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."
Featured trips & expertise
With 10 days on the road, you can discover a variety of regions and landscapes as you loop around Iceland's famous Route 1 (Ring Road). This moderately paced self-drive itinerary will take you to the best spots along the 828-mile (1,332 km) route with stops in its two biggest cities, as well as volcanoes, waterfalls, lava fields, black sand beaches, small fishing towns, and massive glaciers, as well as major attractions in the Golden Circle. This is going to be one gorgeous ride!
On this scenic road trip, you'll skip Iceland's busier south coast in order to explore the lesser-known Snaefellsnes Peninsula and northern beauties of Akureyri, Husavik, and Lake Myvatn. This all-season itinerary is especially ideal for anyone interested in the unique geological features of Iceland, with lava fields, volcano hikes, massive waterfalls, and geothermal pools—all there for the taking.
Keith Fentress and his family were on a mission to see the Northern Lights, and enlisted kimkim to plan their winter trip to Iceland. They were lucky enough to catch the auroras on their week-long adventure, and had lots of wintry fun along the way. From lava caves to glacier snowmobiling and a memorable surprise on their last day, Keith shares more about their experience.
Landmannalaugar is an otherworldly, sprawling landscape of lava fields, geothermal pools, steaming hot springs, volcanoes, and multi-colored mountains. In other words, an exquisite setting for a day trip. This tour offers an excellent introduction to Landmannalaugar and the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in Iceland's remote Central Highlands. Go off the beaten path and spend the day exploring and hiking around the area.
Explore Thorsmork, the valley of the mighty Thor. Cross rugged terrain in a Super Jeep and hike in the remote wilderness of southern Iceland on this 2-day itinerary. Discover ice-capped volcanoes, deep canyons, and stunning black sand beaches — all while breathing in the fresh mountain air on this adventure tour.
Iceland doesn't need a London, Paris, or Rome to fill any travel itinerary — budget, luxe, adventure, or otherwise. With no shortage of beautiful landscapes, untamed wildlife, and plenty of both nature and nightlife, you'll have no trouble keeping busy and entertained throughout your week-long vacation.
Recent trip reviews for Zeynep
Trip to iceland, Iceland - Dec 23 - Dec 28, 2018
This was our first time planning our trip through kimkim (or any online booking service) as it was our first time planning an international trip. Sometimes the communication was a little delayed, but some of that was due to our learning curve to online international travel planning.
The trip Zeynep put together for us was AMAZING. Everything was organized for us in a folder with our vouchers and itinerary ready to go. IcelandAir Hotel Marina (king attic room) was a great place to stay. Our... read more
Trip to iceland, Iceland - Nov 2 - Nov 7, 2018
This was the trip of a lifetime. Thanks to Zeynep's planning, I was able to experience much of Iceland's must-see-list in my five days there. From start to finish, everything was planned perfectly and allowed me to enjoy my time visiting without any stress.
Trip to iceland, Iceland - Oct 5 - Oct 12, 2018
Zeynep helped plan our wonderful adventure. The map she provided was highlighted with sights to visit and was our bible.
Trip to iceland, Iceland - Oct 5 - Oct 12, 2018
Zeynep created a fantastic trip for us. The accommodations were all very nice; the detailed map was very, very helpful; and the suggested sights were mostly spectacular and unique. Our experience of Iceland was just fantabulous. I enjoyed most the west and south coasts. Although the 'golden circle' was nice, it was not as interesting and the west coast and the glaciers to the south.
Trip to iceland, Iceland - Oct 5 - Oct 12, 2018
I had spent weeks trying to plan a trip to maximize time in Iceland for 5 people. I stumbled across the kimkim site and was assigned Zeynep as our specialist. She crafted our trip the way we wanted and from there the arrangements fell into place (meaning Zeynep did all the work!). With my busy schedule, I did not have the time to investigate each selection - I trusted Zeynep and she did not let us down.
Everything about the trip from the moment we landed exceeded our expectations. We... read more
Trip to iceland, Iceland - Aug 19 - Aug 29, 2018
When my friend and I decided to tour Iceland on our own, we knew we needed a bit of guidance. We found that with Zeynep. First, she is a great listner. Second, she is a great planner. Zeynep took what she heard and presented back to us a great road tour, identifying points of interest along the way. Throughout the trip, our pre-book rooms and side excursions were flawless, all of which allowed us to experience Iceland and its beauty to the fullest. Thanks to all who made this trip such a memorable one and especially to Zeynep!
Want to see glacier, blue lagoon, gieser, whales, northern lights. guided tours, snorkeling, glacier walk, day hikes , Iceland - Aug 30 - Sep 4, 2018
Everything that was planned went off without a hitch except we were unable to get to a trail head because we did not have a 4x4 rental car. We spent 5.5 days in Iceland - was up from dawn to dusk. Really needed a lot more time to hike around the features_ not just stop and take pictures. Overall, great adventure. All tour guides were awesome. Iceland is shockingly expensive. Paid $30 for a hamburger.
Trip to iceland, Iceland - Jul 23 - Jul 31, 2018
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.
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
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
Layover, Iceland - Jun 30 - Jul 3, 2018
The information provided allowed us to make the best use of our short time in Iceland.
Relaxing iceland tour, Iceland - May 23 - Jun 2, 2018
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
Iceland whoa, Iceland - Feb 3 - Feb 6, 2018
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