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Hiking in Åland

Hiking in Åland offers a varied landscape where your surroundings change rapidly from uninhabited forest to ancient monuments and cultural buildings to sea views. Hike on a long-distance path or take a short walk. Choose the route that suits best for your interests and condition – according to the length, geographic location and the description of the train and nature. 

Hiking and nature trails

The hiking trails in Åland are 10 to 60 kilometres long. For the most part they are easy, but the path is often uneven in parts and the bedrock can be slippery. A map and Åland Natur – a starter book on hiking in the countryside – are useful items to have with you.

St Olav Waterway is the first pilgrim’s route in the world that runs through an archipelago. The route starts from the Turku Cathedral on the Finnish mainland and goes through the Åland Islands to Sweden, where there are several alternative routes, such as Viking Trail, Helgonleden and Stråsjöleden, to choose from to reach St. Olavsleden and the final destination at the Atlantic coast in Trondheim, Norway. Find out more about St Olav Waterway.

The nature trails are between one and eight kilometres long and vary from easy to being of medium difficulty. No special equipment is required, but sometimes the ground can be wet, so boots or good outdoor shoes are recommended. Many of the nature trails are in the nature reserves.

The digital maps provide information about the route and service along the trails.

Trollstigen 1 km

The tell-a-tale trail is a special trail for younger children. It runs over smooth rocks amidst knotted dwarf pines, whilst…

Grottstigen 4,7 km – rock formations and dwarf pines

The Grottstigen cave trail starts from Getabergen, one of Åland’s highest hills that rises almost 100 metres above the sea…

Godbyrundan 7,5 km – vast views and foreign trees

​​The trail around Godby offers prehistoric burial sites, splendid views and a number of rare tree species in an arboretum.…

Kalen 7 km – Bronze Age and war ruins

​Kalen offers magnificent archipelago nature and historical memories. The area was the part of Kökar that first rose from the…

Hastersboda 4 km – seashores and magical coniferous forests

The archipelago people derived their living from the sea and in harmony with nature. Information boards along the trail depict…

Stornäset 2,5−5 km − forest walk in peaceful surroundings

Length: 2,5−5 km Location: Kastelholm, Sund Terrain: Easy, some demanding parts Signposts: White-topped poles Share your best hiking experiences on…

Borgboda 2,5 km − Åland’s biggest fort hill and Ida’s cottage

Borgboda is one of Åland’s most interesting prehistoric sites with archaeological remains from the Bronze Age until the early Middle…

Sadelinleden 63 km – cultural landscapes and wild orchids

The trail offers varied nature such as meadows, forests, rocky hills and seashore. The trail can be hiked in shorter…

Lövö 5 km – peace congress and Russian stone ovens

The trail runs on historic ground. The village of Lövö was once a stage for a superpower game. In 1718–1719,…

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