From the bustling archipelago town of Pargas to peaceful Nagu with one ferry crossing. Oak woodlands, expanses of sea, rocky shores and lush meadows are a feature of today’s stage.
Today’s hike begins at Pargas medieval stone church dating from the 1300s. This type of fieldstone church is typical for coastal areas. After checking out the room in Pargas open-air museum where Lenin stayed on his flight through Finland in 1907 you actually follow Lenin’s footsteps for the first part of today’s walk.
Typical pine forests and oak woodland will accompany you as stretches of sea view become increasingly frequent. At the old boatman’s cottage at Sattmark you can chose to walk straight to Nagu or take alternative route 2b over the island of Pensar.
Both routes feature the first ferry crossing of St Olav Waterway and take you into the Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve. On Nagu the roads become narrower, the fields smaller and small village communities are interspersed between rocky outcrops. On Nagu you have a choice of local B&Bs or cottages along or close to the route.
It is possible to shorten the length of today’s stage by jumping on the local bus for example to Sattmark.
Today's stage is primarily on cycle paths, there is a 6km section along the main Archipelago road in Nagu, which can be very busy at times. Lillandsvägen in Nagu is a quiet rural, twisty road but cars can appear suddenly.
When walking along roads without pavements or cycle paths, please walk on the left side, facing the direction of traffic and be aware of oncoming cars. Normally traffic comes in burst according to the ferry timetable so it can be a good idea to let the cars past before carrying on in peace.
The majority of the cycle path and roads are tarmacked, with some gravel sections. The route is marked with the square logo of St Olav Ways and arrows. The route is marked sparingly along state roads but here the route is easy to follow.
There are only summer kiosks and cafes between Pargas town and Nagu village.
The Nagu Pargas ferry has a toilet and there are composting toilets at Sattmark, Lenholmen and Parolabacken.
The archipelago is a sensitive area; please respect the nature and inhabitants of the archipelago. You can read about your rights and responsibilities according to everyman's right. Lighting fires is only allowed with the permission of the landowner when there is no general fire warning.
Ticks are prevalent in long grass and damp vegetation. Although it is very unlikely to pick up a tick if you keep to the trail it is a good idea to conduct a tick check in the evening especially if you have been in places of lush vegetation. Tick tweezers are a good idea. You can find more information about ticks here
Snakes enjoy the archipelago and love rocky warm places. They are normally shy and will slither away but it is wise to keep an eye out for them. There are two snake species in the archipelago grass snakes and adders.
You should carry a first aid kit and mobile phone, 112 is the emergency number in Finland. We recommend the 112 Suomi smart phone app, which can helps the emergency services locate you if needed.
Weather forecast and weather and fire warnings: http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/
More information: www.stolavwaterway.com
St. Olav Waterway officially opened 24.5 2019
Pyhän Olavin merireitti avattiin 24.5 2019
S:t Olofs sjöled öppnades 24.5 2019
You can reach Pargas/ Parainen from Turku on Bus 810.
Buses 901 – 904 travel along most of today’s section http://tlo.fi/reitit-ja-aikataulut/saaristobussi/. The timetables are only available in Finnish or Swedish.