You will explore most of the main Nagu Island and get a taste of Korpo too. There is a diverse mix of deep cool forests, warm enticing rocks, dark lakes and sparkling sea.
This long stage, best done over two to three days, takes you to the edge of the outer archipelago and to the island of Korpo. You can decide to travel onward to the Åland Island and Mariehamn or return to Turku by bus. An interesting detour to the outer archipelago on MS Eivor is possible from Pärnäs (Stage 5).
The trail winds along old roads and through pretty villages. The landscape has evolved through the influence of generations of farmers and fishermen. Wolves were once driven into traps on the Pärnäs peninsula, it is now a Coast Guard Station.
There are no shops and only one summer café between the villages so remember to take enough food with you or order a packed lunch from your hotel or B&B. There are plenty of peaceful places for picnics where you can taste the landscape you are travelling through by enjoying locally produced products.
Remember to collect your last Finnish pilgrim’s stamp from the church in Korpo.
St Olav Waterway will open in the beginning of 2019.
A day trip or overnight excursion to one of the outer archipelago Islands is a unique experience.
The stage is mainly along secondary gravel roads, paths with approximately 9km on the main road. 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 will officially open 24.5 2019
Pyhän Olavin merireitti avataan 24.5 2019
S:t Olofs sjöled öppnas 24.5 2019
A regular bus service travels along the main archipelago road between Turku, Pargas, Nagu and Korpo (Buses 901 - 904).
You can also arrive in Nagu by direct tourist ferry from Turku. There is a short ferry crossing from Nagu to Korpo. A ferry takes you also to the outer archipelago, to islands Nötö, Aspö and Utö. The ferry service to Kökar, Sottunga and Långnäs in the Åland Islands does not depart daily and some departures leave Galtby early in the morning. The tourist tour boat from Korpoström explores the outer archipelago.
Buses between Turku, Pargas, Nagu and Korpo: http://tlo.fi/reitit-ja-aikataulut/saaristobussi/
Tourist ferry between Turku and Nagu: https://vitharun.fi/fi/aikataulut/turku-seili-nauvo/
Ferry between Nagu and Korpo: http://lautta.net/
Ferry to outer archipelago: https://meritie.fi/aikataulut-reitti/
Ferry service to Åland Islands: https://www.alandstrafiken.ax/en/timetables
Tourist tour boat from Korpoström: www.aspocharter.com