Trip of a lifetime! :D
Iceland | Sep 10 - Sep 19, 2022

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Bojan B.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

We have returned to London after a trip of a lifetime in Iceland. We wanted to say a huge thank you to Lisbet and the team for such an unforgettable holiday. Iceland is so breathtakingly beautiful and unique; we were lucky to have your experience and guidance to help us enjoy it! We’re both well-travelled but had never used a service like Kim Kim’s until now and we know that without your expert guidance, planning and speedy assistance, we wouldn’t have gotten as much out of Iceland had we... read more

We have returned to London after a trip of a lifetime in Iceland. We wanted to say a huge thank you to Lisbet and the team for such an unforgettable holiday. Iceland is so breathtakingly beautiful and unique; we were lucky to have your experience and guidance to help us enjoy it! We’re both well-travelled but had never used a service like Kim Kim’s until now and we know that without your expert guidance, planning and speedy assistance, we wouldn’t have gotten as much out of Iceland had we planned the trip on our own. Your help in planning the days so we got the most out of it was excellent. Every day was packed with lots of activities and options yet felt nicely balanced. You also adapted quickly when we asked for adjustments or when we felt like we needed a break.

Asking us to pick the most memorable spots is probably like asking someone to pick a favourite child, but off the top of our heads our favourites were: Studlagil Hike, Reykladur Hike + warm river, glacier kayaking, glacier hiking, and Myvatn Nature Baths. The driving was also amazing, but like I say too many places to list!

Hotel Reviews
The Greenhouse Hotel
Hveragerdi

Superb spot to spend our first two nights in Icleand, and the favourite of the bunch for one of the two travellers. Especially appreciated the roominess, staff, and location. Very stylish, too!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Super convenient - one of the few places that was proper walking distance to useful things like a bakery, other restaurants, etc.
Staff
Just wonderful - even gave us free sandwiches when were at a loss where to get dinner one night!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Great all around. The room was perhaps not as full of character as the other places we stayed, but very comfortable and clean. Probably the best breakfast of the lot of hotels we stayed at :D Also had cool design in the reception/lobby area.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Fine - close enough to the ring road and nothing much we were going to see in the nearby town anyway, so proximity to highway was what really mattered here.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
Myvatn

The favourite hotel of the bunch of one of the two travellers. Loved just how stylish everything was, the breakfast was superb, and the room to me just felt like it had the most style/character of the bunch. Only wish is that it was perhaps slightly bigger.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Great - very easy and quick drive to all of the main points of interest in the area.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Duus
Reykjanesbær

This was a lovely place to stay and, relative to the other places we stayed, had the bonus of having a couple of "airport hotel" amenities, such as a shuttle to the airport (which we did not use) and breakfast from as early as 4 am (which we definitely did use, as our flight was at 8:30 am). Also liked having the adjacent cafe as our own breakfast room for the early breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Room definitely felt like it was converted from areas initially made for other purposes, so the layout was a bit strange, but there's nothing really of substance to fault here!
Location
Very quick drive to the airport as well as main points of interest in Keflavik.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Brunnhóll Country Guesthouse
Höfn

A lovely spot full of character and with great amenities. Great service from staff and nearby to some small baths facilities !

Authenticity & Character
One can tell that this place grew up as a family-run business. Felt very homely, yet stylish and without sacrificing anything on the amenities front.
Location
Just off the ring road, but might be better if it was slightly closer to Hofn. We found we had to backtrack to the hotel after visiting Hofn.
Staff
Extra bonus points for telling us where to find a particular kind of beer in Hofn !
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Laugarbakki
Hvammstangi

Great all around, loved the very large room and windows to be able to take in the views outside! Useful as a kind of halfway point between Akuyreri and Reykjavik

Authenticity & Character
Location
Nearest we could tell, this place largely trades on being halfway between Akuyreri and Reykjavik. That was useful for us as a stopping off point!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Hallormsstadur
Egilsstadir

Great place all around!

Authenticity & Character
Room lacked a bit of character but was very comfortable!
Location
Added bonus here - forest walks possible right from the hotel!
Staff
Receptionist and restaurant staff were the loveliest, most helpful people!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Jokulsarlon Glacier Kayaking Adventure
Iceland

One of the absolute highlights of the journey and something I have never experienced elsewhere. Just an amazing experience coupled with top-notch service.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Nothing to improve! Guide was very clear, witty, and informative.
Transport
Not much to comment on here, as we drove ourselves to the activity and there was a walk from the check-in to the kayaking jumping off point.
Solheimajokull Glacier Hike
Iceland

Amazing experience and unique to be able to hike a glacier also covered with volcanic ash/dirt! Unforgettable stuff :)

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Provided a lot of great information around what made this glacier experience unique
Transport
Nothing much to comment on here - we drove ourselves to the starting point and otherwise it was a walk from the check-in to the glacier.
Myvatn Nature Baths
Lake Myvatn

We did this at the end of a long, wonderful day and it was just spectacular. So many delightful moments, from getting a beer from a bar on the lagoon itself, to resting while leaning on a rock (putting beer on said rock) and admiring the sunset over the lake in the distance. Totally dreamy.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Lisbet Grönvaldt
Lisbet
Lisbet Grönvaldt
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Thank you, Bojan and Lee for this beautiful review! I'm so happy with how your trip turned out and it was a pleasure helping you put it together.