they are amazing! Thank you for sharing these memories and letting me be the one to organize your trip. You guys handled the crazy flight situations with such patience and optimism. I'm so glad it all worked out, and you came out of your bucket list trip a positive experience.
Take care - until we meet again :)

I absolutely loved it! We saw many wonderful ...
Norway | Jul 12 - Jul 24, 2022

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Stefanos I.
Spokane, WA | Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

I absolutely loved it! We saw many wonderful places and the detailed planning especially regarding transportation was impressively done. Everyone I communicated with was very helpful esp Tricia and Hild earlier on as this has been a trip long in making.
Trolltunga and Lofoten were our favorites! read more

I absolutely loved it! We saw many wonderful places and the detailed planning especially regarding transportation was impressively done. Everyone I communicated with was very helpful esp Tricia and Hild earlier on as this has been a trip long in making.
Trolltunga and Lofoten were our favorites!

Activity Review
Midnight Kayaking in Svolvær
Norway

We missed the experience because we were not notified to meet at 930 instead of 10pm. Disappointing.

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Aug 04, 2022

The pandemic really tested your patience on this trip - I'm so glad it was worth the wait in the end! Thanks for the visit and for your everlasting positive, laid-back attitude. It was wonderful to help you and your dad make this trip happen.

Great memories!
Norway | Jun 24 - Jul 4, 2022

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Shireen C.
Medford, OR | Reviewed on Jul 05, 2022

Tricia was very responsive and helpful before and during the trip. It was so nice to have someone “on the inside” help with planning and booking. We loved our trip and all went almost flawlessly. Very grateful! read more

Tricia was very responsive and helpful before and during the trip. It was so nice to have someone “on the inside” help with planning and booking. We loved our trip and all went almost flawlessly. Very grateful!

Hotel Reviews
Scandic Victoria
Oslo

Staff not overly friendly or helpful, rooms small and not clean to my standards

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The bathrooms could be cleaned to a higher standard
Hotel Aurlandsfjord
Aurland

Very lovely, nice, new rooms, good meals.

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Lovely views and convenient
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Grand Hotel Terminus
Bergen

Decent location for accessing Bergen attractions, felt historic.

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Svinøya Rorbuer
Svolvær

Really lovely cottages on the water, lots of space and amenities, great dining.

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Reine Rorbuer
Reine

Beautiful and authentic, best place we stayed! Amazing views.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Super comfy beds/ pillows
Activity Reviews
Fjordsafari Extended
Norway

Personal, adventurous, beautiful!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Flåm Zipline
Norway

Just a single zip line, but gorgeous and fun.

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Short Hike with a Local in Bergen
Bergen

Our guide was lovely and really feel feel we saw things we would not have otherwise happened upon. A very nice experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
John was very kind and informative
Transport
Silent Trollfjord Cruise
Svolvær

This was beautiful, but had done another cruise on a smaller boat elsewhere and actually enjoyed the smaller boat experience more.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Midnight Sun Kayak Tour
Norway

The scenery was the highlight here. Our quite was a little scattered and I actually would have liked to paddle to an actual “destination”…but the scenery was undeniably amazing

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Tricia Cantlon
Tricia
Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Shireen, I had a great time arranging a trip for such an adventurous family. I love that you were up for everything: Boat safaris, train rides, zip lines, hikes and bike rides ( I'm really glad you particularly enjoyed the Rallarvegen bike ride down to Flåm - I wanted to add that in here since you mentioned you forgot to review it!). And you guys were true to the Norwegian spirit when a bit of rain didn't bother you along the way.

I am overjoyed that your family had a wonderful time in Norway. Thanks for absolutely everything!! Hope you come visit again one day.

Loved our 8-Day Norway Trip!
Norway | Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2022

Peter
Peter B.
Lafayette, CA | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2022

Tricia did a fantastic job setting up our 8-day journey in Norway! While we could have spent some more time in the cities, the fjord cruises, hotels, and Trolltunga hike were definitely the highlights. The Flam Railway was also an amazing surprise, as we didn't realize it was not a normal train transfer, and that valley was simply incredible. The Aurlandsfjord Hotel was also a terrific place to stay and gave us gorgeous views of that particular fjord. Trolltunga Active is a high... read more

Tricia did a fantastic job setting up our 8-day journey in Norway! While we could have spent some more time in the cities, the fjord cruises, hotels, and Trolltunga hike were definitely the highlights. The Flam Railway was also an amazing surprise, as we didn't realize it was not a normal train transfer, and that valley was simply incredible. The Aurlandsfjord Hotel was also a terrific place to stay and gave us gorgeous views of that particular fjord. Trolltunga Active is a high quality and professional outfitter that led our Trolltunga hike, and their camping (or glamping) domes are definitely the way to go. We had comfortable sleeping pads and fully catered dinners sitting at benches, and then had the Trolltunga rock formation all to ourselves after the hordes of day hikers had left. All the fjord cruises were incredible and the waterfalls and cliff faces were everywhere and around every corner. Simply a gorgeous country!

Hotel Reviews
Tyssedal Hotel
Tyssedal

Really friendly staff, but the rooms were small and we were on the hillside vs. the fjord side. Feels/looks like it was a grand old hotel back in the day, but a bit past its prime. Also, there are no other places to eat within walking distance, so you're a bit captive to their dininig room or you have to take the bus down to Odda, which we did on the second night. If you have your own car, then it's a bit better. Also, Tyssedal is really a factory town so the hotel overlooks a big old factory on the water.

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Access to other restaurants or places to go
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Hotel Aurlandsfjord
Aurland

Incredible location on the edge of Aurlandsfjord. Wonderul breakfast spread and easy access to town and boat dock. Also a bit removed from Flam, so that is both good and bad depending on your viewpoint, but much quieter and mellow. Great gastropub down the block as well.

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Zander K Hotel
Bergen

Really nice modern hotel adjacent to the train station and light rail to the airport. That said, it's a bit far removed from central Bergen harbor (good and bad) and a long walk from where the fjord boats dropped us off downtown in the harbor.

Location
Train station and light rail access is awesome. Boat/fjordcruise docks not so much
Local specialist: Tricia Cantlon
Tricia
Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

Peter, thank you so much for taking time to leave a thoughtful review. I love to hear your appreciation for the unforgettable nature of the fjord region! It was such a treat to connect and see photos of your and your daughter throughout your journey. Thanks for your ongoing kindness as we worked together to create and follow through with your trip. Come back to Norway - and we will sort out some more time for city stays in the next plan :) Until then, take care!!

Tricia was attentive to our requests and need...
Norway | May 13 - May 22, 2022

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Estrella H.
Mason, OH | Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Tricia was attentive to our requests and needs. We had a lovely trip from
Bergen to Oslo. Particularly liked the uniqueness and locations of the places we stayed in. Tricia was also very responsive to any needs we had during my the trip and provided good suggestions or plans for every day in out tour. read more

Tricia was attentive to our requests and needs. We had a lovely trip from
Bergen to Oslo. Particularly liked the uniqueness and locations of the places we stayed in. Tricia was also very responsive to any needs we had during my the trip and provided good suggestions or plans for every day in out tour.

Hotel Review
Bergen Børs Hotel
Bergen
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tricia Cantlon
Tricia
Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on May 24, 2022

I'm so very happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves! It was a treat to be there for your journey. You are such kind people and it was really fun that you were up to explore some of the more unique areas! Hope to see you back in Norway someday :)

We don’t think Tricia is familiar with the ar...
Norway | May 11 - May 18, 2022

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Akiko W.
Sacramento, CA | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

We don’t think Tricia is familiar with the area we traveled. She gave us insufficient, incomplete and some cases wrong information. We were fortunate enough to get help from our Norwegian friend who guided us throughout our tour. Without our friend’s help we would have been in a very difficult situation. The selection of hotels was very good except for Malangen Resort. The room offered a very good view but it was shabby and outdated. The floor was loose and, when you walk on it, it bounced.... read more

We don’t think Tricia is familiar with the area we traveled. She gave us insufficient, incomplete and some cases wrong information. We were fortunate enough to get help from our Norwegian friend who guided us throughout our tour. Without our friend’s help we would have been in a very difficult situation. The selection of hotels was very good except for Malangen Resort. The room offered a very good view but it was shabby and outdated. The floor was loose and, when you walk on it, it bounced. Contrary to what Tricia stated, there were hardly anything interesting this resort /location could offer. The last night we stayed there, there was a big party at the bar downstairs that lasted until 2:30 AM. We contacted the hotel management 3 times. Their response was that it’s a big holiday and it’s common to party but they would lower the sound and stop people to go out into the deck. That never happened. Let us assure you the sound was so loud that our room was shaken with constant loud drum so that when the security knocked our door (according to what they said), we didn’t hear it! The first call was around 11;30PM. We thought the party would be over by midnight, so when they offered to move us to another room, we declined. They never told us that the bar would be open until 2:30AM. The hotel knew about this event but no information was provided to us. They repeatedly told us that “That the way it is and we can’t do anything “. Unbelievable! This incident took away all the good memories in Norway. Tricia should have known that Tromsø town center would be closed to all auto traffic except for certain people. If we have known that, we would have left Malangen a day earlier to Tromsø. We weren’t able to reach our hotel in Tromsø and were told that the parking would be very difficult. Streets were blocked from 6AM to 6:30PM. We had to park our car at our friend’s place and take a buss to hotel without our luggage. We then had to take a buss to our friend’s place to pickup our car after 6:30PM. This was done in a very windy and cold snowing weather. Then, we found out that the hotel has no parking place and we had to find the place on our own. This was never mentioned to us. About how to pay ferry fee, Tricia said that we pay by credit card at the ferry dock. It’s not so. They scan the license plate and send a bill to the owner of the vehicle or scan a special sticker.

Hotel Review
Tromsø Lodge & Camping
Tromso
Authenticity & Character
Location
Away from noise & crowd
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Arctic Boat Safari in Senja
Senja
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Tricia Cantlon
Tricia
Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Akiko and Ben,

I am deeply sorry and very unpleasantly surprised to read your thoughts and feelings about my guidance and your trip to northern Norway. When I didn't hear from you, I wrongly assumed you were having a pleasant journey. It is such a terrible shame that these sour memories got in the way of your vacation. I have noted your feedback and will take it with me in future conversations with travellers.

I did speak to the hotel receptionist in Tromsø regarding parking on your arrival... read more

Akiko and Ben,

I am deeply sorry and very unpleasantly surprised to read your thoughts and feelings about my guidance and your trip to northern Norway. When I didn't hear from you, I wrongly assumed you were having a pleasant journey. It is such a terrible shame that these sour memories got in the way of your vacation. I have noted your feedback and will take it with me in future conversations with travellers.

I did speak to the hotel receptionist in Tromsø regarding parking on your arrival date, but unfortunately they also did not foresee this as an issue, so I apologize for this detour and bad weather on Norway's Constitution Day.

I followed up with Malangen about the room and the party. You deserved a peaceful and wonderful stay here and it is definitely unfair for you that their celebration ran so late into the night to disturb you. It is a unique place, and people come there for the outdoor possibilities, which the resort also told me they had informed you about. I am sorry to hear that Mestervik wasn't the area for you, it is unfortunate to hear that the outdoor activities and historical hikes weren't quite what you imagined.

I put my all into these trips in hopes that my incoming travelers will leave with memories to last a lifetime, and I take this review to heart. I wish I could have helped you along the way; our message portal and emergency phone are meant for these situations, and I am always available to assist when things go awry, which can sometimes be unexpected. I hope that you had some positive experiences despite the negative, and one day you will return to Norway to enjoy the country in better conditions.

Warmly,
Tricia

All of what we seen it was a trip of a life t...
Norway | Apr 6 - Apr 19, 2022

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Marvin F.
Norway | Reviewed on May 05, 2022

All of what we seen it was a trip of a life time thank you read more

All of what we seen it was a trip of a life time thank you

Hotel Review
Thon Hotel Opera
Oslo
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All
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Explore Oslo's hidden gems with a local expert
Oslo
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Sll
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Sll
Local specialist: Tricia Cantlon
Tricia
Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

It was an honor to plan a Viking adventure for you. Thank you so much for visiting Norway!!