Results Day 1 ready: Rain and Thunder

News - by Jan Kocbach, 30 July 2008 10:00 PM

The results from the first race in Nordvestgaloppen are now ready. You will find the results in the Events section.

The competitors were greated by wonderful, warm weather - and many of the runners who came early to Voss had unforgettable mountain hikes with view to the Fjords around Voss.

The surprise was however huge when a big thunderstorm with hail of more than diameter 1 cm suddenly appeared about one third into the startfield. The rain and thunder continued for more than an hour - but still most competitors seemed happy with the first day of Nordvestgaloppen 2008.

Round Trips for active people

News - by Frode Oldervoll, 5 July 2008 6:01 AM

Norway Active

Join a roundtrip filled with excitements and activities on your day off.

STANDARD TOUR (10 years and above, bicycle skills required)

  • Starts friday at 08:30 from Voss train station
  • Train from Voss train station to Myrdal train station
  • The Flåm Railway til Berekvam
  • 11 km Mountains Biking from Berekvam to Flåm (easy trip)
  • Fjord Safari on a Fast RIB boat in Aurland and Nærøy fjords, with local guide
  • Bus up the hair-pin bends of the Stalheims road
  • Back at Voss train tasjon approximately 14:15 (6 yours)

Prices all included - adults NOK 1195, children (15 years and younger): NOK 1044

FULL PACKAGE TOUR: (minimum age 15 years)

  • All the same as the STANDARD TOUR
  • You leave the bus at Voss Rafting Center at 14:15 and eats a large BBQ
  • At 15.00 we dresses you in full rafting gear, and you get some of the worlds best rafting guides on a wet & wild white-water raft trip
  • Shoewering at apprix 18:15
  • We show you pictures from your rafting trip on a large screen
  • Back at Voss train station approximately 19:10 (10.5 yours)

Prices all included - adults NOK 1995 (minimum age 15 years)

More info and registration

More info: www.norwayactive.com

Registration: either from www.norwayactive.com, use code GALOPPEN, or on the Event Center within thursday 31 July at 15:00.

Profiles at Nordvestgaloppen: Jørgen Rostrup

News - by Frode Oldervoll, 28 June 2008 6:00 AM

Jørgen Rostrup

Our last profile is former World Champion several times, Jørgen Rostrup from Norway. Rostrup became world champion for the first time in 1999.
Rostrup also won in 2001, 2004 and 2005. His remarkable carrier is now over, but he participated at Nordvestgaloppen in 2002, and he really loved beeing there.

When was your first participation at NV-galoppen?

I think I was 14 when I first participated. The competitions were held in the area between Molde and Kristiansund. It was actually one of my first trips outside the countys of Agder, and INCREDIBLE exiting! A totally new and unexperiated kind of terrain combinated with a competition over fire days – can it be better?

What is your best result at NV-galoppen?

- I have won both the times I participated (1992 and 2002).

What is your best memory from NV-galoppen?

- I can’t remember any spesific occasion from the events, but I associate NV-galoppen with the possibillity to run in wonderfull terrain, often with a wiew over both fjords and mountains. Your pictures at your website are marvellous!

Why should orienteerers participate at NV-galoppen?

- Because it is a unique possibillity to discover a nice piece of Norway. Both at the competition and after the race. Western part of Norway are underestimated by Norwegion orienteering runners. If I were picking up my orienteering shoes again, NV-galoppen (and Midnattsolgaloppen) would be the first races I would have entered.

Profiles at Nordvestgaloppen: Gøril Fristad

News - by Frode Oldervoll, 25 June 2008 6:00 AM

Photo: Erik Borg

Gøril Fristad

Profile number 4 is Ingunn Fristad’s twin sister, Gøril Fristad. Gøril is back in her homecounty, and is ra board member of the orienteering federation in Sogn og Fjordane.

When was your first participation at NV-galoppen?

Since my parents are pationated to orienteering, I took part of the event from long time before I can remember. I remember i ”participated” whwn my home club Askvoll arranged the event in 1986. I ran the Small troll-course six times!

What is your best result at NV-galoppen?

I think I have won both singel distance and the total competition in most classes up to W21.

What is your best memory from NV-galoppen?

The year 2000 in Sogndal. (Where the event is going to take part in 2010). The arena was on a sæter. Demanding courses close to the high mountain in the Sogndals valley, which was really satisfying.

Why should orienteerers participate at NV-galoppen?

It is a vacation event with a relaxed atmosphere, and the nature is beatifull and full of contrastes!

Profiles at Nordvestgaloppen: Gunnar Gytri

News - by Frode Oldervoll, 20 June 2008 6:00 AM

Gunnar Gytri

Profile number three is an organizer. His name is Gunnar Gytri, and works as a map advisor in the Norwegian Orienteering Federation (NOF). He lives in Førde, a small town which has often been placement for the Nordvestgaloppen. Førde arranged the national championships in long distance two years ago. Originally, Gytri is from Fana IL, one of the three clubs behind this years Nordvestgaloppen.

When was your first participation at NV-galoppen?

Race number 3, on the 23rd of July 1981.

What is your best result at NV-galoppen?

I was total winner in M40 in 1995.

What is your best memory from NV-galoppen?

The first race in 1983 was arranged by Norddalsfjord IL, a community with no more than 250 inhabittants. I came to the race by car from north, and by passing the ferryspot I saw a lot of cars. Later I heard that 750 people had passed on the ferry that day. What made the biggest impression anyway, was that the inhabitants had risen the flag to honour for Nordvestgaloppen and the participants. It was a great happening for the community. About 500 runners participated in the race that day.

Why should orienteerers participate at NV-galoppen?

Because the maps and the courses are at a high level, to explore the social part of it and to enjoy the spectaculare nature.

Profiles at Nordvestgaloppen: Ingunn Fristad

News - by Frode Oldervoll, 15 June 2008 7:00 AM

Ingunn Fristad

The second profile in our presentation is Ingunn Fristad. She is known as one of the Fristad twins, and she is born in Askvoll, west in Norway, and has a lot of memories from Nordvestgaloppen. She is now running from Halden SK and has represented Norway in a lot of international competitions. Besides running orienteering for Halden, she is also working as a marketing chief in the club.

When was your first participation at NV-galoppen?

I can’t even remenber, because I have been taken to that event since I was a baby. The years up to 16, I ran the event every time it was arranged. After that, I have participated when it has matched with my seasonplanning.

What is your best result at NV-galoppen?

I won W21AL in 2002.

What is your best memory from NV-galoppen?

It has to be the year when we had a large group of Finnish runners at our home. The weather was nice, lots of competitors, real western-terrain and good courses!

Why should orienteerers participate at NV-galoppen?

Because it’s amazing nature – both in the courses and amongst them. Demanding and interesting terrain, besides Voss is branding, and has a lot of athlets on high level. (Kristen Skjeldal, a former olympic champion in cross country skiing, will take part in the competition), and the place can offer many exiting activities.

For the eliterunners, the terrain is also very adequat for the upcoing World Championships in Trondheim in 2010.

Walking tours in and around Voss

Uncategorized - by Frode Oldervoll, 29 January 2008 12:43 AM

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Tour 1: Lønahorgi

Start: Bavallen
Estimated time: 7 hours return trip (without stops)
Altitude: 340-1410 metres above sea level
Distance: 14 km
Walking map: Stølsheimen-Nærøyfjorden
Degree of difficulty: demanding (evaluation of a hiker in average good physical condition).

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The trail starts from the ski-centre Bavallen, approx. 5 km from Vossevangen. Start from the construction road at the end of the car park, on the northern side of the flat area in front of the ski-jump. Pass under the ski-lift and cross the slopes of the ski-run. The trail is marked by red `T´ symbols, turning off the construction road for the first time approx. 10 minutes later. The trail wanders on and off the construction road a number of times on the way up. At approx. 1090 metres above sea level one passes Kvilehytta, and the last stages of the trip up to the tower is marked with tall iron poles. On a clear day the view from Lønahorgi (1410 metres above sea level) encompasses Jostedal glacier, Hurrungane and Hårteigen as a majestic backdrop. During the summer months the walk follows construction roads part of the way otherwise there is a marked trail on the way to the top

Tour 2: Bakkanosi (with breathtaking view over the Nærøyfjord)

Start: Jordalen
Estimated time: 8 hours return trip (without stops)
Altitude: 580-1398 metres above sea level
Distance: 20 km
Walking map: Raundalen and Flåmsdalen, Stølsheimen- Nærøyfjorden and Nærøyfjorden
Degree of difficulty: Difficult / very demanding (evaluation of a hiker in average good physical condition).

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There is no where else such breathtaking views of Nærøyfjord can be seen, than from Bakkanosi. The trip starts in Jordalen. To get there, turn-off the E16 at the approximate border separating the counties of Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane. The drive up Jordalen is an experience in itself, with the narrow Jordal canyon on the right side. One gets many glimpses of the canyon as one passes through the small tunnels up the valley. Upon reaching Jordalen, the valley opens itself in all its splendour - wide, fertile and lush. On the plain, approx. 800 m. after the schoolhouse, the old tractor road leading to Slettedalen begins. Further along the valley one comes on to the new road that leads up to the mountain farmlet used during the summer months. Further on there’s a small track that after a while becomes less visible. One follows an animal track, first on the left side of the river and then the right-hand side. The river is small and easy to cross, follow the river up to Slettedalstjørni. Towards the end there is a fair amount of stone, so calculate on using a little extra time! The best and most dramatic outlook is north-east of the top peak. Once there - sit and admire the worlds most spectacular fjord!

Tour 3: Raundalsryggen

Start: Voll in Raundalen
Estimated time: 10 hours return trip (without stops)
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Distance: 23 km
Walking map: Stølsheimen-Nærøyfjorden
Degree of difficulty: Difficult / very demanding (evaluation of a hiker in average good physical condition).

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This is a long walk along a fantastic mountain ridge with magnificent views almost all the way. The walk takes one to the highest peak in Voss and Granvin, Olsskavlen, 1576 metres above sea level. The tour that’s described here both starts and ends in Raundalen. That way it’s easy to use the train to get back to your starting point. It is also possible to start and stop other places than those described here.

Start from Voll, which is a scheduled stop on the Bergensbanen (Bergen-Oslo railway), approx. 23 km through Raundalen from Vossevangen. There is a small parking area by the road, and from there one walks along a clearly marked track leading down to the bridge over Raundalselvi (river). At the first crossroad on the track, take the path leading to the right. The track passes through forest- and marshy terrain, take-off to the left at the next crossroad on the track and continue upwards to the mountain farmlet of Vollbotn, approx. 760 metres above sea level. Stølsvollen is ideally situated for a rest before continuing. Then one has to find the bridge over the river, west of Stølsvollen in order to continue upwards. The bridge goes over the river behind the first hut on the right-hand side. Continue following vague tracks amongst the heather and undergrowth up the mountain side. Aim towards a large, square-shaped stone on Tungefjell (mountain). Further on towards the top, one can follow the ridge on the left side or cross the snow patches.

Once the top of Olsskavlen is reached, there is still a climb up and down a number of tops spread across the ridge. To get to Seldalsnuten, one has to first descend more than 200 m. The route is logical, out and down in a west-northwesternly direction, somewhat steep. The climb to Seldalsnuten is just as steep as the descent, one has to follow the ridge her also. Once at Seldalsnuten, 1548 metres above sea level, if one moves a little towards the right on the path westward and then towards north it is possible to look straight down into Trollabotnen. Here there’s a slight descent, whilst one looks directly towards the step ridge that leads onwards to the plateau where Skipadalsnuten lies. The climb here is steep, but if one keeps to the right, you’ll fine a manageable route up. Finally up, it’s about 2 km over relatively flat terrain to Skipadalsnuten, 1496 metres over sea level. The last major down-and-up is the most difficult. Here the descent is 250 metres down a very steep ridge, but even so it’s easy to follow the trail. The 200 metre trek up to the last top, Hondalsnuten, 1461 metres over sea level, is spread over a distance of 1,5 km and therefore not steep. From the peak one can look over the orienteering terrain relevant for day 3 and 4. Hondalsnuten is the last peak, and now it’s downhill all the way! One walks northwest approx. 1 km before turning off, carrying on downwards in a north and north-easterly direction the mountain side to the mountain farmlet Bjørnset. From here there’s a track down the forest road that one can follow all the way down to Skiple.

Photographs by Svein Ulvund, see Voss Now. The literal english text is a translation by Anne-Marie Kira based on an original norwegian text from: “Rudsengen, A. & Loftesnes F. Oppturer i Hordaland. Førde: Selja Forlag/Bergen Turlag 2007″.

More information:

Adventures

Uncategorized - by Frode Oldervoll, 27 May 2007 9:08 PM

Norway Active

Join a roundtrip filled with excitements and activities on your day off.

STANDARD TOUR (10 years and above, bicycle skills required)

  • Starts friday at 08:30 from Voss train station
  • Train from Voss train station to Myrdal train station
  • The Flåm Railway til Berekvam
  • 11 km Mountains Biking from Berekvam to Flåm (easy trip)
  • Fjord Safari on a Fast RIB boat in Aurland and Nærøy fjords, with local guide
  • Bus up the hair-pin bends of the Stalheims road
  • Back at Voss train tasjon approximately 14:15 (6 yours)

Prices all included - adults NOK 1195, children (15 years and younger): NOK 1044

FULL PACKAGE TOUR: (minimum age 15 years)

  • All the same as the STANDARD TOUR
  • You leave the bus at Voss Rafting Center at 14:15 and eats a large BBQ
  • At 15.00 we dresses you in full rafting gear, and you get some of the worlds best rafting guides on a wet & wild white-water raft trip
  • Shoewering at apprix 18:15
  • We show you pictures from your rafting trip on a large screen
  • Back at Voss train station approximately 19:10 (10.5 yours)

Prices all included - adults NOK 1995 (minimum age 15 years)

More info and registration

More info: www.norwayactive.com

Registration: either from www.norwayactive.com, use code GALOPPEN, or on the Event Center within thursday 31 July at 15:00.

Trip with former Olympic Champion in cross country skiing Kristen Skjeldal

Kristen Skjeldal

On friday 1 August we can offer a trip with former olympic champinon - and orienteerer - Kristen Skjeldal. Show up at Hangursbanen Station at 11 AM.

The trip will be easy, with pleanty of time to eat your packed lunch. It will take about 2.5 to 3 hours and ends up at the Hangur Restaturant at 600 meters above sealevel. From there you get a free ride with Hangursbanen downhills to Hangursbanen Station.

No registration is neccessary - just turn up!

Other adventures

The Voss area has a lot to offer. We will tell you about more opportunities later, so please come back and have a look here. The city of Bergen - the Fjord Capital - is also very close.

Location & Travel

Uncategorized - by Frode Oldervoll, 27 May 2007 9:06 PM

There will be bus transport available between the event centre at Palmafossen school and the race arena. Fee: NOK 120,- per day (includes transport both ways). Register either during the race registration (it is still possible to change your registration even if you have already entered), or by e-mail to transport@nordvestgaloppen.no.

Voss is situated in Hordaland county approximately 100 km east of Bergen. Motorists follow the E16 to Voss. Voss has good train and bus connections with Bergen, the train between Bergen-Oslo stops here also. The nearest airport is Bergen Flesland Airport.

Event centre: Voss

Voss is a small town in Western Norway with 15.000 inhabitants. All categories of lodging are offered in and around Voss during Nordvestgaloppen: O-camp, Schools, Cottages and Hotels. In Norway you can also set up your tent for free many places in nature. Bergen – The Fjord Capital of Norway – is only 90 km away by car or train, and also has an international airport.

Interactive map of the area

More information

Orienteering & Holiday in Voss: A perfect combination

Uncategorized - by Frode Oldervoll, 27 May 2007 8:04 PM

Voss is situated in a spectacular location, being surrounded by high snow-capped mountains, forests, lakes and fast flowing white water rivers. Voss is known as the extreme-sport centre of Norway, and is also famous for bringing up an exceptional amount of top winter athletes.

  • A Paradise for Hiking: Hike for hours in fantastic mountains almost by yourself. We will offer top hiking tips, and possibilities for organized spectacular hikes you won’t forget.
  • Visit Nærøyfjord – or see it from directly above. Europe’s narrowest fjord is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
  • Voss is one of the stops along the famous “Norway in a nutshell” tour – which takes you along some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway’s fjords. An idea for the rest day?
  • Excellent possibilities for rafting with Voss Rafting.
  • Combine Nordvestgaloppen with O-Ringen! The World’s largest O-event is only 400 km and 4 days away in Sälen, Sweden.