If you are looking for a warm and welcoming location for winter training and travel, Israel is the perfect destination. The orienteering season in Israel runs from September through May, and the mild winter weather is ideal for orienteering events.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Winter Cup was canceled, and the Israel Open has been rescheduled for March 2021. All league competitions have been rescheduled for dates in 2021. These new dates may again change, due to a situation and regulations beyond our control.
All events are open to guest competitors, and the Israel orienteering community welcomes international visitors with great hospitality.
Competition Schedule for 2020-21 – in Hebrew
Competition Schedule for 2020-21 – in English
Competition details in English are limited. It is recommended that you access competition info from the schedule in Hebrew, and use a translation tool.
The Israel orienteering season schedule includes a series of league competitions.
The season highlight is the annual 2-day Israel Open Championship in February, which attracts numerous competitors from outside Israel. The season also includes a 2-day Winter Cup competition in December.
Israel offers a unique diversity of terrain, from prairie and badlands in the south, to Mediterranean woods along the coastal plain, to classic pine forests in the north of the country. Moreover, you’ll enjoy exploring and discovering historical, cultural and religious sites alongside every venue.
The Israel Orienteering Association and its member clubs organize and run all types of O-events – national events, local meets, park sprints, and MTBO competitions. O-events are held every weekend, usually no further than an hour drive from Tel Aviv.
Here’s what recent orienteering tourists have written about their experiences in Israel:
- From the Czech Republic. View a video by Roman Vlcek of Hana Orienteering’s 2015 Israel Tour, led by Robert Zdráhal.
- From Latvia. Artūrs Pauliņš. Read his blog post about training and competing at MCO 2015 in Israel.
- From the UK. An article in Compass Sport about orienteering at the 2014 Israel Open Championships.
- From Finland. Pasi Ikonen (Elite O-training)
Read his blog post about training in Israel:Israel Unlimited Edition
“A really GREAT trip, probably the best training-camp of my life. I can recommend Israel for adventurers, those who love orienteering and good food and enjoy the social surroundings these great Israeli people can organize!”
- From Russia. (“O-Sisters” elite MTBO and O-training)
- From Latvia. (Elite O-training).
- From Czech Republic.
- From Finland.
- From Estonia. (Rogaine)
- From Austria (MTBO team training).
To learn more about orienteering opportunities in Israel, contact:
Israel Orienteering Association