Now the Viking trail is inaugurated

By on March 27, 2019

Soon St Olav’s waterway is inaugurated – the world’s first pilgrim trail on water. The trail is a 120-mile-long lake and hiking trail that runs from Turku – Åland – Grisslehamn – Uppland – Trondheim.

The new trail between Grisslehamn and Älvkarleby is called the Viking Trail. In Roslagen, the trail passes, among others, Trästa, Häverödal, Harg, Gimo and Österbybruk along the 63 km stretch.

– Interest in hiking tourism is growing in Roslagen. For us, the Viking Trail means a long-awaited link between Roslagsleden and Upplandsleden and we look forward to getting more visitors to discover Roslagen as a world-class hiking destination, says Gisela Norén, CEO of Visit Roslagen.

The trail is inaugurated with a hike that starts at Turku Cathedral on May 25 and is expected to reach Grisslehamn on June 7. On June 10, the walkers reach the Birgittagården in Harg where an opening ceremony awaits. The final destination for the opening ceremony is the Olav party in Trondheim at the end of July 2019. At the opening ceremony, a message is sent from the bishop in Turku to his colleague in Trondheim. The walk is open to everyone interested and the participants choose for themselves how far they want to go. Invitation to this will come during the spring.

The Viking trail is surrounded by wild nature, lively countryside, churches, use and unique and protected nature. Along the trail are many different accommodation options that can be found in the digital map tool Paxwalk / Outdooractive. The tool also makes it easy to plan the hike using a digital map.

In total, the hiking trail is 1200 kilometers from Turku in Finland to Trondheim in Norway. The Viking trail’s stage 1-6 is ideal for cycling, except for a few short distances.

Helena Olofsson, Travel