Mad Goats are sociable, adaptable and resilient creatures and, above all, we always have fun on the water! We provide sea kayak, river kayak and and stand up paddleboard (SUP) tours, courses and rentals in and around Oslo. We are perhaps best known for our guided paddle tour down the Akerselva river, right through the heart of Oslo, but we also run courses for beginners right through to advanced. Few things match the feeling of freedom you have on the water and we want you to be able experience this for yourself!
We are Mad Goats! Meeeeaaaahhhh!!!
All our instructors are certified by the Norwegian Paddle Association and have many years experience teaching paddling and other outdoor activities. We pride ourselves on a high-level of competence in paddle sports, outdoor leadership and safety – as well as making sure you have an awesome time with us out on the water!
It’s all in the name!
What do mad goats have to do with paddling, you wonder? The idea of Mad Goats came about when Tomas was walking up a river (in his home-country, New Zealand) with a kayak on his back. When he heard wild goats bleating up on a mountainside, he started to bleat back. Finally, Tomas was so good at bleating, that the goats answered him! Goats have the qualities we believe are important in the outdoors and for life in general. They are smart, fun, adaptable and tough. #goatlife is about having a lot of fun and living life to the fullest!
Our Mad Goats Tribe!
Goat wisdom: "Goats don't take the easy path, they take the interesting one."
Paddle love: "Kayaking allows me to satisfy my curiosity for the natural world, while experiencing epic landscapes and exercising at the same time. While you breathe in a lungful of fresh sea air, your kayak cuts smoothly through the waves, and you lose yourself in a perfect moment - let’s go kayaking! ?”
Goat wisdom: "Never give up. Never surrender."
Our Awesome Partners
Goats are tribe animals – no literally, a group of goats is called “a tribe”. We believe we are stronger together and that co-operation is an important ingredient for success. Here you will find our fantastic partners. We work with these groups for a variety of reasons: cleaning up plastic and rubbish from the waterways; providing paddling activities to those who need it most; and generally working to combine business with social and environmental responsibility. #goattribe
The Future is Floating!
Mad Goats is currently working on a new paddle storage solution. After the huge success with our first kayak raft (currently beside the Oslo Opera House) we have decided to pursue this concept further. Moving our operation onto the water makes us a lot more flexible when it comes to positioning and is a more sustainable solution.
At the moment we are working together with Greenwaves, Åretak, Akerselva Padleklubb and the Akerselva Trebåt Forening to find a way where we can share storage room in Bjørvika and create a water activity hub. We will make sure there is enough room for changing, storage, and chilling – stay tuned!
It's time to unify!
True to our tribal goat nature, Mad Goats is working hard to bring all like-minded water users under the same banner. Together we will create a sustainable, accessible and affordable fjord life for all. Most of our partners above are onboard and if you are interested in contributing in anyway to our vision, you are welcome to join our tribe!
After many years working down at the waterfront we can feel the beginning of a really positive shift, where all parties are starting to collaborate and help one another. We are, of course, much stronger together, and in this age of radical social and environmental turmoil we must stand as one, now more than ever!
Vikings and Goats!
This year we have teamed up with the wonder Marius Løkse from Åretak Røklubb. We are responsible for commercialising his operation by providing rowboat rentals, courses and tours within the Inner Oslo Fjord. Now Mad Goats is truly able to offer contemporary and historical paddling activities in Bjørvika, suitable for all ages and fitness levels! Find out more under “other activities” on the main menu above.
Corporate Clean ups!
For many years, Mad Goats has been picking plastic and trash out of the waterways around Oslo, particularly in Akerselva and Oslofjord. In fact this is how corporate clean ups was born. We take out a company group on kayaks or stand up paddleboards to pick up plastic and other rubbish from the water and waterside. The amazing thing about this concept is that it is team building, useful and contributes towards your company’s green profile all in one!
We also still team up with our friends and partners GreenBoats and Oslo Badstuforening for weekly fjord clean ups. This is open to everyone to join… and you get a free sauna afterwards to warm up! This initiative has become very popular so you need to sign up in advance at Eventbrite. #fjordcleanup