St Olav Waterway - 2. Pargas to Lillandet, Nagu

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Public transport friendly Refreshment stops available Multi-stage route Cultural/historical value

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.  

Author’s recommendation

It is possible to shorten the length of today’s stage by jumping on the local bus for example to Sattmark.

Highest point
45 m
Lowest point
-27 m
Best time of year

Safety information

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.

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Tips, hints and links

Soratie/ dirt road/ grusväg                  0.5 km

Tie/ road/ väg                                         12.1 km

Asfaltti/ asphalt path / asfalt              14.3 km

Polku/ trail / stig                                    3 km

Lautta/ ferry/ färja                                 1.7 km

Silta/ bridge/ bro                                    4


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Nagu Lillandet

Turn-by-turn directions

  1. There are very few services on today’s stretch outside of the main summer season so please remember to stock up on food and water before leaving Pargas. There are summer cafés at Sattmark and at the ferry piers when using the main car ferry to Nagu. The next shops available are in the main village of Nagu on Day 3.
  2. Before leaving, be sure to visit the charming old town called locally as “Gamla Malmen”. The trail passes the local museum, which features a room once used by Lenin on his flight through Finland.
  3. The trail also passes very close to the local quarry, the largest limestone quarry in northern Europe. The quarry is impressive and you get a great view from the observation point.
  4. For most of today you will follow the archipelago trail cycle path. It has a hard tarmac surface until the Lenholmen oak woodland reserve.
  5. Be careful when crossing Sattmark Bridge, there is no cycle path here and you must walk on the road.
  6. After 9km from Pargas you will arrive at Sattmark. There is a summer café in the old ferryman’s cottage, a small shop with locally produced crafts. A local fisherman smokes fresh fish beside the café. The café is also open most weekends during late spring and early autumn, check out the website for more details. Small cottages can be rented for the night. There are toilets and a beach for swimming. You can find a burial mound a short walk along the nature trail.
  7. Here the trail divides and you can choose to take the island route over Pensar (Stage 2b). You should only do this if you have booked accommodation with Hotel Sandvik on Pensar or on the island of Björkholmen. Both companies will help you book the local ferry for the next day. 
  8. From Sattmark to the Nagu ferry it is 8km along the main archipelago road.
  9. Lenholmen strict nature reserve is a short walk from Sattmark and a good place for a picnic and for bird watching. The oak meadows are rare in Finland and the best time to visit is in spring when flowers carpet the woods. There is a bird tower and composting toilet here.
  10. After Lenholmen the cycle path is more undulating and has a gravel surface.
  11. The Nagu car ferry departs every 15minutes during the day and the longest service breaks are half an hour at certain times. The car ferry can be very busy so please be aware of cars loading and unloading. The car ferries have toilets on-board. The crossing takes 10 minutes. Ms Elektra is a new electrically powered hybrid ferry.
  12. It is around 6km from the Prostvik ferry jetty to Lillandsvägen, you need to walk on the road and should walk on the left, facing oncoming traffic. 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.
  13. At the Parolabacken ski jump and nature paths, there is a composting toilet (approximately 3.5km from the ferry). The nature path to Kasberget gives a great view over Nagu and the archipelago, it has been a significant lookout and signalling post from the Viking times until the 1700s.
  14. After a further 2,6km, turn left onto Lillandsvägen. This road is quiet and passes rural pasture and small traditional villages.
  15. It is 6km until the end of today’s stage. There is no accommodation at the end of the stage but you can stay at the following places, the distances are from Pargas Church:
    Sattmark 9km
    BB Skuulan 24km
    Västergård Bed & Breakfast 29km
    Kirjaiskursgård 37km on stage 2b
    Norrgård Holiday Cottages 38km on stage 3 
    Nagu village has a number of BBs and hotels 42km on stage 3 
  16. At the end of the stage there are St. Olav signs to the left to Kirjais and Brännskär (stage 2b) and straight on towards Nagu (stage 3)
  17. A bus travels along the main archipelago road and can help weary hikers.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Getting there

You can reach Pargas/ Parainen from Turku on Bus 810.

Buses 901 – 904 travel along most of today’s section The timetables are only available in Finnish or Swedish.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The official pilgrim’s credentials for St. Olav Ways to Trondheim (pilgrim’s passport) can be obtained from Turku Cathedral or in advance from our online shop: 

A Guide book is available in Finnish only at the moment
Pyhän Olavin retkeilyreitit, Harri Ahonen, Aada Ala-Tala,   


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Updated: May 26, 2020

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