Dale DoudnaUnited States
Igvars, definitely showed us the highlights of the Tollroad. The scenery was spectacular and Igvars showed us things other travelers didn't get to see. arranged for us to get access to the interior of an old church. Bus tours only got to view the outside of the church. He also arranged for Norwegian snacks and lunch. It was a delightful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure:)))
Cyndi TymoffUnited States
Igvars was a walking encyclopedia of the geography, history, language and local politics. In addition, he had a wonderful sense of humor and was a joy to be with! We would definitely use him again if we are back in the area and will recommend him to friends and family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure to be part:))))
Angela ChalmersUnited States
Igvars kept us entertained all day with both his knowledge of the places we visited and his general knowledge of life in Norway which he shared with us. Getting a personal view of these broad range of issues is what makes these tours special, in our view. He shared his precious strawberries and raspberries with us after we expressed amazement at the flavour when he gave us a taste - above and beyond for service. Very passionate about his subjects which makes sure the visitor gets maximum value on the tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: happy to share and Thank You!
I highly recommend Igvars tour . It was an amazing tour through the fiords and Trollstigen . Igvars was very knowledgeable and responded to all of our requests to make the tour more personal . The scenery was breathtaking and the pancakes in Norway are delicious .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You, I felt amazing yesterday to spend day with You!
Mark T.Carmichael, CA, United States
WOW! Had the VERY best day with Igvars from Calm Giant Tours. I'd give more than 5 stars, if allowed! Met in Geiranger, and we were off for a wondrous day. In addition to being so knowledgeable, his character, wanderlust, enthusiasm, and joy were a thrill to be around. As requested, crammed so much into the 8 hours we had. So many beautiful sights shared by someone who truly loves traveling and discovering people and places. Too much memorable conversation to retell here. Sour cream porridge to die for!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ahhh, You are my award winners as my guests from 2019...and more, You know, such a great day and memories...forever
Catherine StephensUnited States
Igvars provided SO much more than a tour to our group of four. He represents Ålesund and Tours by Locals in exemplary fashion. We so enjoyed his knowledge of the area and his charming personality. We saw so many beautiful sights. Having our lunch cooked for us by Igvars while sitting near a stunning waterfall was an unexpected and delightful treat. Igvars went above and beyond to make sure our group had an extraordinary day. Thank you, thank you! Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are like friends from first sight! My pleasure.
Emily BaraschUnited States
Iggy was the coolest guide! He showed us such special, sublimely beautiful spots, was super easy to be with, and made this part of our trip so memorable... He's a total gem - don't miss this bucket list, once in a lifetime experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure to be part in Your life!
Sharon MorrisUnited States
Very enjoyable & educational tour with Igvars. We were on Hurtigruten cruise but we wanted to know more and see more of Alesund than the cruise ship offered. Igvars took us in his car to several great sites, giving us history and information on Norway society as we drove. We were able to walk at our pace through the various sites. We visited historical sites and churches as well as islands where we had delicious soup and lingonberry cake. We would book with him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure:)
Philip FleischmannUnited States
excellent tour, accommodating guide thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: All best to You!
Mary GrantUnited States
The tour was excellent. We really enjoyed our guide, Igvars, the fun and interesting commentary, and the opportunities to see the amazing scenery and learn about the culture of the area (the strawberries were delicious!). It was a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure to spend day with You!
Melissa GoodmanUnited States
This tour exceeded our expectations. Iggy was FANTASTIC and helped us learn about Norway and the culture here. He made efforts to make it very personal. It was a MUCH better experience then the same tour off the cruise using cruise lines tour and MUCH cheaper. We made several fantastic stops which included a stop in a small town for pancakes and fresh strawberries. He even grilled us lunch on a single use charcoal grill of Norwegian burgers and wings with sheep salami and brown cheese. It was WONDERFUL!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great time with Your family, Thank You!
Elmer W.United States
Igvars met us as agreed upon and gave us a wonderful tour of Alesund and included areas of special concern to our group of 8. He then passed us off to another driver/guide who conducted the remainder of the tour to Alnes and the lighthouse and other interesting points. The highlight of this part was a Norwegian picnic lunch. This part also included a stop at a monument of special personal interest to one of our group members--a monument commemorating his 32nd great grandfather.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You, Elmer, would be happy to understand what You did not like to be not 4 but 5 star next time:)))
Ben LynsterUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Laurie ScherUnited States
Igvars - or Iggy as he suggested - provided a delightful tour of Alesund and Alnes. He was knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. There was a lot to see, but we never felt rushed. Great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are great part of one day in my life :)))
Cameron P.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure:) thank You for appreciate my job :)
Nancy ElfrinkUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure to meet You!
Bill ShawUnited States
Definitely a 5 Star tour! Was very pleased with Guide! Flexible and knowledgeable! Also had a great driver! There were four of us on the tour and all agreed that the experience met and exceeded our expectations!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: what a great possibility to meet "Dallas" team :) my pleasure.
Susan BerkwittUnited States
What a fantastic guide Igvars is! Fjords, mountains and valleys we saw are of incomparable beauty, however Igvars made our trip even more fantastic with careful, smart choices about where to go when to avoid crowded spots, giving us exactly the mixture of fabulous views and hiking that our group wanted, and knowing excellent restaurant choices. Igvars made the trip so fun, and he is kind, compassionate, has a great sense of humor and is fully accomodating to his visitors' choices - goes the extra mile!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure to be with You, it was like flying time for me...
Carole T FujiokaUnited States
Igvars was a wonderful guide. He adapted our tour a couple of days prior to meeting so that we could do a bird watching trip on Runde rather than doing the Trollroad. We would have missed this opportunity had he not made a special request of the boat captain and even had the boat return to the dock to pick us up. He is very knows the area very well and was extremely personable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My Ladies, pleasure to meet You in person:)))
Gary P.United States
Igvars gave my family and I a wonderful tour! He was very accommodating to our wishes. For example, he was amenable to my request to see the Troll Wall (instead of Aksla viewpoint), and also showed us various amazing viewpoints that we wouldn't have been able to see on a regular bus tour. Thank you very much for a memorable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: my pleasure to share the day with Your family :)
Igvars provided us with an excellent tour. Lots of fun but also a lot of information about what we saw. He was flexible in his route and took us on roads that the bus tours don't travel. We would highly recommend Igvars as a tour guide on any tour that one might book with him. He is organized, on time and knows when to stop for breaks and asks whether you want to stop or not (i.e. not when 20 buses stopped at the same spot - just go a little further and stop close by). We enjoyed his joie de vivre.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh my dear friends, Your group is now in my life:))) happy
Robert SmithMount Airy, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Igvars showed us lovely scenery on a very foggy and cloudy day that was punctuated by periods of rain. He spent a bit too much time trying to show us a cloud shrouded glacier. To my surprise, however, after a bit of editing, I was able to produce a fairly decent photo of the previously hidden glacier. I guess that he intuitively took us to the ideal spot for taking that original photo. Thanks, Igvars, for a good tour, and I hope that your future guests will experience better weather than we did.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pleasure to be with You, Robert
Sharon ClaytonUnited States
This tour gave us A wonderful intimate view of Norway. Our guide gave us details of the life in Norway. In addition we were able to see many things not accessible by bus. Igvars was delightful. He shared local treats, took us to two lovely restaurants, both very different, for snacks. The mountains, waterfalls, lakes and fjords are breathtaking. So glad we took this tour. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One of my favourite guests in 2019 and found a lot similar to my way of a living, amazing day with You, Sharon and Roger!
Patricia HennessyUnited States
We had a great day with Igvars. He was punctual and eager to show us the beauty of Norway. The tour was well paced with frequent breaks. Igvars has a great sense of humor and was able to explain what we were seeing easily. He was also flexible and willing to stop for photos whenever we asked. We would highly recommend him for anyone who is interested in seeing the natural beauty of Norway.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad to spend day with You :)
James BeckUnited States
just what we desired, heard about history, flexible, it was raining a little so we started in car first, and learned about living in Norway.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great day with You, to get real-life experience from Your living habits as well, Thank You for sharing day with me!
Great local tour guide :D Thank you for giving us a fantastic trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to make You happy :)))
Mary ThompsonUnited States
Igvars was just what we were looking for! A local tour guide! Igvars communicated prior to our tour and was very prompt for our pick up. We enjoy every minute of this tour and his knowledge. We would recommend this tour to any of our family or friends! Thank you for a wonderful day! Mary & Steve Barb & Mike
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So happy to be part of Your life and living journey :)
Igvars - informative, good conversation, attuned to our priorities, all ferry crossings were met on time, very safe driver (rain squalls were frequent), had a plan B for unexpected road closure, took us to superb views and very interesting eateries, undertook a special delivery of item left in car. New car was very comfortable for an all day itinerary. Addressed all our email queries before booking. Service better than exceptional, deserves 5+ stars. It was a pleasure meeting Igvars.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My dear Friends, big pleasure to meet You!
Harold HarrisUnited States
What a great tour! Igvars is a wonderful guide! He delivers a great balance of the major tourist sites and off the beaten path places to explore. You can tell from the minute you meet him that you're in for a fun filled day. His love of Norway, nature, and giving these tours is evident immediately. We were a group of 5 adults of various ages and everyone agreed that this tour was the highlight of visiting Norway. I can't recommend this tour and Igvars enough! I wish there were more than 5 stars to give!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My favorite New Yorkers!!!