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Vilde Brecke

Yo! In between the seven mountains of beautiful Bergen you will find me (a behavioral neuroscience graduate) and my dog, Luffe. She is a beautiful Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and together we walk everywhere and we know Bergen with all its hidden gems, history and charm.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I love Norwegian history, music, literature, art, food, Norse mythology, and can tell you a lot about this. Personally, I love hiking, camping, swimming, diving, and yoga as well as hunting and fishing. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Growing up I just loved walking and biking around in my neighborhood and as I grew older I went around my little town Tønsberg (the oldest in Norway!). A bit older my friend and I started to get the bus and train to the other towns in Vestfold and the east coastline of Norway. My parents have been amazing taking me to lovely places such as Kenya, and with studies, I've been to Australia and Hong Kong to mention some crazy lovely destinations. With friends, I've been to Iceland, Italy, Nepal and the US to mention others. Just writing this text makes me grateful and happy! I've also been so lucky to have lived in addition to Tønsberg and Bergen also in Oslo which I know very well as well as Edinburgh in Scotland and Barcelona in Spain. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Travelling doesn't need to be far away for it to be unforgettable. Even a walk around Bergen in areas I haven't been before can be breathtaking, but to mention some of the international and most unique I would say China, Nepal, Kenya, the Pyrenees in France, Iceland, California, the Caribbean, and I have to say: Norway!"

Featured trips & expertise

Northern Lights in Senja, Norway's 2nd largest island
Autumn in Northern Norway - 11 Days

Skip the summer crowds with this autumn-themed itinerary in Norway's far north. The adventure begins in Tromsø—'Gateway to the Arctic'—with time to explore the city and a nearby farm. From here, you'll ferry to Senja island and then cruise to the northernmost point of Europe. Continue by bus to Alta for UNESCO-listed rock carvings before returning to Tromsø. Activities depend on the snow (or lack thereof), and each night presents another opportunity to spot the Northern Lights.

Scenery in the Norwegian highlands
Multi-Day Trek in the Norwegian Highlands - 6 Days

Halfway between Norway's two largest cities—Oslo and Bergen—lies an extraordinary wilderness area situated between two national parks. This itinerary includes four days of hiking along well-marked trails (becoming more difficult each day) from Geilo to Finse. Start and end the trip with some urban culture and nightlife in the two aforementioned cities to round out this awesome adventure.

Hike and camp with views of Lake Ringedalsvatnet
Hardangerfjord Road Trip - 6 Days

This adventure in western Norway encompasses a slew of outdoor activities for ambitious types who want to experience as much summer fun as they can fit in under a week. Starting in Bergen, you'll drive through some of the country's most spectacular scenery as you make your way towards Trolltunga, Ullensvang, and Voss for hiking, rafting, and even a night of camping in the great outdoors with a private guide.

Look for the Northern Lights while driving through the Lofoten Islands
Lofoten Islands & Tromsø Winter Excursion - 6 Days

Dramatic, snow-covered mountains and the Northern Lights are highlights of this 6-day adventure above the Arctic Circle. Starting in Bodø, you'll ferry to the stunning Lofoten Islands and drive at your own pace through some of Norway's oldest and most colorful fishing towns. Then, exchange your rental car for an overnight coastal steamer where you'll travel to Tromsø for some urban culture and dog sledding.

The Barents Sea off Norway's north coast
Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 14 Days

This exciting two-week road trip from late February to early April takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for unique winter-themed activities and few crowds. Your self-drive tour begins from Tromsø, 'Gateway to the Arctic', where you can ride a cable car, meet reindeer, and chase the Northern Lights after dark. Continue to Alta for some of the oldest rock art in existence today (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a 3-day dogsledding tour. From here, drive to Karasjok and Europe's northernmost point where you can hike along the stunning North Cape before flying to Oslo for one more night on the town.

Summertime adventures stay golden above the Arctic Circle
Midnight Sun Road Trip in Arctic Norway - 8 Days

This adventurous weeklong road trip from late May to late August begins and ends in Tromsø, the country's gateway to the Arctic, where—during summer months—the sun never sets on these gorgeous views. From here, you'll journey through rugged landscapes of Norway's second largest island (Senja), and partake in active outings like cycling, kayaking, and swimming before ferrying to another less-populated island (Andøya) where spotting whales is practically a guarantee. Hike the coastal trail on the Queen’s Route before heading back to Tromsø for a few more nights of Scandinavian fun.

Recent trip reviews for Vilde

6 days in Norway · Norway - Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2019

Traveler: Inge H. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

We had an excellent experience with Kimkim in planning our trip. We gave Vilde the general outline of where we wanted to begin and end and she planned it all, hotels and excursions. We drove over 650 miles during our stay and thoroughly enjoyed the drive and landscapes. We loved the Dragsvik Fjordhotel , Bergens Bors hotel, the Fjord Cruise and walking tour of Bergen. Our guide, ( forgotten his name) during our walking tour was great. We were a bit more vigorous than his typical clients, so... read more

We had an excellent experience with Kimkim in planning our trip. We gave Vilde the general outline of where we wanted to begin and end and she planned it all, hotels and excursions. We drove over 650 miles during our stay and thoroughly enjoyed the drive and landscapes. We loved the Dragsvik Fjordhotel , Bergens Bors hotel, the Fjord Cruise and walking tour of Bergen. Our guide, ( forgotten his name) during our walking tour was great. We were a bit more vigorous than his typical clients, so we finished his usual tour in 2hrs rather than 3. No problem we still enjoyed it!! We realized that we prefer a la carte dining rather than the dinner buffets offered in two of the hotels we stayed, for the tour bus crowd. During our trip we needed to adjust our travel and Andre easily took care of cancelling and rebooking our hotel. The Viking Village was a major tourist destination, not our type of thing but the drive there was beautiful! we will most definitely use Kimkim again on our next visit to Norway, when we plan to venture further north!!

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the great review. We are very happy to hear that you had such a good time in Norway and we are very happy to help you plan for a trip to the north of Norway next time.

Fantastic holiday · Norway - Aug 4 - Aug 14, 2019

Traveler: Nancy Z. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

We had a fantastic holiday in Norway. Our 11 day trip was planned and booked last minute and the KimKim service in designing the itinerary and booking hotels was definitely something we could not have done at such short notice.

All the hotels had distinctive character - we particularly liked the Steens Hotel in Bergen, the Knutholmen in Kalvåg, and the Eplet in Solvorn.

Bergen to Oslo Fjord Adventure - 5 Days · Norway - Jul 30 - Aug 3, 2019

Traveler: Miles S. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

We can't thank Vilde enough for her great work on pretty short notice. She arranged the perfect trip starting in Bergen, migrating to the heart of the fjords/Balestrand, and wrapping up in Oslo at the perfect hotel for our last day. Some highlights include our fun and fantastic tour of Bergen, our ferry rides to Balestrand and Flam, our scenic hotel just outside Balestrand in Dragsvik, and our Flamsbana train ride.

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Miles and Jasper! It was such a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for the lovely words. I am so happy you had a good time here. Welcome back at anything and dont forget to listen to Death Metal :-)

Wilmer

Southern Norway's Cabin-to-Cabin Trek · Norway - Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

Traveler: Wilmer G. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

Managed to arrange a fantastic short hiking trip on pretty short notice (only about three weeks). We didn't know much about Norway and were busy with work, but Vilde's suggested trip worked out great!

All we had to do was follow the trace of the DNT red T rocks, love the scenes and get to the next hut in time. Thanks!

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Awesome Wilmer. Appreciate it! Give me a shout if you guys perhaps are ready for some more Norway adventure in the future. All the best, V

Southern Norway's Cabin-to-Cabin Trek · Norway - Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

Traveler: Nobuko A. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

We had an amazing trip thanks to Vilde. The for day hiking trip was not something we could have planned on our own (unless we did a LOT more research) and it was exactly what I was looking for!

Vilde was super responsive throughout the trip and helped us make changes along the way. It would have been even more perfect if she had suggested DMT membership for discounts and packing a thermos for teas during the hikes :-)

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks a lot Nobuko! I am so happy it all worked out and that weather was on your side - all in all great. Really appreciate your feedback and great review. Take care!

Oslo to Bergen to Ålesund Fjord Adventure - 5 Days · Norway - Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

Traveler: Carol F. - Local specialist: Vilde Brecke

We had a wonderful trip to Norway and enjoyed having the expertise of our KimKim specialist, Vilde. Our Norway trip included visits to Oslo, Bergen and Ålesund. We had done our own research, but it was great to have the local touch from Vilde - including some lovely recommendations for where to stay, shop and eat. Our favorite spot was Geirangerfjord - truly spectacular scenery and we lucked out with sunny and clear weather during the majority of our trip (July 2019). Another highlight was... read more

We had a wonderful trip to Norway and enjoyed having the expertise of our KimKim specialist, Vilde. Our Norway trip included visits to Oslo, Bergen and Ålesund. We had done our own research, but it was great to have the local touch from Vilde - including some lovely recommendations for where to stay, shop and eat. Our favorite spot was Geirangerfjord - truly spectacular scenery and we lucked out with sunny and clear weather during the majority of our trip (July 2019). Another highlight was the hike up Fjellstua to see the panoramic views of Ålesund’s architecture, the surrounding archipelago and fjords. Thanks KimKim and Vilde for a memorable vacation!!!

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Vilde Brecke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Carol! It was so fun to meet you guys - say hi to Dave from me. Truly a lovely gang - appreciated the pictures too. It is awesome to get to show you Bergen in particular, and Norway, and it couldn't make me happier than to see you write that you had a blast. Take care, and enjoy your kids :-) Welcome back at any time.