Mad Goats Paddling provides sea kayak & SUP tours, rentals and courses in central Oslo. Amongst other things, we are known for our famous guided paddle tour down the Akerselva river, right through the heart of Oslo. Few things match the feeling of freedom you have on the water. We want you to experience this with us!
We are Mad Goats – and we always have fun on the water!
All our instructors/guides are approved by the Norwegian Paddle Association, and have through many courses and long experience reached a high-level of competence in paddle sports, outdoor leadership and safety.
Mad Goat’s Paddling History
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. #GOATTRIBE
The Mad Goat Tribe!
To me, kayaking is like a stew. Kayaking itself may be the vegetables and meat to the stew, but an understanding of the coastal-culture, history and foraging from nature are the seasoning to the stew – otherwise, it would just be flavourless.
Our Awesome Partners
Goats are tribe animals – no literally, a group of goats is called “a tribe”. We believe we are stronger together. Cooperation is also an important ingredient for success for everyone. Here you will find our fantastic partners. We work with these groups for a variety of reasons: cleaning up garbage from the waterways, providing volunteer paddling activities to those who need it most, and generally working to combine business with social and environmental responsibility. #goatlife is about having a lot of fun and living life to the fullest – we want to include you in that!
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 more centralised paddle/boat 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 years Mad Goats has been picking trash out of the waterways around Oslo: Akerselva and Oslo Fjord. This year we thought, why not includes companies in this initiative? – this is how corporate clean ups was born. In a nutshell, we take a company out kayaking or stand up paddling with the intention to pick up plastic from the water and waterside. The amazing thing about this concept is that it is team building, cleaning up the environment and creating a green profile for your company all in one! Find out more under “private events” in the main menu above.