St Olav Waterway

St Olav Waterway

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

Project Summary:

ENDED. 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.

Lead Partner

Åbo Akademi

Country: FI

Partner budget: 297.897 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 223.423 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Pargas stad

Country: FI

Partner budget: 284.417 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 213.313 EUR ERDF

Yrkeshögskolan Novia

Country: FI

Partner budget: 158.351 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 118.763 EUR ERDF

Föreningen Franciscus

Country: FI

Partner budget: 107.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 80.250 EUR ERDF

Pilgrimstid Sverige

Country: SE

Partner budget: 89.228 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 66.921 EUR ERDF

Sottunga kommun

Country: FI

Partner budget: 106.147 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 79.610 EUR ERDF

Östhammar kommun

Country: SE

Partner budget: 190.452 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 142.839 EUR ERDF

Söderhamns kommun

Country: SE

Partner budget: 269.702 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 202.277 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Nordiska skärgårdssamarbetet

Country: FI

Gävle kommun

Country: SE

Hudiksvalls kommun

Country: SE

Jomala församling

Country: FI

Expected results

The main result is a new certified route "St Olav Waterway" and more visitors off-season giving new job opportunities and new services in the area. Entrepreneurs in the whole region will after the project have much more international contacts and are offered new networks in the Nordic countries and in Europe.

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.

Internet presence





"The Premiere Walk 2019 from Turku, Finland, to Trondheim, Norway - 1200 km" (in Swedish)

Other media visibility

Scandinavian Outdoor DEVELOPMENT AWARD, 2020, St. Olav Waterway - A Nordic pilgrimage, Finland

St Olav waterway seminarium (2020)

"Tack alla initiativtagare och boende efter S:t Olofs sjöled" (2019)

Fem svenska pilgrimsleder att vandra, 2019

Ester deltog i premiärvandringen av St. Olav Waterway, 2019

Olavinreitti seuraa viikinkikuninkaan jalanjälkiä ja on pohoismainen pyhiinvaellusreitti, 2019

Ny vandringsled kan ge liten förening stort lyft, 2019

Åländsk galeas inviger pilgrimsled – besökte Söderhamn, 2019

Olavinreitti, Podd 2019

På pilgrimsvandring i Svenskfinland, Podd 2019

Ålands första kulturrutt invigdes, 2019

Portugisisk pilgrim på Helgonleden genom Hälsingland, 2019

"En helt ny turistattraktion har skapats", 2019

Vandra från Åbo till Trondheim – anmälningstiden har börjat, 2019

Turku saa oman pyhiinvaellusreitin – Pyhän Olavin merireitti merkitään, keväällä vaellus, 2018

St Olav Waterway är nu officiell pilgrimsled, 2018

Olofs pilgrimsväg testvandrad, 2018

Skärgården vårt nya Lappland, 2018

Project videos

Vikingaleden – En vandringsled med pilgrimsstatus, 2019
St. Olav Waterway on Finland's smallest municipality, the Island of Sottunga
PIlgrimstids utställning i Storsjö kapell, 2019
Rex Olavus, Medieval song by Jan Lekare in Enånger, Sweden, 2019
Företagares studieresa till Trondheim längst St Olav Waterway, 2017

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