Night Hawk 2023 (English)

Night Hawk 2023 was an absolute blast!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and we cannot wait for 2024!

Forgot some gear?

As always, some runners were a bit too quick to leave the arena, and they left some gear behind. If you are the owner of one or more items on the list below, contact race director Øyvind Helmersen on +4790683696.

  • A pair of Tretorn shoes
  • Some slippers
  • A Bjørn Dæhli jacket
  • Some orienteering socks
  • A jumper/sweater

Runner bank

Under this heading you will find a list of runners looking for a spot on a Relay team and teams looking for a runner. Contact event director Øyvind on +4790683696 if you are in either category.


Saturday August 19th

17.30: Accommodation at Dalen School opens
: Team line-up submission deadline in Eventor
18:00: Arena, event office and food service open
19:00-21:30: Handout of team envelopes and Emit card
19:30: Kids Starry Night (Stjernenatt) check-in opens
20:00: Kids Starry Night (Stjernenatt) mass start
21:00: Relay check-in opens
21:30: Relay mass start, Girls and Boys legs 1-2
21:45: Relay mass start, Women legs 1-3, Masters Women leg 1, Open legs 1-2
22:15: Relay mass start, Men legs 1-4, Masters Men leg 1-2
00:30: Finish closes

Sunday August 20th

08:00 – 10:00: Breakfast available (must be ordered in advance)
08.00: Breakfast delivery at Dalen School
09:00: Assembly, event office and food service open
09:00-11:30: Handout of Emit Card
10:00: Relay check-in opens
10:30: Relay chase start Men
10:45: Relay chase start Women
11:00: Relay chase start Masters Men
11:00: Kids Fairytale (Eventyr) mass start
11:00-13:00: Free start individual courses
11:15: Relay chase start Masters Women
11:30: Relay chase start Boys
11:45: Relay chase start Girls
12:00: Relay chase start Open
13:00: Relay mass start for remaining runners
14:00: Prize giving ceremony
15:00: Finish closes


The Arena is NAF’s (The Norwegian Automobile Association) car training ground in Gansdalen, Lillestrøm municipality.

Directions and parking

By public transport

It is possible to use public transport all the way to the Arena. There are good train connections from Oslo city centre or Oslo Airport Gardermoen to Lillestrøm train station. From Lillestrøm take bus route 480 to the stop  Stensrud, and it is about 500 meters to walk to the Arena.

For timetables check Ruter:

Car and parking

It is marked from Rv 22 at junction RV22/FV170 

From here it is approximately 8 km to the Arena. It is further marked at each intersection. At the RV22/FV169 roundabout, follow FV169 for 2 km until Arena.

There is parking inside the Arena. The price for parking is NOK 50,- pr. day.

Cycle or walk from Dalen School

Follow the marking with red/white ribbons from Dalen School to the Arena. It is approximately 3 km to walk/cycle from the school to the Arena.

Map of the venue


An overview map of the arena

The arena

Detailed map of the arena

Showers and toilets

Portable toilets at the assembly area.

There are no showers available at the arena, however those who are staying at Dalen School can take a shower there. Others can go for a swim in lake Øyeren about 4 km away.

Food and drink

At the sales tent you can buy hot meals, waffles, cake, soft drinks, coffee, tea and more.

If you would like a packed breakfast on Sunday morning you must order one in advance through Eventor. The breakfast package costs kr. 60,-.

Those who are staying at Dalen School will also get a breakfast packet delivered on Sunday morning, included in the price for the accommodation.


Runes O-utstyr will be present at the Night Hawk event to sell orienteering clothing and equipment. In addition to the gear you would normally expect, you can buy Night Hawk clothing and accessories.

Lumonite is Night Hawk’s head lamp sponsor. Lumonite is a Finnish company that makes high quality lamps. Night Hawk participants get 15% off Lumonite’s products in the online store by using this link. The discounted price will be shown at checkout.


At the venue

Accommodation in a tent is offered at the Arena with access to toilets and the possibility to buy a breakfast package for Sunday morning.  You will need to bring your own tent, mattress and sleeping bag.

Tent spot and breakfast package are available as services in Eventor, and costs kr. 100,- per person.

Mobile home/caravan

Price per day is NOK 50,- for the car and NOK 100,- per person in the mobile home/caravan. Payment must be done through Vipps (for those who have that app), with a credit card or with cash to the parking guards.

The parking guards will instruct where to park the mobile home/caravan.

At a school

Detailed information for those sleeping at the school can be found here.

Accommodation is offered at Dalen school, which is 2.5 km from the Night Hawk Arena (cycling distance 9 minutes).  At Dalen school there is access to toilets and showers. Included in the school accommodation is a breakfast package for Sunday morning. You will need to bring your own mattress and sleeping bag.


Night Hawk recommends Thon Hotel Arena if you prefer staying at a hotel. Thon Hotel Arena is in Lillestrøm, around 15 minutes driving from the Night Hawk Arena.

The Terrain

The terrain has not been used in competitions since 2017, so for the vast majority this will be a completely new terrain. The terrain is mostly easy-running, slightly hilly and path-filled terrain for the shortest trails, while the longer trails go through more hilly terrain with elements of some logging. The terrain offers both fine ridges and pine bogs, but also spruce forest with some dense and/or wet depressions. The terrain has generally good runnability.

The map

Dalen, published in 2023. Scale 1:7500/1:10000. 5m equidistance.

Map work made by: Kristen Treekrem.

You can find an old version of the map below.

Gammelt kart over løpsterrenget

Classes and race information


Class Legs Leg lengths Map scale
Men 4+4 6-6-7-9 / 6-6-5-8 km 1:10,000
Women 3+3 4.5-4.5-6 / 4.5-5-6 km 1:10,000
Boys 2+2 3.5-3.5 / 3.5-3.5 km 1:10,000
Girls 2+2 3.5-3.5 / 3.5-3.5 km 1:10,000
Masters Men 2+2 4.5-4.5 / 4.5-6 km 1:7,500
Masters Women 1+2 4 / 3.5-5 km 1:7,500
Open 2+2 3.5-3.5 / 3.5-3.5 km 1:10,000

A runner can run both night and day.

Age groups

Class Age group
Boys 12-16
Girls 12-16
Open Any age
Women 17+
Masters Women 35+ (135+ total)
Masters Men 35+ (135+ total)
Men 17+

Start times

Class Saturday Sunday Mass start
Boys 21:30 11:30 13:00
Girls 21:30 11:45 13:00
Open 21:45 12:00 13:00
Men 22:15 10:30 13:00
Women 21:45 10:45 13:00
Masters Women 21:45 11:15 13:00
Masters Men 22:15 11:00 13:00

The time difference to the leading team will be halved before calculating the chase start time.

Estimated changeover times

Leg Km Start/ changeover
1 6 22:15
2 6 22:15
3 7 22:15
4 9 22:15
5 6 10:30
6 6 11:25
7 5 12:20
8 8 13:10
Finish 14.20
Leg Km Start/changeover
1 4.5 21:45
2 4.5 21:45
3 6.0 21:45
4 5.0 10:45
5 4.5 11:40
6 6.0 12:35
Finish 13:40
Leg Km Start/
1 3.5 21:30
2 3.5 21:30
3 3.5 11:30
4 3.5 12:15
Finish 12:55
Leg Km Start/changeover
1 3.5 21:30
2 3.5 21:30
3 3.5 11:45
4 3.5 12:30
Finish 13:15
Masters Women
Leg Km Start/changeover
1 4 21:45
2 3.5 11:15
3 5 12:05
Finish 13:10
Masters Men
Leg Km Start/changeover
1 4.2 22:15
2 4.2 22:15
3 4.4 11:00
4 5.2 11:50
Finish 12:50
Leg Km Start/ changeover
1 3.5 21:45
2 3.5 21:45
3 3.5 12:00
4 3.5 12:50
Finish 13:45


Class Level Km Map scale
Åpen A lang A ca. 6 1:10,000
Åpen A kort A ca. 3 1:10,000
Åpen C C ca. 3 1:10,000
Åpen N N ca. 2 1:5,000


Night Hawk Kids is our event for kids 5 to 11 years. It consists of two mass start races, with activities such as the spider’s web, a quiz, and more! Parents may accompany their children.

Kids Starry Night Saturday, Beginner level

  • Mass start at 20:00
  • 2.0 km course
  • Everyone will receive a medal
  • Bring a head torch, as the forest will be quite dark!
  • Parents are allowed to accompany their children

Kids Fairytale Sunday, Beginner level

  • Mass start at 11:00
  • 2.2 km course
  • Everyone will receive a medal
  • Parents are allowed to accompany their children

Before running

Bib numbers

Runners in Relay and Kids must wear bib numbers, which are available at the event office at the assembly.

Relay check-in

About a half-hour before the first Relay chase start the check-in area opens. Here you must check that your Emit EKT-device has been paired with your bib number. If there is a problem with the pairing you will be referred to the timing booth, where a manual pairing will be performed. Return to the check-in area after the pairing.

GPS tracking

Some runners will be given GPS tracking units. GPS units are handed out in the GPS tent in the check-in area.

On Sunday, the best 14 Men teams and best 11 Women teams will be given GPS units for legs 5-8 and 4-6 respectively.

Starting procedure


The starting area for the mass start is at the Arena. Make sure to be at the starting area for check-in 30 minutes before the mass start.

Mass start Saturday

The assembly for the mass start is at the Arena. Make sure to show up at least 5 minutes before your starting time. Maps are picked up when the start is signalled.

Chase start Sunday

All Relay classes use a chase start system on Sunday. Runners should check-in and proceed to the start area 10 minutes before their chase start time. Start times will be posted at the assembly and on Eventor on Sunday morning.

Individual courses Sunday

Individual runners may choose when to start within the starting window in the schedule. The starting area is just south of the assembly. Maps and rented Emit EKT-device are handed out at the starting area.

During the race

Runners in the Boys and Girls Relay classes are allowed to run in groups on Saturday.


As an incoming runner you will pass the finish line, punch the finish control, drop your map, then follow the markings to where you will pick up the map for the next leg. Grab the correct map and hand it to your teammate, who will follow the markings to the start control.


After you have  finished the last leg, it is important to immediately follow the markings back to the finish, where your Emit EKT-device will be registered. Runners must pass the finish line and punch the finish control in order to have their leg approved. Do not stop in the finish area.


Night Hawk uses the Emit EKT timing system. If you do not own an Emit EKT-device, you can rent one. Make sure to add the device to the order in Eventor when entering!


Before you can run, you must “zero” the Emit EKT-device by holding it on a special zero-unit, conveniently marked “0”.

The controls

Registration fees

Norwegian clubs will receive an invoice after the event.

Clubs from outside Norway must pay by card when they pick up their bib numbers in the information tent.

Class/service June 30th July 31st August 16th At the arena
Boys Kr. 1 200 Kr. 1 400 Kr. 1 600 Kr. 1 800
Girls Kr. 1 200 Kr. 1 400 Kr. 1 600 Kr. 1 800
Men Kr. 3 200 Kr. 3 400 Kr. 3 600 not possible
Women Kr. 2 400 Kr. 2 550 Kr. 2 700 not possible
Masters Men Kr. 1 600 Kr. 1 800 Kr. 2 000 not possible
Masters Women Kr. 1 200 Kr. 1 350 Kr. 1 500 not possible
Open Kr. 1 600 Kr. 1 800 Kr. 2 000 Kr. 2 200
Individual races Sunday Kr. 250 Kr. 250 Kr. 250 Kr. 300
Night Hawk Kids Saturday Kr. 230 Kr. 230 Kr. 230 Kr. 230
Night Hawk Kids Sunday Kr. 230 Kr. 230 Kr. 230 Kr. 230
Accommodation school with breakfast Kr. 300 Kr. 300 Kr. 300 not possible
Accommodation tent per person Kr. 100 Kr. 100 Kr. 100 not possible
Rental Emit Card per leg/day Kr. 60 Kr. 60 Kr. 60 Kr. 60


Organiser clubs for Night Hawk 2023 are Fet Orienteringslag and Natthauken IL.

Jury members: Petter Fure, Ivar Maalen and Terje Linløkken.

Contact for Night Hawk is Ole Grini Johansen.

Telephone +47 92093253, e-mail