WOC 2017

Training opportunities

Training maps on WOC 2017 relevant terrains are available from spring 2015 throughout summer 2017. New maps and areas are continuously added.

Maps can either be purchased as files (OCAD/PDF/JPG) or in printed form (laser-print) with or without controls, and delivered to your desired address.

Please note that some of the training areas are in the proximity of the embargoed areas.


Official training camps will be centered  around Otepää. Test races on relevant terrains available on request.

Training Camp 3 will be held in May 8-14, 2017.

Date Time Place Type SI Cost
May 8 all day Kirikuküla middle No 5 EUR
May 8 all day Juudakunnu middle No 5 EUR
May 9 all day Veskimõisa-Poka middle/long No 5 EUR
May 9 15:00-19:00 Lajavangu middle/long Yes 7 EUR
May 10 all day Haanja W middle No 5 EUR
May 10 15:00-18:30 Tähtvere (Tartu) sprint Yes 7 EUR
May 10 15:00-19:00 Vällamäe (Haanja) long Yes 7 EUR
May 11 all day Päidlapalu middle No 5 EUR
May 11 17:00-19:00 Madsa-Annimatsi long Yes 7 EUR
May 12 17:00 TEST RACE: Põlva sprint YES 35 EUR
May 13 12:00 TEST RACE: Küka middle YES 35 EUR
May 14 9:00 TEST RACE: Kütiorg long YES 35 EUR


  • Test races for national teams on WOC relevant terrains will be held May 12-14. Sprint, middle and long distance races available. See the areas HERE.
    • Entry fee 35 EUR/day. Registration is open! Deadline April 17.
    • May 12: sprint in Põlva town (map 1:4000/h=2.5m). EMIT test OLD MAP
    • May 13: middle distance in Küka (map 1:10 000/h=2.5m) OLD MAP
    • May 14: long distane in Kütiorg (map 1:15 000/h=5m) OLD MAP
    • NB! Runners need to follow their national team embargo rules for these terrains (except for Küka that is a WOC embargoed area!).
    • Contact trainings@woc2017.ee for more information.
  • Training Camp 2 was held in the beginning of October 2016 in combination with the largest annual orienteering competition in Estonia, XXVIII Suunto Games in Estonia.

​Cost of trainings 2016

Training camps: Cost
Map training with SPORTident 7 EUR
Map training 5 EUR
Outside of training camps:  
Map without overprinting 3,5 EUR
Map overprinted with controls or courses 5 EUR
Map file in OCAD / JPG format 150 / 100 EUR
Custom trainings special agreements

Contact training co-ordinator trainings(at)woc2017.ee  for more information.

Suggested Competitions 2017

Travel information

Transport. International airport are in Tallinn and Tartu. See more schedules at www.tallinn-airport.ee/en/ and www.tartu-airport.ee/eng
Organizers suggest the teams and athletes use their own cars and minivans to get around trainings. Official Rental Car Partner Hertz offer great deals for everybody (use CDP number 809583 at www.hertz.com).

Visas. Information for travellers from foreign countries can be found at the homepage of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. See more at www.vm.ee/en.

Tourism. Estonia is almost 50% forest which makes the orienteers happy. But there's also a lot to discover outside the orienteers' natural habitat. See more at www.visitestonia.com.

Accommodation. In Otepää, organizers suggest the following hotels: GMP Clubhotel, Karupesa and Tehvandi. Contact the organizers at accommodation(a)woc2017.ee for the best deals.

Training maps

Training areas are chosen to model the competition terrains and map-makers style as much as possible and there are training maps available for all the different distances. Training maps' location on Google Maps.

You can also check Estonian Orienteering Map database

Tartu Ülejõe Ülejõe (Tartu)

Similar to: sprint, sprint relay
Scale/contours: 1:4000/2 m
Updated: 2015 autumn
Mapmaker: Uku-Laur Tali
Location: N58.384688, E26.736792; http://bit.ly/1OTbkIv
41 km from Otepää, 0 km from Tartu, 185 km from Tallinn

Ülejõe is an unofficial district of Tartu and is located on the East side of River Emajõgi, just next to the WOC embargoed area. The urban settlement of the terrain consists of areas with private residences and larger block buildings. There are few open areas between block buildings, where man-made features and some vegetation can be found. It is very flat area and is not very similar to WOC sprint terrains in that sense. Residential areas are also rather new and cannot be compared to more complex Old Towns in Tartu or Viljandi. On the other hand, it is just next to the competition terrain…
PS! Since the terrain is very close to the embargoed area, take a good look where you can and can not go!

Otepää Town of Otepää

Similar to: sprint, sprint relay
Scale/contours: 1:5000/5 m
Updated: 2015 autumn
Mapmaker: Kalle Kalm
Location: N58.054193, E26.501765; http://bit.ly/1SmemaG
0 km from Otepää, 41 km from Tartu, 225 km from Tallinn

Otepää is a well-known winter resort that hosts FIS Cross Country Ski World Cup every second winter and offers activities and attractions all year round. The town consists of residential areas with private houses and block buildings with public space between them. East of the town is situated Tehvandi Sports Centre with ski-tracks and sports infrastructure.

The most prominent landform is Otepää Hill Fort with ruins of the stone stronghold established by Bishop Herman in 1224. Height difference is more than 30 metres, which makes it physically one of the toughest sprint terrains in Estonia. In 2016 Otepää hosted European Orienteering Championships and sprint qualification was run on that very terrain. In addition to that it has been used for Estonian sprint championships in 2013 and for Euromeeting sprint in 2015.



Similar to: sprint, sprint relay

Scale/contours: 1:4000/2.5 m
Updated: 2016 spring
Mapmaker: Lauri Sild, Timo Sild, Markus Puusepp
Location: N57.845341, E27.009132; http://bit.ly/1Khn5TL
43 km from Otepää, 69 km from Tartu, 254 km from Tallinn

The town is situated on the shore of Lake Tamula and was founded on 21 August 1784, according to the wish of the Empress Catherine II of Russia. Since it was built “according to the plan” the street pattern is very regular. Historical centre of the town is characterized by low wooden houses and is connected to the Lake Tamula shore promenade through picturesque Katariina Alley. Shady yards of bigger buildings allow tricky control locations but in general, navigation in Võru is all about speed and optimal route choices.

Mapmaker Markus Puusepp is the co-author of WOC sprint maps.


Põlva South

Terrain is used for test and selection races in May 2017!

Similar to: sprint, sprint relay
Scale/contours: 1:5000/2,5 m
Updated: new map available from May 15, 2017
Mapmaker: Avo Veermäe, new map by Mait Tõnisson
Location: N58.048964, E27.054448; http://bit.ly/16Q87H7
42 km from Otepää, 47 km from Tartu, 230 km from Tallinn

Town of Põlva is a small municipality centre hosting approximately 7000 inhabitants. It is rather hilly compared to other Estonian towns. The most prominent landform is the valley of river Ora which passes through the town and widens into a lake in the middle of the town. This specific part of the town is a combination of two different types of terrain: urban settlement and a forest park with dense track and path network. The urban part of the terrain is mainly covered with block buildings and small green areas and parks between them.

The northern part of terrain include lake shore, town centre and area of private houses. Lake shore is mostly open area with sparse path network. Nice beach offers excellent post- training relaxing time (if it is not covered in ice). Again, the most prominent land feature is the river valley with steep slopes that go through the terrain and offer very good training for both WOC sprint and sprint relay. Residential areas are probably less complex than the WOC terrains in Tartu and Viljandi, but areas of private houses have similar features.

Runnability is mostly good and very good, thickets occur only in the forest park area. The terrain has been used for Euromeeting sprint in 2005 and Estonian Championships sprint 2009. Põlva was the centre for Junior World Orienteering Championships 2003.

The similarity to WOC 2017 sprint terrains is not great, but areas of block buildings and parks with scattered trees model some parts of the competition terrains.
Parking is free all over the town and it is possible to use local sports centre for showering (for a fee).


Similar to: sprint, sprint relay
Scale/contours: 1:5000/2,5 m
Updated: 2016 summer
Mapmaker: Markus Puusepp
Location: N58.097192, E27.463858; http://bit.ly/2buTjW0
69 km from Otepää, 64 km from Tartu, 251 km from Tallinn

This small picturesque town, situated not far from Lake Peipsi, is an interesting sprint terrain. The pearl and the most prominent landmark in Räpina is Sillapää castle. The late classicist main building of the manor is the centre of the architectural ensemble, which is surrounded by a diverse park area and River Võhandu. Like in every other small South-Estonian town, you will find areas of private housing and bigger block buildings here as well. The red brick building of the Räpina Paper Factory is the oldest operating industrial enterprise in Estonia. In 2016 Estonian Championships in sprint and in sprint relay took place in Räpina. 

Mapmaker Markus Puusepp is the co-author of WOC sprint maps.



Similar to: middle distance, relay
Scale/contours: 1:10 000/2,5 m
Updated: 2015 spring
Mapmaker: Avo Veermäe, Madis Oras
Location: N58.107677, E26.436462; http://bit.ly/1B87vWr
10 km from Otepää, 42 km from Tartu, 210 km from Tallinn

Päidlapalu terrain is situated on the northern slope of Otepää upland. The relief is typical for a kame field formed during the last glaciation. Hills in different size alternate with depressions and marshes between them. The river Elva valley cuts through the southern part of the terrain, forming some bigger slopes. There are areas with very detailed small landforms, which need careful orienteering. The height difference on the terrain is approx. 65 m and the steepest slopes go up to 45 m. The runnability varies from good to bad. Marshes can be wet and one should be especially careful should around lakes, where marshes can be even dangerous. Most of the smaller tracks are difficult to notice and are covered with vegetation. During mapping a very precise Lidar-based elevation data has been used. Estonian Championships in long distance and relay was held there in 2013.

Since Päidlapalu is an adjoining terrain for Vitipalu, where WOC middle distance and relay take place , it is by far the best model terrain for these events. Runnability is probably a bit worse here and the amount of marshes is greater than in Vitipalu. So, in general it is physically more demanding but technically easier than WOC middle distance and relay. One of the mapmakers, Madis Oras, is also responsible for mapping of the WOC long distance terrain.



Similar to: middle distance, relay
Scale/contours: 1:10 000 and 1:15 000/2.5 m
Updated: 2015 autumn
Mapmaker: Kalle Kalm
Location: N58.082428, E26.424567; http://bit.ly/1ZpoXAW
6 km from Otepää, 46 km from Tartu, 210 km from Tallinn

Kirikuküla is situated in the Otepää Uplands near the Elva river headwaters. Height difference on the terrain is 45 metres. The terrain is rather varied with depressions, hills and swamps. There is a dense network of roads and narrow rides although nature is starting to reclaim the smaller tracks.  Runability in the forest varies from very good to medium and the terrain is very relevant to WOC middle distance. In 1998 Kirikuküla was used for World Cup model event and in 2015 for Euromeeting/Suunto Games middle and long distance. The mapmaker Kalle Kalm is partly responsible for mapping WOC middle distance terrain.



Similar to: middle distance, relay
Scale/contours: 1:10 000/2.5 m
Updated: 2016 spring
Mapmaker: Kalle Kalm
Location: N57.698045, E27.393000; http://bit.ly/2brSton
76 km from Otepää, 102 km from Tartu, 285 km from Tallinn

The scale and type of landforms varies a lot in Juudakunnu. Typical kamefields are separated by marshes in different sizes. Maximum height difference is 40 m and steepest slope is 25 m. Coniferous and mixed forest is prevailing with runnability from very good to very poor. There is quite regular path network with average density. Forest covers 90% of the map area. On spring 2016 Estonian Championships in middle distance was held there and course inspector Sixten Sild then said: “Its technically interesting terrain and the mapper has put a lot of effort to reflect it properly on the map. But, as always, there is a good amount of subjectivity in it, and runners have to adapt fast to mapper's “script””. The mapmaker Kalle Kalm will be partly responsible for mapping WOC middle distance terrain.


Similar to: middle distance, relay
Scale/contours: 1:10 000/2,5 m
Updated: 2015 spring
Mapmaker: Avo Veermäe
Location: N57.960545, E26.752986; http://bit.ly/1CYno67
23 km from Otepää, 52 km from Tartu, 234 km from Tallinn

Another kame field and outwash plain formed during last glaciation. It is located on the southern slope of Otepää upland. Two microrelief areas are separated with a large bogand in the north the terrain is bordered by the headwaters of river Võhandu. It is a typical hill-depression terrain which is quite common for Estonia and in general similar to WOC middle and relay terrains. There are almost no open fields and vegetation is dominated by coniferous trees such as pine and spruce. Undergrowth and clearings of different age occur in some parts, which reduce runnability significantly.
In 2012, international 3-day orienteering event Kobras Cup was organized in Lajavangu.



Similar to: middle distance, long distance
Scale/contours: 1:10 000/2.5 m
Updated: 2016 spring
Mapmaker: Avo Veermäe
Location: N58.128214, E26.776362; http://bit.ly/29d3Nrg
26 km from Otepää, 34 km from Tartu, 215 km from Tallinn

Small and medium sized hills as well as depressions are interlaced by marshes of different shapes and sizes. The terrain is very variable in regard to contour features and vegetation. Maximum height difference is between 30-45 m, on the biggest slope 15 m. Paths and narrow rides are often overgrown. More than half of the forest is old coniferous with many large fallen trees. There are clearings of different ages, which therefore have different runnability and visibility. In 2016 Baltic Championships in relay and in 2008 World University Orienteering Championships in long distance was held in this terrain.  

Kiidi Kiidi

Similar to: long distance
Scale/contours: 1:10 000/5 m
Updated: 2015
Mapmaker: Markus Puusepp, Madis Oras
Location: N57.747161, E26.899368; http://bit.ly/1Rq00G1
52 km from Otepää, 77 km from Tartu, 261 km from Tallinn

This terrain is located in Rõuge old glacial valley and due to that height difference is impressive in Estonian context. WOCs long distance is partly run in the same valley that extends to SE direction, which makes Kiidi the closest place to experience the slopes, vegetation and runnability you might encounter in 2017. Its good idea to combine visit to Kiidi with sprint training in Rõuge, since they locate near by. After the trainings do not forget to hop in and refresh yourself in the Estonian deepest lake – Rõuge Suurjärv.


Similar to: long distance
Scale/contours: 1:10 000 and 1:15 000/5 m
Updated: 2016 autumn
Mapmaker: Madis Oras
Location: N57.722916, E27.048375; http://bit.ly/1K9TXzW
62 km from Otepää, 88 km from Tartu, 271 km from Tallinn

Haanja is “the roof” of Estonia. It might sound exaggerated but it is the highest upland we have here. Highest point Suur Munamägi (The Great Egg Hill) is 317 m above sea level. Relative height of the hill goes up to 84 m.
Terrain around Haanja ski tracks is a bit flatter, but gives a good general impression of WOC long distance terrain. Between bigger hills there are numerous small lakes, marshes and more contour details. Forest is tough and pristine. Areas with young coniferous and deciduous wood, barely passable, but with distinct vegetation boundary vary with areas with mixed forest and indistinct vegetation boundaries. Bushy areas reduce runnability significantly and require aggressive running technique.

In 2006, Haanja ski stadium hosted European Championships middle distance final and in 2016 Suunto Games. Mapmaker Madis Oras will draw WOC long distance map. Please note, that this training terrain is next to WOC long distance embargoed area, so be careful not to enter there. There is a small cafe at the ski stadium and facilities for showering (for a fee).


Similar to: long distance
Scale/contours: 1:15 000/5 m
Updated: 2015 spring
Mapmaker: Madis Oras
Location: N58.043203, E26.422439; http://bit.ly/1wMQCMW
6 km from Otepää, 48 km from Tartu, 212 km from Tallinn

Madsa-Annimatsi well-developed hilly relief is quite similar to Haanja and WOC long distance terrain, only hills are smaller in their size and extent. It is a part of Otepää Nature Park, which is the largest landscape reserve in Estonia and was formed to preserve, study and introduce the rolling landscape and biological diversity characteristic of the Otepää upland as well as the local lifestyle and cultural heritage and sustainable use of nature. Height difference is 50 m, being up to 30 m on one slope. Lots of swamps in different sizes, where runnability varies. Forest is very diverse and both visibility and runnability varies from good to poor.
International orienteering event Ilves-3 took place here in 2014. Mapmaker Madis Oras is the map-maker for WOC long distance terrain.




Other NOT That relevant and maybe slightly out-of-date maps you might still be interested in:


Similar to: sprint, sprint relay
Scale/contours: 1:5000/2.5 m
Updated: 2012
Mapmaker: Kalle Kalm
Location: N57.777582, E26.026625; http://bit.ly/1PvPmYv
49 km from Otepää, 86 km from Tartu, 236 km from Tallinn

The town of Valga is the most southern town in Estonia and lies just on the border with Latvia. Its actually a twin-town together with Valka and that is rather symbolic, since Latvia will organize WOC just a year after Estonia, so why not go and run in both host countries at the same time. Until their separation in 1920, Valga and the town of Valka in northern Latvia were one town and in 2007 all border-crossing points were removed again and roads and fences opened between the two countries with both joining the Schengen Agreement. Valga is a typical small South-Estonian town with irregular but not very dense street network. Small open park areas varies with residential areas and the most prominent natural feature is the river of Pedeli. 


Similar to: sprint, sprint relay
Scale/contours: 1:5000/2,5 m
Updated: 2015 spring
Mapmaker: Markus Puusepp
Location: N57.729901, E26.917564; http://bit.ly/1xgXdWs
55 km from Otepää, 81 km from Tartu, 264 km from Tallinn

This sprint terrain covers residential area of Rõuge borough and mostly open rural landscape on both sides of the valley. The bottom of the valley is covered with 7 lakes and one of them (Suurjärv) is the deepest in Estonia – 38 m.  On the eastern side lies smaller side-valley with very deep slopes and thick vegetation, called the valley of the Nightingale. On the western part of the valley settlement is denser with some block buildings, industrial zone and an open forest park area created around mansion (non-existent nowadays) . Terrain is quite hilly and the maximum height difference is 35 m. Small beach by the Suurjärv offers exciting swimming experience. Relatively open park area is somewhat similar to Viljandi caste hills. Mapmaker Markus Puusepp is the co-author of WOC sprint maps.
Rõuge hosted Estonian Championships in sprint and in sprint relay in 2014.


Similar to: sprint, sprint relay
Scale/contours: 1:5000/2,5 m
Updated: 2015 spring
Mapmaker: Avo Veermäe
Location: N58.162014, E27.194497; http://bit.ly/1xgRcJB
57 km from Otepää, 43 km from Tartu, 236 km from Tallinn

Mooste is a small borough which historically formed around a manor. Mooste Manor, established at the time when the Nolcken family ruled the area, lies on the shore of Lake Mooste. The building’s exterior is designed after the German Heimat style, the more modest variety of Jugendstil that was popular in Estonia. An English-style park adds to the appearance of the manor. Whereas manor house with its auxiliary buildings offers more detailed orienteering experience, then a large part of the terrain by the lake and residential area is open and very fast. Terrain is rather flat and similarity to WOC sprint terrains is not significant. There is a nice beach by the lake, which is good for swimming during the warm period of the year. It is possible to visit the manor, which at the moment accommodates a local school.
Mooste hosted Estonian Championships in sprint in 2007.


Similar to: sprint, sprint relay
Scale/contours: 1:5000/2,5 m
Updated: 2015 spring
Mapmaker: Timo Sild
Location: N57.889933, E27.011172; http://bit.ly/1zydp68
44 km from Otepää, 67 km from Tartu, 250 km from Tallinn

Väimela is another small borough – probably the least complex of suggested training terrains. Terrain offers very fast residential areas and well-groomed to forested parks around an old manor and vocational school. Runnability from good to very good. No competitions of significant importance have been held there.


Similar to: long distance
Scale/contours: 1:15 000/5 m
Updated: 2015 spring
Mapmaker: Kalle Kalm
Location: N57.614921, E27.132470; http://bit.ly/14jQVZK
76 km from Otepää, 103 km from Tartu, 286 km from Tallinn

Due to its location on the southern slope of Haanja heights, hills are not so prominent in Kuura. Absolute heights vary between 230 m a.s.l in the northern part and 175 m a.s.l. in the southern part of the map. Maximum height difference on one slope is 20 metres. Medium-sized and small hills and depressions are interlaced by marshes of different shapes and sizes. The terrain is very variable in regard to contour features and vegetation. Mixed forest with spruces and pines dominates. Runnability varies from very good to poor. Network of roads, paths and narrow rides is rather poor, but there are plenty of forest extractions roads which have not been mapped in 100% of the places. Many different types of marshes with different water levels. Some areas around lakes and larger creeks are flooded by beavers whereas there are also nice and runnable bogs.

Terrain was used in Baltic Orienteering Championships in 2013. Mapmaker Kalle Kalm is partly responsible for mapping WOC middle distance and relay maps.


Similar to: long distance
Scale/contours: 1:15 000/5 m
Updated: 2015 spring
Mapmaker: Kalle Remm
Location: N58.016286, E26.448528; http://bit.ly/1tz9VZO
7 km from Otepää, 49 km from Tartu, 218 km from Tallinn

Another terrain in Otepää Nature Park and in the vicinity of Otepää. It is situated south from Pühajärv – one of the most scenic lakes in Estonia. From the west it is bordered by the river Väike-Emajõgi and wet swamps on its flood plain. Most prominent features are three big hills which due to rich mineral soils are mostly covered in deciduous forest. Between hills, contour lines are vague and fens and marshes of different sizes occur. Our national pride, Tartu Ski Marathon track, passes the terrain. Do not miss the opportunity to take a relaxing bath in lake Pühajärv after a solid training. Mapmaker Kalle Remm is partly responsible for drawing WOC middle distance and relay maps.



Similar to: long distance
Scale/contours: 1:15 000/5 m
Updated: 2015 autumn
Mapmaker: Kalle Remm
Location: N58.122275, E26.716429; http://bit.ly/1KhueDq
24 km from Otepää, 32 km from Tartu, 216 km from Tallinn

This is the place to get hardcore experience of South-Estonian forest. Best served in midsummer. If you are into that kind of things. On the other hand, maybe you should be, because you can encounter poor runnability and visibility, wet marshes, fallen trees, indistinct paths and vigorous unfriendly vegetation in all WOC forest terrains. Not in that extent as in Krüüdneri though.
Highest slope is 25 m and small groups of hills are separated by diverse marshes. 40% of the map is covered by different shades of green colour and 24% is swamp and marsh. Estonian championships in long distance was held here in 2015. Mapmaker Kalle Remm is partly responsible for drawing WOC middle distance and relay maps. 



Similar to: middle distance, relay
Scale/contours: 1:10 000/2,5 m
Updated: 2015 spring
Mapmaker: Madis Oras
Location: N58.257899, E26.936781; http://bit.ly/1rJAMXy
48 km from Otepää, 23 km from Tartu, 206 km from Tallinn

Uniküla is one of the most valued (and also used) orienteering terrain in South-Estonia. In 2003 JWOC long distance race was held here and it has been several times used for Estonian Championships. Most recently, in 2014 for middle distance and relay.
This terrain has almost everything which is characteristic for South-Estonia. Irregular complex of hills separated by small marshes and depression vary with flatter parts where vague relief requires good navigation skills (and a compass). Height difference over the map is 60 m and higher hills are up to 45 m high. Although coniferous forest is mostly very fast and visibility good, you can come upon thickets, clearings or areas of windthrow where even walking can be difficult. Area is used by Estonian Defence Forces for practice and therefore some small paths, hides and pits might not be mapped. Author of the map is Madis Oras, who is involved in mapping of WOC terrains as well.

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