We meet outside Oslo S (the taxi stand by the flight train) at 09.00 in the morning. From here we are transported to Mylla exit parking where we are given the equipment we need - packraft, oar, paddling vest, communal equipment, food - and one of our fantastic Amok hammocks! When the equipment has been distributed, the packrafts inflated and the bags packed, we take a short introduction to paddling technique. Finally we fasten the bags securely to the rafts before we take our first paddles on the trip south. Soon we will find ourselves deep in Oslo's green forests! Here it is not difficult to find peace, or to feel the feeling of genuine joy of walking - despite the fact that we are not far from the capital. Already today, we will feel what it is like to switch between paddling and walking, but we will quickly get into this routine. We carry the rafts inflated or take the air out, depending on the density of vegetation and the length of the stage. In the afternoon we find a suitable place where we set up camp before cooking dinner in the evening.
Our capital has more than just urban life to offer, in the forests around Oslo it is also possible to feel the feeling of the wilderness. We therefore want to take you on a trip through Nordmarka - in a packraft! Here we will paddle from water to water, and we have the freedom to do what we want along the way; we can swim, fish and spend the nights in hammocks at one of the many fantastic campsites in the area. We will simply enjoy three full days of hiking life!
- Exploring urban wilderness
- Three days in packraft
- Good fishing opportunities
- Cozy evenings in our camp
- The opportunity to sleep in an Amok hammock
In the forests north of Oslo there are an incredible number of small and large bodies of water, and by using these as transport vessels it is possible to experience the area in a completely new and different way. In a packraft you get to all the most beautiful places along the waters, even where there is no path or road.
Our tour starts at Mylla exit parking, in the far north of Nordmarka. Over the course of three days, we paddle from water to water south through the countryside, a distance of around 47 kilometres, before we end up at Øyungen in Maridalen. Between the waters there are several stages on foot, so we simply fasten the pack power on our back - with or without air - and take our legs. The campsites are located like pearls on a string throughout the field, on headlands, headlands or on small islands, so it will not be a problem to find a suitable place to camp after the various stages of the day. We hang up the hammocks or set up the tent (depending on what you prefer), and spend the evening together with collective cooking and socializing. Perhaps there will also be a robbery story or two throughout the evening?
For those who want to fish along the way: In Nordmarka you can catch both Trout, Pike, Perch, Trout, Lake and Whitefish. The fishing license is affordable and is purchased by the individual from OFA.
- 24 hour emergency standby team
- Guides with training in first aid
- First aid equipment available
- Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while in the field
On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity.
Activities / trips with low risk. There are usually few incidents, and they are usually of such a nature that they can be treated locally.
Training and preperations
The trip mostly involves easy paddling, mainly on flat water. The pack forces are safe and stable. We have to carry the pack power through certain areas where we have to walk on footpaths or gravel.
You do not need to have paddled packraft before to join this trip, you will receive a brief introduction to paddling technique before we set off. This tour involves more walking and longer day stages than our packraft tour in Østmarka. It is a requirement that you can swim to participate.
Accommodation and food
We sleep in Amok hammocks from Friday to Sunday. These are solid hammocks where you lie horizontally. If bad weather is reported, we also bring tarps that we can hang over ourselves so that we don't get wet. Hammock with sleeping mat, and tarp if necessary, are included in the tour price.
Together with a waterproof bag for transport, this weighs approx. 3 kg. If you have a small and light tent yourself, and you have room for this in your bag, you can use this instead if you wish.
We cook dinner together on the stove on Friday and Saturday evenings, and we also have freeze-dried tour food for breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch on Friday, as well as snacks and drinks, is provided by the individual. We boil the water from the waters we paddle on for drinking water, so it can be practical to bring one or two large drinking bottles that can withstand hot water (Nalgene 1 liter hard plastic is recommended). If you have a water purification bottle, you can of course use this instead.
The tour starts on Friday at 09.00 at Oslo S (the taxi stand by the flight train). From here we are transported to Mylla where we head into Nordmarka. The total distance we are covering is between 47 and 50 kilometers, depending on the route chosen along the way, and we expect to spend three whole days on the trip.
We paddle most of the stretch, but have to carry packraft and equipment with us in certain places where the different waters are not connected to each other. We arrive at the Skar exit car park where the tour ends in the afternoon/evening on Sunday. From here it is easy to take a regular bus to Oslo after we have delivered equipment and said goodbye to each other.
Since it will be a long time getting in and out of the boat, we recommend packing compactly, and having only one parcel, so that you don't have things hanging on the outside of the bag or in your hands when we go. Feel free to pack several times before departure so that you can exclude any redundant things you don't need. It is necessary to pack 100% waterproof even if there is a reported stay, as it is difficult to keep the bag dry while paddling. Take a bag big enough for you to have room for approx. 15 liters of communal equipment/hammock etc.
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is a guideline and changes may occur. You can refer to our general travel conditions for more information.
On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any emergency transport home. Read more about travel insurance.
Amok hammock with accompanying sleeping mat, tarp and waterproof packing bag. Packraft, paddle, attachment straps, life jacket and pump. Primus and boiler set for shared use in the group (including gas).
"Absolutely fantastic tour and fantastic guide! I am super satisfied! Really liked that there was no time pressure and stress. I think the pace was very good, the day's stages were perfect and it was great that on Saturday the wind conditions on the water were taken into account so that camp was made a little earlier than planned."
– Monica, 2021