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St Olav Waterway - 6. Åland Islands

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  • The ferry to Åland arriving at Galtby
    / The ferry to Åland arriving at Galtby
    Photo: Tim Bird, St. Olav Waterway
  • / Traditional wooden sailing boats, Tjut Tjut as seen from Albanus
    Photo: James Simpson, St. Olav Waterway
  • / St Olav Waterway - route over the Åland Islands
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  • / Kökar church in Hamnö on the site of a Franciscan monastery from 1472
    Photo: James Simpson, St. Olav Waterway
  • / The charming farmhouses of Sottunga
    Photo: James Simpson, St. Olav Waterway
  • / St Olav Waterway through the Finnish Archipelago and Åland Islands
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  • / Traditional wooden boats can take you places the free ferries can't
    Photo: Jouni Lappi, St. Olav Waterway
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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!
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moderate
294.5 km
72:45 h
771 m
781 m

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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Author
James Simpson 
Updated: November 11, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
81 m
Lowest point
-11 m
Best time of year
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Tips, hints and links

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:
DD
60.184670, 21.586550
DMS
60°11'04.8"N 21°35'11.6"E
UTM
34V 532533 6672122
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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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

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 

Coordinates

DD
60.184670, 21.586550
DMS
60°11'04.8"N 21°35'11.6"E
UTM
34V 532533 6672122
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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,

Available from our online shop https://fi.doerz.com/parainen/pyhan-olavin-retkeilyreitit 


Vägen kommer när vi vandrar” (a pdf guide in Swedish only)

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Distance
294.5 km
Duration
72:45h
Ascent
771 m
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781 m
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