Top-level whitewater kayak instruction and guided trips, standup paddleboard tours on world-class rivers, and more!

Experience some of the worlds most famous whitewater rivers: The Sjoa, Lågen and Otta. The Sjoa River in particular is renowned around the globe for its world-class rapids, ranging from grades 1 – 5, meaning that there is something suitable for every skill level.
Our goal at Mad Goats Sjoa is to get you from an absolute beginner level to be able to competently and safely paddle class 2 – 3 rapids, thus maximising your enjoyment on the river. The key to this is to have a systematic step by step process, tailored to the individual so that you can learn at your own pace and in a way best suited to your learning style. We pride ourselves on not only being highly competent kayakers, but also patient teachers, and easy-going individuals. At the end of the day, we want you to feel safe, happy, and welcomed, so that you can have a totally awesome time on the river together with us… catch you on the water!

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Don’t see the date you want? Get in touch and we will see what we can do. Or to book private group tours and courses please email and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

Tours & Courses includes: Kayak and all kit hire including wetsuit; transport by minibus from our school to the rivers where we paddle – Sjoa, Lågan and Otta.; NPF våttkort on completion of any NPF course.

What to bring: 2 x layers of thermals and socks, a towel, swimwear and a warm change of clothes.

Private group option: You can also book any course or tour as a private group. Minimum 3, maximum 6. Email your preferred date and time to and we will get back to you with confirmation within 48 hrs.

Gift cards: All of our activities can be purchased as gift cards. Just choose the “gift card” option during the booking process.

Our location: Mad Goats Sjoa, 834 Heidalsvegen, 2677 Nedre Heidal

Getting here: The nearest train station is Vinstra (only 3 hours from Oslo S), and we offer a shuttle by minibus twice a day from Vinstra train station to our school for 199kr per person each way. The fastest train is with SJ Nord.

If you are driving, we have space for parking at the school.

Accommodation: We offer camping (99 kr per person per night) or a basic cabin for rent (249 kr per person per night, min 2 and max 4 people). We also have an onsite sauna – a day pass is only 299 kr per person, and you can use it as much as you like!

For other accommodation in the Sjoa and Heidal area, we recommend the following:

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Rescue 3 Norge

For internationally recognised Rescue 3 river rescue courses, we recommend Rescue 3 Norge:

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