P2 Sustainable use of common resources
2.1. Natural and cultural resources developed into sustainable tourist attractions
Archipelago and Islands
01.09.2016 - 31.03.2020
€1 503 194
€1 127 395
The aim of this project is to create a pilgrim route, "St Olav Waterway", from Turku Finland to Åland Islands and Hudiksvall city in Sweden via the Archipelago. The route will be incorporated with other St Olav routes in Sweden and Norway. This itinerary is unique as it is the only pilgrim route that also include water pathways. The scope of the project is to increase the attractiveness of the region, especially off-season. Because the popularity of other parts of this route in Norway and Sweden is steadily increasing, it is expected that new services, jobs and an earning capacity for local entrepreneurs will increase as well.
To support the concept of sustainable tourism, paper brochure and signs/posters will be replaced by Digital solutions as often as possible. Discussions about applying for inclusion into the network "European Cultural Route of St Olavs Ways" have already started.
Because at the same time other organisations are implementing projects to recreate the St Olav Way from Turku to the east it seems possible that within some years the ”Route of Saint Olav Ways" will be expanded. Hopefully one day there will be a St Olav route all the way from Novgorod to Nidaros and Trondheim as there was 1000 years ago.
Partner budget: 297.897 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 223.423 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 284.417 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 213.313 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 158.351 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 118.763 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 107.000 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 80.250 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 89.228 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 66.921 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 106.147 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 79.610 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 190.452 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 142.839 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 269.702 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 202.277 EUR ERDF
Along the route there will be created some entirely new tourist attractions conserning the time 1000 years ago and the medieval period. But many attractions are there already, and this project make them more visible (ancient monuments, medieval churches, stories, visual art). Also in english, which is important for the visitors from abroad.
One result is that the project will strengthen the sustainable tourism in the region.