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Zeynep Sidal Snævarr

Iceland is a country to surprise you. I had no idea how it would struck me from the first moment I set foot on Iceland even though I had been in love with this country since I was a little kid. No photo will ever do justice about how Iceland will make you feel and inspire you in different ways, as it inspires me every single day that I spend on this lovely island full of contrasts.

I am originally from Turkey and the difference between my own culture and Icelandic culture and way of living changed me a great deal and enriched my life in the direction of appreciating the nature in a lot of different ways. When I plan trips, I can look both from the perspective of a foreigner, and a local at the same time, which makes my trip plans interesting and unconventional.

Iceland is a special country, and it takes a different approach to fully celebrate and unlock the full potential of what you can get from Iceland in return. It also requires a different kind of preparation than many destinations, which is one of the benefits of letting a local organize your trip to prepare you fully for your Iceland adventure.

I take pride in my love to progress and my thirst for learning new things which means that I keep my information always up to date and my approach to the trips I organize are modern and fun. Currently I am educating myself about Nature Interpretation to develop my relationship with the mother nature and started training with Icelandic Search and Rescue Team in order to experience the extremities and to help those who are in danger.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in customized tours all around Iceland. I go often on trips myself to check out new and old accommodations, try activities and discover new destinations to satisfy my curiosity and to keep myself up to date about what is available in each region to create perfect, tailor made itineraries. I enjoy myself the most glacier related activities, e.g. ice cave tours, glacier walking and ice climbing. I go on and try most of the activities in order to have better insights about which activity suits what kind of traveler, and I am in active communication and close cooperation with local tour operators. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I love travelling, I feel restless if I do not leave town every other weekend. After working in different sectors which were connected to tourism, I have chosen to immerse myself in Tourism Studies and got a BS degree from University of Iceland which taught me a lot about multifaceted world of travelling.

Travel planning is a way of storytelling for me. When I was little, probably I was the only person who loved it when there was a power shortage so I could use the time to tell stories to my family under dim candle light. Now, I implement my story telling in my trip plans, and the beauty of Iceland helps it a big deal to create something special. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"It was during a long weekend road trip with some friends around the west fjords. I knew that this place was special, but I had no idea that after driving strenuous gravel mountain roads, I would encounter with a golden sand beach appearing gradually on a beautiful sunny day between the mountain and the fjord, giving an exotic feeling after a cold wet day! After visiting most of the black sand beaches which are commonplace in Iceland, it felt like it was a mirage what I was seeing. After reaching to the beach, we made sure we took some photos to testify that this place was 100% real, a mind blowing secluded place of serenity in the rugged landscape of the beautiful west fjords."

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Recent trip reviews for Zeynep

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jul 23 - Jul 31, 2018

Traveler: Laura B. - Local specialist: Zeynep Sidal Snævarr

We had a wonderful trip to North and West Iceland with our 2 year old daughter! Everything that Zeynep recommended was wonderful and completely doable with a toddler in tow. We especially loved seeing the geothermal areas in Myvatn, our awesome boat ride to see the puffins from Husavik, and the pebble beach on Snaefellsnes peninsula where a seal swam right up to us! Such a gorgeous country, and Zeynep's arrangements kept us out of the tourist crowds while still letting see so many amazing things.

Eneken

Explore iceland in 5 days - seven optimized itineraries to help you make the most of your short trip to iceland , Iceland - Aug 1 - Aug 6, 2018

Traveler: Eneken M. - Local specialist: Zeynep Sidal Snævarr

Thank you Zeynep and kimkim, we had the most wonderful days in Iceland!!!
Everything was so well organized and worked as swizz clock that we had to worry about nothing, just make sure we will get to next place in time.
We had asked for budget accommodation, but were amazed how great and cozy all hostels, gueshouses and hotels were - Sunna’s guesthouse in Reykjavik had the best location! Guesthouse Lambastaðir was so cozy, just like somebodys home and the late night hot tub was brilliant. Same... read more

Thank you Zeynep and kimkim, we had the most wonderful days in Iceland!!!
Everything was so well organized and worked as swizz clock that we had to worry about nothing, just make sure we will get to next place in time.
We had asked for budget accommodation, but were amazed how great and cozy all hostels, gueshouses and hotels were - Sunna’s guesthouse in Reykjavik had the best location! Guesthouse Lambastaðir was so cozy, just like somebodys home and the late night hot tub was brilliant. Same in hotel Katla. I’m not surprised all the places were fully booked.
Zeynep, we are so greatful fore the trip plan you had made for us. We visted almost everything you had marked on handwritten map - it was clever to use different colours, which made it really easy to understand. And small hints like the lobster restaurant Fjöribordid, wow!!! So worth of vsit.
And we loved ice hiking at Solheimajökull. It was the only day pouring rain, but we got everything we needed to stay dry. We really loved our guide who was so professional in hinking, but also fun and friendly as person. We will treasure that day for a lobg long time. And eveything he told about glaciers and melting really got us thinking about global warming and the results. Thank you Asgard Beyond!
We can also say only greatest thanks to Zodiac tours for boat tour on Ice Lagoon, what a experience! No one should miss it if in Iceland.
I left peace of heart to Iceland and hopefully will return some day to explore more. Just loved it!
Eneken and friends

Layover, Iceland - Jun 30 - Jul 3, 2018

Traveler: Tim S. - Local specialist: Zeynep Sidal Snævarr

The information provided allowed us to make the best use of our short time in Iceland.

Zeynep Sidal Snævarr, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tim,

Thank you very much for the nice review, it makes me happy to hear that you could make the best use of your short break in Iceland! I hope this trip has convinced you to visit Iceland again for a longer period of time!

All the best,
Zeynep

Relaxing iceland tour, Iceland - May 23 - Jun 2, 2018

Traveler: Katherine M. - Local specialist: Zeynep Sidal Snævarr

Thank you, Zeynep for a fantastic trip! We really appreciated all the extra information about where to find vegan food—which was actually not as difficult as we had anticipated!—and that you customized the itinerary based on our preferences. We had an amazing experience in Iceland—gorgeous scenery, lovely hotels, delicious food, great car, wonderful hikes, and a great itinerary—everything was perfect. We especially enjoyed the Glacier Lagoon Zodiac tour—wow!!!!—the Ingolfshofdi Puffin Tour... read more

Thank you, Zeynep for a fantastic trip! We really appreciated all the extra information about where to find vegan food—which was actually not as difficult as we had anticipated!—and that you customized the itinerary based on our preferences. We had an amazing experience in Iceland—gorgeous scenery, lovely hotels, delicious food, great car, wonderful hikes, and a great itinerary—everything was perfect. We especially enjoyed the Glacier Lagoon Zodiac tour—wow!!!!—the Ingolfshofdi Puffin Tour you recommended, hiking to the top of the volcano on the Westman Islands, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula coast, and seeing the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Thank you again for organizing such a fantastic trip for us!

Zeynep Sidal Snævarr, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Katherine,

Thank you for the great review! I am happy to have the pleasure to meet you and to plan this trip for your nice family. I wish you all the best with your future travels and you know you can contact me anytime if you decide the see the rest of Iceland!

All the best,
Zeynep

Iceland whoa, Iceland - Feb 3 - Feb 6, 2018

Traveler: Jules D. - Local specialist: Zeynep Sidal Snævarr

Hello and thank you Zeynep for your guidance, support and assistance on our tour preparations. The tours were nothing but spectacular, with excellent and well informed guides, on time schedules and well organized en route sites. I sincerely thank you for your awesome planning and your patience with me, answering all my questions in a detailed and prompt manner. Thank you again. I will not hesitate to recommend you and your good offices Kimkim to any of my colleagues, who ask about a reference. Regards Julian

Zeynep Sidal Snævarr, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Julian,
Thank you very much for the nice review, I am delighted to hear that you were happy with your trip. It has been a pleasure to plan a trip for an extremely kind person.

All the best from Iceland,
Zeynep