General Information


Venue and access

Estonian Orienteering Week takes place together with the 2017 Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships in Tartu and South Estonia, with the competition terrains in Tartu, Viljandi, Rõuge and Elva-Vitipalu.

Tartu is a well-known university town and the intellectual capital of Estonia. The Hanseatic town lies on the banks of the River Emajõgi and is the second largest town in the country and the oldest in the Baltic States. It was first mentioned almost a thousand years ago and can be called the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, Estonian theatre and the Estonian state.



The Event Centre for Estonian Orienteering Week will be located in Tartu Tamme Gymnasium (Nooruse 9, Tartu), 3 km from the city centre.

How to reach Tartu

Tartu is the centre for South Estonia and can be accessed by car, by train, by bus and by plane.

By car:

Hertz is the Official Rental Car partner for Estonian Orienteering Week. Hertz offices are located in Tallinn and Tartu. For booking at use CDP code 809583 (CDP code can be used all over Europe!).

By train:

  • From Tallinn

  • From Valga (at the Latvian border)

  • From Koidula (at the Russian border)

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By bus:

  • From Tallinn and Tallinn Airport – 180 km / 2,5 hours

  • From Riga and Riga Airport – 250 km / 4 hours

  • Bus routes also available from many Central and Eastern European cities.

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By plane:

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A list of known groups (as of December 2016) that are offering organized trips to Estonian Orienteering Week and World Orienteering Championships:

If you want your group added or removed, please contact . 

Day info



Sprint will be held around Tartu Song Festival Grounds which is a mix of park area with ski tracks.
Map: ISSOM standard, scale 1:4000, contour interval 2.5m, will be remapped in 2017.
Previous map: Tartu

July 2, Viljandi SPRINT DISTANCE

Sprint terrain in Viljandi has two distinctive areas, the Castle hills with steep slopes, ruins, and the picturesque old town.
Map: ISSOM standard, scale 1:4000, contour interval 2.5m, will be remapped in 2017.
Previous map: Viljandi

July 4-5, Rõuge LONG DISTANCES

The Long Distances terrain is stretching over an area between the highest hill and the deepest lake of Estonia. Runnability varies from good in the coniferous forests to poor in the deciduous forests. Many marshes can be found in the terrain.
Map: ISOM standard, scale 1:10 000 or 1:15:000, contour interval 5m, will be remapped in 2017.
Previous maps: Rõuge, Haanja


July 7-8, Elva-Vitipalu MIDDLE DISTANCES

Middle Distances terrain offers very detailed contours with many depressions and ridges between them. Runnability and visibility vary from very good to poor. Tartu Ski Marathon track is passing through the area.
Map: ISOM standard, scale 1:10 000 or 1:7 500, contour interval 2,5m, will be remapped in 2017.
Previous map: Elva-Vitipalu


Results of the individual days will be converted to points for the overall results using the formula "winner's time divided by your own time, all multiplied by 1000". The best five points scores count to the overall result.

Other info


There are no regulations regarding clothing. Choice of footwear is free for Long Distance and Middle Distance races. Spike shoes are not allowed for Sprint Distance races.


Organizers offer hard floor accommodation in Tartu Tamme Gymnasium (Nooruse 9, Tartu), in the same school were EOW office is located. Showers are provided as well. Accommodation is offered as one package, from 30th June to 7th of July, the price is 56€/per person. More information and booking

In addition Tartu offers wide range of accommodations from 4 stars hotels to university dormitories all within walking distance from the Event Centre and the Old Town.

More information about accommodation in Estonia:


According to the current regulations, citizens of some countries must obtain a visa in order to enter Estonia. Please check the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information:


Estonian summers are usually mild with a chance of rain. The average temperature in July, which is considered the warmest month of the year, is 16…17 °C, although the temperatures can reach more than 30°C on the hot days.
Ticks, carrying encephalitis and Lyme-disease are common in Estonia.


There is organized bus transport for the event that take place outside of Tartu (July 2nd, Viljandi; July 4th-5th, Rõuge; July 7th-8th, Elva-Vitipalu) and July 6th to the WOC middle distance. Price of the bus ticket is 70€/week per person, you can order the bus ticket in system and the bus schedule is as follows:

Tartu Tamme Gymnasium -> Viljandi 2.07.2017
Arrives at Viljandi 16.00 ja 16.30
Starting from Viljandi 20.00 ja 21.00
Tartu Tamme Gymnasium -> Rõuge 04.07.2017
Arrives at Rõuge 9.00 ja 10.30
Starting from 17.00 ja 17.00
Tartu Tamme Gymnasium -> Rõuge 05.07.2017
Arrives at Rõuge 9.00 ja 10.30
Starting from Rõuge 13.00 ja 14.00
Tartu Tamme Gymnasium -> Vitipalu 06.07.2017
Arrives at Vitipalu 11.30 ja 11.30
Starting from Vitipalu 17.00 ja 17.00
Tartu Tamme Gymnasium -> Vitipalu 07.07.2017
Arrives at Vitipalu 9.15 ja 10.15
Starting from Vitipalu 18.00 ja 18.00
Tartu Tamme Gymnasium -> Vitipalu 08.07.2017
Arrives at Vitipalu 8.30 ja 9.30
Starting from Vitipalu 12.00 ja 13.30