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Route to Christmas: Day 18 2022

In today’s edition of Route to Christmas 2022 we return to Norway for a long and interesting leg. This time we take a look at the second leg in the H19-20 category in the largest orienteering event in Norway – O-festivalen – organized this June. Thanks a lot to Ales Henja for the tip!

As I was participating in this race, I can give you some details about the terrain: The terrain in the hilly, stony part is quite slow, with tricky orienteering in the green parts. The flatter areas are quite fast, though. And it was a hot day!

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger):


You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.


Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below.

Some interesting route choices here, especially the route of Reichenback running 1400 meters extra (on a 2 km leg) and still not losing much time to the fastest route (nearly 2 minutes slower, but less when correcting for the speed the two runners had where they took the same route). The fastest route of Lovfald is using the road to the left as much as possible, and then running in the flatter, faster terrain towards the control. Skjerve runs the second fastest split time straight (1 minute slower); when correcting for the speed the two runners had where they took the same route, Lovfald’s route is still around 40 seconds faster.

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far (available during the day when some readers have drawn their route).

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series is a pre-Christmas tradition at World of O – giving the readers the opportunity to do one Route Choice Challenge each day from December 1st until December 24th. If you have got any good legs in GPSSeuranta, 3DRerun or Livelox from 2022-competitions, or old forgotten ones which are still interesting, please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll consider including it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

About Jan Kocbach

Jan Kocbach is the founder of WorldofO.com - taking care of everything from site development to writing articles, photography and analysis.

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