Peaceful roads through farming land and 3 islands. The scenery will remind you of Victor Westerholm’s landscape paintings from the late 1800s.
Most of the trail travels along quiet rural roads although a short section on the main archipelago road gives beautiful views from two bridges. A photo of the view from Nordströms Bridge features on a postage stamp that won the most beautiful Finnish stamp competition by popular vote in 2017.
Just before Nagu village Westerholm’s nature and culture path explores the area where young Victor spent his youth and inspired his paintings.
The St. Olav fieldstone church in Nagu is from the 1440s.
You can enjoy a good meal in the many restaurants in Nagu and stock up on provisions for the days ahead. Nagu is one of Finland’s busiest pleasure boat marinas and has a lovely swimming beach. If you wish to stay in the village, you will have the time to take a short ferry trip to the Island of Seili. Seili has a grim history of being a leprosy colony (1620-1785) and mental asylum until 1962. The wooden church is well worth a visit.
At Nagu harbour, one of Finland’s busiest pleasure boat marinas, you can eat warm fish straight from the smoker during season.
The stage is mainly along secondary tarmacked and gravel roads. 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.
The route is marked with the square logo of St Olav Ways and arrows. On easier sections, there may only be a couple of signs per kilometre.
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. 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.
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.
You should carry a first aid kit and mobile phone, 112 is the emergency number in Finland. We recomend 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
A regular bus service travels along the main archipelago road between Turku, Pargas, Nagu and Korpo. Buses 901 - 904 http://tlo.fi/reitit-ja-aikataulut/saaristobussi/
To make a round trip to Turku you can return with the tourist ferry from Nagu to Turku http://vitharun.fi/en/timetables/turku-seili-nagu/ or take the bus.