St Olav Waterway

St Olav Waterway – a Nordic pilgrimage
You are not just exploring the archipelago’s diverse nature, you are embarking on a historical journey where travellers and locals meet, a journey of almost 1200km.

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims

Among sparkling cold spring waters or fiery autumnal leaves, the archipelago is a wonderful place to explore on foot. You can embrace the silence and explore landscapes shaped by wind and sea, farmers and fishermen. In the evening after a long hike, cosy hotels and BBs await, hearty home cooked meals or casual fine dining restaurants often feature local seasonal produce.

Travel slowly and take time to island hop by renting a rowing boat, kayak or sailing boat tour. If the weather is bracing, indulge yourself with a massage or yoga weekend or simply rent a candle-lit cottage with friends for a well-deserved retreat.

St Olav Waterway is Finland’s first long-distance pilgrim’s trail, a path that follows in the footsteps and boat wakes of medieval pilgrims.

Olav wished to unite people, read more about his story and the history of St Olav Ways on

Plan your own way
A branch of the pilgrimage route St Olav Ways and a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, you can choose to walk for a few hours, a few days or a few weeks on the trail from Turku to Trondheim. Plan your own journey and book accommodation or other services using our digital route planner or check out the trail on Google TrailView!

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St Olav Waterway is an international project financied by the Intereg program Central Baltic 2016 – 2019.