ICE-O 2020

ICE-O 2020 Information

Information letter (july 2020)

ICE-O 2020 will be held in Reykjavík 9-11th of August 2020. One day training, two days competition.

ICE-O is the largest orienteering event regularly organized by the local club Rathlaupafélagið Hekla since 2010.

ICE-O offers you a great orienteering holiday in unique landscape.


Friday, 7th August – Registration opens at 4.30p.m. at the event center in Norðlingaholt.

Friday, 7th August – Training/Short distance in Rauðhólar, first start at 5.00pm, open start.

Saturday, 8th August – Medium distance in Rauðavatn, first start at 10.30 a.m.

Sunday, 9th August – Medium distance in Vífilsstaðahlíð, Reykjavík, first start at 10 a.m.

Registration and payments

Online registration is open until Thursday, 30th July. Registration at the location (before first starting time on each day) will be possible for selected courses.

Online payment when you register is preferred.

Online payment link


D21, H21, D17-20 , H17-20 , D16-14, H16-14, D11-13, H11-13, D10, H10, D40, H40, D60, H60, D70, H70,


ICE-O 2 day – adult (17+) €60, child €30

ICE-O Single day – adult (17+) €25, child €10

Late registration after 15th July will add an extra 50% surcharge.


Rauðhólar – 1:5000, E 2m, 2014, (Map maker: Cesare Tarabocchia)

Vífilsstaðahlíð – 1:1000, E 2,5m, 2010-2011, (Map maker: Markus Puusepp)

Rauðavatn – 1:10000, E 5m, 2015(Map maker: Jussi Silvennoinen, Markus Puusepp)


On Friday, the short distance/training will take place at Rauðhólar, on the edge of Reykjavik. Rauðhólar is a lava-field area that has been exploited as a gravel pit and also seen construction during World War II. The terrain is fascinating with layers of sediment exposed to the air in varying color, interspersed with craters and small lakes. Running is generally very fast, and navigation simple. Times from Friday will not be entered into the competition, but will be posted.

On Saturday, the middle distance event will take place in Vífilsstaðahlíð a mix of forest and shrubland on the edge of the Capital. Small thick forests, some lava fields, some open terrain, steep hills and a lot of variation make this area exciting for runners as well as tricky to navigate.

On Sunday, the middle distance event will take place in Rauðvatn on the Capital’s suburb. Rauðavatn is a technical area beside the town. Many hills (HD 70 m), many paths, a lot of rocky details (cliffs, boulders, bare rock). 50 % open terrain with very good runnability, 50 % forested area (mainly dense pine forest) and in some slopes thick lupina areas. And from almost every corner of the map you can see Reykjavik and the sea just below you.

Timing and controlling

SPORTident equipment. Renting possible (€3 for the whole event).

Training maps

You can buy training maps from our club, €7 for three maps of area in and around Reykjavík. Contact us for more details.


Transportation will be arranged for a fee on both Saturday and Sunday, €40 for both days, €20 for a single day.

Public transport can be used on Friday and Sunday to reach the events, but multiple busses may be required.

There is a free parking close to each of the event centers.

6 responses to “ICE-O 2020”

  1. Hello!
    We are coming from Finland to orienteering ICE and I will ask how we find this place where is Thursday warm up -orienteering and other competitionplaces? We will think to rent car in Reykjavik.
    Best Regards,
    Vesa Saramäki
    +358 400 495141

    • Here is a link to the competition centers every day. Sorry that we didnt see this comment earlier. This is info is also in the “Information letter July” on

      Best regards

  2. Looking forward to coming in August 2020. How do we enter the event? I can’t find a Registration page.
    best wishes,

  3. How do we get hold of the trainingmaps, we will be in Iceland before the Ice-O, but would like to try orienteering in Iceland.
    What are the terrains?

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