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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 seven 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."

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Recent trip reviews for Tricia

Working with KimKim was a wonderful experience
Norway | Sep 5 - Sep 14, 2023

Nick
Nick D.
Westford, MA | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023
Working with KimKim was a wonderful experience. From the start, it felt very natural to describe what we were after, and then offer comments (thumbs up/thumbs down) on the suggestions offered us. In a short amount of time we had an itinerary that was just what we were after. Our guide, Tricia, was excellent. She was very responsive, and completely understood our feedback. As our trip to Norway approached, she took some time off, and Tom filled in. There was no interruption of service, and... Read more

Working with KimKim was a wonderful experience. From the start, it felt very natural to describe what we were after, and then offer comments (thumbs up/thumbs down) on the suggestions offered us. In a short amount of time we had an itinerary that was just what we were after.

Our guide, Tricia, was excellent. She was very responsive, and completely understood our feedback. As our trip to Norway approached, she took some time off, and Tom filled in. There was no interruption of service, and Tom was as efficient and helpful as Tricia.

All of the places we visited were wonderful. Our focus was on small, fiord towns and hiking nearby. Everything exceeded expectations. During the trip, the encountered the usual array of small issues, but KimKim was right there when we needed them, responding to our questions and resolving issues very, very quickly. I don’t think we’ve ever had an a travel agent as efficient and helpful.

We will absolutely use KimKim again for other trips in the future.

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Sep 22, 2023

Thanks again for everything Nick, your trip was a really special one to plan and I'm so glad it was a memorable adventure. Thanks for considering Kimkim for the future :) Here is to many beautiful adventures ahead!

Magical Norway trip
Norway | Jul 19 - Jul 28, 2023

Lynne
Lynne K.
Alexandria, VA | Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023
Tricia at kimkim provided our group of 12 (teens, parents, grandparents) with the most memorable trip to Norway that we could ever have imagined. Her attention to detail meant that each hotel was terrific, that our activities (hiking, biking, kayaking) were all perfectly organized and great fun. We saw stunning mountains, waterfalls galore and hypnotic fjords, all with no stress on our part, as she made all of the arrangements so that we could just relax and enjoy being together in Norway! We... Read more

Tricia at kimkim provided our group of 12 (teens, parents, grandparents) with the most memorable trip to Norway that we could ever have imagined. Her attention to detail meant that each hotel was terrific, that our activities (hiking, biking, kayaking) were all perfectly organized and great fun. We saw stunning mountains, waterfalls galore and hypnotic fjords, all with no stress on our part, as she made all of the arrangements so that we could just relax and enjoy being together in Norway! We came away with great appreciation of this fantastic country and her skill at making this trip happen.
Many, many thanks!

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Aug 01, 2023

Thanks Lynne for your lovely words! It is wonderful to hear that ultimately my assistance allowed your family to concentrate on quality time together. This is what matters most :) It was fun working with you and planning for your group. All the best to you!!

Tricia did an awesome job. And the whole tea...
Norway | Jun 20 - Jul 6, 2023

Beth
Beth S.
La Jolla, CA | Reviewed on Jul 15, 2023
Tricia did an awesome job. And the whole team was available when a mud slide meant that we had to take a ferry rather than get picked up. We especially loved our day spent kayaking, hiking and rappelling in Lofoton and our glacier hike in Tromso. Both were EPIC! Read more

Tricia did an awesome job. And the whole team was available when a mud slide meant that we had to take a ferry rather than get picked up. We especially loved our day spent kayaking, hiking and rappelling in Lofoton and our glacier hike in Tromso. Both were EPIC!

Activity Review
Full day Combo Tour: Kayak, Trek and Rappel
Full day Combo Tour: Kayak, Trek and Rappel
Norway

EPIC!!!! Guide was awesome. Great group of 8. Kayaked to a beautiful island, had a bbq before hiking up to a cliff which we the rappelled down! Then hiked some more and rappelled again. Awesome!

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Jul 21, 2023

Thanks Beth!!!! So glad you chose to celebrate your anniversary in Norway, and I'm beyond happy that you and your husband enjoyed the big adventure in fjords and arctic! Hope you come back someday :)

Our Norway trip was great. KimKim helped us ...
Norway | Jun 27 - Jul 9, 2023

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Anne C.
Drexel Heights, AZ | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Our Norway trip was great. KimKim helped us customize the trip and it provided everything we wanted, some city experiences and many outdoors hiking and kayaking. Our agent, Tricia, was patient and knowledgeable in helping us plan our trip. We had a guide for a few hikes and they were prompt and helpful. The accommodations were wonderful. Highly recommend.

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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Jul 21, 2023

Thanks so much Anne! It was a joy to help you and Lori on your trip. I'm very grateful you put your trust in Kimkim and Ethical Travel Portal :)
Until next time!!

Excellent service from planning to wrap-up!
Norway | Jun 3 - Jun 15, 2023

Cynthia
Cynthia H.
Littleton, CO | Reviewed on Jun 18, 2023
Our KimKim specialist in Norway, Tricia, was amazing from start to finish. We had a medical emergency while on our trip and had to change a lot of our plans. Tricia really stepped up and helped us out in our hour of need! I would absolutely use KimKim again for any future international trips. Read more

Our KimKim specialist in Norway, Tricia, was amazing from start to finish. We had a medical emergency while on our trip and had to change a lot of our plans. Tricia really stepped up and helped us out in our hour of need!

I would absolutely use KimKim again for any future international trips.

Hotel Reviews
Opus XVI
Bergen
Authenticity & Character
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Hotel Alexandra
Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Brosundet
Ålesund
Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Exploration of Ålesund's Surrounding Islands
Exploration of Ålesund's Surrounding Islands
Ålesund
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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Jun 20, 2023

Thanks for everything, Cynthia and Steve. So grateful that you were able to complete your trip with some adjustments and enjoy Norway. Sending my best to you both. Take care!!!

Wonderful honeymoon in Norway! Definitely rec...
Norway | Jun 5 - Jun 11, 2023

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Ellie B.
Truckee, CA | Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023
Wonderful honeymoon in Norway! Definitely recommend Flam and the bike ride from Myrdal. Would love to go back! Read more

Wonderful honeymoon in Norway! Definitely recommend Flam and the bike ride from Myrdal. Would love to go back!

Hotel Review
Flåmsbrygga Hotel
Flåm
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Activity Reviews
Cycling Adventure en route from Oslo via Flåm Railway
Cycling Adventure en route from Oslo via Flåm Railway
Norway
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Ferry Transfers through Hardangerfjord
Ferry Transfers through Hardangerfjord
Norway
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Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Jun 14, 2023

So glad your trip went smoothly and you were able to enjoy a relaxing yet adventurous honeymoon! Wishing you all the best as you and your husband begin your lives together!

Norway would love to have you back :) Maybe we will meet again someday.

Thanks again Ellie!!

Waterfall Itinerary in Norway
Norway | May 24 - Jun 5, 2023

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Yuzo S.
Wilmington, MA | Reviewed on Jun 08, 2023

Our trip was specifically geared toward our desire to see as many of the major waterfalls in Norway. Tricia put together the customized itinerary along with three tours - a hiking trip to The Valley of the Waterfalls, a kayaking / hiking trip in Øvre Årdal, and a kayaking trip to the Seven Sisters in Geiranger. The custom itinerary hit all of the major waterfalls in western Norway and the tours were wonderful. We unfortunately had some issues with the rental car but Tricia and the team at Ethical Travel have been supportive in trying to resolve them as much as possible.

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Tricia
Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Jun 13, 2023

Thanks for putting me in charge of this very unique trip, Yuzo! Chasing waterfalls is the best hobby I can think of :)

I think you were the first traveler ever to speak to every single on-call specialist on my team during the car dilemma! I am so glad that the issue is concluded now - better late than never.

Otherwise I am so happy you enjoyed your road trip and got to experience the beautiful abundance of fresh water all around the country.

Thanks for everything and may your waterfall chasing continue to be successful!

Truly a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Tricia!
Norway | Apr 30 - May 11, 2023

Marsha
Marsha W.
Mason, OH | Reviewed on Jun 02, 2023
What can I say! Our trip of a lifetime was indeed that! Tricia was amazing and extremely patient with us while planning our trip and even throwing her a last minute curveball with accommodations. We wanted a true Norway experience and I feel like that’s what we got! From Tromso to Senja, Bergen, Fjaerland, Flam, Aurland and Oslo, I feel like we were able to truly absorb so much of the Norwegian lifestyle. She recommended some absolutely stunning hikes, ridiculously good food and even... Read more

What can I say! Our trip of a lifetime was indeed that! Tricia was amazing and extremely patient with us while planning our trip and even throwing her a last minute curveball with accommodations. We wanted a true Norway experience and I feel like that’s what we got! From Tromso to Senja, Bergen, Fjaerland, Flam, Aurland and Oslo, I feel like we were able to truly absorb so much of the Norwegian lifestyle. She recommended some absolutely stunning hikes, ridiculously good food and even more importantly the people we met along the way. Robert, our guide in Senja, was one of our favorites! He was so kind and in tune with everything even on a hike in 17° weather! We saw reindeer on the hike! The Arctic Safari was awesome as well! We saw a humpback whale and sea eagles. The views of the fjords were incredible! John, our guide in Bergen, was also a wealth of knowledge and took us on a 7 mile walk of the city. We took trains, planes, ferries, rented a car and the majority of the trip was nearly perfect! We had some minor issues, as all do, but nothing that we couldn’t resolve on our own.

I was a bit skeptical of using a travel agency I had never heard of before, but have already recommended Kimkim/Ethical travel and Tricia to several friends.

Thank you Tricia for making my 60th birthday one to remember forever!

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Tricia
Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Jun 05, 2023

So many gorgeous photos! So many memorable moments!! Thank you for everything, Marsha! I feel like I really got to know you and Tom over the weeks of planning and chatting. So glad we connected and that you appreciated Norway in its authentic form. Happy belated birthday. All the best to you guys!!

My first time using KimKim and I can't wait to do it again!
Norway | Apr 5 - Apr 9, 2023

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Kristen R.
Port Washington, NY | Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023
It was my first time using KimKim and I would definitely do it again! My travel advisor, Tricia, was fantastic! She was super responsive and made planning our first trip to Norway so easy and enjoyable! With a little information from me, Tricia put together a fantastic tour that took us from Oslo to Flam to Bergen. Our hotels were fantastic! Even with a little blip in the plan in Oslo, she easily changed our hotel to The Thief which was wonderful. Our tour guide in Oslo, Stig, made Oslo come... Read more

It was my first time using KimKim and I would definitely do it again! My travel advisor, Tricia, was fantastic! She was super responsive and made planning our first trip to Norway so easy and enjoyable! With a little information from me, Tricia put together a fantastic tour that took us from Oslo to Flam to Bergen. Our hotels were fantastic! Even with a little blip in the plan in Oslo, she easily changed our hotel to The Thief which was wonderful. Our tour guide in Oslo, Stig, made Oslo come to life (and the city was closed due to the Easter holiday!). The train to Flam was stunning! Tricia took care of our tickets for everything - it was 5 star from beginning to end!

Thank you Tricia!

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Tricia
Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Apr 11, 2023

Delighted to hear you had a nice time, Kristen! So glad you enjoyed the country during the quiet Easter holiday. Hope we reconnect if you decide to come to Norway again, it was lovely to meet you :)

WOW. If only I could live the rest of my life on this trip...
Norway | Feb 18 - Mar 3, 2023

Sarah
Sarah B.
Newburgh, NY | Reviewed on Mar 15, 2023
WOW. We just got back from our honeymoon of a lifetime! Since my husband and I started dating, I always told him of the cold wonders of Norway - the sparkling snow, sharp mountains, and crystal blue ice water of the fjords - and was so excited when we decided to go for our honeymoon. Knowing I would also be planning a wedding, there was no way I would have planned a successful 2-week trip around the beautiful country and that's why I'm so overjoyed I found KimKim. Being able to have a local... Read more

WOW. We just got back from our honeymoon of a lifetime! Since my husband and I started dating, I always told him of the cold wonders of Norway - the sparkling snow, sharp mountains, and crystal blue ice water of the fjords - and was so excited when we decided to go for our honeymoon. Knowing I would also be planning a wedding, there was no way I would have planned a successful 2-week trip around the beautiful country and that's why I'm so overjoyed I found KimKim. Being able to have a local specialist with such great knowledge - of both the country and what we were looking for in a vacation - Tricia gave us memories we never would have thought to ask for.
Tricia's kindness and willingness to work with us really made all the difference when planning. She was able to take our initial ideas, such as enjoying ice fishing, food, and beer, and give us things like a Viking dinner at a microbrewery, a walking food tour of Oslo (loved Stig!!), and getting us to see so much more of the country than we had anticipated.
If I could do it all over again, the things I would say you absolutely could not miss would be having an amazing dinner at the Bergen Bors hotel in Bergen, a sleddog ride in Lyngen, and a walking beer tour in Tromso.
We cannot thank Tricia enough for putting together such a wonderful adventure, and Norway for being so awe-inspiring and full of the best people.

Hotel Reviews
Lyngen North Glass Igloo
Lyngen

The Lyngen North hotel is such a unique and incredible experience. You cannot beat the view out into the fjord, and you absolutely cannot beat the talent of the chef there. Out of our vacation across Norway, the dinners at Lyngen North were hands down some of the best food we've ever had. The atmosphere is very calm and clean and the other staff are more than happy to help at any time.

Authenticity & Character
Although the main attraction is the glass igloo, we adored the main hotel area. It was a very modern and tranquil area to relax in.
Location
LOVED the view, but it is very out of the way and would be difficult to do anything outside of your scheduled activities.
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Comfort Hotel Karl Johan
Oslo

The hotel staff was very kind, the breakfast was incredible, and it is very centrally located. The room was quite small but I think having the charming character and decor while also being a few minutes from the train make this a great place to stay.

Authenticity & Character
Very cute and quirky!
Location
Very easy walk from the train station
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Bergen Børs Hotel
Bergen

If you have the chance to stay here, DO. This amazing hotel was nothing short of incredible - very kind and professional staff, the food was delicious, and the building is so beautiful.

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Location
The view from our room overlooked the harbor and was about a 10 minute walk from the train station.
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Activity Reviews
A Taste of Norway's Culture and Cuisine
A Taste of Norway's Culture and Cuisine
Oslo

We loved our tour with Stig! We had a great time walking around and learning about the city's history and culture.

Dogsledding Evening Tour
Dogsledding Evening Tour
Lyngen

Out of two weeks worth of Norwegian adventure, this tour was our favorite! Riding along with the dogs was so easy and it was an absolute joy to see their excitement for running. The trail we went on was perfectly worn in so the dogs did all the work! We were able to have fish soup and coffee by the fire to warm up and really enjoyed the company of the guides.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
So kind and funny!
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Tricia
Tricia Cantlon
Local specialist in Oslo | Replied on Mar 16, 2023
It was such an honor to help you during busy times of wedding planning and arrangements. You are such a sweet person, and it's very heartwarming to see these photos and hear details of the memories you made with your new husband. What a wonderful way to start your lives together!
So thankful for your amazing guides and activity organizers in the country who helped to make this a positive experience. And a little shoutout to mother nature for helping with weather and northern lights displays...
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It was such an honor to help you during busy times of wedding planning and arrangements. You are such a sweet person, and it's very heartwarming to see these photos and hear details of the memories you made with your new husband. What a wonderful way to start your lives together!
So thankful for your amazing guides and activity organizers in the country who helped to make this a positive experience. And a little shoutout to mother nature for helping with weather and northern lights displays :)

Congratulations on your marriage and good luck on your next chapter! I do hope we meet again someday! Thanks for everything, Sarah!