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Iceland Offbeat

If you’re looking to travel off the beaten path, & explore the real Iceland, then look no further :-)

Separating the traveller from the tourist; unforgettable holidays, unique experiences & inspiration for the soul is what we specialise in.

Our tailor-made trip plans help you explore the untrodden paths and untouched beauty of Iceland and we strive to make your holiday one of a lifetime!

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Featured trips & expertise

The surreal atmosphere of Iceland's glacial landscapes
Top Glacier Experiences in Iceland

With over 250 glaciers, Iceland's famed ice caps draw the crowds. You can enjoy various activities, including hiking across glaciers, exploring ice caves, snowmobiling atop volcanoes covered in ice, kayaking in glacial lagoons with icebergs, and boat tours. You can also visit the non-icy products of Iceland's glaciers, including its river canyons carved out by the receding ice long ago.

Black Sand Beach near Vík
Iceland's Golden Circle in Winter - 6 Days

This winter tour through Iceland's south coast explores some of the country's most beautiful scenery, stopping at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Gullfoss, as well as the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara to observe the Dyrhólaey sea stacks. You'll hike along glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park and stop to admire the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, all while hoping to catch the northern lights in the evening. Finally, explore the capital city of Reykjavik and the popular village of Vík, ending the trip with a soak in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, Iceland
Ultimate Iceland Itineraries: 5, 7, 10 & 14 Days

When it comes to planning the perfect Iceland itinerary, we have you covered. Our researchers scouted the island, our Iceland experts chipped in, and then we asked travelers themselves what cool sights and chill activities most thrill them. Then we assessed how much time most travelers are likely to have. We put all these ingredients together to come up with a satisfying hlaðborð (smorgasbord) of itineraries. Read on for our top recommendations for itineraries of 5, 7, 10, and 14 days.

Recent Trip Reviews for Iceland Offbeat

Trip of a lifetime! sigurdur was attentive, a... · Iceland - Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2022

Traveler: Karen A. - Local specialist: Sigurður Jökulsson

Trip of a lifetime! sigurdur was attentive, and made sure an excursion was rescheduled when it was cancelled due to weather, so we could make sure we got in all of our priorities on our trip. The Kimkim team was outstanding from start to finish. read more

Trip of a lifetime! sigurdur was attentive, and made sure an excursion was rescheduled when it was cancelled due to weather, so we could make sure we got in all of our priorities on our trip. The Kimkim team was outstanding from start to finish.

Hotel Reviews

Glacier View Guesthouse - Hrífunes

Hrífunes

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Warm and welcoming. Beautiful setting and the hotel’s owners offered a kind, caring, family atmosphere.

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Feel like family- lots of great activity recommendations and excellent meals!
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Gorgeous views

Hotel Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjar

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Fosshotel Hellnar

Hellnar

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Restaurant was wonderful

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Amazing coastal views
Denise

Jenny pointed us to many interesting sights. ... · Iceland - Jun 16 - Jun 27, 2022

Traveler: Denise H. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

Jenny pointed us to many interesting sights. Our favorite was seeing the magical little puffins up close. All the accommodations were very clean and in peaceful spots. It was a wonderful trip. Thank you! read more

Jenny pointed us to many interesting sights. Our favorite was seeing the magical little puffins up close. All the accommodations were very clean and in peaceful spots. It was a wonderful trip. Thank you!

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Icelandic horse riding tour

Vik

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Vik is a beautiful place. The guides were wonderful. We got to see the huge cliffs on the beach with all the birds nesting there. Of course the Icelandic horses are lovely.

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Jenny Booth, local specialist, responded to this review:

It was a pleasure to help you plan your mother and daughter trip to Iceland. Vik is such a lovely place and when you asked for a horse riding experience this location came to my mind.
What a great picture with the turf house behind you!

Amazing trip Preethi was so responsive and w... · Iceland - Jun 23 - Jul 1, 2022

Traveler: Lakshmi M. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Amazing trip
Preethi was so responsive and wonderful. Michele was great.
We cannot wait to go back.
They were able to help us with switching the booking for one activity and making it later immediately. Preethi was ready with suggestions for a rainy day. Overall I highly recommend this entire South coast trip

Frank

Iceland 2022 by Seniors · Iceland - Jun 13 - Jun 29, 2022

Traveler: Frank H. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

The entire trip was well planned in an excellent, courteous, collaborative working relationship with Preeti. She sought to meet our desires and wishes for the trip and incorporated them into the itinerary. We accomplished ALL the elements of the itinerary and in addition, a few of the suggested options. We also added a few of our own after reading books about options in touring Iceland. One was the Fridheimar Tomato Farm and Restaurant -geothermal greenhouses for growing tomatoes and... read more

The entire trip was well planned in an excellent, courteous, collaborative working relationship with Preeti. She sought to meet our desires and wishes for the trip and incorporated them into the itinerary. We accomplished ALL the elements of the itinerary and in addition, a few of the suggested options. We also added a few of our own after reading books about options in touring Iceland. One was the Fridheimar Tomato Farm and Restaurant -geothermal greenhouses for growing tomatoes and other vegetables. Of course all the major waterfalls were amazing and the trip up to Husavik where we had outstanding steamed mussels at Naustid. We arrived for lunch at 2:30pm, they were open, but said the mussels were only on the menu for dinner. When we said we came from the U.S. to have mussels...the chef said. "They're on the way" for lunch, and they were better than the mussels we had in Bruges Belgieum. All interactions with staff in hotels and restaurants were very good. No language problem. Bakkagerdi old harbor was an excellent experience viewing puffins up close and personal along with the puffins tour at Ingolfshofdi arranged by Preeti. Overall the trip exceeded our expectations and KimKim and Preeti did an excellent job planning a trip that takes the hassle out of travel. Blessings to you all!
We offer a suggestion when planning for seniors - consider hotels with elevators or first floor accommodations. We did have help with moving luggage when requested. Overall we are very pleased with the results and will represent KimKim well to others to wish to plan for non-group travel. It was refreshing to stop the car whenever we wanted to check on birds in the lakes, take advantage of a good photo op and watch the buses and vans whiz by. Thank you very much! The only regret is that we now have over 1000 pics to sort out. Smiles and happy memories!

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Örk

Hveragerði

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Icelandair Hotel Klaustur

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

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The provide an excellent breakfast
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Milk Factory

Höfn

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Minimal breakfast offering
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Icelandair Hotel Myvatn

Myvatn

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Again, Icelandair hotels have excellent breakfasts
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Hotel Laugarbakki

Hvammstangi

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Icelandair Hotel Herad

Egilsstadir

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All services done well including excellent breakfast offering
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Vogur Country Lodge

Deildarey

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Owner was personal and engaging on arrival, at dinner, breakfast and on departure.
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Hotel West

Patreksfjörður

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very small rooms for accommodating luggage for 2 persons
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Hotel Búdir

Búðir

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The BEST we experienced - hotel, breakfast, dinner, room...

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Skuggi Hotel Reykjavík by Keahotels

Reykjavík

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Puffin watching tour at the Ingolfshofdi cape

Iceland

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Personal knowledge of staff and allowing time to take in the awesome experience
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Michelle

Terry planned an amazing trip for us · Iceland - Jun 22 - Jun 29, 2022

Traveler: Michelle L. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

Terry planned a fantastic trip for us!

My partner just finished 12 years of medical training,
and this trip was to celebrate his amazing accomplishment. I wanted it to be special.

We went to Iceland for the first time and decided to use KimKim to alleviate some travel stress. Terry created a detailed itinerary, respected our budget, and crafted a well-organized and efficient trip plan that considered our likes and dislikes for activities, hotels, and even restaurants!

Terry's... read more

Terry planned a fantastic trip for us!

My partner just finished 12 years of medical training,
and this trip was to celebrate his amazing accomplishment. I wanted it to be special.

We went to Iceland for the first time and decided to use KimKim to alleviate some travel stress. Terry created a detailed itinerary, respected our budget, and crafted a well-organized and efficient trip plan that considered our likes and dislikes for activities, hotels, and even restaurants!

Terry's notes on our itinerary, such as suggested places to make dinner reservations, were so helpful. We are both vegetarian, and a few weeks before the trip, Terry sent us a list of vegan/vegetarian restaurants in each location, which was very considerate.

All the details, the communication, and the accommodations were excellent. We are so happy with the trip.

It was a very smooth trip, and because of Terry, we focused on just having fun. No stress. We will definitely use kimkim again!

Hotel Review

Blue Hotel Fagrilundur - On The Golden Circle

Bláskógabyggd

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Very clean and smooth check-in. Comfortable bed and excellent blackout curtains. Would stay here again!

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Terry Stanley, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for the glowing review, Michelle! I'm thrilled that it was the amazing Icelandic adventure that we were striving for. And it was such a pleasure putting this trip together for you and Sarma. Warmest regards, Terry

Terry was terrific -- responsive, kept us up ... · Iceland - Jun 19 - Jun 27, 2022

Traveler: Jeffrey H. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

Terry was terrific -- responsive, kept us up to date on possible changes with respect to covid tests, advised us correctly about driving too much, etc. I would like her to plan every trip for us. The maps and instructions were first rate. I mean we are talking about really being on top of every detail over which she had control.
There is one problem. Terry seems to arrange everything and somewhere along the line the people in Iceland get involved. The hotel choices on that end were great... read more

Terry was terrific -- responsive, kept us up to date on possible changes with respect to covid tests, advised us correctly about driving too much, etc. I would like her to plan every trip for us. The maps and instructions were first rate. I mean we are talking about really being on top of every detail over which she had control.
There is one problem. Terry seems to arrange everything and somewhere along the line the people in Iceland get involved. The hotel choices on that end were great in some cases and not as great in others. Whoever arranged for our car did so with an agency that was closed when we arrived. There was a kiosk that you could use but somehow it did not work for us. Consequently, we spend a couple of cold hours after a long flight dealing with the problem. Eventually, we took an expensive taxi ride to the first hotel and came back -- another expensive taxi ride -- in the morning to get the car, We were told to keep the receipts and we would be reimbursed but we are waiting for instructions on how to make this happen.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Laugarbakki

Hvammstangi

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Needs repair. Shower curtain rod fell down. Shower extremently and a sliding glass door to the bathroom that did not really close

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Konvin Hotel by Reykjavik Keflavik Airport

Keflavík

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Clean, efficient, good breakfast. Pretty much ideal. Amazing is a very high bar,

Fosshotel Stykkisholmur

Stykkishólmur

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Great location for catching ferry next day. Helpful staff, clean, modern Nice.

Hotel Isafjördur

Ísafjörður

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Central location, clean, nice breakfast, would stay there again without reservations.

Centrum Guesthouse

Akureyri

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Good location, above a bar/restaurant, oldish, rooms more spartan than most. Could get stuffy if you have to close windows to keep sound of music out,

Hotel Duus

Reykjanesbær

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Nice view, convenient to airport but not as nice the the first place we stayed that was close to the airport. Staff was nice but sometimes hard to find. Bizarre layout to our room.

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Terry Stanley, local specialist, responded to this review:

Jeffrey & Sara, It was a pleasure putting together this trip for you and I'm glad that the car rental issue on arrival didn't detract from the enjoyment of the rest of your Icelandic adventure. All my best, Terry

Christoph

Preeti Masterpiece · Iceland - Jun 23 - Jun 28, 2022

Traveler: Christoph H. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti arranged a fabulous itinerary for our trip to Iceland. We loved the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the Jokulsarlon amphibian boat ride in the spectacular glacial lagoon fed by the Breidamerkurjokull glacier, our walk on black sands of the Breidamerkursandur (Diamond Beach), our ferry excursion to the Westman Islands, where we enjoyed an exhilarating rib ride around the island to caves and puffin colonies, the amazing Elhraun moss covered lava fields dating from the might Laki eruption in... read more

Preeti arranged a fabulous itinerary for our trip to Iceland. We loved the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the Jokulsarlon amphibian boat ride in the spectacular glacial lagoon fed by the Breidamerkurjokull glacier, our walk on black sands of the Breidamerkursandur (Diamond Beach), our ferry excursion to the Westman Islands, where we enjoyed an exhilarating rib ride around the island to caves and puffin colonies, the amazing Elhraun moss covered lava fields dating from the might Laki eruption in 1783-1784, and walking the streets of enchanting Reykjavik including our stay at the upscale Hotel Borg.

Activity Reviews

Activity options for the South West Coast

Iceland

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Activity options for the South East Coast

Iceland

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Rinolda at KimKim did a great job in planning... · Iceland - Jun 13 - Jun 24, 2022

Traveler: Gaby A. - Local specialist: Rinolda Juodvirsyte

Rinolda at KimKim did a great job in planning our trip. We had a wonderful trip because of the suggestions and the itinerary that Rinolda did for us, Hikes, restaurants, fjords, hot baths, ice lagoon in zodiac all were excellent. thank you Rinolda!

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Rinolda Juodvirsyte, local specialist, responded to this review:

I had a blast meeting you! Thank you for a wonderful review!

Deann

Our trip was amazing! I cannot thank Jenny en... · Iceland - Jun 15 - Jun 22, 2022

Traveler: Deann M. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

Our trip was amazing! I cannot thank Jenny enough for not only picking great destinations but really listening to what we are interested in a building an itinerary that we didn’t miss a single suggested stop!
What I also loved was how it was created in order so you didn’t have to figure out which was a priority or not along.

Her consistent communication and follow up was great.

Ok-now for our trip experience. Unbelievable!!
We could have stayed 2 extra days in Snaefellsnesd(sp) as... read more

Our trip was amazing! I cannot thank Jenny enough for not only picking great destinations but really listening to what we are interested in a building an itinerary that we didn’t miss a single suggested stop!
What I also loved was how it was created in order so you didn’t have to figure out which was a priority or not along.

Her consistent communication and follow up was great.

Ok-now for our trip experience. Unbelievable!!
We could have stayed 2 extra days in Snaefellsnesd(sp) as well as an extra day in the Golden Circle.
The accommodations were great, nice staff and our last night had to be modified but I think resulted an amazing upgrade! We tried to hit all restaurants suggestions and they were spot on!
Our checkin for hotel and excursions were seamless.

Thank you for putting an 8 day trip together that was absolutely seamless

If you can at least try to see all the stops given, it’s worth it!!

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Rjúkandi

Borgarnes

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This was by far our favorite place. The rooms were great and comfy beds. Loved breakfast and little cafe. We’d stay here again

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Fosshotel Nupar

Kálfafell

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The need to get better black out shade, especially if facing south. Rooms were good, not great and could use a lil updating. Breakfast Buffett was very good. Restaurant itself was ok.

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Hotel Gullfoss

Tungufell

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Needs to create designated smoking away from hotel.

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Fosshótel Rauðará

Reykjavík

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Breakfast areas was least organized and slightly unhygienic. I don’t like using my hands to pick up items. Little or know utensils to do so.

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Northern Light Inn

Grindavik

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What a phenomenal place. Felt like a home style lodge. Restaurant was amazing and friendly staff. We did spa experience and was great to wind down after busy week. Breakfast was amazing.

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Jenny Booth, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dean and Adam.
You are so welcome.
I am glad you liked our restaurant recommendations. As a team we have eaten at the most popular and also lesser know places and have been able to put together a list of our favourite to share with our travellers.

Thomas

Preeti was excellent.... everything was memor... · Iceland - Jun 11 - Jun 22, 2022

Traveler: Thomas M. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti was excellent.... everything was memorable couldn't ask for better person to handle everything read more

Preeti was excellent.... everything was memorable couldn't ask for better person to handle everything

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Laki

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

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Milk Factory

Höfn

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Hotel Gullfoss

Tungufell

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Hotel Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjar

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Hótel Laxá

Myvatn

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Hotel Laugarbakki

Hvammstangi

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Planning a trip to Iceland? Hope you get Francesca :) · Iceland - May 18 - Jun 2, 2022

Traveler: Sally H. - Local specialist: Francesca Stoppani

My daughter and I just completed an epic 15 day tour of Iceland thanks to Francesca, our dedicated kimkim specialist.

Francesca delivered a flawless, personalized adventure that we will never forget.

As a seasoned traveler and past travel agent, I knew better than to try to curate this trip. I needed someone who knew where to go, how long it would take to get there, yet also have the insider information to direct us to off the beaten track sights and special gems.

Of the tour... read more

My daughter and I just completed an epic 15 day tour of Iceland thanks to Francesca, our dedicated kimkim specialist.

Francesca delivered a flawless, personalized adventure that we will never forget.

As a seasoned traveler and past travel agent, I knew better than to try to curate this trip. I needed someone who knew where to go, how long it would take to get there, yet also have the insider information to direct us to off the beaten track sights and special gems.

Of the tour operators I contacted, kimkim was the only one that asked me for more information before recommending a general tour. Once Francesca assessed and understood our interests, activity level and expectations, she cooked up a highly personalized itinerary that met our needs and exceeded said expectations.

Glad we upgraded to an automatic AWD as the car was our home for some 1800 miles and the heated seats made a BIG difference. The car wifi also came in handy multiple times.

We truly loved our time at the different thermal spas we visited, the endless views, the constantly changing scenery and weather. Diamond beach was a favorite stop and driving the Western Fjords felt like playing a video game! Not for the faint of heart.

Thank you Francesca for a trip we will never forget. Thank you for your instant responses to my emails, your knowledge and expertise, your handholding and your availability for suggestions while we were traveling.

We loved every minute and mile of our trip to this enchanting country of fire and ice.

Activity Reviews

The Geothermal Vok Baths

Iceland

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Go jump in the lake!

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Blue Lagoon

Iceland

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Great place to start your trip...especially after a long overnight flight!

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Myvatn Nature Baths

Lake Myvatn

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Go jump in the lake!

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Francesca Stoppani, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am glad you've had a great trip - thanks for the kind words!

Not one thing went wrong. Nothing. · Iceland - Jun 4 - Jun 15, 2022

Traveler: t jay f. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Not one thing went wrong. Nothing.

We spent 10+ days in Iceland, staying in 8 hotels, rented a car, visited dozens and dozens of destinations, participated in some for-pay activities (whale watching, glacier lagoon boat, hot springs, etc.) and it was flawless. That rarely happens when I book my own trip.

On top of this we had detailed maps for every day (that were based Google maps, with each destination laid out), optional activities, local insights, restaurant suggestions. The... read more

Not one thing went wrong. Nothing.

We spent 10+ days in Iceland, staying in 8 hotels, rented a car, visited dozens and dozens of destinations, participated in some for-pay activities (whale watching, glacier lagoon boat, hot springs, etc.) and it was flawless. That rarely happens when I book my own trip.

On top of this we had detailed maps for every day (that were based Google maps, with each destination laid out), optional activities, local insights, restaurant suggestions. The hotels were all very good, the driving rimes reasonable, and the trip was AMAZING.

During the planning process Preeti communicated at each step, really worked to understand what we wanted (small groups, boutique hotels, off the beaten path destinations) and she tailored the trip for us, asking for feedback, adjusting and delivered a great adventure for the four of us.

I feel like I need to mention one more thing: we had originally planned on taking this trip in 2021 and Preeti had helped us put a trip together (to the point of us only having to put down a deposit) and then we had a medical emergency and, by necessity, stopped responding. Preeti was so very understanding when we finally did connect a few weeks later and was hugely enthusiastic when we reached out to plan our 2022 trip.

Hotel Reviews

Fosshotel Hellnar

Hellnar

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This is a very basic hotel. Nice location, isolated, good restaurant.

Tips for future travelers

There is an on-site restaurant (that was very good) with limited offerings. There is another town a few KM away that has broader and less expensive offerings.

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Very clean.
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Excellent, prompt help.
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Very simple hotel, nothing fancy.
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Great views, access to nature.

Hotel Laugarbakki

Hvammstangi

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This hotel was really remote. The restaurant was fine. The rooms are modern and updated.

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The hotel is really not located near anything, but stopped a long day of driving from being longer.

Fosshótel Mývatn

Myvatn

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Stunning hotel, amazing views, amazing location. Great rooms.

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Very friendly and helpful
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Beautiful design, beautiful location.
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Location & views.

Hotel Hallormsstadur

Egilsstadir

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This was our least favorite hotel. The hotel is dated, the rooms are VERY hot, it seems to be very popular with bus rides and the restaurants were not great (and the hotel was so remote that the nearest options were about a 20 minute drive). The hotel was fine, just not at the same caliber of the other 9 hotels we visited.

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The rooms were extremely hot and one small window.
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The hotel is dated.
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It's remote, but in a beautiful woodland.

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Hnappavellir

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Another beautifully designed hotel, modern, clean and stunning location.

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Hótel Kría

Vík

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Beautiful, modern hotel with nice rooms, solid restaurant and located in a town with breweries, pizzerias and great views and access to nature.

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ION Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir

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This place is incredible. The location is remote, but the hotel is so unique and the pool is an incredible treat. Food is solid, bars are fun.

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Exeter Hotel by Keahotels

Reykjavík

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This is a fine hotel in a very touristy area. Parking is hard (garage is near impossible for a SUV). Close to other sites (we walked everywhere aside from our visit to Sky Lagoon). In house restaurants for street food, lots of options around.

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Fairly busy tourist area.
Activity Reviews

The Geothermal Vok Baths

Iceland

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This is an amazing facility. Truly one of the best we've visited. Do not miss.

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Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon Zodiac boat tour

Iceland

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A truly remarkable, small group tour. Boat pilot was knowledgable, funny and engaging.

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Katla Ice Cave

Iceland

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Don't set your expectations on seeing a cave -- we did and it was fine. The best part is being in an incredibly remote part of the tackier, no crowds and incredible beauty. Our driver was sarcastic and funny and gave us a great overview.

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It was a bumpy ride, but was great!
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Sky Lagoon

Iceland

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This is such a great alternative to the blue lagoon. The seven step ritual is worth the extra money. Modern, clean, great experience.

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Myvatn Nature Baths

Lake Myvatn

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Stunning pools, modern facility (and they are remodeling).

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Husavik Whale Watching

Iceland

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An old oak boat, dolphins, whales and incredible views. We learned a ton as well.

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Emily

Amazing tour of Iceland: May 29-June 9, 2022 · Iceland - May 31 - Jun 9, 2022

Traveler: Emily L. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

My husband and I were scheduled to take a circumnavigation cruise of Iceland that was canceled with just a few weeks notice. We already had airline tickets and activities planned for two days in Reykjavik when I contacted Terry in a panic with a request to fill the remaining ten days with a Ring Road tour. She asked about our interests and did an amazing job! The car rental, hotel accommodations, and pacing suited us very well. Our daily plan was so easy to follow and included absolutely... read more

My husband and I were scheduled to take a circumnavigation cruise of Iceland that was canceled with just a few weeks notice. We already had airline tickets and activities planned for two days in Reykjavik when I contacted Terry in a panic with a request to fill the remaining ten days with a Ring Road tour. She asked about our interests and did an amazing job! The car rental, hotel accommodations, and pacing suited us very well. Our daily plan was so easy to follow and included absolutely everything we could have wanted. The activities were well-chosen and included things that I would never have thought of, like a tour of a lava cave. I’ve always wanted to see puffins so she suggested a trip to Grimsey Island and made all of the arrangements. It was the highlight of out trip! There were puffins, arctic terns, kittiwakes and guillemots everywhere! We loved it!
My husband and I love to travel and prior to Covid spent at least 25% of our time away from home. I did all of the planning and always enjoyed doing it. KimKim and Terry made this trip so easy and delightful that I have decided to retire as our family travel agent!

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Terry Stanley, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am so glad that we were able to turn your disappointment from a cancelled cruise into an amazing adventure in Iceland. I loved putting together your trip, especially including the unique air tour to Grimsey; thank you for trusting me about this. And congratulations on your retirement (from being your own travel agent)! Haha. It was a pleasure working with you.

Overall, a fantastic trip and one that created great memories. · Iceland - Jun 5 - Jun 15, 2022

Traveler: Tammy M. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

Overall this was a fantastic trip. Accommodations were very nice and the trips took us to places that helped my kids and I form some amazing memories. Planning was easy, Jenny was always accessible before the trip and responded quickly to my inquiries, I would definitely work with her and Kimkim again. The last hotel did not have our booking (or really just couldn't find it) and Michele from Kimkim resolved the matter quickly.

The only thing that was disappointing is that there was no way we... read more

Overall this was a fantastic trip. Accommodations were very nice and the trips took us to places that helped my kids and I form some amazing memories. Planning was easy, Jenny was always accessible before the trip and responded quickly to my inquiries, I would definitely work with her and Kimkim again. The last hotel did not have our booking (or really just couldn't find it) and Michele from Kimkim resolved the matter quickly.

The only thing that was disappointing is that there was no way we were awake enough after traveling for almost 24 hours to do the first event that was planned for us. We were really looking forward to snorkeling but having almost fallen asleep behind the wheel on the way there, it was not possible. I take some responsibility in not really thinking this through, however I'm also not sure how many people would be up for snorkeling after being awake/traveling through the night.

Of note: Google maps, was unreliable in some pretty significant ways. Make sure the option "rerouting to save time" is off on your preferences, but even when that is off, double check your destination with Waze or some other mapping program. There were at least 5 instances (that I can think of right now) where google took us the wrong way. Once, it actually put us in a somewhat dangerous situation that would have been very problematic had I continued on the road it recommended. I loved having the destinations mapped out, but after the first wrong directions I was constantly checking Waze. One time it literally had us turn right when we should have turned left and because there's often not a convenient/safe place to turn around, we had to travel 20 minutes in the wrong direction which again, is no one's fault but terribly annoying.

Despite these issues, this was a fantastic trip and I would work with Kimkim again.

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Jenny Booth, local specialist, responded to this review:

Tammy,
I loved being part of your trip planning and helping you to create some wonderful memories with your children, which you will all hopefully treasure for years to come. This is truly one of my favourite parts of trip planning.

I'm sorry to hear of the issues you had with google maps, you really did go 'off the beaten path' at one point but I am glad you found a solution.

Thank you Othman! · Iceland - Jun 4 - Jun 10, 2022

Traveler: Jennifer W. - Local specialist: Othman A

Othman was great to work with! He planned an amazing itinerary and we had the best trip ever! Othman really understands Iceland and tailored our trip perfectly with our family's needs and interests in mind. We especially loved the glacier lagoon tour, glacier hike, and horseback riding. In addition, he set us up with the perfect accommodations. Othman was always responsive to my questions, and answered in a timely manner. If you are planning a trip to Iceland, Othman is the man to help! read more

Othman was great to work with! He planned an amazing itinerary and we had the best trip ever! Othman really understands Iceland and tailored our trip perfectly with our family's needs and interests in mind. We especially loved the glacier lagoon tour, glacier hike, and horseback riding. In addition, he set us up with the perfect accommodations. Othman was always responsive to my questions, and answered in a timely manner. If you are planning a trip to Iceland, Othman is the man to help!

Hotel Reviews

Stay Apartments Einholt

Reykjavik

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Pros: great space and the beds were comfy Cons: run down, laundry facility in other building, and water really, really smelled like rotten eggs. Location was ok but would have preferred being closer to downtown area.

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basic accommodation - if you just need a place to sleep, this place will be fine.

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Hestheimar

Selfoss

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Beautiful location. Friendly staff. Loved the horses! We could have stayed here forever.

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Dalshöfði Guesthouse

Kirkjubaejarklaustur

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Unique location, surprisingly modern accommodations. Very comfortable beds.

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Garður Apartments

Gardur

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Quaint seaside village, walking distance to restaurant. Quiet neighborhood. Comfy beds.

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Blue Lagoon

Iceland

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Loved the Blue Lagoon!

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Horses and Hotsprings

Iceland

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Fun to ride Icelandic horses, however some of our horses did not seem interested in following the commands given. Staff seemed on autopilot. Not super enthusiastic. Would maybe try a different horse riding experience next time.

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Thingvellir

Iceland

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Interesting, although other sights were more amazing.

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Kerid Crater

Golden Circle

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Cool site!

Geysir Geothermal Area

Golden Circle

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Amazing!

Gullfoss

Iceland

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Loved this!

Solheimajokulll Ice Climbing & Glacier hike

Iceland

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Super fun!

Skaftafell

Iceland

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Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon Zodiac boat tour

Iceland

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This was a family fave!

Sara

Trip of a lifetime to Iceland · Iceland - May 31 - Jun 8, 2022

Traveler: Sara L. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

Jenny and the team made our bucket list trip a reality. I can’t say enough good things about the entire experience. Beforehand, Jenny was responsive to all my many questions, and patient with several trip iterations. During the trip, the itinerary was seamless. Everything was where she said, when she said, and so conveniently laid out. When one hotel didn’t have our reservation, we called the KimKim number and it was resolved in minutes. And best of all, the itinerary perfectly captured what... read more

Jenny and the team made our bucket list trip a reality. I can’t say enough good things about the entire experience. Beforehand, Jenny was responsive to all my many questions, and patient with several trip iterations. During the trip, the itinerary was seamless. Everything was where she said, when she said, and so conveniently laid out. When one hotel didn’t have our reservation, we called the KimKim number and it was resolved in minutes. And best of all, the itinerary perfectly captured what we had asked for and what we had hoped for. Using Jenny and KimKim saved me hours and hours of planning, and gave us peace of mind in turbulent travel times. I’m so so happy we went with Jenny and KimKim, and I would use them again in a heartbeat.

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Jenny Booth, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sara,
It puts a big smile on my face to hear that you and Daniel had a wonderful time. I thoroughly enjoyed putting together hiking options for you both and planning your time to Thorsmork.
I have passed on your thanks to Preeti who picked up the emergency phone and helped you with your reservation issues.

Magical Iceland · Iceland - May 27 - Jun 5, 2022

Traveler: Christopher P. - Local specialist: Janel Doyle

WOW! What a Magical trip! A big thank you to Janel for the excellent service and putting together a stunning itinerary! An unforgettable adventure! read more

WOW! What a Magical trip! A big thank you to Janel for the excellent service and putting together a stunning itinerary! An unforgettable adventure!

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I am so pleased that you enjoyed your trip! Please reach out again if you plan on visiting in the future.

Charlotta

Great service! · Iceland - Sep 25 - Oct 2, 2021

Traveler: Charlotta R. - Local specialist: Othman A

I really enjoyed working with Othman. He helped me create an itinerary that worked with my requirements- no driving more than 4 hours a day - he provided advice on restaurants and other activities. We really appreciated the step-by-step driving directions, too. Othman responded quickly to all my questions both before and during the trip. Excellent service that I hope to use again! read more

I really enjoyed working with Othman. He helped me create an itinerary that worked with my requirements- no driving more than 4 hours a day - he provided advice on restaurants and other activities. We really appreciated the step-by-step driving directions, too. Othman responded quickly to all my questions both before and during the trip. Excellent service that I hope to use again!

Hotel Review

Hotel Odinsve

Reykjavik

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Great location! The included breakfast was excellent and we also had a great dinner one night.

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In the center of the city

Janel and team were great. I had a few chang... · Iceland - May 28 - Jun 5, 2022

Traveler: Scott M. - Local specialist: Janel Doyle

Janel and team were great. I had a few changes during the trip and they were there to help and coordinate. The trip was well thought out. We had a lot of coordination/ hotel accommodations to make and I felt everything went according to plan. read more

Janel and team were great. I had a few changes during the trip and they were there to help and coordinate. The trip was well thought out. We had a lot of coordination/ hotel accommodations to make and I felt everything went according to plan.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Borg by Keahotels

Reykjavik

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Great location. Very central to the active part of Reykjavik. Hotel was well appointed and the rooms were typical European style (smaller - which is to be expected in a city) and nice.

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Parking and can be tricky- there is a parking garage maybe two blacks away. I didn't feel 100% comfortable leaving the car on the street so I used the garage. The garage was more expensive but probably worth it.

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Hotel Laugarbakki

Hvammstangi

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The outside needs a little care but it looks like the interior was update not too long ago. I think this structure was an old dormitory Al that was converted over. The rooms were fine.

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Give it a try and I don't think there are many other options (better options) in the area.

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Icelandair Hotel Myvatn

Myvatn

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Great place-

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Restaurant was ok- there is a bar / pub right next to it which actually shares the same kitchen but food prices are lower. I would just go there for dinner. Same menu...just less expensive.

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Hotel Vík í Mýrdal

Vík

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I think this is part of a chain of hotels - I saw at least three different hotels with the same brand name. This one was "earthy". It was well done And very nice

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Hotel Grimsborgir Luxury Rooms and Apartments

Ásborgir

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Great place. My son and I shared a 2 bedroom suite which was perfect. A little outside of town but great.

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I would definitely upgrade to a suite / apartment if traveling with family or just need a little extra room.

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Blue Lagoon

Iceland

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Great - it is worth a few hours of your time.

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Grábók Crater

Iceland

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Great but all the sights in Iceland are great - not sure I would make a special trip for this but it was cool.

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Katla Ice Cave

Iceland

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It was ok- thought it might be a bit bigger and longer in the ice cave- it was more of a mountain trip than a cave trip but it was good to see - wouldn't do it again but glad I did it-

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Thank you for the feedback and review, Scott. We hope you had a wonderful time in Iceland, and look forward to welcoming you again!

Rachel

9 Days in Beautiful Iceland May 18-26 · Iceland - May 18 - May 26, 2022

Traveler: Rachel K. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Trip Planning Experience: Typically I plan our trips and I enjoy the planning (I’m a Project Manager by day), but given this was a unique country with so many wonderful places to visit, having little time to plan, and not knowing the country very well we decided to use KimKim. I filled out a questionnaire about our trip preferences (budget range, types of sleeping accommodations, how we like to travel, etc). After submitting our info, we received a message from Preeti shortly afterwards... read more

Trip Planning Experience: Typically I plan our trips and I enjoy the planning (I’m a Project Manager by day), but given this was a unique country with so many wonderful places to visit, having little time to plan, and not knowing the country very well we decided to use KimKim. I filled out a questionnaire about our trip preferences (budget range, types of sleeping accommodations, how we like to travel, etc). After submitting our info, we received a message from Preeti shortly afterwards with a recommendation based upon our preferences and what wanted to do in Iceland. This was an “out of the box” trip plan, but Preeti made us aware that we can customize as much as we wanted to. We spent about 2 months doing our own research and working with Preeti to fully customize our itinerary at which point we booked/paid for our trip. Then Preeti spend about 6-8 weeks planning our trip: reserving vehicle, hotels, excursions, refining our itinerary. There were times I had to reach out to Preeti because it had been awhile, but she replied soon after. In the end, after reviewing our detailed itinerary and comparing to our list of must have and nice to have places to visit, Preeti worked our itinerary to best suit our wants and we were pleased with the results.

Trip Experience: Snaefellsness Peninsula, South Coast, Westman Islands May 18-26
When we arrived in Keflavik, we picked up our rental car without an issue, we ended up upgrading our vehicle to an SUV and all the insurance possible based upon reviews we had read elsewhere. We’re glad we did because some of the roads in Iceland are very offroad and we ended up getting a fast leak in a tire to where we had to use the Roadside Assistance. Highly recommend getting all the insurance offered.
The whale watching excursion with Laki Tours was so much fun. While the first few hours we didn’t see anything, in the last hour we saw orcas (including a baby). Since we saw them so late, the tour operator stayed out another 30 minutes so we could watch the whales. We were under the impression that it was a small group tour, but there were about 40 or more people on this excursion. This may be what is typical for small group tour size, and we were not aware.

The Katla Ice Cave Tour excursion with Southcoast Adventures was not what I had envisioned. We were under the impression that it was a small group tour, but there were about 20 or more people on this excursion. The Katla Ice Cave collapsed last year (and we were not aware), so the first part of the tour was seeing what was left of the Katla ice cave (not a whole lot) and then hiking to a baby ice cave to walk through it. The baby ice cave made up for the first part of the tour. Even though it didn’t live up to what I had envisioned, the total experience of trekking to the glacier, hiking the glacier a bit to see what was left of the ice cave, and hiking through the baby cave was a unique experience. It was amazing to think how old the glacier was and the volcano ash we were walking on, we took it in. I wish we had known about the Katla Ice Cave collapsing, and we would’ve selected a different excursion (like a true glacier hike).

The Kayaking in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was AMAZING. This tour was a true small group tour of 5-7 people (2 people arrived late and had to go on a different tour), and what we would’ve expected with a small group tour (around 10 people). Once kayaking in the lagoon, we had the freedom of taking pictures and kayaking at our own pace. We were fortunate with the weather, and seals were swimming all around us. The seals were friendly and swam up near us, a few seals were on an iceberg sunbathing. This was by far my favorite excursion to be up close to the beautiful icebergs and seals.

Preeti recommended several different hikes and we thoroughly enjoyed them, the ones that stand out to us are Glymur Waterfall hike, Mulaglijufur Canyon, Nauthusagil Waterfall. There were a few times where I thought we should do something else but should’ve listened to Preeti in her recommendations.

Preeti recommended several restaurants throughout our trip and she was spot on. All the food in Iceland is delicious. I highly recommend the following restaurants: Bryggjan in Grindavik, Sjavarpakkhusid in Stykkisholmur, Hotel Rjukandi Restaurant in Borgarnes, Mjolkurbuid Eatery in Selfoss, Wok on Vik in Vik, Ice Cream from Vikurskali in Vik, Messinn in Reykjavik, Gott in Westman Islands (ate there twice), Ice Cream from Isbud Huppu.

There were a few times that either an excursion got cancelled, we decided to make a change to our itinerary due to weather, or we had questions, that we had to rearrange our itinearey. I’m thankful for Preeti and her team for being able to quickly adjust our schedule and rebook for different excursions or ferry tickets. It was a seamless process, no questions asked, and reworked our itinerary. Thank you for the quick response! We were able to enjoy our time in Iceland instead of having to rearrange our time and schedules. Totally worth it!

Overall we had a wonderful vacation, it is our best one yet! I am thankful that we used Kimkim and we had Preeti to assist us throughout the process. We would not have had such a great time had we planned ourselves and not had Preeti and her team. We hope to return to Iceland in the coming years and we will use Kimkim (and Preeti) again!

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjar

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This was our favorite hotel on our trip! The rooms were very spacious, clean, and the shower was amazing! The room temperatures were comfortable compared to other hotels on our trip. I only wish we had stayed one more night!

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It was in the center of the town and could walk anywhere.

Icelandair Hotel Klaustur

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

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We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. This is a small town where a lot of establishments close at 9pm, including the hotel restaurant. The rooms were not as clean as I would've preferred. After our first night, the cleaning staff did not tidy up the room only refreshed the toiletries, which seemed odd to us and we had not experienced before. The room was small and our room was right near sitting water outside with a ton of bugs. The room was warm, so we had to crack the window, which meant a lot of bugs got into our room. If we were to stay in this town again, we would look for a different hotel. The hotel provided breakfast here was amazing.

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Hotel Rjúkandi

Borgarnes

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We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. The hotel provided breakfast was amazing. There is a cafe attached to the dining area where they offer espresso, pastries, sandwiches. We had the best coffee on our trip in their cafe (Cortado). Highly recommend getting one of their cafe drinks. There is not much around this area to choose from a hotel, but our rooms were clean and open. The room temperature was a little warm, but we cracked the window to keep the air circulating. The room was on the smaller side, but I expected that. The bathroom was a bit dated and could use an update. The beds and pillows were very comfortable. We ate at the onsite restaurant and had one of the specials and it was AMAZING. Some of the best fish we've ever had. Overall pleasant experience and we would stay here again.

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Activity Reviews

Jokulsarlon Glacier Kayaking Adventure

Iceland

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The Kayaking in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was AMAZING. This tour was a true small group tour of 5-7 people (2 people arrived late and had to go on a different tour), and what we would’ve expected with a small group tour (around 10 people). Once kayaking in the lagoon, we had the freedom of taking pictures and kayaking at our own pace. We were fortunate with the weather, and seals were swimming all around us. The seals were friendly and swam up near us, a few seals were on an iceberg sunbathing. This was by far my favorite excursion to be up close to the beautiful icebergs and seals.

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Katla Ice Cave

Vik

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The Katla Ice Cave Tour excursion with Southcoast Adventures was not what I had envisioned. We were under the impression that it was a small group tour, but there were about 20 or more people on this excursion. The Katla Ice Cave collapsed last year (and we were not aware), so the first part of the tour was seeing what was left of the Katla ice cave (not a whole lot) and then hiking to a baby ice cave to walk through it. The baby ice cave made up for the first part of the tour. Even though it didn’t live up to what I had envisioned, the total experience of trekking to the glacier, hiking the glacier a bit to see what was left of the ice cave, and hiking through the baby cave was a unique experience. It was amazing to think how old the glacier was and the volcano ash we were walking on, we took it in. I wish we had known about the Katla Ice Cave collapsing, and we would’ve selected a different excursion (like a true glacier hike).

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Whale Watching Ólafsvík

Iceland

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The whale watching excursion with Laki Tours was so much fun. While the first few hours we didn’t see anything, in the last hour we saw orcas (including a baby). Since we saw them so late, the tour operator stayed out another 30 minutes so we could watch the whales. We were under the impression that it was a small group tour, but there were about 40 or more people on this excursion. This may be what is typical for small group tour size, and we were not aware.

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Linda

Happy we used Kim Kim ! · Iceland - May 17 - May 31, 2022

Traveler: Linda B. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

So happy that we used Jenny at Kim Kim for planning our trip to Iceland. She took all the stress out of planning the trip away and we were able to just go and enjoy it ! We like traveling on our own And this way were able to do it without missing things because she had all reservations made with plenty of time for doing what we wanted at the pace we enjoy and provided a map with things we wouldn’t want to miss along the way. Her choice of lodging was great and the adventures we needed... read more

So happy that we used Jenny at Kim Kim for planning our trip to Iceland. She took all the stress out of planning the trip away and we were able to just go and enjoy it ! We like traveling on our own And this way were able to do it without missing things because she had all reservations made with plenty of time for doing what we wanted at the pace we enjoy and provided a map with things we wouldn’t want to miss along the way. Her choice of lodging was great and the adventures we needed reservations for we’re booked with excellent guides- We loved Thor with Katlatrack for our Katla ice cave tour, Troll for ice climbing and the zodiac boat with Glacier Lagoon were all fantastic, plus a couple other adventures. I would definitely take another trip using Kim Kim !

Activity Reviews

Solheimajokulll Ice Climbing & Glacier hike

Iceland

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Great guide! Very patient , encouraging , and made this a wonderful day

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Katla Ice Cave

Vik

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Really glad we had Thor for our guide! It was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed this !!

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Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon Zodiac boat tour

Iceland

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Glad we went with the zodiac boat. It was a great way to really get to see the glaciers at glacier lagoon and as an added bonus we saw seals up close

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Myvatn Nature Baths

Lake Myvatn

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Loved the myvatn nature bath experience !

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Hi Linda, I'm glad that you had a wonderful time in Iceland. It was a pleasure to plan your trip with you and make it the experience you were after.

Marnie

ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!!!!! · Iceland - May 21 - May 29, 2022

Traveler: Marnie M. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

I will start out by saying TERRY was absolutely AMAZING!!! Cannot say enough wonderful things about her and how helpful she was in planning the most perfect vacation for us. She listened to what we were wanting and gave great suggestions. She took the time to chat with us on the phone which made communicating our needs so much easier. HOTELS: all the hotels were really nice, but want to give a special shout out to Hunkubabbar Guesthouse and Arnarstapi hotels. They were both so incredibly... read more

I will start out by saying TERRY was absolutely AMAZING!!! Cannot say enough wonderful things about her and how helpful she was in planning the most perfect vacation for us. She listened to what we were wanting and gave great suggestions. She took the time to chat with us on the phone which made communicating our needs so much easier. HOTELS: all the hotels were really nice, but want to give a special shout out to Hunkubabbar Guesthouse and Arnarstapi hotels. They were both so incredibly unique and wonderful and the little towns they were in were so special! EXCURSIONS: Silfra Snorkeling was our favorite and a once in a lifetime experience. Also, the people that ran that outfit were above and beyond fantastic and accommodating. Our younger son was last minute not able to do the snorkel and they offered us a refund for him on the spot! Kayaking on the glacier lagoon was extraordinary as well! All of our excursions( and we did a lot of them) were top notch, well organized, well run and truly fabulous. If there was one thing to miss I would say maybe the Lava Cave. FAVORITE AREAS: Peninsula, Golden Circle and Kirkjubaejarklauster. It was all so spectacular it's hard to pick just one thing. The waterfalls, the whale watching, going into a glacier...and ending with a day in Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon was just what the doctor ordered! Truly an adventure of a lifetime!!!! We didn't want to leave!

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Thank you so much for your wonderful words of praise. It was my pleasure putting together this adventure for your family and I'm so happy that you had such a fantastic time.

Amazing trip. · Iceland - May 21 - May 28, 2022

Traveler: Katie C. - Local specialist: Rinolda Juodvirsyte

Rinolda was responsive and super helpful- would recommend! We had an amazing trip!!!

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Thanks Katie, I'm glad you liked it!

Sarah

Rinolda helped us plan a great trip! She work... · Iceland - May 21 - May 28, 2022

Traveler: Sarah O. - Local specialist: Rinolda Juodvirsyte

Rinolda helped us plan a great trip! She worked with us to design the right trip for our needs and abilities and found us tours that mixed adventure and education nicely. She also recommended wonderful restaurants.

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Thanks Sarah, it was my pleasure!

William

The itinerary planned for us was tailored to ... · Iceland - May 15 - May 21, 2022

Traveler: William M. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

The itinerary planned for us was tailored to our interests. The guided excursions included hikes that allowed us to see amazing landscapes that you can’t get from a highway pull off. Our guides Damion of Ice Explores and Omar of South Coast Adventures gave us insight to the ever changing Iceland landscape and the history of its population. The links included in the itinerary were very helpful. The driving plan link to google maps along with Apple car play made finding our way around Iceland... read more

The itinerary planned for us was tailored to our interests. The guided excursions included hikes that allowed us to see amazing landscapes that you can’t get from a highway pull off. Our guides Damion of Ice Explores and Omar of South Coast Adventures gave us insight to the ever changing Iceland landscape and the history of its population. The links included in the itinerary were very helpful. The driving plan link to google maps along with Apple car play made finding our way around Iceland stress free. our favorite hotel of the trip was the Magma. This trip qualified as a check mark on our bucket list. We walked on glacier, saw seals swimming around icebergs , soaked in a geothermal river, walked up to a lava field, hiked into canyons where scenes from The Game of thrones was filmed, watched 10pm sunsets, gagged on fermented shark and much more.

Will

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Breidamerkurjokull Glacier Walk, Ice Cave, Super Jeep

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What wonderful adventures you had and memories you made. I'm so pleased that I could be a part of this. Thank you for the wonderful review.

Fantastic trip! Othman did a great job respon... · Iceland - Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022

Traveler: Ben P. - Local specialist: Othman A

Fantastic trip! Othman did a great job responding quickly and working with us to create the perfect trip that allowed us to enjoy every moment. read more

Fantastic trip! Othman did a great job responding quickly and working with us to create the perfect trip that allowed us to enjoy every moment.

Activity Reviews

Crystal Blue Ice Cave

Iceland

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Gorgeous place! Photos don’t do it justice. Just don’t go if you get carsick. The monster truck ride is wild! The whole trip was a little over 3 hours

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Crystal Blue Ice Cave

Iceland

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Gorgeous place! Photos don’t do it justice. Just don’t go if you get carsick. The monster truck ride is wild! The whole trip was a little over 3 hours

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The car was a bit older than all the others at the lot but it did not detract from the experience
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Great trip to Iceland's South Coast · Iceland - May 9 - May 15, 2022

Traveler: Cathleen H. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

I was very happy I used kimkim to plan my trip to Iceland's South Coast. My specialist, Preeti, did a great job. She worked with us to come up with an itinerary that met our interests, had lots of great suggestions for things to see and do, restaurants, etc, and was very responsive to my many questions. During the trip,
a couple of minor problems were handled promptly. We'll definitely use kimkim and Preeti in the future.

Mixed Iceland Review · Iceland - May 9 - May 15, 2022

Traveler: Erica R. - Local specialist: Othman A

Throughout the process of being assigned to Othman at the start of our use of KimKim, we had difficulty understanding what he was doing or saying. It should have been a sign for us to back out of using KimKim.
Othman carried out a plan for us that seemed to ignore some things that were most important to us and seemed scripted and geared toward his personal favorite things to tell tourists to see.
The first example of "The Othman Scripts" was his "Welcome to Reykjavík" and "So happy you... read more

Throughout the process of being assigned to Othman at the start of our use of KimKim, we had difficulty understanding what he was doing or saying. It should have been a sign for us to back out of using KimKim.
Othman carried out a plan for us that seemed to ignore some things that were most important to us and seemed scripted and geared toward his personal favorite things to tell tourists to see.
The first example of "The Othman Scripts" was his "Welcome to Reykjavík" and "So happy you enjoyed your day" message, which he posted about 4 weeks before we landed, and it was written for travelers who arrive early AM, not late PM (we arrived at 9:00 PM/21:00)- so his message was off-putting and irrelevant.
Our itinerary seemed to have been pre-written from other travelers' itineraries and often included places we had no interest in seeing and Othman often placed our personal stated goals into his "alternative ideas"- "if you have time" section.
Upon de-boarding and making our way to the transport service, our itinerary listed one company and our voucher listed another. Our voucher said drop-off at hotel and the actual drop off was at a church. Not that walking at 10:00 PM at night in Reykjavík is too dark as they days are long and we easily got to our self-booked hotel which was so charming and clean.
We were assigned to EuroCar for our vehicle and were assigne a similar model at the airport the evening of day 2. We spent several hours the next day driving to one of their stations in Akureyri and waiting as they located a SIM card and black box so we had wifi connection for our driving directions. (One has a 50-50 chance of dealing with a friendly hospitality specialists or a rude hospitality specialists in Iceland.) As never-been-to-Iceland-before tourists, we definitely got our first dose of rude hospitality at EuropCar in Akureyri. The initial male we experienced (after several minutes of ignoring our presence and then assisting a male customer who walking in after us) kept asking us to produce a black case from our vehicle which of course we did not have and was the reason we were there to begin with. Luckily the female who rented us the car at the airport arrived at this station and began to help us obtain the missing SIM card and routing case. After about an hour, a new SIM card was successfully activated. And we finally began our sight-seeing for the day.
Driving times did not seem to factor into Othman's planning so there was no way to both experience his suggestions and our personal interests (which were too-often listed as "alternative sites"). By day 3 we knew to research our personal interests and then focus on what mattered to us (what attracted us to Iceland in the first place).
Any tour that had issues due to weather was fine with us. On day 4 our Geothermal Spa tour was unpleasant because the hospitality experts there are rude. Othman did not think to add towels to our tour package and he did not warn us to bring towels from our hotel. So the hospitality staff took pleasure is insulting us for not knowing that our "basic tour" did not include a way to dry off. By this time in our tour, it was becoming clear that had we done everything ourselves, and not relied on KimKim's "self-guided tour", we would have had a smoother experience all the way around. Everything that we had booked ourselves was splendid, things that Othman booked were often incorrect or chaotic or poorly thought-out. Although in retrospect one of Othman's or KimKim's scripts may have said "make sure you follow Covid policies", it was not mentioned during our stay, nor were we reminded to check on need for Covid testing before going to the airport. It would have been a nice and helpful touch for KimKim/Othman to just check in on us and try to save us money and time by telling us about the Covid testing site on the way to the airport. Spending extra money and time on cabs and testing right before our departure after a less than stellar KimKim experience was not appreciated. We are happy we came and saw Iceland. We are not happy we were assigned to Othman or that we used KimKim.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Odinsve

Reykjavik

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We booked this hotel ourselves and it was charming, clean, well-situated for sight-seeing and had super friendly staff!

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Hotel Sveinbjarnargerdi

Svalbarðsstrandarhreppur

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Although rooms are rustic, they are clean and get the job done. The food here was the best of all hotels booked by KimKim. The staff is generous and kind.

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Although rooms are rustic, they are clean and get the job done. The food here was the best of all hotels booked by KimKim. The staff is generous and kind.
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Húsavík Cape Hotel

Husavik

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The two owners have been running this hotel for about three weeks. They are passionate about their unique gallery (Eurovision-themed) and this was an interesting, quirky, and fun bonus. The rooms was clean, the staff was friendly. The current cooks are from Naples so the pizza and tiramisu was delicious. The breakfast was the weak point. No yogurt (a specialty of Iceland), no hot food. Bread, meh. Cucumbers fresh and delicious. Heinrich was quick to honor local restaurants and gave an excellent recommendation for dinner. We are "foodies" and the suggested restaurant was a Win.

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Grand Hotel Reykjavik

Reykjavik

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We booked this hotel ourselves and it is a great find. Loved the gym, restaurant, locations was good good. Free parking was a Plus. Friendly staff and waiters. Delicious cuisine in the restaurant. One weird thing which we tried to fix ourselves. The air-draft beneath the door to the hallway is quite loud- like a continuous running loud vacuum. We placed a towel there to dampen the sound so we could sleep. It worked well-enough.

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Hotel Laugarbakki

Hvammstangi

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Food was nice. Staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms were very modern, minimalist, and clean. Very updated and pretty. Horses, ponies nearby and swing set for children. Outdoor hot tubs were popular.

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Activity Reviews

GeoSea Geothermal Baths

Iceland

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The pools themselves were pretty and did overlook the ocean with land between the two. Of course it was snowing the day we were there so visibility was limited and our heads were exposed to the snow and cold as we did not have hair/head covers. Water was warm and relaxing from the shoulders down.

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Friendliness, understanding that travelers using a travel company are not made aware of details odf what's included in the package purchased by the tour company.

Skutustadagigar Pseudocraters

Lake Myvatn

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Cold snowy day. Not much to remember.

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Blue Lagoon

Iceland

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The lagoon is very pretty and the hospitality staff were informative and friendly. A towel, silica face mask, and drink were included with the experience which was appreciated.

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Jodie

Iceland on the go! · Iceland - Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2022

Traveler: Jodie L. - Local specialist: Rinolda Juodvirsyte

Our trip to Iceland was nonstop fun & adventure! From the moment we stepped off the plane till the moment we departed our kimkim guide Rinolda had us covered. Day 1 we started off with a luxurious visit to The Blue Lagoon and a walking food tour in Reykjavik with our awesome guide Ben! After stuffing our faces we did some light shopping and headed north for the 1st hotel. Day 2 was a sightseeing / hiking while driving kind of day. We stopped for lunch in downtown Akureyri and visited their... read more

Our trip to Iceland was nonstop fun & adventure! From the moment we stepped off the plane till the moment we departed our kimkim guide Rinolda had us covered. Day 1 we started off with a luxurious visit to The Blue Lagoon and a walking food tour in Reykjavik with our awesome guide Ben! After stuffing our faces we did some light shopping and headed north for the 1st hotel. Day 2 was a sightseeing / hiking while driving kind of day. We stopped for lunch in downtown Akureyri and visited their art gallery and cathedral before driving east towards Lake Myvatn area for 2 nights. Day 3 was JAM PACKED with a wake watching tour in Husavik then loop around the peninsula to see Dellfoss and other sites along the way, ending with a nice soak at the sulfur baths and steam rooms in Lake Myvatn. Day 4 was long but we visited the author Gunnar Gunnarson's farm and cultural house, hiked great heights to see beautiful waterfalls, drove off road to see basalt column formations, and traveled through the East Fjords before settling in for the night at a cute spot in Breiddalsvik. Day 5 poured so our original ATV tour was canceled, but thankfully Rinolda was able to reschedule it for Day 7. It was nice having her so we didn't have to worry about what we would do that day in it's place or finding a new time to slot it in. Day 6 we visited the Diamond Beach and Glacier lake as well as hiked on a glacier. That was strenuous and a little above my ability but the guides were gracious and we were able to make the best of the situation. Day 7 was probably my favorite day of the whole trip. After a great night in Vik, we started strong with a visit to Skool Beans Cafe run by ex pat Holly, then had a BLAST ATVing on the black sand beaches with our guide Max, ultimately ending the day in Gullfoss with their famous geyser and great waterfall. The Gullfoss Hotel staff was phenomenal! Day 8 we kicked things off with snowmobiling on a glacier, which was absolutely wild. We also stopped at Estaduir II family farm for the freshest burgers I've ever had and ended the night with a walk around downtown Reykjavik to see the viking boat sculpture and yellow lighthouse. Day 9 our final morning in Iceland Rinolda didn't disappoint. She gave us the option of a direct path to the airport or a 2.5 hour ride around the peninsula stopping at geothermal sites, lighthouses, and other natural wonders, before returning our car & heading to the airport. Well, I'm sure you guessed which route we took. So as the title proclaims - this was our Iceland on the go adventure! Jam packed with sites, hikes, activities and fun we won't forget!

Activity Review

Reykjavik Food Walk

Reykjavik

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Great food & guide. Ben was knowledgeable and fun to hang with. The food choices were diverse and delicious.

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Ben was great and extra accommodating for my friend who was gluten free.
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The other guests were sociable and the food delicious.
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Rinolda Juodvirsyte, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks a lot for your feedback! It was my pleasure to work with you!

Iceland Ring Road trip May 2022 · Iceland - May 4 - May 10, 2022

Traveler: Nancy H. - Local specialist: Francesca Stoppani

Excellent trip planning from Fran. We enjoyed everything and the trip was seamless and easy to follow. My only concern is the price transparency. Hard to know what your getting is worthy of prices if you were booking alone. The price is all inclusive and you are not allowed to see receipts or know how much Kimkim is making for their services. read more

Excellent trip planning from Fran. We enjoyed everything and the trip was seamless and easy to follow. My only concern is the price transparency. Hard to know what your getting is worthy of prices if you were booking alone. The price is all inclusive and you are not allowed to see receipts or know how much Kimkim is making for their services.

Hotel Review

Hotel Rangá

Hella

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Beautiful location, restaurant was fabulous, and very friendly staff. Hot tubs in the country side was amazing too.

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Front desk lady sang happy birthday to me in Icelandic language..made my day!
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Amazing landscape views outside!
Activity Reviews

Thingvellir

Iceland

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Dive.IS did great

Fridheimar

Golden Circle

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Expensive but worth it. Unique and delicious!

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Solheimajokull Glacier Hike

Iceland

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Horse Riding

Reykjavik

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Amazing one on one experience. Rode out to several waterfalls.

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Blue Lagoon

Iceland

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Amazing

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Myvatn Nature Baths

Lake Myvatn

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A bit smelly and locker rooms not as nice as other spas but worth it if your in Myvatn.

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Whale Watching in Akureyri

Iceland

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Grábók Crater

Iceland

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Francesca Stoppani, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your positive feedback Nancy and Darrell! We do full-package tours, hence no service-by-service price breakdown. You can see the price breakdown comprehensive of the kimkim-related fees from your booking. Looking forward to having you back in Iceland.

Our amazing trip plan by Terry · Iceland - Apr 13 - Apr 22, 2022

Traveler: Laura H. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

Terry and I emailed back and forth and she really got a good idea of what type of a vacation we were looking for. She wanted to know about us, what we liked to do, eat, etc. Then we had a nice long phone conversation to discuss further what we were looking for.
She listened and provided a few ideas and we revised and regrouped and tweaked the plan and the trip plan was fantastic. We stayed in 7 hotels over 10 nights. The selection of hotels were perfect. Exactly what we wanted.
The... read more

Terry and I emailed back and forth and she really got a good idea of what type of a vacation we were looking for. She wanted to know about us, what we liked to do, eat, etc. Then we had a nice long phone conversation to discuss further what we were looking for.
She listened and provided a few ideas and we revised and regrouped and tweaked the plan and the trip plan was fantastic. We stayed in 7 hotels over 10 nights. The selection of hotels were perfect. Exactly what we wanted.
The Iceland Yurt !! Wow what an experience. Loved it. It was the perfect way to begin our adventure. We wanted a variety and she delivered. We stayed in a cottage on the water in Fjarabyggd and it happened to be cold, windy, rainy and blustery. It was so perfect and we were able to keep our blinds open and watch the weather through the windows overlooking this amazing water - the view was amazing. Frost and Fire in Hveragerdi was awesome. Loved the town and so glad she chose this little gem for us to stay for two nights. Every hotel choice was perfect - we had fantastic variety and locations.
Excursions !! She hit the nail on the head. Every one of them was perfection. We had the perfect quite the variety; beer bath, Glacier Hike, Geo Spa geothermal pool, Ice Cave tour, Glacier Snowmobile.
Between our excursions we had outlines of the best things to see as we drove around the country.
The driving directions and itinerary was outstanding. Every night we checked the next days activities and picked the can't miss ones !!! We followed right along with the directions in our trip plan. We loved the way the trip plan was broken down with the driving directions, hints (ie: when to book our covid test, dont forget to pay for the toll for the tunnel, etc) accommodations and confirmations for our tours.
It was truly priceless. It allowed us to just enjoy the adventure and not stress about the little things. Thankful for Terry's work and diligence to help us plan the absolute best vacation of our lives.

Activity Reviews

GeoSea Geothermal Baths

Iceland

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This was a great place to visit. We loved the baths, the swim up bar, etc. We ate in a lovely restaurant in the town. Be sure to bring clothes and be ready to shower before and after going into the pools. We brought a towel with us from our hotel. We didn't need a robe. I was shocked that i wasn't freezing getting in and out of the pools. The view of the mountains over the water in the distance does take your breath away.

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Skaftafell Glacier Hike

Iceland

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This hike was very educational . We didn't realize why the lava was on the glacier, etc I loved learning about it. The crampons are interesting to walk with. They will give you those, a helmet and you will wear a harness. Be prepared that you may get hot walking but the guides are so great. They realize that you may want to take off a layer or two. This is a straight hike. You hike from where you check in. There is not drive to the glacier.

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Our guides were great. Super helpful
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Fast Track Ice Cave Tour

Vik

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The cave is beautiful. Our guide was great as well. The notes said that there was a bumpy ride to the cave. Just be prepared because whatever you think is bumpy times it by 10. It was super bumpy as you drive for about a half hour off road. Then you will hike about a half hour to the cave. It is an easy walk. It is gorgeous in the cave. Waterproof pants jackets and shoes really will make life easy.

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Langjokull Glacier Snowmobiling

Iceland

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This was our favorite excursion. You will meet at the meeting spot and drive for one hour up the mountain in ice and snow. Once you get to the hut they will put a complete snowsuit on you with helmet and buff. If you don't have waterproof shoes they have a bootie you can use. The day we went the winds were at least 50mph and it was hailing. Being a Florida girl never on a snowmobile I was second guessing my choice as I watched grown people fall over because the wind was so strong they couldn't even walk. Once we got on the snow mobile and drove for about 5 mintues we got out of the hail storm. It was the most beautiful sights from up there. Truly unforgettable .

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Terry Stanley, local specialist, responded to this review:

Wow, I am absolutely thrilled that you had such an amazing experience! And thank you for the glowing review. It was great working with you both to put together this Icelandic adventure.

Everything we were looking for · Iceland - Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2022

Traveler: Erin J. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

We were so happy with our trip to Iceland. Terry provided a very detailed and easy to follow itinerary. We so appreciated the convenience of having all of our reservations booked for us and easily accessible. The tours, hotels, and rental car were all perfect for our needs. Terry was excellent in communicating and providing helpful information. We will definitely recommend kimkim to those looking to travel to Iceland! read more

We were so happy with our trip to Iceland. Terry provided a very detailed and easy to follow itinerary. We so appreciated the convenience of having all of our reservations booked for us and easily accessible. The tours, hotels, and rental car were all perfect for our needs. Terry was excellent in communicating and providing helpful information. We will definitely recommend kimkim to those looking to travel to Iceland!

Activity Review

Silfra Snorkeling

Iceland

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Our tour guide, AJ was fantastic. He helped us every step and let us know what to expect. The experience was amazing and even though seemed daunting at first was very surreal and easy if you listened to your guide’s tips.

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Terry Stanley, local specialist, responded to this review:

It looks and sounds like you had a truly amazing Icelandic adventure! I'm so happy for you both.
I look forward to you becoming repeat customers. Haha. Terry

Our trip to Iceland was an absolute adventure... · Iceland - Mar 14 - Mar 25, 2022

Traveler: Mary M. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

Our trip to Iceland was an absolute adventure. We experienced true Icelandic weather with a red storm warning on arrival and the whole range of possible conditions after that. This understandably affected our activities/planned tours but Jenny and the kimkim team did an excellent job communicating with us and updating our trip plan. We received very helpful and quick replies to our questions and felt very well supported throughout our trip. Jenny did a great job spacing out planned tours... read more

Our trip to Iceland was an absolute adventure. We experienced true Icelandic weather with a red storm warning on arrival and the whole range of possible conditions after that. This understandably affected our activities/planned tours but Jenny and the kimkim team did an excellent job communicating with us and updating our trip plan. We received very helpful and quick replies to our questions and felt very well supported throughout our trip. Jenny did a great job spacing out planned tours which made it possible to reschedule things as needed. This also gave us plenty of time to do our own hikes and dive into the Iceland landscape at our pace. I’m extremely glad we used kimkim and know that our experience was better because of the knowledge Jenny brought to our trip plan.

Hotel Review

Magma Hotel

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

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We absolutely loved this hotel. The little cabins are more spacious than most hotel rooms. We also got lucky and we’re able to see the northern lights from here!

Tips for future travelers

Food options are limited at this location. There’s one restaurant in town that was excellent though!

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Activity Reviews

Crystal Blue Ice Cave

Iceland

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We loved seeing the ice cave. Our only frustration was with other tourists on the tour who delayed the hike and caused us to spend less time than expected at the location.

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Blue Lagoon

Iceland

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Overall we didn’t think the blue lagoon was worth the money. There are other smaller geothermal baths that are natural and not as crowded with tourists.

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Jenny Booth, local specialist, responded to this review:

You and Patrick certainly experienced some extreme weather during your trip!
We are always on hand to provide support and ensure you have the best experience of Iceland possible, what ever the weather.
It was lovely to have got to know you and I hope you have many fond memories of Iceland to talk about in years to come.

Icelandic discovery adventure! · Iceland - Jun 27 - Jul 4, 2021

Traveler: Judith W. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Everything Preeti did was amazing! We had enough time to explore on our own plus her suggestions of what to see and do made Everything manageable. I cannot recommend her enough!
I would book through her again. She knows this country! Iceland cannot disappoint, but having inside knowledge made it spectacular!

Shannon

Stress Free Family Vacation · Iceland - Feb 20 - Feb 26, 2022

Traveler: Shannon C. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

Jenny was amazing to work with. Despite working with a shorter than ideal planning timeline she found us a truly memorable vacation experience. With a daughter on the autism spectrum our travel needs can sometimes be very specific with a lot of flexibility built in and Jenny found that perfect balance for us. I doubt I’ll ever plan my own vacations again now that I’ve experienced first hand how smooth this process was. She removed the stress of planning and potential travel challenges so all... read more

Jenny was amazing to work with. Despite working with a shorter than ideal planning timeline she found us a truly memorable vacation experience. With a daughter on the autism spectrum our travel needs can sometimes be very specific with a lot of flexibility built in and Jenny found that perfect balance for us. I doubt I’ll ever plan my own vacations again now that I’ve experienced first hand how smooth this process was. She removed the stress of planning and potential travel challenges so all we had to do was enjoy our time as a family.

Activity Reviews

Horse Riding Tour

Iceland

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We loved the horse riding experience through the snowy fields. Toni, our guide was great; friendly and knowledgeable.

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Crystal Blue Ice Cave

Iceland

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This was a fun and informative trip. My kids were less than pleased with the distance we had to walk to get to the ice cave but our guide made it all worthwhile once we got there. He engaged the kids personally in some of the things he was showing all of us and made sure they were having fun. The cave itself was beautiful to see but sad to think about how the glacier keeps getting smaller each year. We were all glad we got a chance to see it.

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Neat to ride in the giant 4x4 but VERY bumpy. Almost like being in a boat so if you typically get motion sick you may want to plan accordingly.
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Jenny Booth, local specialist, responded to this review:

Shannon, It was so nice to get to know you through kimkim and thank you for allowing me to plan your special family trip. I am so glad all the family had a wonderful experience in Iceland, and despite the storms you came away with happy memories and beautiful photos.

Iceland · Iceland - Nov 20 - Nov 26, 2021

Traveler: Faiza M. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

Terry did an amazing job planning our trip to Iceland! I would highly recommend!

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Terry Stanley, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Faiza! It was such a pleasure working with you both and planning your honeymoon. Enjoy your memories!

Summer

Lovely fall trip to Iceland · Iceland - Sep 21 - Oct 2, 2021

Traveler: Summer A. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

My parents and I had an amazing 2-week vacation in Iceland!! This was my third time visiting, but it was my first time driving the Ring Road; it was also my parents' first time visiting. Preeti was an exceptional agent to work with. We initially planned to travel in May 2020, but COVID-19 altered that. Once we decided to go in September 2021, Preeti was able to get everything arranged without difficulty. We loved all the hotels and excursions she arranged for us. It was so nice to have... read more

My parents and I had an amazing 2-week vacation in Iceland!! This was my third time visiting, but it was my first time driving the Ring Road; it was also my parents' first time visiting. Preeti was an exceptional agent to work with. We initially planned to travel in May 2020, but COVID-19 altered that. Once we decided to go in September 2021, Preeti was able to get everything arranged without difficulty. We loved all the hotels and excursions she arranged for us. It was so nice to have someone else responsible for the details so we could just enjoy the trip stress-free. Her colleagues Michele and Halldor were also helpful. Iceland is such a beautiful country, and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the different regions. It is truly magical and honestly one of my favorite destinations in the world. We're already looking forward to our next trip!!

..Iceland tour Oct 2021 · Iceland - Sep 30 - Oct 6, 2021

Traveler: Joan H. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We were on our own having a rental car for 7 days. Our walking is limited so we asked Preeti to consider that while putting our itinerary together. We missed a few sights due to walking and a few due to torrential rain and wind. The weather is unpredictable so we were disappointed that it was too cloudy at night to see the Northern Lights. That’s the negative. The positive was the spectacular scenery right out the car window, the amazing geothermal baths, a fabulous helicopter ride into the... read more

We were on our own having a rental car for 7 days. Our walking is limited so we asked Preeti to consider that while putting our itinerary together. We missed a few sights due to walking and a few due to torrential rain and wind. The weather is unpredictable so we were disappointed that it was too cloudy at night to see the Northern Lights. That’s the negative. The positive was the spectacular scenery right out the car window, the amazing geothermal baths, a fabulous helicopter ride into the volcano that had been active for months prior to our visit. We were happier that it was inactive so we could get a really close look. The overnight stay at the Retreat at the Blue Lagoon was worth every cent, although the sulphur smell (from geothermal water source) at night in our room was pretty nauseating. The endless lava fields were awesome in the surrounding area we were in. I’m sorry we didn’t arrange more time in Reykjavik but we will next time. The food was good , we tried reindeer burgers that were great and the morning breakfasts at the hotels were mostly good.
I think our itinerary of the Golden Circle and South was pretty standard fare but Preeti really spent a lot of time with me to try to individualize the tour for us as non-walkers, considering most tourists are hiking trails and glaciers. I would be very comfortable contacting KimKim and Preeti for another trip.

Gina

Absolutely amazing team · Iceland - Sep 13 - Sep 27, 2021

Traveler: Gina O. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

I had a wonderful 2 weeks trip with my son in Iceland. Many thanks to Jenny, Preeti and the team. Especially to Jenny, thank you so much for being there and helped me through everything.

Me and Sean were having some problems pre-depature after everything been booked up, I was panicking but of course and thankfully Jenny 'saved my life' Jenny and the team were absolutely amazingly, they worked so hard to rearrange the whole trip again for me in such a short time.

Communicate with Jenny... read more

I had a wonderful 2 weeks trip with my son in Iceland. Many thanks to Jenny, Preeti and the team. Especially to Jenny, thank you so much for being there and helped me through everything.

Me and Sean were having some problems pre-depature after everything been booked up, I was panicking but of course and thankfully Jenny 'saved my life' Jenny and the team were absolutely amazingly, they worked so hard to rearrange the whole trip again for me in such a short time.

Communicate with Jenny through kim kim website was easy and simple. I am very happy with the service and thanks once again for everything all of you did for me and Sean to be able to enjoy Iceland.

Wonderful team, thank you.

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Jenny Booth, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gina,
Thank you so much for your lovely review and photos!
You are very welcome, I am so happy that you both had a fantastic trip.

Great Trip! · Iceland - Sep 30 - Oct 8, 2021

Traveler: Barbara M. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

This was our second trip planned by KimKim and our second great success with them. The first one was two years ago in Norway and this time in Iceland. Preeti did a wonderful job of connecting with us to find out what our specifics were in terms of arrivals and departures and what we wanted to see and how we wanted to experience Iceland. She put together a great itinerary that met all of our needs, reserved very comfortable hotels with a large breakfast each morning. She and her associate were... read more

This was our second trip planned by KimKim and our second great success with them. The first one was two years ago in Norway and this time in Iceland. Preeti did a wonderful job of connecting with us to find out what our specifics were in terms of arrivals and departures and what we wanted to see and how we wanted to experience Iceland. She put together a great itinerary that met all of our needs, reserved very comfortable hotels with a large breakfast each morning. She and her associate were available to us during our stay, to answer any questions we had. Iceland is a fantastic country with so much to experience. We love traveling independently and yet appreciate the expertise of local people helping us plan all the details! We highly recommend Preeti and her staff and will definitely use Kimkim again when traveling around the world. Thanks for a great trip.

Rachel

Michele is the BEST!! · Iceland - Sep 19 - Sep 27, 2021

Traveler: Rachel M. - Local specialist: Michele Bardasi

Michele planned such a perfect trip around Iceland! He really helped us find the "off the beaten path" gems. He selected great activities and hotels and really listened to what we were looking for! We even have the good fortune of an incredible northern lights display. We especially enjoyed the time we spent in eastern and northern parts of Iceland; away from some of the "crowds" of the golden circle and Reykjavik. Iceland was our favorite trip we have taken! We highly recommend Michele!

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Michele Bardasi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you!

Exceptional PlanningPreeti was my Iceland specialist who planned ... · Iceland - Sep 18 - Oct 6, 2021

Traveler: allan d. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti was my Iceland specialist who planned and organized our trip for two over many months. Preeti was exceptional. Unfortunately, she can’t control the weather. If anyone could though, it would be Preeti. We were away for 19 days returning Oct 6/21 and toured the country counter-clockwise with an emphasis on great hiking opportunities. It was a very busy itinerary. All of our many bookings- car, hotels, ferry, glacier hike, etc., went through without any glitches and all met with the... read more

Preeti was my Iceland specialist who planned and organized our trip for two over many months. Preeti was exceptional. Unfortunately, she can’t control the weather. If anyone could though, it would be Preeti. We were away for 19 days returning Oct 6/21 and toured the country counter-clockwise with an emphasis on great hiking opportunities. It was a very busy itinerary. All of our many bookings- car, hotels, ferry, glacier hike, etc., went through without any glitches and all met with the expectations that Preeti described for us. Whatever didn’t turn out as planned was due solely to the weather but we were able to make the best of the bad days regardless. There were too many highlights to single out only a few from the many activities and sights Preeti selected for us. I won’t be talking about this trip without praising Preeti and the ease of dealing with kimkim. Many thanks to both.
Allan

Aneri

Fantastic way to self-drive and see Iceland! · Iceland - Sep 25 - Oct 3, 2021

Traveler: Aneri P. - Local specialist: Michele Bardasi

My husband and I felt very taken care of in planning ring road trip. Essentially Michele did everything for us, booked the car, hotels, created maps and driving routes, and stops for us to see. We are both busy professionals and the fact that we didn't really have to think about this trip until we landed in Iceland was absolutely perfect and we enjoyed exploring the itinerary on a day to day basis. The hotels were also really nice and comfortable. Thank you Michele!

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Michele Bardasi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks to you both!

Ease of Mind · Iceland - Sep 18 - Sep 26, 2021

Traveler: Kelsey H. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

Booking the trip through KimKim made for much more peace of mind leading up to and during our travels. We were able to speak with our specialist Terry prior to booking and she made a specialized itinerary based on our interests. I didn’t have to worry about what I didn’t know when going to a foreign county because she and she folks on the ground in Iceland took care of all the bookings and scheduling and even gave us driving directions. When one of our tours was cancelled due to weather we... read more

Booking the trip through KimKim made for much more peace of mind leading up to and during our travels. We were able to speak with our specialist Terry prior to booking and she made a specialized itinerary based on our interests. I didn’t have to worry about what I didn’t know when going to a foreign county because she and she folks on the ground in Iceland took care of all the bookings and scheduling and even gave us driving directions. When one of our tours was cancelled due to weather we were able to call and have them handle rescheduling for us. All in all made for a much more relaxing vacation, and I would definitely do it again and recommend the service to others. Thanks Terry and the KimKim team!!

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Terry Stanley, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Kelsey and Elise! It was my pleasure creating your customized trip to Iceland. The pictures of your Icelandic adventure are amazing.

Wow 🤩 wow and again wow Iceland 🇮🇸 trip 2021 · Iceland - Sep 5 - Sep 22, 2021

Traveler: hanoch f. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Wow 🤩 wow and again wow
It’s not easy to summarize 17 days of trip from the dreams to few sentences.
First kimkim company and platform is amazing.
We have been looking for some time solution like this and we are happy that we have found kimkim.
We love travel on our own so Kimkim give us the option to do what we love without all the headaches of planning and checking and not knowing the country enough
So no mistakes with great planned trip.

Now about 🇮🇸 Iceland - we send huge thanks to... read more

Wow 🤩 wow and again wow
It’s not easy to summarize 17 days of trip from the dreams to few sentences.
First kimkim company and platform is amazing.
We have been looking for some time solution like this and we are happy that we have found kimkim.
We love travel on our own so Kimkim give us the option to do what we love without all the headaches of planning and checking and not knowing the country enough
So no mistakes with great planned trip.

Now about 🇮🇸 Iceland - we send huge thanks to preeti the travel agent that kimkim set us with.
She is amazing - she asked us what is the purpose of the trip and the. We had ping pong of few weeks u trip the trip plan was tailor made to our needs
She realy understand what we were looking for and gave us great trip plan
Now with the trip plan and the great platform of kimkim every thing was smooth like planned
We didn’t have problems the time of places we visit according to the plan was accurate like she did it and know when we need to wake up in the morning and that we will finish every day plan by time
I can write alot about preeti service
She was there all the way even when we were at Iceland and ice cave and the tour was not private as planned so she took care of money refund
So you know u have someone u can count.
One last thing
It was COVID 19 days and regulation make everything more complicated
But kimkim was flexible with us with payments and refund policy
So because of that we made all reservations with kimkim and it was the best choice that we did.

I realy recommend traveling with kimkim
I think it’s the best way to explore new lands
With clear mind .

Thanks again kimkim and preeti for trip from legends
Fransis family 2021 Iceland 🇮🇸 trip

This is the second trip we've done through Ki... · Iceland - Sep 18 - Sep 24, 2021

Traveler: stephanie g. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

This is the second trip we've done through Kimkim and the experience has been phenomenal. Specifically with this trip, Preeti was fabulous, checking in on us, updating us on weather conditions. We had a wonderful time!

All 4 of us had a great time during our trip ... · Iceland - Sep 10 - Sep 20, 2021

Traveler: K J. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

All 4 of us had a great time during our trip to Iceland. Preeti did a great job allocating our time as we traveled around Iceland. She tried very hard to help us see some interesting events, like fall sheep and horse round ups which would be very difficult for a visitor to find. All of the hotels were attractive, clean and comfortable with great breakfasts.
The downside of the hotels is that they were almost uniformly located significantly out of town, making it more difficult to eat... read more

All 4 of us had a great time during our trip to Iceland. Preeti did a great job allocating our time as we traveled around Iceland. She tried very hard to help us see some interesting events, like fall sheep and horse round ups which would be very difficult for a visitor to find. All of the hotels were attractive, clean and comfortable with great breakfasts.
The downside of the hotels is that they were almost uniformly located significantly out of town, making it more difficult to eat dinner outside of the hotel. Sometimes the more remote location was necessary to allow us to see a sight, but perhaps more of a mix of in town and remote locations. The in car wifi worked great most of the time with the travel routes that Preeti built for us. There was one hotel in an area where the google maps didn't work well, causing us to do a lot of repetitive driving and searching. We suggest that some of the more challenging roads be identified in the trip notes. As a few examples, Beserker road is pretty challenging, and longer than one might think to drive it all, and the Oxi road is on the route as the shortest path, but it was not clear, without additional research, that this road is not recommended in adverse weather. It was a great trip. We are satisfied with Kim Kim and Preeti's services.

Mike

Our trip to Iceland was truly memorable-highly recommend Kimkim and Halldor · Iceland - Aug 19 - Sep 5, 2021

Traveler: Mike S. - Local specialist: Halldor Bjarkason

Our trip to Iceland was truly memorable! Halldor from Kimkim organized a trip tailored for our requests which included lots of hiking and experiencing the more remote, less crowded areas of Iceland. The trip he arranged was a perfect fit for us. We really appreciated his recommendation to head to the Westfjords and include a 3 day "glamping" trip in the Hornstrandir National Park-spectacular scenery and families of arctic foxes who are not shy and came right up to our feet to play. We also... read more

Our trip to Iceland was truly memorable! Halldor from Kimkim organized a trip tailored for our requests which included lots of hiking and experiencing the more remote, less crowded areas of Iceland. The trip he arranged was a perfect fit for us. We really appreciated his recommendation to head to the Westfjords and include a 3 day "glamping" trip in the Hornstrandir National Park-spectacular scenery and families of arctic foxes who are not shy and came right up to our feet to play. We also really enjoyed Stefan, our guide on a one day hike in the Westfjords. He was a wealth of information and we learned so much about the culture, language and history of Iceland. We loved the 6 day Laugavegur hut to hut hike across stunning scenery. We made great friends from around the world in the huts every night. We will never forget the brilliant green of the moss against the contrast of the black lava mountains and the spectacular color palette of the scenery. We even thought the water everywhere, from every tap, was the best we had ever tasted!

In addition to Halldor accurately selecting just the right places for us and an itinerary that went smoothly, he even made last minute changes to our plans while in Iceland due to some unexpected circumstances. We would highly recommend our trip to Iceland, Kimkim and our local specialist Halldor!

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Halldor Bjarkason, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks a lot for the review, and all the great photos from your trip!

Loved our itinerary and Preeti was wonderful ... · Iceland - Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2021

Traveler: Kelly W. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Loved our itinerary and Preeti was wonderful before and during our trip.

Iceland in All It's Beauty!! · Iceland - Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2021

Traveler: Margo B. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Just returned from the most spectacular trip to Iceland, using KimKim and its self-guided itinerary. We worked on the trip via email with KimKim's local travel specialist Preeti, based in Islafjordur. She knew the country well and helped our group of six women plan a 7-day off-the-beaten-path self-drive adventure to Iceland's gorgeous Arctic Coast. KimKim planned for us whale watching, horseback riding, geothermal spa visits, guided hikes to volcanoes, stays at great hotels and delicious... read more

Just returned from the most spectacular trip to Iceland, using KimKim and its self-guided itinerary. We worked on the trip via email with KimKim's local travel specialist Preeti, based in Islafjordur. She knew the country well and helped our group of six women plan a 7-day off-the-beaten-path self-drive adventure to Iceland's gorgeous Arctic Coast. KimKim planned for us whale watching, horseback riding, geothermal spa visits, guided hikes to volcanoes, stays at great hotels and delicious meals (Naustio in Husavik is amazing!). It was an itinerary of gorgeous sites and activities that made us all fall in love with Iceland. Preeti worked within our budget and was incredibly responsive. Everything worked perfectly when we arrived. I highly recommend KimKim for Iceland, and will use them for future trips.