Participant at Nordvestgaloppen: Inger Nergaard

Uncategorized - by Frode Oldervoll, 25 July 2008 6:00 AM

Inger Nergaard


Inger Nergaard


Stokke IL





Take part in NVG

For the first time, though I am from the Northwest of the country.


I am a slow runner. My aim is to run the courses without seeing too much of the terrain.

Look most forward to

To run in the western part of Norway. Never donet hat before. Shall visit my grandchildren - orienteering event and grandshildren, can life be better? I’m really looking forward to the event, good luck with the arrangement!

Participant at Nordvestgaloppen: Jane Rowlands

Uncategorized - by Frode Oldervoll, 21 July 2008 6:00 AM

Jane Rowlands


Jane Rowlands


Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club





Take part in NVG

For the first time


I hope that I have some good runs and make good route choice decisions with as few errors as possible

Look most forward to

I am looking forward to some excellent courses and running on maps that I have never seen before. The terrain will be different to what we have in western Canada and I hope I will not need to look out for bears. I am excited to visit this area of Norway, the people, the villages and towns, and I will spend some time hiking in the mountains. Also there is a knitting museum near Bergen that I want to visit.

Participant at Nordvestgaloppen: Hugh Moore

Uncategorized - by Frode Oldervoll, 17 July 2008 6:00 AM

Hugh Moore


Hugh Moore


Red Roos





Take part in NVG

For the first time


I am most looking forward to running in the norwegian terrain and making amends for my poor performance in Halden in 2003.

Look most forward to

I first visited Norway in 1968 when I travelled to Narvik I have always wanted to come back to Norway, as I love the Scandinavian terrain. I returned briefly in 1975 as a tourist but that was before I started orienteering. I began orienteering in 1983 and have been hooked ever since - but couldn’t travel overseas until after 2001 because of work and family commitments. I certainly hope to come back to Norge again for orienteering.

Information - PM

Uncategorized - by Frode Oldervoll, 16 July 2008 11:57 PM


The O-camp and event office are at Palmafossen School, south of Voss township, towards Granvin.

Day 1 & 2 the arena will be at Ukvitne, approximately 16 km. west of Voss township. Parking is along a forest road with a 5-20 min. walk to the arena. Separate busparking 10 min. from the event arena.

Day 3 & 4 the arena will be at Stuaset, Bulko, 17 km south-east of Voss township along Highway 13. There is a 20-25 min. walk to the arena. It’s not possible for buses to drive the last 5 km. to the parking area, and must therefore park by the Highway 13 turn off. Transport the last 5 km. can be arranged.

The route from o-camp to event arena will be marked each day. Limited parking, so please fill up your cars!

Parking fee NOK30/day, alternatively NOK100 for all event days. Parking permits can be bought at the event office or from the parking attendants on the first 2 event days. Green marker bands indicate the path from the parking area to the event arena.

Preparations before start

Each club will be given a team envelope upon arrival. The envelope contains back-up/control tabs for the e-card (EMIT brick), start numbers etc. for all the races and must be collected at the event office before the first start. Runners are responsible for ensuring that new back-up tabs are mounted on their e-card prior to each race and to meet at start with correct e-card and start number. The same start number must be used for all races.

Please note: Maps for runners in race numbers 10, 11 & 12 are included in the team envelope. For races on Day 2, 3 & 4, clubs must collect these maps from the event office (at the event arena) well in advance of the first start. The individual runner must take their map with them to start.

The Competition

  • Day 1: 30th July - Ukvitne - First start 5.00 p.m.
  • Day 2: 31st July - Ukvitne - First start 5.00 p.m.
  • Day 3: 2nd August - Stuaset - First start 11.00 a.m.
  • Day 4: 3rd August - Stuaset - First start 10.00 a.m.

For the N-Open course, it will be possible to start 1 hour before the first starting time for the other courses.


  • Day 1:
    Courses 1-12 : 20 minutes walk to start (Start 1)
  • Day 2:
    Courses 1-9 : 25-30 minutes walk to start, uphill (Start 1)
    Courses 10-12 : 5 minutes walk to start (Start 2)
  • Day 3:
    Courses 1-8 : 20 minutes uphill walk to start (Start 1)
    Courses 9-12 : 5 minutes walk to start (Start 2)
  • Day 4:
    Courses 1-12 : 15 minutes uphill walk to start (Start 1)

Blue and white marker bands lead to Start 1, whilst blue marker bands lead to Start 2.

The Children’s O-course or Småtroll is located at the event arena every day, flexi-start in courses 11 & 12.

The Start procedure
  • i. 4 min. before start, step in to the large bay (time call)
  • ii. 3 min. before start, check of e-card and start time with the starting list (control function)
  • iii. 2 min. before start, collect extra (loose) post-description
  • iv. 1 min. before start, line up by maps/zero-post
  • v. Start. Take map & e-card starts once lifted from pad. The runner is off!

Late starters: Participants that come too late for designated start time, report to the control booth marked ‘Late start/Sein Start’. The attendants will find a new starting time for the late runner. Please note that the race time will be based on the time allocated on the start list.

Direct courses

Runners must first register at the event office at the event arena. Runners start from the same booth as the ‘late runners’.

Map and Terrain

Day 1 & 2

Map scale 1:10.000. The terrain is 200-300 metres above sea level with rolling hills sloping down to flatter areas. The forest area is predominantly tall spruce and pine forests with some areas of birch. There are extensive areas of open marshland (easily run), some cliff faces and steeper slopes. Tall spruce forest areas where it’s possible to run with a reasonable amount of ease, are coloured with the lightest green colour (IOF406). 80-90% with this colour coding is for this type of forest and is therefore reasonably good running. The map was surveyed and redrawn in 2007, resurveyed in 2008.

Specific stretches are marked in the N-courses, in some places there are direction indicators on segments of a stretch, where that is the case it will be marked on the post-description and on the map.

Courses 10-12 can expect some uphill climbs in the beginning on Day 2.

Course planner Day 1: Vemund Hansen. Course planner Day 2: Jørn Torgersen. Controller: Jørn Ove Woldsdal

Day 3 & 4

Map scale 1:10.000. The map was surveyed and redrawn in 2008. Brown crosses on the map indicate anthills. The symbol for power lines is also used to indicate an aerial cable. The cable goes high and can be difficult to see in certain areas. The terrain lies 400-600 metres above sea level. Varied terrain with pine forrest with little undergrowth, some marshlands (easily run) and grassy slopes. Moderate rolling hills. Day 4 the courses go through an area with many cabins. Show respect and do not cross the garden of the cabins. Course 1-9 will cross a large river on a required passing point (a temporary bridge). The passing point is marked on the map. Take care with the crossing of the river.

Course planner: Trond Døskeland. Controller: Jan P. Lien

Post description/details

Post description/details are printed on the map (IOF-symbol, with additional Norwegian text for N-courses.)
Self-help for loose post-description sheets: 2 min. before start time for courses 1-7. Some areas have a number of posts in close proximity to each other, so check the postcodes carefully.

Classes and Courses

Course Day 1 Middle Day 2 Long Day 3 Long Day 4 Middle Level Classes Women Classes Men Direct Entry
1 4,0 km 9,2 km 7,6 km 5,0 km A   M21AL  
2 3,8 km 7,5 km 6,7 km 4,5 km A   M19-20, M35AL Long
3 3,5 km 6,3 km 5,6 km 4,0 km A W21AL M17-18, M21AK, M40  
4 3,2 km 5,4 km 5,0 km 3,7 km A W17-18,W19-20 M15-16, M45  
5 3,0 km 4,7 km 4,2 km 3,6 km A W15-16, W21AK, W35, W40 M17AK, M35AK, M50  
6 2,8 km 3,8 km 3,8 km 3,0 km A W45, W50 M55, M60  
7 2,7km 3,6 km 3,3 km 2,7 km B W13-14 M13-14 Middle
8 2,4 km 2,8 km 2,8 km 2,6 km A W55, W60, W65, W70, W80 M65, M70, M75, M80  
9 2,5 km 3,0 km 3,5 km 2,4 km C W17C M17C Short
10 1,8 km 2,5 km 2,6 km 2,0 km C W-10, W11-12, W13-16C M-10, M11-12, M13-16C  
11 1,6 km 1,9 km 1,9 km 1,9 km N W11-12N, W13-16N, W17N M11-12N, M13-16N, M17N Novice
12 1,2 km 1,3 km 1,5 km 1,9 km N N-open N-open Novice

There is a start post day 1 & 2.
Day 2: Course 1,2,4 & 5 have a butterfly wing on day 2. That means runners must pass through the same post twice. Runners MUST register at this post both times, or they will be disqualified.
Childrens O-course (Småtroll) and childcare opens every day 1 hour before first start.
Flexible starttimes for courses 11 & 12.


Finish line

The runner passes the finish line and stamps the e-card on the finishing post/unit. The runner continues through the finishing area to a control post where the e-card will be registered, then a printout of interval times will be handed out at a station further on in the finishing area.

Incomplete run

Ideally the runner should pass through the finishing area, following the same procedure as for a fully completed run. Should the runner not be able to do so, then either the runner or club leader must, as soon as possible, contact the event office in order to register and read the e-card and report the runners safe return. The Club leader must ensure that all the clubs runners register in the finishing area.


The runner will be disqualified if there are any discrepancies in regard to the correct post descriptions when reading the e-card after coming in to finish. In the event the runner disagrees with the disqualification, the runner/club leader must contact the event office. Should the runner not be in agreement after the complaint has been processed through the event office, then a formal protest must be brought before the jury.

Sports Code of Conduct

NOF’s rules and regulations for competitive sports apply. Course maps are not collected in upon passing the finishing post. We encourage you to follow competition rules: A participant, who has completed a race, shall not give out information about the terrain, map or course to other participants who have not completed their race. We would reminder everyone that before start it is forbidden to solicit/obtain information from other participants who have already completed their race. In practice, that means it is forbidden to look at a map or ask for or accept information from a participant who started early.

Exception: It is possible to assist and/or follow participants in N-classes.

Respect forbidden areas on the map, marked out in the terrain by bands or oblique lines on the course map. It is possible that farm animals will be grazing in the area, so show caution. Should you observe animals that require attention, please report to the event office.

Refreshments for the runners

Drinks for the runners provided in the finishing area every race day.

First Aid and Medical Assistance

First aid personnel are available at each of the Event Centres. Medical assistance is available on call. Please contact the Event Centre in case of emergencies.


There are toilets at the event centres. No changing room facilities.

Time Recording

Electronic timing system (EKT) is being used for all events. The system used is EMIT. All participants are to use the same start number (bib) and e-card each day. Hire cards will be collected after finish on the last event or are to be delivered to the event office.

Please Note: Rented e-cards are included in the Team Envelope. These must be returned after the last race. Failure to return the rented cards will induce a penalty of NOK 500.


Results will be shown on the result board at the assembly area. For classes N-open and D/H-10 only times will be shown, and no ranking. For all other classes competitors will be ranked according to results. A complete result list will be found at and will also be found on the board at the O-camp and at the Arena the following race day.


Prizes are awarded to all competitors aged 12 years and younger for all completed individual races and combined.
For competitors aged 17 years and older, prizes to classwinners each day. Total prizes 1/8.
For classes up to 12 years, prizes awarded directly after the race. For other classes the prizegiving ceremony will be at Palmefossen School 9.00 p.m on Days 1, 2 & 3. On Day 4 the prizegiving ceremony will be at the Stuaset arena directly after the event.


1000 points to the winner. One point subtracted per commenced 3 seconds, after the winner.

Sales booth and food stalls

SPORT 8 will sell sports articles at the events arena every day.
Sale of hot and cold food and drinks at the events arena every day.

Childcare Service

You may leave your child at the Childcare Service during your race. Open from 1 hour before the first start, until 2 hours after the last start. Parents are requested to collect their children immediately after having passed through the finish area.

Childrens O-course (Småtroll)

“Småtroll”, is a service for the children too young to participate in the competitions. The courses are very easy and marked so that the children can safely get around the track. Start and finish at the same place. Fee: NOK25 pr. day paid upon start. Adults are encouraged to accompany children around the course. The childrens course is marked by yellow marker bands and all children get a well deserved prize when they get to the finish line.


Participant at Nordvestgaloppen: Quentin Gillet

News - by Frode Oldervoll, 7 July 2008 6:00 AM

Quentin Gillet


Quentin Gillet


CO Liège





Take part in NVG

For the first time


This is my first run in a scandinavian terrain, my ambition is to understand the map, find all controls and make a decent ranking!

Look most forward to

I’m mostly looking forward to the beautiful landscapes of Norway, and to enjoy the famous norwegian way of life so far from continental Europe.

Participant at Nordvestgaloppen: Stein Tryti

News - by Frode Oldervoll, 5 July 2008 6:00 AM

Stein Tryti


Stein Tryti


Tønsberg og omegn (OTO)





Take part in NVG

For the 3rd time.


Take all the controls without too many mistakes.

Look most forward to

To run in quite different terrain than in my homecounty, Vestfold.

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: 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.

Profiles at Nordvestgaloppen: Olav Lundanes

News - by Frode Oldervoll, 11 June 2008 12:09 AM

Olav Lundanes

In the following weeks we will present some Norwegian profiles, who all have a relationship to Nordvestgaloppen. They have been asked the same four questions, and number one in our presentation is the junior world champion master, Olav Lundnes. He is born in Ålesund, north west in Norway, and the area for Nordvestgaloppen. Of course he then has competed a lot of times at this event. Lundanes is first year senior this year, and is coming to this years event directly from World Championships and O-ringen. Maybe not all the days, but as he says: - I need training for the national championships in long distance.

When was your first participation at NV-galoppen?

I have at least the maps from Small troll from the year 1988. Then to of the races was arranged close to my homeplace. Normal class I first ran in the year 2000.

What is your best result at NV-galoppen?

I won in 2000 (M13-14) 2002 (M15-16) and in 2006 (M21AL)

What is your best memory from NV-galoppen?

I think it must be the last race in 2002. I ran M17 that day, and the course was 7 km, something that I felt was a vast distance on that time. It was also hot that day, and the course was really tough. I did well and I was less then 9 minutes behind the winner, which I think was Stig Alvestad. I was also faster than Jørgen Rostrup between to controls, so it was a very motivating race for me.

Why should orienteerers participate at NV-galoppen?

Because the terrain is fabolous, and a tarrein which is not so often used. It is demanding, both technically and physical, and the environments are beatyfull.

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)
Altitude: <520-1576-1548-1496-400 metres above sea levelbr/>
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″.

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