Indoor orienteering is available worldwide

This example is an ambitious way to implement indoor orienteering. If you have the opportunity to use a larger venue or building in many levels, you can have a lot of fun. It doesn’t need to be a sports facility like this one, it could very well be a school with several floors.


The amount of equipment, e.g. vaulting box, benches, springboard, mattress etc., decides how an area can be used for indoor orienteering. This version is similar to the game “shipwreck” (scattering gym equipment and navigating the “shipwreck” without falling in the water, i.e. touching the floor) but this version includes a map, and the controls can be hung high and low. Now you have started to be creative, together with the students. Kids are full of imagination, and adults should take advantage of their creativity.


My starting point is that all equipment, fixed or loose, should be used and can be combined. At the same time as students focus on navigating correctly, I like to include coordination and balance as an important part of the exercise in this activity.


The master map consists of all floor marking lines (handball, basketball, badminton, etc.) and this map you can use for line orienteering and as a support when placing out all gymnastic equipment. The map, which is then used for the various activities, has no lines, only the equipment is marked. You have now built a “terrain box” indoors, and it’s these tools you are using for orienteering. The equipment corresponds to stones, hills, buildings, lakes etc. on a “real map”.


From the second floor you can see the equipment on first floor and therefore the map is drawn with a transparent layer.