Kayaking in Oslo – Why is everyone talking about it!?

Everything you need to know about kayaking in Oslo!

Kayaking in Oslo is an exhilarating and fun way to explore the city’s beautiful waterways. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced kayaker, there are plenty of options for you to enjoy the thrill of paddling through the city and on the Oslo Fjord.

First, here are some keywords for internationals so you can understand the Norwegian kayaking terminology;

1. Kajakktur; kayak tour

2.  Våttkort kajakkurs; Norways nationall recognised kayaking licence

3 Kajakkutleie; kayak rental (you need your våttkort to rent a kayak in Oslo

What is the history of Norges Padleforbunds Våttkort?

The “våttkort” or “wet card” is a certification offered by the Norwegian Canoe Association (Norges Padleforbund) that demonstrates that an individual has the necessary skills and knowledge to safely kayak in Norway. The våttkort is valid for life and is recognized by all kayak rental companies in Norway. Although we do recommend renewing the Våttkortkurs if you have not been paddling for a few years – use it or lose it as they say!

The reason the våttkort came about was that there was a spate of drownings in the early 2000s so the Norwegian Goverment made plea for someone to help stop this – this is how the Norges Padle Forbund was born and the wetcard system created. Since it’s inception there has not been a single drowning by those who have participated in a våttkort course – now that is a positive outcome! So we can say with some certainty that kayaking in Oslo is very safe. Unless you go sit in front of the Colorline ferry that is…so don’t do that please!

For those new to kayaking courses in Norway (kajakkurs i Norge) are a great way to learn the basics and gain confidence on the water. One popular option is the “Våttkort course” offered by the Norwegian Paddling Association (Norges Padleforbund) through qualified kayak instructors – find out more on their webpage – https://www.padling.no/. The våttkort courses cover everything from basic safety and technique to more advanced maneuvers, as you climb higher up the “våttkort stigen”.

How to get my våttkort and get into kayaking in Oslo, and Norway

1. DntOslo

DNT OSLO AKA the Norwegain Tourist Association also offers guided kayak trips, rental services and våttkort courses in central Oslo. They offer lots of organised activities you can join if you want to get out in nature and meet new people. Find them here: https://www.dntoslo.no/

2. Learn2Kayak

Another great option for beginners and people wanting a very slow and safe introduction is “learn2kayak” who are based in Lysaker, Sollerudstranda. They concentrate on the våttkort kajakkurs but also offer the occasional kajakktur – find more about Learn2Kayak here – https://www.learn2.no/learn2kayak

3. Oslo Kayak Tours

Coming in 3rd is Oslo Kayak Tours, a kayak tour company based at Sjølyst Marina on the outskirts of central Oslo. They have a lot of experience guiding tours on Oslofjord. We would recommend Oslo Kayak Tours to families and groups wanting a safe and chill experience. Kayaking is a great way to explore the city’s waterways and see the city from a different perspective. Their kayak tours are suitable for both beginners and children and include all the necessary equipment Find more about Oslo Kayak Tours here – https://www.oslokayaktours.no/

4.  Oslo By Kayak

Oslo By Kayak offers våttkort courses and tours. A relatively new company but one that has a unique touch, connecting people with mindfulness and yoga. More about them here: oslobykajakk

5. Oslo kajakklubb

Oslo Kajakklubb is probaly Oslos largest kajakklubb. They are located on the westside of Oslo, which is known to be the most wealthy area of the city. They have a strong emphasis on competition flat water paddling, with a gym facility and pretty fancy kayak base. They do, however have a lot kayaks, run a lot of våttkort kajakkurs and do also offer kajakk utleie – find more about Oslo Kajakklubb here – https://www.okk.org/

6. Akerselva Padleklubb

If you wanto get into kayaking in Oslo and need kayaking buddies then Akerselva Padleklubb is the best choice! Akerselva Padleklubb is the most central kayaking club in Oslo. They are based in Grønland and in Bjørvika. Akerselva Padleklubbs mission is to get city youth into kayaking and to open up access to the fjord and Akersleva River for all people in Oslo. They are an organisation with a big heart and a lot of integrity – check out more about Akersleva Padleklubb here – https://www.akerselvapadleklubb.no/

Are you ready to grab the goat by the horns and try kayaking in Oslo?!

For those looking to take their kayaking skills to the next level, our kayak courses in Oslo are available to help you improve your technique and become more confident on the water.

For those who want to explore on their own, we offer a wide kayaks and equipment for rent (kajakk utleie), as well as guided kayak trips through the city’s waterways and around the Oslo islands.

No matter your skill level or experience, kayaking in Oslo is a great way to have fun, stay active and explore the city. So, grab your the goat by the horns and head out for a kayak tour on Oslo fjord (kajakktur) and explore Oslos beautiful fjord and city waterfront!

Hope you learnt something new and are ready to go kayaking in Oslo! So, as we like to say at Mad Goats as often as possible “CATCH YOU ON THE WATER!”

Check out this fun little short video of an Australian exploring the Oslo fjord by kayak

Book now Our most popular activities

Private Oslo Fjord Tour from Lysaker

A kayaking activity well suited for team building or an utdrikningslag, conveniently located in Lysaker, Sollerudstranda. We start the tours on the Sollerudstranda beach, learn the basic kayak skills and then paddle out towards the Bygdøy peninsula and Huk Stranda or we head towards Fornebu - up to you! The kayak trip is usually 3 hours but can be shortened or extended to meet your needs and time schedule. We have a kayak base in Lysaker, where there is room to store your belongings and park your cars.

Self-service Kayak Rental – Langkaia, Bjørvika, Oslo

Self-service kayak rental (kajakk utleie) in central Oslo, Bjørvika. Book online, get a code and pick up a kayak and all equipment - it is that easy! Remember that at least one person in the group needs their våttkort. You can get your våttkort with us on our 3hr introduction to kayaking course (introkurs i havkajakk) held in central Oslo.

Accommodation Options at Mad Goats Sjoa – Heidal Valley

Camping spots (telte / campingplasser) and simple cabins for overnight (overnatting) accommodation while on your kayak course or tour in Sjoa. Enjoy the beautiful forest views and the sound of birds singing beside the Sjoa river. We also have a sauna and hot tub that you are welcome to use when staying with us in Sjoa, Heidal.

Private 3hr våttkort Introduction Course to Sea Kayaking – Lysaker

3-hr private NPF Våttkort ”Introkurs i havkajakk” from Lysaker, Oslo. Join us on the water with our fun and experienced instructors and learn the basic sea kayaking skills. Bring your work colleagues on an experience they will love and find very rewarding! Once you get your våttkort you can rent kayaks from us from our locations along the Oslo waterfront. If you are looking for a longer course then we recommend you join our 2-day basic course (Grunnkurs i Havkajakk). Ideal activity for team building in Oslo.

14hr Private Basic Course in Sea Kayaking – Lysaker, Oslo

2-day NPF Grunnkurs Våttkort Course in Oslo/Bærum (kajakkurs i Oslo). A great activity for team building and kickoff events in Oslo. If you are looking for an activity that will push your team out of their comfort while having lots of fun a working together! A team building activity that includes kayaking always a good investment!

Guided whitewater kayak tours on the Sjoa, Otta and Lågen Rivers

Mad Goats can guide you down the 3 main whitewater rivers in the Sjoa and Heidal area - The Otta, Lågen and Sjoa. These rivers grade in difficulty from 1 to 3 so we can easily find the right fit for you! If you are wanting to be guided down Åsengjuvet or the Åmot sections we can arrange this but you will need to show a high level of competence first on the Sjoa play run section (Sjoa Normal) - catch you on the water!!

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