The making of an orienteer

The O-Ringen orienteering school is open every day from 9 to 15. Here you can learn the basic orienteering skills and get ready for the forest.

Karl out on the tricky course. Photo: Per Lindman

Karl, Agnes and mother Camilla from OK Älme are experienced orienteers. Today they’ve brought a friend who has never tried orienteering before. That friend is Edit. She is curious about the sport and think that it’s going to be fun to try it out. Together they run the mini course in the orienteering school tent. There are paths and controls on the map. On the ground there are tapes to represent the paths.

– The course was a bit hard but we made it, says Edit.

All of them are going out in the forest today but it’s only Karl who will run all stages at this year’s O-Ringen. It’s the third O-Ringen for the Axelsson family.

– We live at our friends’ place during this week. After O-Ringen we will go to visit Stockholm, tells mother Camilla.

Yesterday there were about 200 people at the orienteering school. You can get help to register for a course, learn how to navigate and understand the symbols on the map.

–It’s a process. You can come here today and get some good advice. Maybe you’re ready for the forest on Friday, says Sara Forsberg and Anna Håkansson "teachers" at the orienteering school.

There are people of all ages at the orienteering school.

–Some belong to an orienteering family but aren’t orienteers themselves. It might be a bit embarrassing to ask questions about the orienteering basics to family members. Here you can talk with someone neutral, laughs Sara and Anna.

Don’t hesitate to visit the orienteering school!


Agnes, Edit and Karl takes advices from Sara Forsberg at the orienteering school. Photo: Per Lindman


Learn orienteering on a lego map. Photo: Per Lindman

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