Top things to do when visiting Oslo – Kayak tours and saunas!

What to do in Oslo? – great question!


Are you planning to visit Norway? Is that dream really truly finally coming true!? Then we would like to give you our very biased opinion on the top thing to do in Oslo! I know the idea of travelling is fun but then you get there and you are stuck in your hotel wondering, “what am I actually going to do here?” We keep it simple for you: Akerselva kayak tour followed by a Nordic floating sauna and dip into Oslo Fjord. If you are staying for longer we recommend renting a stand up paddle board or taking the train up to Heidal, where you can go whitewater kayaking with us on the Sjoa River.

Mad Goats Akerselva Kayak Tour

Our famous Akerselva kayak tour (Akerselva kajakktur) is one of the “top things to do in Oslo” for visitors and locals alike. This tour offers an exciting and unique way to explore the city and experience the thrill of “elvepadling” or river kayaking in a city setting – urban kayaking at it’s finest!

The tour is led by experienced guides who will take you on a scenic journey through the heart of Oslo, showcasing the city’s natural beauty and historical and cultural sites such as the Munch Museum, the Oslo City Museum, and the old industrial area of Grunerløkka. The tour is suitable for both beginners and experienced kayakers, and all necessary equipment is provided.

The Akerselva River actually starts in Maridalsvannet (Oslo main source of drinking water) but we start the tour below the 10 meter falls, at Grunerhagen park, near Mathallen in Vulkan. Here you will be given a safety briefing and instruction on how to paddle before setting off on your journey. You will then paddle along the Akerselva River, which is one of the most picturesque waterways in the city. The tour ends at the mouth of the river where it flows into the Oslo Fjord.

The Akerselva Kayak Tour is not only a great way to “Visit Norway” and experience the natural beauty of Oslo, but it’s also an excellent option for “utdrikningslag” or stag parties and “teambuilding” activities. The tour provides an opportunity to bond with friends and colleagues while enjoying the thrill of “kajakkpadling” or kayaking.

In short, Mad Goats Akerselva Kayak Tour is a must-do activity when you “Visit Oslo” and a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Akerselva River and the city while enjoying the thrill of “padling” on the river. So, grab your paddle and join Mad Goats for an unforgettable “Elvekajakk” experience.

Ps, check out these fun videos of us taking groups down the Akerselva River:

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Winter Kayak Tour to Huk Strand

Public sea kayak tours for all levels every Saturday from Lysaker. During winter, the sunsets are that much richer in color and the fjord is still and quiet, without the roar of boat traffic - it is an incredibly beautiful time to kayak on Oslo Fjord. Drysuits and all gear provided by us.

Oslo Fjord Kayak Tour – Bygdøy

Summer sea kayaking tour (kajakktur) around the beautiful Bygdøy Peninsula, where we stop at the famous Huk Beach for a swim, toilet break and to stretch our legs. The tour starts and ends at Sollerudstranda in Lysaker. Suitable for beginners. All equipment provided. We can also arrange this paddling tour (padletur) as a private tour (privat tur). Our Oslo kayak tours are a wonderful way to explore Oslofjord (Oslofjorden) while staying active and getting close to nature.

Public Sauna Session – Moss

Self-service floating sauna on the Moss waterfront. We are opening in the start of February 2023. Sauna sessions are 2hrs during weekdays and 2.5hrs in the weekends. Public sauna sessions are great places to either relax, hang with friends or meet new ones. Regular sauna use and ice bathing has been scientifically proven to be very good for your health, increase your energy levels and improve your sense of wellbeing. We hope to see you in the sauna soon!

3hr Våttkort Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course – Lysaker

3-hr 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 friends or come meet new ones! Once you get your våttkort you can rent kayaks from us from our locations along the Oslo waterfront. This kayak course (kajakk kurs) can also be booked for private groups and bought as a gift card. If you are looking for a longer course then we recommend you join our 2-day basic course (Grunnkurs i Havkajakk) - catch you on the water!

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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