Our Mad Goats Tribe!

Did you know that goats are tribe animals? No, literally, a group of goats is called “a tribe”.

We believe we are stronger together and it’s sure as hell more fun!


akerselva kayak guide


Instructor & Guide

sit on top kayak


Musician, Comedian, Instructor & Guide

paddling sukkerbiten


Driver & GoatFather


Goat Chieftan


Baby Goat Trainer


Goat Herder

Filip Johansson


Mountain Goat

river kayak guide training


Guide & Raft Builder

Rasta Thug


Rescue Dog

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!

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!

Tomas HanssonFounder of Mad Goats


Mad Goats is all about having fun on the water! We provide sea kayak, river kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) tours, courses and rentals in and around Oslo, Nøtterøy and Sjoa.

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 to experience this for yourself!

All our instructors are certified by the Norwegian Paddle Association and have many years of 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!

We are proud partners of Akerselva Padleklubb and Fjord CleanUP, two organisations very dear to our hearts and aligned with our values.

Fjord Clean Up

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 the Fjord CleanUP was born.

We still team up every week with Oslo Fjord Spa and Fjord CleanUP for fjord clean ups. We take out a group on kayaks and 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 social, useful and fun all in one!

This is open to everyone to join… and you get a free sauna and soup afterwards to warm up! This has become Inner Oslofjord’s largest and most consistent voluntary cleaning effort – in fact it has become very popular so you need to sign up in advance at Eventbrite.