History of Orienteering

Orienteering is a sport that combines racing with navigation. It is a timed race in which individual participants use a specially created, highly-detailed map to select routes and navigate through diverse and unfamiliar terrain to visit control points in sequence. Courses can range from forests to urban environments. A standard orienteering course consists of a start; a series of control sites that are marked by circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited; and a finish. The control site circles are centered on the feature that is to be found. This feature is also defined by control descriptions: a list that orienteers receive along with their map. Out in the terrain, a control flag marks the location that the orienteer must visit. To verify a visit, the orienteer uses an electronic “punch” using a finger stick with a chip inside that records your time at each control you visit. The route between controls is not specified and is entirely up to the orienteer.

Country of Origin

  • Sweden

Popular Countries

  • Denmark, Norway, Sweden

2017 World Games Champion (country)

  • Middle Distance – Switzerland (men), Sweden (women)
  • Sprint – Sweden (men), Denmark (women)
  • Sprint Relay – Denmark (mixed)

Years Participated in The World Games

  • 5

Orienteering Schedule

The schedule will be posted in 2019.

Orienteering Results

The results will be posted in 2021.

Orienteering Photos

Orienteering News