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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