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We are a travel company registered in Norway. We draw our expertise in travel from years and years of experience traveling on location to the places we offer, combined with our understanding of what travelers need, and the best ways to travel. With each experience we develop, we hone in our expertise, developing better and better trips.

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Birdwatching in the Gambia - 7 Days

The Gambia is a sought after destination for many reasons, and its impressive array of over 500 bird species is just one of them. Enjoy a week of daily birdwatching excursions led by a local expert, all while staying at an oasis-like eco-lodge in the middle of the action.

Tanjeh Fishing Village
The Gambia: Top 5 Local Activities

Beyond its famously beautiful beaches, The Gambia offers plenty of opportunities for exploration. The rich culture, colorful traditions, and natural beauty of “the smiling coast of West Africa” are worth a visit for any curious traveler. Here are our 5 favorite opportunities to travel like a local in The Gambia.

One of the peaceful beaches in The Gambia
How Many Days Should You Spend in The Gambia?

The Gambia may be small, but this friendly West African country is packed with things to do and see. How many days do you need to experience everything on your list? Our expert insight will help you decide how long to spend exploring The Gambia's relaxing beaches, quaint towns, and everything in between.

Best Time of Year to Visit The Gambia

No matter when you visit, The Gambia always has something to offer. This tiny country earned its place on the travel map thanks to its gorgeous coastline and lush natural areas. With two main seasons and predictable weather patterns, it's easy to decide what time of year works best for a visit - keep reading for our take on the best time to visit The Gambia.

Getting Off-the-Beaten-Path in Norway

Looking to get off-the-beaten-path in Norway? Here are a number of great ways to experience Norway like a local, from lesser-known coastal regions to scenic train routes to local festivals that celebrate Norway's history and culture.

Prekestolen Rock, Lysefjord
Norway's Best Natural Highlights

Norway, meaning "the way leading to the north", is so long that if you spin it around on the map you would end up in Rome. Similar in size to California and with a population of only 5 million people, this Nordic country has plenty of open space to explore. Its stunning fjords, mountains and natural phenomena such as the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun make Norway a must-visit destination. Get inspired for your next journey by these must-see natural highlights and destinations in Norway.

Recent Trip Reviews for Ethical Travel Portal

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure, Norway - Oct 4 - Oct 10, 2018

Traveler: Mark B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We are so pleased to have used this service when booking our trip. Ingrid and the team delivered an excellent program that perfectly suited our travel plans. It was a seamless process and took all of the guesswork out of the holiday. Very reasonable pricing as well. Thanks so much for all your help
And support.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mark,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us! I am so happy you had a good time in Norway!!

It was a pleasure having you hear and I wish you all the best!
Ingrid

3 weeks | the best of norway , Norway - Sep 9 - Oct 3, 2018

Traveler: judith l. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was very helpful fight throughout the trip with additional requests we had. The planning and ticketing went like clockwork and was thus very easy to complete the journey. No problems were encounted.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Judith and Clive,
Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself in Norway and that everything when smoothly!

Thank you so so much again and I which you all the best!
Ingrid

Linda

Norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 15 days, Norway - Aug 23 - Sep 6, 2018

Traveler: Linda F. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Planning a trip with an in-country advisor just makes sense. Ingrid Thornes, our trip consultant for a two week trip in Norway, met and exceeded our expectations. Being from Bergen, she was able to give good first-hand advice and proved more reliable than a guide book.

We outlined our preferences for types of hotels, modes of transport, and places we wanted to include on our visit. Ingrid evaluated our ideas, made suggestions and then delivered an itinerary that we collaborated on for... read more

Planning a trip with an in-country advisor just makes sense. Ingrid Thornes, our trip consultant for a two week trip in Norway, met and exceeded our expectations. Being from Bergen, she was able to give good first-hand advice and proved more reliable than a guide book.

We outlined our preferences for types of hotels, modes of transport, and places we wanted to include on our visit. Ingrid evaluated our ideas, made suggestions and then delivered an itinerary that we collaborated on for weeks. That required a lot of patience from her!

Honestly, this trip met ALL of our expectations because Ingrid took the time to listen and help us make good choices. All tickets were emailed, all connections made, paving the way for a knockout time in Norway. Well done KimKim. We will book another amazing excursion with your u again.

Linda and Peter Fenton, Massachusetts USA

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so so much for the amazing review, Linda and Peter! I am incredibly happy that I was able to plan this trip for you and that I met all your expectations! It was an honor to meet you all in Bergen and I am so grateful that you took the time to write this review for us!

All the best and warmest regards!
Ingrid

norwegian highlights: bergen & the sognefjord | tromsø & hurtigruten, Norway - Sep 10 - Sep 27, 2018

Traveler: Michelle J. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our whole trip was carefully curated to meet our particular interests including our daughter joining for the last three days. She was equally appreciative of Linda’s efforts on her behalf. The whole itinerary unfolded seamlessly and we can’t recommend Linda highly enough. Our guides, David and Stig in Bergen and Oslo also were focused on what we wanted to experience and gave us an interesting insight into contemporary Norwegian life.

Norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 15 days, Norway - Aug 23 - Sep 6, 2018

Traveler: Karen B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

It was a great trip. Ingrid was so thorough and available to us via email at any time. She was very prompt in responding to any inquiries we made and changes we requested.

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with her in Bergen as we were able to see areas we never would have discovered on our own. The hotels were lovely and centrally located which was so helpful to us. We are still raving about the wonderful breakfasts we enjoyed. Bergen was certainly a favorite.

Balestrand was a real treat... read more

It was a great trip. Ingrid was so thorough and available to us via email at any time. She was very prompt in responding to any inquiries we made and changes we requested.

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with her in Bergen as we were able to see areas we never would have discovered on our own. The hotels were lovely and centrally located which was so helpful to us. We are still raving about the wonderful breakfasts we enjoyed. Bergen was certainly a favorite.

Balestrand was a real treat because of its size and location. We loved the kayaking and the trip up the fjord. It was a beautiful ferry ride up the Geiranger Fjord but it was spoiled a bit by the town, the cruise ships and the crowds. Of course, we were tourists just like all those people but we liked Balestrand better. Such a pretty town.

Alesund was another favorite. The architecture, the small size of the city, the food, the hotel. All of it was great.

Lofoten was unbelievable from start to finish. The looming wall as we arrived, the fisherman's cottages, the Viking Longhouse, the beaches. I think it was our favorite place. The Hurtigruten gave us a chance to relax for a couple of days but cruising is not really our thing. We preferred the ferries. But it was worth it to get to Lofoten.

Even though we'd been warned, we had a little bit of a hard time getting adjusted to the prices in Norway. Overall, a wonderful trip and Ingrid was wonderful to work with.

Karen and Bill Berkeley

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Karen and Bill,

Thank you so much for the detailed feedback and it was so lovely to meet you after all this time in Bergen!

I am so incredibly happy to read they you had such a good time- nothing makes me happier!

I wish you all the best and I hope to visit the 4 of you in the US sometime in the near future even though you live at different places!

All the very best to you all!
Ingrid

Norway family trip to discover our heritage, Norway - Aug 31 - Sep 11, 2018

Traveler: Mark M. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

This was a trip of a lifetime!! Linda was amazing in planning and coordinating for our group of 6 in all differing age ranges. She was great in getting everything on our wish and things to do and see and most of all giving us the opportunity to stay at the family farm. Staying at the farm was the most memorable part of the trip for all of us and getting to meet some new family. We had great tour guides in both Bergen and Oslo! They were super friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable and made... read more

This was a trip of a lifetime!! Linda was amazing in planning and coordinating for our group of 6 in all differing age ranges. She was great in getting everything on our wish and things to do and see and most of all giving us the opportunity to stay at the family farm. Staying at the farm was the most memorable part of the trip for all of us and getting to meet some new family. We had great tour guides in both Bergen and Oslo! They were super friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable and made us feel welcomed in a strange new place.

Valde our guide in Bergen was amazing and super friendly. She had our updated itinerary ready for us when we arrived and tons of great recommendations of places to eat and things to see and do in Bergen! Thank you Valde!!

Miriam was our guide in Oslo and truly gave us a local insight to Oslo. She was very accommodating to our group and my 77 year old mother who kept right up with our 3 hr tour. Thank you Miriam!!

All of our transports from trains, ferries, buses and rental cars were flawless and made it easy to get to all of our destinations. I would highly recommend Linda and Kimkim to anyone for their next adventure and will be booking with them again in the furture.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark and all, thank you so much for the lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to be able to meet you as well in Oslo. I appreciated that a lot. Your photos look great - thanks for giving us an insight to your trip! Welcome back to Norway another time!! Greetings to the rest of the family as well.

David

Norway's ultimate fjord road trip , Norway - Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018

Traveler: David A. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

It feels like my wife, Roxanne, and I have developed a personal relationship with Ingrid. Her "front end" or "pre-trip" communication with me was excellent and incredibly responsive (timely). We communicated back & forth so she could understand what we liked, which enabled Ingrid to tailor a trip to our desires.
Once the trip began, I was shocked how she was monitoring our trip daily and checking in on us to ensure we were fine and that the trip was going well. She even sent me her cell... read more

It feels like my wife, Roxanne, and I have developed a personal relationship with Ingrid. Her "front end" or "pre-trip" communication with me was excellent and incredibly responsive (timely). We communicated back & forth so she could understand what we liked, which enabled Ingrid to tailor a trip to our desires.
Once the trip began, I was shocked how she was monitoring our trip daily and checking in on us to ensure we were fine and that the trip was going well. She even sent me her cell phone #, in the event, we needed anything and I did have to call her once for clarity on a hotel billing item. She was all over it. We texted each other and again.......she was all over it. I love this girl!
I believe KimKim does work in other countries and, if all of your agents are even 1/2 as effective as Ingrid, I will be using KimKim again. Our next scheduled trip in most likely Italy next year (2019) and I could use local help again.

Ingrid.........you are outstanding "young lady" and you deserve and have earned our felt heart accolades. We hope to return to Norway for a tour of the North someday!

Thank you KimKim but all praise goes to Ingrid!

Dave Amrhein

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Oh wow, thank you so so much for the nice words, David! It was my honor customizing this trip for you and nothing makes me happier than hearing you had such a good time!

Perhaps we can meet next time you are in Norway? It would be lovely to meet you in person and share a coffee for instance.

TUUSEN TAKK! You and Roxanne are the best! Next time you come, I hope the sun will shine for you every day!
Ingrid

Norway's southern fjords - 7 days, Norway - Sep 6 - Sep 12, 2018

Traveler: Valerie M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was incredible! We had a short time to visit the Bergen-Egersund portion of Norway and Ingrid arranged all our hotels (fantastic breakfasts!), train trips (schedules, tickets, maps from hotel to station), fjord boat trip, bus trip, etc. She was unfailingly patient responding to my numerous detailed questions promptly. She even went out of her way to deliver some tickets to our hotel and met us there at the start of our trip to make sure we had all our questions answered. She paid... read more

Ingrid was incredible! We had a short time to visit the Bergen-Egersund portion of Norway and Ingrid arranged all our hotels (fantastic breakfasts!), train trips (schedules, tickets, maps from hotel to station), fjord boat trip, bus trip, etc. She was unfailingly patient responding to my numerous detailed questions promptly. She even went out of her way to deliver some tickets to our hotel and met us there at the start of our trip to make sure we had all our questions answered. She paid particular attention to our special needs with regards to limited walking ability and tracking down relatives. We had a busy week but I feel that with Ingrid's guidance, we saw everything we hoped to in the least stressful way. I would never plan another trip without using kimkim's local experienced travel team!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Valerie,
Wow! Thank you so much for the wonderful review and all the wonderful pictures!! I am so happy you enjoyed your time in Norway and it was my pleasure helping you and also meet you at your hotel!

I wish you both all the best and I hope I csn visit you in Vancouver within short time!

Warmly,
Ingrid

8 days| prekestolen, kjerag and trolltunga highlights, Norway - Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2018

Traveler: Yuliana C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was such a great helped for us, literally I just gave the name of the hikes I was interesteda at and she suggested a full itinerary. Everytime I needed support she was so responsive.
The holidays were great, was a busy and active holiday and managed to spend some time, enjoying the city as well. I will totally recommend to my friends and family to visit Norway and connect via kimkim, for sure I'm planning to come back.
The Hikes I did were: Kjerag, Pulpit rock and Trolltunga, hard to choose a favorite one

Thank You Ingrid for all your help, you rock!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so so much for taking the time to write a review, Yuliana! I am so happy to hear that you had a good time and well done completing all the hikes in only 1 week! That is impressive!

Welcome back any time! I can definitely recommend the Northern part of Norway (and Bergen of course :-)) which is where I am right now! So beautiful up here and I got to see the Northern lights as well! Yay! :-) The Autumn is a great time to be here!

Thank you so much again!

Tyler

Hiking & exploring the fjords in norway - 9 days , Norway - Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2018

Traveler: Tyler B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I traveled the Fjord region of Norway Aug. 31- Sept. 7, 2018. Our weather was perfect every day, we were so lucky! We began in Bergen and used a combination of public transport including ferries and buses to travel to Rosendal, Odda, Aurland, Flam, Bergen, and then used the Hurtigruten ship to travel north to Alesund for a couple of days. The whole trip was fantastic and surpassed our expectations. We enjoyed the natural scenery of the mountains and the fjords, and enjoyed some... read more

My wife and I traveled the Fjord region of Norway Aug. 31- Sept. 7, 2018. Our weather was perfect every day, we were so lucky! We began in Bergen and used a combination of public transport including ferries and buses to travel to Rosendal, Odda, Aurland, Flam, Bergen, and then used the Hurtigruten ship to travel north to Alesund for a couple of days. The whole trip was fantastic and surpassed our expectations. We enjoyed the natural scenery of the mountains and the fjords, and enjoyed some hiking as well. We hiked Trolltunga in a small guided tour group; the hike was long and difficult but the experience of doing it and the views were well worth it! We also had a great guide and met a funny guy (from Australia) in our group which made the day a lot fun too! Although it was a tough 12 miles and 12 hours, it was probably the highlight of the trip. We also did an awesome hike in Alesund that was about a half-day and much easier than TrollsTongue! It was called Sukkartoppen (SugarTop) and the views of the ocean and Alesund were perfect on a sunny, blue-skied day! We enjoyed the views of both Bergen and Alesund after walking/hiking up the hills to the lookout points. The Bergen Beer Festival was going on and we checked that out too. We enjoyed a scenic fjord cruise to Rosendal and also on the Naerofjord to Aurland as well. Kayaking the fjord in Flam was enjoyable (The weather was so nice that day we even took a quick dip in the fjord at Flam Beach!) The Flam Railway to Myrdal was very scenic and relaxing too. Our hotel accommodations were great and in great locations to make walking to things easy; they also all offered a great breakfast to start the day off. Our travel agent via KimKim Travel was Ingrid and she did an excellent job of organizing and setting the trip up. She was very thorough and detail-oriented. She was quick to respond to messages and questions in the trip planning stage. We would highly recommend her in planning travel in Norway. She will customize a trip to your interests. We have some other European destinations we would like to see, but would love to come back to Norway one day!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Tyler and Kimberly,
Thank you so much for writing this detailed review and sharing the pictures! I am so happy you had such a good time and was lucky with the weather! Lucky that you are not in Bergen now- it is pouring rain at the moment!

Thank you so much again and you are always welcome back to Norway anytime!
If you want to visit the Northern part, I have plenty of recommendations for you- so beautiful and stunning nature up here where I am right now in Alta, Karasjok & and Finnmarksvidda!

Best wishes,
Ingrid

Christine

Norwegian city, mountain & fjord adventure - 8 days, Norway - Aug 28 - Sep 4, 2018

Traveler: Christine C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Normally, I like to plan my own trips, but decided to try KimKim because I was too busy with work to research everything myself. Thanks to Ingrid, my boyfriend and I had the most wonderful and memorable 7-day whirlwind trip to Norway. As an active couple, we requested hiking, biking, kayaking and city sight-seeing (via train and ferry) all in just 1 week. Somehow, she was able to make it all happen.

I am so grateful to Ingrid for suggesting activities I might not have found on my own, like... read more

Normally, I like to plan my own trips, but decided to try KimKim because I was too busy with work to research everything myself. Thanks to Ingrid, my boyfriend and I had the most wonderful and memorable 7-day whirlwind trip to Norway. As an active couple, we requested hiking, biking, kayaking and city sight-seeing (via train and ferry) all in just 1 week. Somehow, she was able to make it all happen.

I am so grateful to Ingrid for suggesting activities I might not have found on my own, like the 12-mile hike through the "Grand Canyon of Norway" in Aurland. It was the best hike of my life! The 33-mile bike ride from Finse glaciers to Flåm fjords was simply incredible as well. Leading up to the trip, she had worked with me patiently in revising our itinerary until I was happy with it, and it ended up being perfect for us.

Most notably, our initial flight to Norway was canceled and we had to book another flight the next day. Ingrid was amazingly quick to respond, very sympathetic to our situation, and messaged back and forth with me to make sure that we made it back on track with our itinerary. I am so grateful for her support and patience throughout our trip! I would 100% recommend using KimKim, and especially booking a trip to Norway with Ingrid.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Christine,
Thank you so much for the wonderful review and for taking the time to write it!! You have no idea how much we appreciate it and I am so so happy that you had such a good time!! So many beautiful and fun pictures as well! Thank you!!

Welcome back to Norway any time and I wish you all the best!
Ingrid

Matthew

Norway's hiking & fjord adventure adventure - 7 days , Norway - Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2018

Traveler: Matthew M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Amazing coordination, Ingrid is top notch guide and trip organizer. Would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone traveling to Norway!!!!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much, Matthew! I am super happy that you both had such a good time! It was my pleasure organizing the trip for you!!

Laura

Norway's hiking & fjord adventure adventure - 7 days , Norway - Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2018

Traveler: Laura K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I am SO happy that I stumbled upon KimKim and, more importantly, Ingrid! I was feeling very overwhelmed at planning a trip to Norway, as it is such a beautiful country with so much to do and see. Ingrid shared her expertise and worked with us to plan a custom trip that fit in everything we wanted to do! We kayaked, hiked, boated, and explored our way through the country and couldn't have done it without the guidance of Ingrid. She was very patient with us in the planning process, making... read more

I am SO happy that I stumbled upon KimKim and, more importantly, Ingrid! I was feeling very overwhelmed at planning a trip to Norway, as it is such a beautiful country with so much to do and see. Ingrid shared her expertise and worked with us to plan a custom trip that fit in everything we wanted to do! We kayaked, hiked, boated, and explored our way through the country and couldn't have done it without the guidance of Ingrid. She was very patient with us in the planning process, making multiple itineraries for us to choose from. And it was so comforting to have her contact info on hand while we were travelling, because we did have a few minor questions throughout the trip (i.e. where to buy the best/coziest Norweigan sweater!? or, what time are we supposed to be at the boat terminal again?!) Her attention to detail was amazing. She booked the major bus and boat trips for us, sent us tickets, and even sent us maps with walking directions. I highly recommend Ingrid to anyone traveling to Norway, I've already told all my friends/family/coworkers about her!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Oh, Laura!

Thank you so much for the amazing feedback you gave me! You have no idea how much I appreciate it and I am so happy that you had such a good time!

All the best to you and Matthew!
Ingrid

Alex

The best of norway - 9 days, Norway - Aug 23 - Aug 31, 2018

Traveler: Alex T. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

One word to describe this whole experience and adventure: AMAZING! Linda has gone above and beyond in making sure the trip was curated to accommodate my needs and requirements. Searching for the best prices/affordable trips always takes time and energy, however kimkim made it seem effortless, and the best part is that they offered a great price value relationship. If I had to do it again there would be no hesitation in working with kimkim again. Hands down made the experience memorable and... read more

One word to describe this whole experience and adventure: AMAZING! Linda has gone above and beyond in making sure the trip was curated to accommodate my needs and requirements. Searching for the best prices/affordable trips always takes time and energy, however kimkim made it seem effortless, and the best part is that they offered a great price value relationship. If I had to do it again there would be no hesitation in working with kimkim again. Hands down made the experience memorable and rewarding, which is what it’s all about. Thank you for being phenomenal Linda, and thanks kimkim for making my first time experience with you special.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alex, thank you so much for your feedback! I am really happy to read that you had an amazing adventure. That makes me very happy! :-) Thank you also for sharing your photos - really nice to have a peek into your holiday!

Western norway's rivers, mountains & fjords - 8 days, Norway - Aug 24 - Aug 31, 2018

Traveler: Erica B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid and Vilde were very responsive and kind in the trip planning and I enjoyed the KimKim platform. I was hoping the itinerary would help my group make the most of our time in Norway- but unfortunately the itinerary didn’t achieve that. Our first full day in a location put us in Ålesund on a Sunday when everything was closed. A few museums were open from 12-4 but it made for a long day waiting for the Hurtigruten in our hotel lobby until 1am. I would have expected recommendations on... read more

Ingrid and Vilde were very responsive and kind in the trip planning and I enjoyed the KimKim platform. I was hoping the itinerary would help my group make the most of our time in Norway- but unfortunately the itinerary didn’t achieve that. Our first full day in a location put us in Ålesund on a Sunday when everything was closed. A few museums were open from 12-4 but it made for a long day waiting for the Hurtigruten in our hotel lobby until 1am. I would have expected recommendations on tours to book in advance or thoughtfulness to what is open. I was really looking forward to the Hurtigruten- but found that the view wasn’t very good and our ticket didn’t include lunch. Stranding us as bored captives until 2pm. We didn’t accommodate any fjord cruises or boat trips thinking this would be a cool experience and I feel like we really missed out. This itinerary was a big splurge for us and I thought it would be worth it and we would get local insight to the best things to see in country. We would have been better off just flying into Bergen and booking ourselves a few days in the fjords.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi there Erica,

Thank you very much for the detailed feedback. This is very helpful for us and we really appreciate you taking the time to review the trip!

I am sorry that the itinerary did not achieve what you were hoping for this time. This is very valuable feedback for us and we will certainly make a note of this for the future.

Thank you very much again and I wish you all the best!
Ingrid

Bergen fjord adventure - 2 weeks , Norway - Aug 10 - Aug 24, 2018

Traveler: Rachel W. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Overall, we would rate Linda & Ingrid's trip planning and travel services for our trip to Norway as 5 Star. They did a lot of work behind the scenes to make our vacation a smooth, seamless event. We made a very customized travel plan and they demonstrated considerable patience and much effort to accomplish our goals. Without their help and inside knowledge of Norway, we would surely have experienced a great deal of trouble, especially with the transportation.

The most memorable portion of... read more

Overall, we would rate Linda & Ingrid's trip planning and travel services for our trip to Norway as 5 Star. They did a lot of work behind the scenes to make our vacation a smooth, seamless event. We made a very customized travel plan and they demonstrated considerable patience and much effort to accomplish our goals. Without their help and inside knowledge of Norway, we would surely have experienced a great deal of trouble, especially with the transportation.

The most memorable portion of our trip was our visit to Alesund and the Hjorundfjord & Grirangerfjord fjords. The Sagafjord Hotel in Saebo was outstanding.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear both, thank you so much for your lovely feedback! We are very happy to read it all went well. It was a really nice trip you did, and some logistics followed it, but happy to see it worked out. Hope to see you back in Norway one day!

Norwegian highlights- bergen- the hardangerfjord- oslo, Norway - Aug 15 - Aug 21, 2018

Traveler: Jimmy J. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My husband and I returned from the Norwegian Highlights trip which was organized by Ingrid. Everything was perfect. Ingrid took the time to talk me thru the entire trip before we left which was great since I was a little nervous. Also, every stop we made, we were expected at. What I mean is everyone knew the Johansen's were due to arrive and welcomed us. All reservations Ingrid made went smoothly. It was very nice to have all that done and not have any problems. I would highly recommend Ingrid for anyone planning a trip to Norway.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

HI JoAnn,
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I am so happy that you had such a good time in my home country! All the best to you an welcome back any time!

Warmest regards,
Ingrid

Genevieve

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 5 days, Norway - Aug 22 - Aug 25, 2018

Traveler: Genevieve C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Hello! Thank you to Ingrid and Vilde from Ethical Travel for arranging everything to my taste and my budget. I also had a great time with Nikola from Gone Paddling in Balestrand and Flemmet, my walking tour guide in Bergen. I feel I had the chance to explore lots of things that Norway has to offer in few days . I definitely recommend visiting Balestrand, a unique gem on the fjord and their new museum of Travel and Tourism in Norway (Norsk Reiselivsmuseum ). Thank you for helping me realizing one of my traveling destination dream

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the wonderful review and feedback, Genevieve! So many beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing this with us and for taking the time to write a review!

All the best to you and welcome back any time!
Best,
Ingrid

Explore bergen, fjords & slow travel, oslo - 10 days , Norway - Aug 15 - Aug 24, 2018

Traveler: Lea L. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Greetings! Everyone I interacted with during this process was kind and as helpful as possible. There are a few things I think you might find helpful for the next time.

Generally speaking, the logistics of having to figure out our own transportation was not smooth. Having someone meeting us at both airport and train stations, and generally ensuring those things go well, was missing. Case in point is arriving at the Oslo train station with limited instructions about finding our hotel on site... read more

Greetings! Everyone I interacted with during this process was kind and as helpful as possible. There are a few things I think you might find helpful for the next time.

Generally speaking, the logistics of having to figure out our own transportation was not smooth. Having someone meeting us at both airport and train stations, and generally ensuring those things go well, was missing. Case in point is arriving at the Oslo train station with limited instructions about finding our hotel on site at the mall, and not seeing a sign anywhere, nor was the hotel name on the mall directory. Finally after spending considerable time, with suitcases in hand, looking for the hotel in the dark (roughly 10:30 pm), I found the phone number to the hotel and they led us to a door which was locked and which they had to buzz us in through. This door was poorly marked, and again, in the dark this was a problem.

Another issue was the cost of the cab to get us to the airport when leaving. It was not our desire to use the tram or bus with luggage. It cost us $150 US for a 35 minute cab ride. At minimum, the overall trip cost should have included airport transfers. At certain points during the trip I began to wonder what we had really paid for.

Another issue is that we were not instructed to arrive early (as was the case with several other items in the itinerary), and we arrived 2 minutes past the time indicated on the itinerary for the boat to Rosendal. The boat had already left when we arrived. While I do believe there is some culpability on both ends of this one, the least you could do was reimburse us for the alternative trip we took which cost $138. I was told this was not an option.

When I asked for "City Tours", I did not mean "Walking Tours", and while our walking tours were both fine and enjoyable (David and Stig), they did not properly take the place of a more comprehensive day tour via bus, motor coach, etc., where you see the whole city. We saw very small parts of the cities, especially in Oslo. Luckily we found the beautiful buildings and harbor on our own or we would have missed a lot! Also, the harbor boat tour in Bergen was rather miserable. It was held in an open sailboat (sans sail), and it was pouring rain. It was very difficult to see anything, and while we enjoyed the guide, the type of boat was a poor choice for the frequency of rain there.

We did have an error on the itinerary at Balestrand which indicated we were staying at the Kvikness vs. where we ended up which was at the Midtnes. I did appreciate the view from the room, and Jon taking us via van to and from the harbor with our suticases, as well as the included dinners at the hotel, the amenities were quite lacking comparatively speaking. We had planned to use the gym at the Kvikness, and also there was no TV in the room, and the pillows were poor at the Midtnes. We also ended up spending evenings at the Kvikness since there was no restaurant/bar at the Midtnes. It just felt to me like we stayed in the cheaper hotel to keep your costs down.

In the end we accomplished the goal of experiencing the Fjords and cities of Norway, and that was really great. I think if you could implement a bit more 'service orientation' into the program, it would make it even better.

Many thanks for the opportunity to provide this feedback!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lea,
Thank you so much for the detailed feedback! We highly appreciate it and is very valuable for us in the future. We will definitely keep a note of all of this to improve our service!

Thank you so much again and for taking the time to provide us will all this helpful feedback.

All the best,
Ingrid

Julie

Norway's epic family tour - 8 days , Norway - Aug 10 - Aug 17, 2018

Traveler: Julie K. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We had the best guide in Oslo, Erlend Oyan. He was knowledgeable, engaging and connected well with the kids. My teenagers loved white water rafting with Serious Fun near Geilo. The staff at the Geilo Hotel was also fantastic. They happily helped us plan our short stay to the fullest. Our other favorite activity was the hike to the goat farm with Sam from FjordSafari, great day!

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Julie, so happy to hear you and your kids had a great time and left with some wonderful memories! Hope to see you back here at some point. Thank you for traveling with us!

Oslo, bergen & stavanger fjord adventure - 8 days, Norway - Jul 28 - Aug 4, 2018

Traveler: John H. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda and her team were terrific. They put together a custom itinerary that took into account the varied interests of a family with teenagers and made everything easy. The trip was very fun and educational and, coming from someone that hasn't used a travel agent in years, it wouldn't have been possible without their help. I highly recommend Linda and her team for a Norway adventure.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi John, thank you so much for your feedback. I am happy to hear that the itinerary worked out well. and not at least that it also was education! Wonderful. Hope to see you and your family back at KimKim for another holiday another time! Greetings to your family!

Denise

Nordic adventure for outdoor , Norway - Aug 15 - Aug 17, 2018

Traveler: Denise L. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Excellent service provided by my KimKim representative Ingrid. She let me know everything down to bus times and numbers, and even went above and beyond finding me a ride home one night after I missed the last bus and the only taxi company in Aurland was fully booked. Really great help overall!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Denise,
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I am so happy that you had such a good time in Norway!

I hope you will have the chance to come back one day have some more luck with the weather!

All the best to you!
Ingrid

Katie

3 cities | fjords and mountains, Norway - Aug 2 - Aug 13, 2018

Traveler: Katie D. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Just returned from a totally epic trip to Norway, planned with great care by our awesome specialist Linda. Linda service was nothing short of perfect. She listened to what we wanted to do during our visit, understood and respected our budget and planned a trip for us that maximized our dollars and used our travel days very efficiently. Without Linda's help I am certain that we would not have been able to see so much of the country in such a smooth and logical manner and would never have... read more

Just returned from a totally epic trip to Norway, planned with great care by our awesome specialist Linda. Linda service was nothing short of perfect. She listened to what we wanted to do during our visit, understood and respected our budget and planned a trip for us that maximized our dollars and used our travel days very efficiently. Without Linda's help I am certain that we would not have been able to see so much of the country in such a smooth and logical manner and would never have found the interesting, charming and cost efficient accommodations that she did. In addition that tours she planned were spot-on and unique to our family. I was really impressed with Linda's ability really get a sense of what we truly wanted out of the trip (i.e. to experience the "real" Norway, not a tourist version). We had so many wonderful experiences, but I would say the best was probably our stay in Aurland. Our accommodations were amazing (cabin overlooking the fjord) and our tour of the area with Mathilda was just amazing, and included a hike to a beautiful lookout and glassblowing with a local artist. Our tour through Bergen with David was equally awesome. He gave us a local's view of the "scene" in Bergen and had so many great recommendations for restaurants, kafe's, shop's etc. that were off the tourist-path. I think the best part of the tours were that both guides were lovely and engaging and happy to chat and share about what life is like in Norway. We also took the Hurtigurten which was really interesting and fun and ended our trip in Trondheim which is a simply beautiful, young, fun city. I think it is worth mentioning two very important things: 1) Linda really did a great job ensuring all of our booking and travel transitions were smooth and easy to follow, including arranging taxis and pick/ drop off and being considerate of train/boat/travel times to ensure we were not wasting time waiting or were stuck in one place with hours to kill and nowhere to go. 2) When there were a couple of (very minor) hiccups with hotel bookings, Linda was accessible, available to help and dealt with the issues immediately. It was very comforting to know that she was available to help during our travel. Well done Linda! Truly was a trip of a lifetime and my mother was so impressed and happy. Best, Katie

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Katie, thank you so much for your lovely feedback! Great to hear how your travel went and that your were happy with suggestions and everything during your holiday. Thanks for sharing your photos as well, that gave us a little insight as well! Hope to see you back in Norway at some point!

Norwegian highlights- bergen- the hardangerfjord- oslo, Norway - Aug 1 - Aug 7, 2018

Traveler: Jackie B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a fabulous trip to Norway, orchestrated by Ingrid.
She was patient, kind, responsive and so extremely helpful!
We would definitely do this again!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jackie,

Thank you so so much for taking the time to write such a nice review! I am happy to hear that you had such a good time!

My sister says hi as well :-)

All the best to you and welcome back to Norway any time!
Ingrid

Norway's mountains & fjords road trip - 18 days , Norway - Jul 23 - Aug 9, 2018

Traveler: Steve S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Our trip to Norway was great - helped in great measure by Ingrid, our travel advisor.

She helped us a lot in planning our itinerary - listened to what we were interested in and followed through with thoughtful suggestions. Once we decided on a trip plan, Ingrid made accommodation suggestions and then made the reservations. It was so helpful to have an agent from Norway who knows the country and helped us make excellent choices.

As to the trip itself, it was wonderful. The accomodations... read more

Our trip to Norway was great - helped in great measure by Ingrid, our travel advisor.

She helped us a lot in planning our itinerary - listened to what we were interested in and followed through with thoughtful suggestions. Once we decided on a trip plan, Ingrid made accommodation suggestions and then made the reservations. It was so helpful to have an agent from Norway who knows the country and helped us make excellent choices.

As to the trip itself, it was wonderful. The accomodations were excellent - we stayed the right amount of time at each place and the trip went without a hitch.

We started out in Oslo - what a wonderful city. We then went to the mountains around Lom. We stayed in an old wonderfully maintained hotel full of history. It was a great launching point for our hikes in the Jotunheimen national park.

Next, we went to the charming city of Alesund - stayed in another charming hotel and enjoyed the sites of the of the city including an amazing walk up to a lookout over the city - 500 plus steps and well worth it - suggested by the TI near our hotel.

Geiranger was our next stop - a beautiful location. Ingrid suggested we stay away from the bustle of the tourist town at a great hotel in Nordal - Petrines - probably our favorite of the trip. Geiranger fjord is beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Following Geiranger, we travelled to Aurland in stayed in the Aurland Fjord Hotel - another excellent accomodation. The Aurland area was our favorite fjord region. Ingrid lined up a Nærøyfjord cruise from Flam to Gudvangen which showed off the beauty of the fjord. We also took the train from Flam to Myrdal - also enjoyable.

Then it was back to Oslo - sad to end a great trip - met lots of interesting people - some travelers, some native to Norway and others who emigrated to the beautiful land.

The whole trip was wonderful - thanks Ingrid and kimkim.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Steve,

Thank you so so much for writing such a detailed review! A am so thrilled to hear that you had such a good time and was pretty lucky with the weather as well!

Welcome back any time- it was my pleasure planning the trip for you!!

Best,
Ingrid

9 days roundtrip oslo - bergen - trondheim , Norway - Jul 26 - Aug 3, 2018

Traveler: vivian b. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our wonderful trip to Norway went off without a hitch. Linda was knowledgeable, cooperative and flexible during the planning process. She was willing to Skype with us as well as communicate by E-mail. All the arrangements she made -- hotels, cruise ship, and other transport tickets -- were fine. She did as she was asked when we wanted to be near an airport or a train station. She was also very pleasant personally.

The only thing that might have been better is that a couple of the rooms... read more

Our wonderful trip to Norway went off without a hitch. Linda was knowledgeable, cooperative and flexible during the planning process. She was willing to Skype with us as well as communicate by E-mail. All the arrangements she made -- hotels, cruise ship, and other transport tickets -- were fine. She did as she was asked when we wanted to be near an airport or a train station. She was also very pleasant personally.

The only thing that might have been better is that a couple of the rooms were a bit below our usual standard (at 1 Scandic in Oslo, e.g., room was extremely tiny and there was no closet and -- amazingly -- no place to lay out clothing flat, as in a bureau or on shelves; our cruise cabin was directly behind a lifeboat, hence had no view). However, I suspect she was trying to minimize our cost (and cost was very reasonable). The lesson I have learned is that I should make clear if I want higher-grade accommodations.

All is all, a memorable vacation! I would recommend to other that they plan such a trip with Kimkim/Linda.

Vivian Berger

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am happy to hear that the trip overall was wonderful and that you were happy with the process. :-)
When it comes to the hotel in Oslo. The rooms are not very big, but it is actually standard size in Norway for hotel rooms. We have learned that Norway vs US standard hotels rooms do differ in size, and it can be good to upgrade if you are ok with the extra cost! For the Hurtigruten, they tend to give the best cabins and views to the traveler who do the full length journey (Bergen –... read more

I am happy to hear that the trip overall was wonderful and that you were happy with the process. :-)
When it comes to the hotel in Oslo. The rooms are not very big, but it is actually standard size in Norway for hotel rooms. We have learned that Norway vs US standard hotels rooms do differ in size, and it can be good to upgrade if you are ok with the extra cost! For the Hurtigruten, they tend to give the best cabins and views to the traveler who do the full length journey (Bergen – Kirkenes), and not much we can do to influence that..

Happy that you had a memorable trip – and hope to see you on a KimKim experience again!

1 day | oslo with a local specialist | , Norway - Aug 2 - Aug 3, 2018

Traveler: Precious O. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My Oslo tour experience was a great one. Thank you very much Ingrid for booking this at such short notice. I really enjoyed the long walk along the river because it was beautiful and quiet especially in the middle of a very busy city.

My guide, Stig, was very helpful in explaining the history behind the tiger for example close to the train station. Stig also shared facts about other things we saw and was of tremendous help in showing us around other places we needed to visit before we left for home. You guys are the best! Thank you:)

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Precious,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are so happy to hear that you had such a good time in Oslo with Stig- he is amazing for sure!

All the best to you and welcome back to Norway anytime!

Best,
Ingrid and Stig

the fjords and glacier hiking | bergen | stavanger | oslo - 7 days , Norway - Jul 22 - Jul 28, 2018

Traveler: Jonathan H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

All of Ingrid's recommendations were terrific. We had a great experience! She even went above and beyond to give us directions at each site. The glacier hike at Folgefonna was amazing! But the highlight of our trip was a sunrise hike to Priekestolen. Driving around on our own was a great way to explore and see the "real" countryside... it's beautiful!
Thank you Ingrid!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jonathan,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time!

All the best to you and your family!
Ingrid

Oslo to bergen fjord adventure - 5 days, Norway - Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2018

Traveler: Tomio M. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

It was pretty good but I had to check some details. Flemmet at Bergen did a good job too. We had a good time in Norway over all. Thank you for the arrangement.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tomio, thank you for your feedback! Happy to read that you had a good time in Norway! Hope to see you on a KimKim and Ethical Travel Portal experience another time!

Exploring bergen and tromsø, Norway - Jul 26 - Jul 27, 2018

Traveler: Lesley A. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our guides in both Bergen & Tromso were excellent!
When we arrived into Bergen off our cruise ship Vilde was there with a huge smile and waving! She called up Ben who was waiting with the van and our luggage was taken care of with out any fuss.
Our walking tour was just right... We saw so much but at a leisurely pace. Enjoyed sharing the lovely City with a local.
Our guide arrived at our hotel in Tromso (sorry I cannot find the notes with her name ) and gave us an excellent over view of... read more

Our guides in both Bergen & Tromso were excellent!
When we arrived into Bergen off our cruise ship Vilde was there with a huge smile and waving! She called up Ben who was waiting with the van and our luggage was taken care of with out any fuss.
Our walking tour was just right... We saw so much but at a leisurely pace. Enjoyed sharing the lovely City with a local.
Our guide arrived at our hotel in Tromso (sorry I cannot find the notes with her name ) and gave us an excellent over view of Tromso and then tailored our walk to suit or interests. We enjoyed it all very much
Thank you to both guides and to Linda for the arrangements!

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lesley, so happy to read your feedback and that you are happy with the arrangements. I know both guides enjoyed the time spent with you. I hope your journey onwards was nice as well! Hope to see you another time on a different KimKim and Ethical Travel Portal experience.

Scenic drives and fjords - 11 days, Norway - Jul 16 - Jul 26, 2018

Traveler: Fred H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Wonderful trip, Ingrid was fantastic with all details, hotels, and guiding us to make a schedule that made sense for our various driving trips. Highlights were definitely the driving trips to Geiranger - Trollstigen and the Gamle - Strynefjellsevegen roads.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Fred! I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time and that you enjoyed your road trips!

Welcome back any time!
Ingrid

norwegian fjord road trip: oslo | bergen to ålesund - 8 days, Norway - Jul 21 - Jul 28, 2018

Traveler: Yevgenia Z. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did a phenomenal job helping to plan and book our trip. Even when we changed our plans multiple times, she was able to quickly adapt to our changes and come up with constructive solutions.
She knows her country very well, so was able to advise us on the best travel plans, since we were traveling with a child and elderly parents.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so so much! I am very happy to read that you had such a good time! And you were so lucky with the weather as well! All the best to you and welcome back any time!

Best,
Ingrid

9 days | norway's ultimate fjord adventure , Norway - Jul 17 - Jul 25, 2018

Traveler: Howard T. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid did an amazing job helping us plan our trip. She was very responsive to all our questions and always made sure she was available.
Even during our trip she provided us suggestions for restaurants and axtivities to do

Thanks you Ingrid

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Howard,
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I highly appriciate you taking the time to do so!

Welcome back to Norway any time!

All the best,
Ingrid

Norway's cities, mountains & fjords - 5 days, Norway - Jul 8 - Jul 12, 2018

Traveler: Sharon Z. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda, Vilde, and Julie collaborated to create a wonderful experience for me in Norway for 5 days on a budget of $1000. I managed to see the sights without being overwhelmed by a packed schedule. I love relaxing for an afternoon in Flam and the ferry ride from there to Bergen was probably the highlight of my trip. The only downside to my trip was that the timing of transportation somewhat limited what I could do in terms of activities in each city. I would get to a city with limited time to... read more

Linda, Vilde, and Julie collaborated to create a wonderful experience for me in Norway for 5 days on a budget of $1000. I managed to see the sights without being overwhelmed by a packed schedule. I love relaxing for an afternoon in Flam and the ferry ride from there to Bergen was probably the highlight of my trip. The only downside to my trip was that the timing of transportation somewhat limited what I could do in terms of activities in each city. I would get to a city with limited time to explore in the evening and only have a little time in the morning before I had to be at a train station. That said, the amount I got in given that I only had 5 days was definitely enough. It also left me spending less than I expected on activities leaving me with a bigger-than-expected food budget, which was great, because I could spend more exploring all the great food in Norway!
Overall, my experience booking through KimKim took almost ALL the stress out of planning the trip. My guides were extremely helpful in providing detailed information, even helping me track down which buses to take, maps of routes to/from train stations, etc. All I had to do was show up in a city and find something fun to do! Next time I plan a trip I will probably be coming back to KimKim, and will just keep an eye to arrival/departure times (maybe see if I can't do overnight trains and such)

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sharon, thank you so much for your feedback. I am happy to read you enjoyed the KimKim experience and traveling with us in Norway.
Transportation is a challenge in Norway, as there are not many departures each day... We always try to tailor it so our travelers get the most out of each place they are visiting! Happy to read you managed to maximize your five days in Norway - and hope to see you on a KimKim experience again in near future.

Scandinavian highlights | bergen -flåm- aurland- oslo, Norway - Jun 28 - Jul 13, 2018

Traveler: Don G. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Our recent trip to Scandinavia was wonderful! Ingrid, from Ethical Travel Portal, did a great job of helping us find the right balance between city and rural travel in our trip to Norway, Sweden and Finland. Before we found kimkim, all the options we were provided by travel agents were "canned tours" which were really just packages to save money on air/hotel travel with bus-type sight-seeing tours. In comparison, Ingrid helped us figure out a plan of cities and villages that let us explore... read more

Our recent trip to Scandinavia was wonderful! Ingrid, from Ethical Travel Portal, did a great job of helping us find the right balance between city and rural travel in our trip to Norway, Sweden and Finland. Before we found kimkim, all the options we were provided by travel agents were "canned tours" which were really just packages to save money on air/hotel travel with bus-type sight-seeing tours. In comparison, Ingrid helped us figure out a plan of cities and villages that let us explore a few countries in Scandinavia over 17 days without feeling rushed.

She was clear up front that her expertise was mostly in Norway, but she still helped us find well-located hotels in Helsinki and Stockholm. We were happy with both choices in those cities.

We typically don't like tours in cities, preferring to explore on our own. However, we had such a great morning tour in Bergen with Ingrid herself, that we arranged one with Stig in Oslo that we enjoyed very much. These tours were informal discussions while we walked around parts of the city we'd never find on our own.

I also really liked the process with kimkim, where we could chat on the site as we honed in our schedule and different choices for each place. Ingrid was very patient with all our changes as we made our plans and helped us while we were in Norway to make some last-minute adjustments.

We couldn't have been happier with kimkim and Ingrid at Ethical Travel Portal and would use both for future vacations, if they serve the country we'll be visiting.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Donald,
Thank you so much for posting the nice review! I am so so happy to hear that I had the pleasure to organize such a great trip for you! It was lovely to meet you and I am happy to hear that you had a great time with Stig as well- both of us was honored to meet you both!

All the best to you both and warmest regards!
Ingrid

Panchali

Explore bergen, fjords & waterfalls - 6 days , Norway - Jul 15 - Jul 20, 2018

Traveler: Panchali D. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

I just got back from Bergen, Norway. Ingrid Thornes arranged my excursions. She was knowledgeable and kept in constant contact as we were planning the trip. She guided my hike and city tour. The kayaking tour was very easy to do. Don't miss it. Also recommend the Fjords boat rips.
I had a very pleasant stay in Bergen.
Kimkim is a reliable company. I felt safe and relaxed, especially since I was travelling solo.
I will definitely use them again.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Panchali,
Thank you so much for a wonderful review! I appreciate your feedback and very happy that you enjoyed your self in Bergen and were lucky with the weather as well!

All the best to you!!
Ingrid

Kayaking adventure in lofoten!, Norway - Jul 8 - Jul 13, 2018

Traveler: Michael M. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

From start to finish, Ingrid provided exceptional service. She carefully listened to my list of criteria and dutifully created an itinerary that suited all my needs. We worked collaboratively to refine the trip as my interests shifted, and I ended up with the trip of a lifetime: 4 days of kayaking and camping in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. For anyone looking for travel guidance in Norway, I highly recommend Ingrid.

Lofoten Aktiv -- the company that led the kayaking trip -- was equally... read more

From start to finish, Ingrid provided exceptional service. She carefully listened to my list of criteria and dutifully created an itinerary that suited all my needs. We worked collaboratively to refine the trip as my interests shifted, and I ended up with the trip of a lifetime: 4 days of kayaking and camping in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. For anyone looking for travel guidance in Norway, I highly recommend Ingrid.

Lofoten Aktiv -- the company that led the kayaking trip -- was equally outstanding. My guide, Christian, was absolutely phenomenal. His passion and skill for outdoor tripping were immediately apparent as he showed us the local area. He thoughtfully took the group's goals into consideration when planning the trip to make it a resounding success. Jann, who owns the company, has been a pioneer in this industry and takes pride in providing high quality experiences for all his quests. He is a native of the Lofoten Islands and possesses a deep knowledge of the area. For those adventurers looking for a rustic experience in the most beautiful environment, I highly recommend booking with Christian, Jann, and Lofoten Aktiv.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Micheal,

Thank you so so much for the wonderful review! I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time in beautiful Lofoten! I will make sure to tell Christian, Jann and Lofoten Aktiv what a great time you had!

Thank you so so much again! Welcome back any time!
Ingrid

15 days | norway's west coast adventure, Norway - Jun 29 - Jul 13, 2018

Traveler: Laura C. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a large family group of 12 people that traveled to Norway on a custom trip to see both north and south Norway. Out trip included trains, buses, ferries and flying. Some of the travel logistics were complicated but it all worked out great. Ingrid at Ethical Travel Portal was very responsive and designed a great trip for us.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Laura,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us! I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time and were so lucky with the weather!

All the best to you and the rest of the group! Welcome back to Norway anytime!
Ingrid

Danelle

Hiking trolltunga and explore the fjords in norway - 7 days, Norway - Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2018

Traveler: Danelle B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was amazing to work with! She created an amazing trip for my son and I and planned fun activities for us to engage in. I, personally, loved kayaking on the fjord and would highly recommend this activity for others. My son hiked Trolltunga, and although a very difficult hike, if you are physically prepared for this hike it is a must! Ingrid did a great job of organizing travel, hotels and activities for us and provided all itineraries, ticket, and maps to get us to where we needed to... read more

Ingrid was amazing to work with! She created an amazing trip for my son and I and planned fun activities for us to engage in. I, personally, loved kayaking on the fjord and would highly recommend this activity for others. My son hiked Trolltunga, and although a very difficult hike, if you are physically prepared for this hike it is a must! Ingrid did a great job of organizing travel, hotels and activities for us and provided all itineraries, ticket, and maps to get us to where we needed to go.

One additional note, our luggage was lost at the airport and Ingrid went out of her way to help us with the airport to help us reunite! Ingrid was a blessing :)

Thank you so much for creating such a memorable trip for us!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Danelle,
Thank you so so much for the very nice review! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it despite inconvenience with the luggage!

Thank you so so much again! I wish you both all the best and welcome back to Norway anytime!
Ingrid

Norwegian city & fjord adventure - 8 days, Norway - Jul 2 - Jul 9, 2018

Traveler: Kris B. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our family's trip to Norway, with the help of Linda, Wilda, Samuel, Stieg, and all the folks at kimkim, was truly amazing. What Linda arranged for us to do and see, the intelligence of all our connections and the appropriateness of all our activities to our interests, made for a wonderful vacation. None of us will ever forget it. Our 3 mountaintop hike, the cabin on the water in Aurland, hiking around Aurland, the fjords, the history as well as the place, our hike to the goat farm, our... read more

Our family's trip to Norway, with the help of Linda, Wilda, Samuel, Stieg, and all the folks at kimkim, was truly amazing. What Linda arranged for us to do and see, the intelligence of all our connections and the appropriateness of all our activities to our interests, made for a wonderful vacation. None of us will ever forget it. Our 3 mountaintop hike, the cabin on the water in Aurland, hiking around Aurland, the fjords, the history as well as the place, our hike to the goat farm, our railway trip, and the sights, museums and coffee in Oslo -- I only wish we had had more time. Thanks so much to kimkim. What an incredible service!

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kris, I am so happy to read your feedback and hear about your amazing time in Norway! That really make it all worth it! Great it worked out logistically and the only thing missing was more time! I think that mean you have to come back another time... :-) thank you again, and hope to see on you another KimKim and Ethical Travel Portal experience in the future!

explore norway | hiking and roadtrip | the fjords, Norway - Jun 23 - Jul 2, 2018

Traveler: Tushar S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Dear Ingrid and Kimkim
Why there are only five stars in rating? I deeply appreciate your help in planning, booking my short 10-day trip to Norway. Found myself to be very lucky to discover Ingrid and Kimkim. It turned out to be most fabulous trip. Weather was excellent as well.

My wife and I have been travelling abroad for the sightseeing at least twice a year for last 20+ years. We take ride in designing the itinerary and make the booking ourselves. This was rare exception. Here also... read more

Dear Ingrid and Kimkim
Why there are only five stars in rating? I deeply appreciate your help in planning, booking my short 10-day trip to Norway. Found myself to be very lucky to discover Ingrid and Kimkim. It turned out to be most fabulous trip. Weather was excellent as well.

My wife and I have been travelling abroad for the sightseeing at least twice a year for last 20+ years. We take ride in designing the itinerary and make the booking ourselves. This was rare exception. Here also I planned to join the itinerary made by my friends.

However Ingrid was so good, so resourceful and helpful, after getting her quick prompt replies, I could not let her go and not take her She help. She precisely made all the bookings at the hotels, excursions, train, ferry tickets consistent with bookings done by my friends with no error or mix up. She was excellent in understanding all requirements, changes and communication via e-mail as well as phone calls. She has very good command over English. In writing and speaking. She managed to get all the bookings where my friend original travel agent could not. She was very resourceful, insightful and prompt with absolutely no pressure. She provided me additional contacts when needed. She was frank to inform me of the areas (like Stockholm) where she was not most familiar. Few days later my son joined me for the driving tour. The whole trip was very smooth and without any glitches. She and Kimmkim were very price competitive as well and I did not have to concerned at all about the cost of the agent’s services.

Ingrid provided her phone number, e-mail and was in constant communication with me during the trip as needed. I got a chance to meet her in person at Bergen. Very smart, warm, friendly young lady. I felt like having a local young personal friend.

Norway was stunningly beautiful. I will be posting pictures and write-ups at my blog TusharInIceland.blogspot.com in coming days. I do wish to visit Norway again with my wife with alternative driving trips and areas in north like Lofoten Islands, North of Alta, Svalbard etc. with my wife. I will also consult kimkim for future trips to Vietnam and Nepal..

Kimkim specializes the travel with local travel agent who know the place and culture well. Maybe Kimkim can consider an expansion of “meal with local family” (done by Trafalgar) or cultural event like wedding or trip on special events like constitution day for the travelers interested in the cultural tourism. Highly and strongly recommend Ingrid and Kimkim.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tushar,

Thank you so so much for the very nice review you posted! I highly value your feedback and I am so thankful for all the pictures you have sent! Thank you for being so great and it was so nice to meet you in Bergen!

I will definitely be in touch when I am traveling to the US again- hopefully soon!

All the best and thank you so so much again!
Ingrid

Norwegian city, mountain & fjord adventure - 8 days, Norway - Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2018

Traveler: Xinyu S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Our Norway trip was incredible and absolutely spectacular! Alesund is a very beautiful town with great seafood and views, and the fjords and natural scenaries in Trollstigen, Geiranger, and Fjærland were breathtaking and unparalleled to many other places I’ve been! Hotels were really nice with great amenities and views. Our trip would not have happened without our local specialist Ingrid’s awesome service. She is attentive, informative, and supportive end-to-end, from initial planning to... read more

Our Norway trip was incredible and absolutely spectacular! Alesund is a very beautiful town with great seafood and views, and the fjords and natural scenaries in Trollstigen, Geiranger, and Fjærland were breathtaking and unparalleled to many other places I’ve been! Hotels were really nice with great amenities and views. Our trip would not have happened without our local specialist Ingrid’s awesome service. She is attentive, informative, and supportive end-to-end, from initial planning to adhoc support throughout the trip and we ended the trip with a nice personal touch, i.e., grabbing lunch with Ingrid at a nice local cafe in Bergen. Thanks Ingrid for your detailed planning and support, and for making this trip memorable for us!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi again!
Thank you so so much for the great review and for sharing all the pictures!! It was so nice to meet you on your last day in Bergen and so happy that you were so lucky with the weather!

Welcome back any time!
All the best,
Ingrid

family trip oslo to bergen , Norway - Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2018

Traveler: Richard T. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

We were pleased with all parts of the trip. All the guides were accommodating and interesting, they all helped with interests and attention span of the young children of our group. The hotels were located in convenient locations, easy walks to and from trains and ferry. Linda had great ideas for us and put it all together....even delivered train and ferry tickets to us. The mini bus tours were perfect, just long enough for families and to places hard to reach other ways. All members of my family were pleased with the trip and the pace of the trip

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi richard and Hetty, it was a pleasure to have your family in the country! + also to meet some of you. Happy to read that your had a good time and that it worked our nicely. Wonderful photos - thanks for sharing! Hope to see you another time, maybe in The Gambia..? Greetings to the rest of the family!

Hiking with teen age kids, Norway - Jun 26 - Jul 6, 2018

Traveler: Roberta R. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

The whole trip was amazing and this will go in the list of the best holidays I have ever done. The trip was well organised and detailed, down to the time in which I had to catch a train or a bus. This was most helpful. The stay at the three mountain hotels/huts (Haugastol, Geiterygahytte and Osterbo) was most pleasantly surprising. I was expecting something rougher, but rooms and food especially were amazing. Same for the Ronda Hoyfjellshotell in the second to last day. Our preferred spot was... read more

The whole trip was amazing and this will go in the list of the best holidays I have ever done. The trip was well organised and detailed, down to the time in which I had to catch a train or a bus. This was most helpful. The stay at the three mountain hotels/huts (Haugastol, Geiterygahytte and Osterbo) was most pleasantly surprising. I was expecting something rougher, but rooms and food especially were amazing. Same for the Ronda Hoyfjellshotell in the second to last day. Our preferred spot was in Kalvag. We loved it and we may go back there as it was a real paradise.

Linda was super helpful in designing the holiday and in creating the itinerary. She was patient with the changes I asked her to do and was very responsive.

The only suggestions for improvement are:
- the hut suggested for stop in the second hiking day (Stein Bergdal) did not appear to be open to the public. Other hikers stopped there but ended up eating outside on the grass like us. I think it needs to be clear that there are no hospitality places where one can stop. It helps setting up the right pace and mindset at the beginning of the hike
- all the hiking times are excluding stops and probably it is better to specify it
- the hike on the third day was too optimistic and strongly not recommended by the staff in the hut where we stayed overnight. It was possible to do it with no stops and no time for contingency, but it also required leaving at 8 am. Breakfast only gets served from 8! so we shortened it and we took the bus earlier in a spot suggested by the staff in Osterbo
- the overview of Bergen was good and with interesting insights in the culture. I would have probably cut a bit certain areas less interesting and added the bit around the old harbour. Also, I would have liked to hear more about the history. There was no coffee and cake :-(

Overall I thought Ethical Travel Portal was great and I would recommend them to friends. I would recommend Linda to anyone who wants to go to Norway.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Roberta, thank you so much for sharing your photos! Pleasure to look through them and happy to hear that this trip goes into the list of one of the best holidays you have had. It was also great to meet you briefly in Oslo! I have read through your suggestions and will definitely make sure we follow up on these ones! Thanks again for traveling with us!

Nordic adventure for outdoor lovers - 5 days, Norway - Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2018

Traveler: Andrew S. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Amazing trip - Norway is incredibly beautiful! The trip was amazing - perfectly planned to see the countryside. Linda was responsive and customized our trip perfectly.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Andrew - thank you so much for your feedback!
Really happy to read that your trip was amazing! :-)

Norway's mountains & fjords road trip - 8 days, Norway - Jun 1 - Jun 8, 2018

Traveler: Alena H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid's help planning this trip was incredible! We told her what our interests were, she made suggestions, then adapted them to specifically meet our needs! She was patient with any changes we had! It was nice to know she was there if we had a specific question! We spent the first week of our Norway adventure renting a car and traveling the Kimkim trip that Ingrid planned and the second week on a Holland America Fjord cruise. The land trip Ingrid planned was by far our favorite part! ... read more

Ingrid's help planning this trip was incredible! We told her what our interests were, she made suggestions, then adapted them to specifically meet our needs! She was patient with any changes we had! It was nice to know she was there if we had a specific question! We spent the first week of our Norway adventure renting a car and traveling the Kimkim trip that Ingrid planned and the second week on a Holland America Fjord cruise. The land trip Ingrid planned was by far our favorite part! We were immersed in the beauty, experienced the culture, food, and landscapes of Norway, and traveled at our own pace! We especially loved the Hotel Utsiken in Geiranger - sitting on the balcony drinking a delicious local beer, we counted 11 waterfalls around us (we could hear them rushing!), and had the most breathtaking view of the Fjord! In addition, we loved the Trollstigen road and staying in Kalvag, a small fishing village, for 2 nights was so relaxing! The fish dinners there were just phenomenal! You should have see the view from our hotel window in Fjaerland - right ON the fjord - I was just in awe at the gorgeous setting - WOW!! We stayed in Stryn one night and drove out to one of the glaciers - what a spectacular scenic drive!!! As a photographer, I was overwhelmed with this trip!! We have even talked about coming back for 2 weeks of travel to see more of Norway! Thank you Ingrid and Kimkim! You are highly recommended - we could not have done such good planning all on our own!

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alena and Debby,
thank you so so much for the wonderful review! I highly appreciate it and I am so grateful for the wonderful postcards you sent to me!

All the best and welcome back to Norway anytime!!
Warmest regards,
Ingrid

Norway's cities, mountains & fjords - 4 days, Norway - Jun 22 - Jun 25, 2018

Traveler: Arsalaan S. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Amazing Experience!

We organized a short 4 day trip, courtesy Ingrid from the Kim kim team.

Remain amazed by the fabulous service levels on display, especially when it came to acquiescing to our requests for changes/amendments/plans, in line with our sensitivities and special considerations. Top notch!

Our trip included Geilo, Bergen, Oslo. Would like to come back again sometime soon (hopefully)

Highly recommend:
- a trip to Norway;
- under the aegis of Kim kim
- handled professionally by expert staff like Ingrid.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Arsalaan,

Thank you very much for the very nice review! So happy to hear that you had such a good time this weekend in Norway!

All the best and welcome back!!

Norwegian highlights: bergen & the sognefjord | tromsø & hurtigruten | , Norway - Jun 9 - Jun 20, 2018

Traveler: Michelle C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda helped us plan a trip through Norway that was a nice overview with a few touches just for us. We did the usual things of seeing Bergen, taking ferry trips on the fjords, riding the train to Flam, and even hopped on the Hurtigruten for a few days. These were really lovely. We loved best our time in Tromso and our car trip in the Lofoten Islands. It was a great solution to get us out of the crowds and into nature, which is always what we prefer. Well done Linda. The stay at Eliassen Rorbuer was a special treat.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your feedback! Very happy to read it and that you enjoyed your trip and that the recommendations worked well! Hope to see you back in Norway at some point!

bergen, trolltunga, exploring the fjords, ålesund |oslo - 10 days, Norway - Jun 1 - Jun 10, 2018

Traveler: Brittnee F. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We had a great vacation in Norway! Ingrid was very helpful throughout the entire planning process and also during our trip.

Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Britnee,
Thank you do much for posting a review and I am so happy you had such a good time and were so lucky with the weather!

All the best to you and Rob!

Linda

Norway's cities, mountains & fjords - 5 days , Norway - Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

Traveler: Linda K. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Thank you Linda Verasdal, our trip planned by you was amazing, so well organised for us, so easy to follow.
Highlights for us was Flam Railway breathtakingly beautiful. We loved Balestrand enjoyed the kayaking and hiking amazing views to town. Cruise on Naeroyfjord was surreal.
Accommodation was easy walking distance from train.

Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Linda, thank you so much for your kind feedback. Happy to hear you had a great time and it all went well and not at least you had an amazing trip!