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.   

There are guided hikes on different themes around Åland in the summer – they are advertised on the events calendar and in the local papers.

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.

Read more about the hiking and nature trails on Åland. Study maps, read the brief descriptions of the trails and plan your hiking route. 

New information signs and digital maps

During the spring 2018 following 10 nature trails have got new information signs, signposts, a parking area and digital maps: Borgboda, Godby Arboretum, Herröskatan, Höckböleholmen, Kungsö, Långbergen, Nåtö, Prästgårdsnäset, Ramsholmen and Stornäset. Some of the trails even provide new picnic tabled along the trail.

In spring 2020, another 20 nature and hiking trails around the Åland Islands will be updated. The digital maps of the upgraded trails will be available from July 2020. 

The digital maps provide information about the route and service along the trails. There are digital maps available also for following trails: Bomarsund, Björkör, Jungfruskär, Lemböte, Prästö and Sålis. Take a closer look at the map, browse between different trails and read the detailed descriptions for each trail below the map. Click the arrow icon in the lower right corner to browse the detailed maps of each nature trail.




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