6-9 April 2023
An Orienteering Celebration!
Come and experience the beauty and diversity of Israel in 4 days on 4 very different maps. Enjoy the challenge of the orienteering courses and the friendly atmosphere of the Israeli orienteering community.
- April 6 Thursday – Neot Kedumim biblical nature reserve (model event)
- April 7 Friday – Ben Shemen forest
- April 8 Saturday – Jerusalem city race
- April 9 Sunday – Caesarea “combo” coastal town and sand dunes
Winners will be determined by the combined results of days 2, 3 and 4. An award ceremony will be held at the end of day 4.
Classes: 8 or 9 courses. Category and course details coming soon.
Punching system: SPORTident.
Venues – Map Samples
Registration is now open on OrienteeringOnline.net
Registration and payment by 12 February 2023 will guarantee you the lowest price:
50€ for 4 events (MW21 and older) and 40€ (MW20 and younger).
As of 13 February 2023 the 4-day price will increase by 10€.
15€ / 12€ for single event.
3€ per day for SPORTident card rental. (Loss of rented SI card will be charged at €40 each.)
- Prior to event – Bank transfer. Details will be posted shortly.
Pay by credit card, by contacting the IOA office. See contact info below.
- At venue – Pay by credit card, or in cash in Israeli shekels (NIS).
Organizer Contact Info
Israel Orienteering Association
Hakfar Hayarok | Ramat Hasharon 4780000 | Israel
Israel has long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and mostly mild winters (November-March). You can expect to enjoy sunshine and comfortable daytime temperatures during the spring O-tour.
Touring and training: For groups of orienteering visitors to Israel, training controls can be set out for independent training. Contact Israel Orienteering to coordinate your plans and obtain maps with training courses.
The Event Organizer will not bear responsibility related to medical costs for participants. Participants are responsible for their own insurance.
Abraham Hostels – located in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Nazareth.
Participants in the IOST2023 can receive a 10% discount at any one of the Abraham Hostels on the nights of April 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. When making your reservation, use the promo code ORIENT10.
Passover Holidays and Sabbath in Israel
Observance of Jewish holidays and the sabbath (Saturday) begins on the preceding evening, with stores and businesses closing by mid-afternoon and remaining closed unti the holiday/Sabbath ends. Trains and buses do not run on holidays and sabbath.
It is recommended that you rent a car for easiest transportation and access to orienteering venues.
We also recommend the Tel Aviv area for accommodations.
The intermediate days of Pesach (April 7 through 11) are semi-holidays; schools are closed and many people are on vacation from work.
Wednesday, April 5 – Evening of Passover holiday.
Thursday, April 6 – Passover. General holiday in Israel.
Friday, April 7 – Sabbath eve, an intermediate day of Passover, a semi-holiday.
Saturday, April 8 – Sabbath
Sunday, April 9 – an intermediate day of Passover
Monday, April 10 – an intermediate day of Passover
Tuesday, April 11 – Evening of final day of Passover holiday
Wednesday, April 12 – Final day of Passover. General holiday in Israel.
As noted, the O-tour is taking place during the week of Passover. The food laws of Passover mean that grain products such as breads, pasta and pastries, as well as beer, will not be available in many stores and restaurants. Groceries and eating options will be limited in Jerusalem. Shops and restaurants will be open and restrictions more relaxed in Tel Aviv and in non-Jewish neighborhoods and towns.
Ben Shemen Forest terrain
Caesarea sand dune terrain