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