The route is mainly along cycle tracks, dirt roads and secondary tarmacked 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.
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 not allowed without the permission of the landowner and only 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. Here is more information about ticks.
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 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
The only pilgrim trail with saunas everyday!
You can get tourist information with online chat at http://www.visitpargas.fi
Now you can order your own pilgrim passport online before the journey or buy from Turku Cathedral.
Turku/ Åbo – Galtby (Korpo/Korppoo)
Soratie/ dirt road/ grusväg 21.8 km
Tie/ road/ väg 29.3 km
Pyörätie / cycle path / cykelväg 32.7 km
Polku/ trail / stig 18.9 km
Lautta/ ferry/ färja 2.5 km
Silta/ bridge/ bro 9
(Pärnäs – Nötö – Aspö – Jurmo – Utö – Pärnäs = Lautta/ ferry/ färja 148.1 km)
Turku is easily reached from Helsinki, Tampere and the rest of Finland by both bus www.matkahuolto.fi and train www.vr.fi. There are even direct busses from Helsinki airport. Turku (TKU) has an international airport with direct flights and onward connections to a wide variety of destinations.
Four daily sailings connect Turku with Stockholm and the Åland islands. The operators are Vikingline and TallinkSilja. Turku has an international airport.
There is a good bus service near most of the main part of the trail, busses 810 and 901 - 904 http://tlo.fi/reitit-ja-aikataulut/saaristobussi/
From Mariehamn on the Åland Islands there are good onward ferry and flight connections to Turku and Helsinki in Finland as well as Stockholm in Sweden www.visitaland.com.
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