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St Olav Waterway - 6. Åland Islands

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
294.5 km
Duration
72:50h
Ascent
513 m
Descent
507 m
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St Olav Waterway continues over the demilitarised and semi-autonomous Åland Islands, get a new perspective on this archipelago that stretches almost the whole way to Sweden!

Leave the Finnish section of St Olav Waterway at Galtby ferry pier on Korpo. 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: www.alandstrafiken.ax

You can visit the remote and historical island of Kökar, Finland's smallest municipality Sottunga and the main Åland Island. End or start your journey in Mariehamn or continue by ferry from Eckerö to Grisslehamn in Sweden.   

More information about accommodation alternatives and the route is found at http://www.visitaland.com.

The six stages on Åland are described in the Turn-by-turn directions section. 

Turku to Mariehamn is 171km and takes 7-9 days.

Turku to Eckerö is 213km and takes 10-12 days. 

In Sweden you can continue on St. Olav paths to Trondheim on either The Viking Trail from Grisslehamn, which connects in turn to other paths such as Helgonleden.
Or by travelling north to Selånger, and continuing your pilgrimage on St. Olavsleden.  

 

  

Author’s recommendation

You can make an interesting round trip by taking the ferry from Mariehamn back to Stockholm, Helsinki or Turku. 

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Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
81 m
Lowest point
-11 m
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Nyt saat tilattua pyhiinvaelluspassin näppärästi kotiin jo ennen reissua.
Now you can order your own pilgrim passport before the journey.
Nu kan du beställa ditt eget pilgrimspass redan före resan.

Start

Galtby / Korpo (6 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
60.184670, 21.586550
UTM
34V 532533 6672122

Destination

Mariehamn / Eckerö

Turn-by-turn directions

More information about accommodation alternatives and the route will be found at http://www.visitaland.com during 2019. 

1. Galtby – Kökar 14 km

2. Kökar – Sottunga – Långnäs – Granboda  20 km

3. Granboda – Lemböte  18 km

4. Lemböte – Jomala church 13 km

5. Jomala – Hellesby Sand 23 km

6. Hellesby Sand – Eckerö Berghamn 19 km

In Sweden you can continue on St. Olav paths to Trondheim on either The Viking Trail from Grisslehamn which in turn connects to other paths such as Helgonleden and Stråsjöleden.
Or by travelling north to Selånger, and continuing your pilgrimage on the well developed St. Olavsleden.

Getting there

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: www.alandstrafiken.ax 

Mariehamn has good transport connections to Helsinki, Turku and Stockholm by ferry or plane. www.visitaland.com 

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: https://www.doerz.com/parainen/pyhiinvaelluspassi 

A Guide book is available in Finnish only at the moment:
Pyhän Olavin retkeilyreitit, Harri Ahonen, Aada Ala-Tala,
https://www.tammi.fi/kirja/harri-ahonen/pyhan-olavin-retkeilyreitit/9789520412753 

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Updated: May 26, 2020

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