Competition instructions

Contact details

  • Competition director: Janne Hannola,, tel. 045 2233 641
  • Track master: Juhani Ylönen,, tel. 0400 672 152
  • Supervisor: Raimo Tolonen,, tel. 040 5716 218
  • Results service: Risto Kivinen,, tel. 044 0583 583
  • Information / Competition office: Jan Denks 040 5444 298
  • Child Care ”Muksula”: Mirja Törmänen phone 045 1385 354
  • Safety manager: Mikael Holma 050 5940 238
  • Announcements: Nina Siltala
  • First Aid during the competition: SPR Inari, Tiina Arhipoff


Council of Judges

The judges’ council members are Juha Tolonen, Vihtavuoren Pamaus (chairman); Tero Taulavuori, Lapin Suunnistus Chairman; Annika Vaara, Lapin Veikot


Finnish Orienteering Association rules and instructions given by the organisers apply to this competition.

Competition center & Info

Hotel Riekonlinna, Saariseläntie 13, 99830 Saariselkä


Parking is allowed in the official Saariselkä car park areas. There is plenty of space in the parking areas underneath the ski slopes. The distance from the competition center is about 1.5 km. There is limited parking near the finish line, so competitors staying in the Saariselkä area are asked to arrive at the start and finish on foot or by bike.


The info is located in Saariselkä´s Hotel Riekonlinna, Saariseläntie 13, 99830 Saariselkä. Opening hours are as follows:

  • Friday 5 August 2022 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m


Competition Map

Fell orienteering map, scale 1:25,000, contour line interval 5 meters. The basis for the competition map is the terrain database of the Finnish Land Surveying Institute and the fell orientation maps from 2015 and 2017. The map was made by Routamap Oy. Minor changes have been made by the track master.

The competition terrain has a variety of roads and paths. Some of the snowmobile routes in the competition area of ​​the first day are depicted in the map by a vehicle track symbol, and they are clearly visible in the terrain. The clearest of the outdoor trails and the skiing slopes in the second day’s competition area are depicted with a road symbol.

Areas marked with gray rock color on the map are not always uninterrupted rock formations, but a number of small rock areas. Some of the streams have dried up and are difficult to spot in the terrain – read the contour lines and look at the surface vegetation.

The maps are supplied in plastic covers.

Series and distances

You can find the competition series and course lengths as well as the estimated elevation meters in the pdf file that opens here


The competition terrain is mainly open fells and forested slopes allowing for fast pace. At the edges of the open fell areas visibility is reduced by fell birches. In open fell areas low growing shrubs reduce speed. On the first day, the tracks have river crossings. The crossing points are marked on the map. If rainfall prior to the competition does not exceed average levels, river crossings are also possible elsewhere. The terrain has a variety of different level trails. The biggest height differences are about 200 meters. The terrain is mainly located in Urho Kekkonen National Park.

Prohibited areas

Prohibited areas are marked on the map and partly demarcated in the terrain.

Control points and stamping

The control points are similar to the model checkpoints on display at the Riekonlinna competition center and in the finishing area near Kullanhuuhtojantie and Saariseläntie roundabout. The model control points also have a 0 stamp, which can be used to check the functionality of your EMIT control card.

Two EMIT (electronic punching system) control cards are used in the couples series. Both team members must run together at all times, attend every control point and punch at each control point.

Competitor numbers and control description sheet

All competitors, including the recreational series, use race numbers. The same number is used on both days. Your personal race number must be collected from the competition centre info at Hotel Riekonlinna. The numbers only come with one safety pin, so bring your own safety pins.

The control descriptions (clue sheet) are printed onto the map. The control point id is indicated after the control point number.


EMIT control cards and paper control cards

Each competitor is responsible for the functionality of his / her EMIT electronic control card and for using the correct control card recorded in the participants list. Remember to file your EMIT card number.

  • Changes can be made at the competition centre info for €5/change.
  • Rental EMIT cards are available from the competition centre info for €5/day. Cash payment only.
  • 80 euros will be charged for an EMIT card left unreturned.
  • EMIT paper control cards are available at the competition centre info and at the start.


The departure locations are shown on the map here.


  • The distance from Hotel Riekonlinna competition centre to the start is 2.5 km. The way is signposted along outdoor trails and snowmobile trails. you will cross roads on the way, so be careful and use crosswalks! Allow plenty of time for your transition to the departure area. The public has the opportunity to come and watch the departure.
  • There is a toilet/toilets near the departure area.
  • There is a drinking water point at the departure area.
  • Plastic bags for clothes and personal items are available at the departure area. Your bag is transported to the finish line by the organisers.
  • Competitors are responsible for marking their bags themselves with felt pens available at the departure area.
  • All EMIT cards are reset near the departure area.
  • Competition maps are in rows on the ground according to series and race number.
  • Moving to the starting lines starts approximately five (5) minutes before the joint start.
  • The departure area will be closed approximately two (2) minutes before departure.
  • The maps are in a plastic cover. Series and race number are marked on the maps. Maps for couples are stapled together.
  • Make sure you take your position close to your own map.
  • The map can be taken with the command ”MAPS” about 30 seconds prior to the start signal. Competitors are responsible for taking their own maps.
  • The start of all series, including the recreational series, takes place with a joint start at 1 p.m.


  • The distance from Hotel Riekonlinna competition centre to the start is 1.5 km. The way is signposted along outdoor trails. Allow plenty of time for your transition to the departure area.
  • There is no equipment transport from the starting point to the competition centre.
  • There is a toilet/toilets on the way to the departure area.
  • There is a water point at the departure area.
  • Chase starts at 10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
  • The starting area is marked for each series, competitors are responsible for moving to their own starting area.
  • The maps are organised in buckets in front of the starting line separately for each series. After receiving the starting signal, competitors take the maps from their own series’ bucket. Competitors are responsible for taking their own maps.
  • After the start, the competitors proceed to the K-point, which is about 100 meters away.
  • Joint departure at 10.45 am.
  • Joint departure of the recreation series at 11:00.
  • On Sunday, there is a chase start based on the results of the 1st day in all series except for the recreation series. Only competitors having crossed the finish line within 40 minutes from Saturday’s winner participate in the chase start.
  • In the mixed pairs series, age credits of 1 min per 1 year for years over 80. In series HDB and HDC age credit is half that of the HDA series (rounded up to the nearest minute). Age allowances are taken into account in the results of the first day. Possible corrections of age credits can be made at the competition centre info before departure on Saturday.
  • Sunday’s exact starting times will be announced on the notice board and race pages after Saturday’s results are known.
  • Joint departure is organised in the same manner as on Saturday.


All series arrive at the same finish line. There are waymarks from the last checkpoint to the finish line. All competitors must punch their control card at the finish. Couples must reach the finish line together. If a team does not reach the finish line together, they will be disqualified. The arrival of the latter team member determines the joint result. The finish line judge decides on rankings in tight situations. After the finish line all competitors must punch their control card, after which competitors proceed to the stamp check. The finish closes on Saturday at 18:00 and on Sunday at 16:00. If you don’t make it to the finish line in time, call the phone number on the race map, tel. 050 5940 238

The map will not be collected at the finish line on either day.

Split times

There are no split time check points.

GPS tracking

There is no GPS tracking.



There are no drinks provided by the organisers on the course. However, the water of flowing streams is generally drinkable. Drinking water from streams is the competitor’s own responsibility. Remember to take care of your hydration and energy levels during the race. Also be prepared for the rapidly changing weather conditions on the fells. Do not leave any rubbish on the ground! There is a drink station at the finish line.

Recreational series

You can still register for the recreational series at Riekonlinna competition centre info on Saturday by 11:30 a.m. and on Sunday by 9:00 a.m. The participation fee for the fitness series when registering on the spot is 26 euros / person / day and it is paid to the info in cash or by card. Departure takes place in a joint departure.

Race drop-out

Competitors who decide to drop out of the race must attend at the finish line and stamp their control card. All drop-outs MUST report to the organisers at the finish!


Washing facilities

Washing is possible in Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna’s sauna facilities. The public saunas are open on Saturday from 15:00 to 19:00 and on Sunday from 13:00 to 19:00 (towel rental €2). You may not enter the indoor spaces with orienteering shoes. The washing facilities have limited capacity, so it is recommended that competitors use the washing facility in their accommodation.

It is possible to wash equipment outside, in the ”back yard” of Hotel Riekonlinna.


There is a toilet/toilets at the start on Saturday and on the way to the departure area on Sunday.

First aid

There is one first aid point on the race course on both days. The first aid point is marked on the map. There is also a first aid station in the competition centre. The phone number is marked on the map: 050 5940 238, from which you can call for help on the spot if necessary. It is recommended to take your own phone with you to alert help, but it must be switched off in the starting area and during the competition.


The organizer of the competition does not insure the participants.


Child care ”Muksula”

There is a child care facility at the competition centre, for which you must pre-register no later than August 2, 2022 by email at the address: lapin.sudet(a) When registering, you must mention the name and age of the child coming to Muksula, as well as the name and phone number of the guardian.

The fee for Muksula is €10/day/child. Payment is made in cash when the child is brought to the Muksula.

Muksula is open on Saturday, August 6. from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. Bring the child’s own lunch.


Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna Restaurant Linnansali open Sat 6.8. and Sun 7.8. from 12:00 to 22:30.

Lunch on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m., €14.50 / person and children 4-12 years old. €11.50 / person

À la Carte, 4-10 p.m


Other services

Orienteering shops ”Suunnistajan Kauppa” and ”Seppo Keltamäki” serve in the competition center.

Award ceremony

The prizes are awarded at the competition centre by series once all result have been finalised. Results will be announced on the scoreboard. Prizes can also be collected from the competition centre info until 4 p.m. on Sunday. The winner must state his social security number (if applicable), and the competition organizer makes a notification to the income register in accordance with the Tax Act.

In addition to the prizes awarded according to the ranking, some of the prizes are drawn among the participants. The names of the winners of the draw will be published on the notice board of the competition center and on the competition website on Sunday morning.


The results can be seen on the competition centre’s scoreboard and on the competition’s website www.tunturisuunnistus/2022.