Today's route uses pavements, nature paths, quiet roads and cycle paths. 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 nature path in Vaarniemen is not suitable for cycling; there are boarded walkways, a steep stair and sections of bare rock that can be slippery especially after rain.
The route is marked with the square logo of St Olav Ways and arrows. The route is marked sparingly in the centre of Turku and although easy to follow, you should pay attention to route taken.
There are shops and supermarkets close to the trail in Turku and Kaarina although you will need to check the exact location beforehand, as they are not on the trail.
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. Fires can only be made at designated fireplaces when there are no active forest fire warnings. Please see: http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/warnings
Good to know! In the archipelago, the main language spoken is Swedish despite Finnish being the majority language in the rest of Finland. That is why we use two names for the same place; Turku – Åbo, Kaarina - St:Karins, Pargas – Parainen, Nagu –Nauvo, Korpo – Korppoo. In the route description, we will use the names of the majority language of the town: Turku, Kaarina, Pargas, Nagu and Korpo.
More information: www.stolavwaterway.com
Soratie/ Dirt road/ Grusväg 1.6 km
Tie/ Road/ Väg 1.6 km
pyörätie / cycle path / cykelväg 14.6 km
Polku/ trail / stig 8.1 km
Luontopolku/ nature path/ naturstig 3.7km
Lautta/ ferry/ färja 0 km
Silta/ bridge/ bro 3
Turku is easily accessible from Helsinki, Tampere and the rest of Finland by both coach and train. Four daily sailings connect Turku with Stockholm and the Åland islands. The operators are Vikingline and TallinkSilja. Turku has an international airport with regular flights operated by Finnair, SAS, Air Baltic and Wizz Air.
Along most of today’s section of trail, there is a frequent local bus service, twice an hour during the day. You can hop on the bus and carry on until the centre of Parainen/ Pargas using Bus 810. http://tlo.fi/reitit-ja-aikataulut/saaristobussi/ Buses 901-904 take you further out into the archipelago. The timetables are only available in Finnish or Swedish.
In Kaarina a service bus K2 can help you to visit Kuusisto Bishop's Castle Ruins https://www.foli.fi/fi/node/1581/
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