The archipelago’s finest nature paths – #3 The Westerholm Path, Nagu

The Westerholm Path, Ernholm, Nagu

The Westerholm Path is a lovely route through the island of Ernholm where you get to know the history of the island in pictures and text. The village is reputed to date from the 1400s.
 

Name ja length

The Westerholm Path, 3 km/ around 1 hour

 

Getting here and parking

The route starts from Nagu’s market at the southern harbour where there is parking. There is a regular bus service to Nagu along the archipelago road as well as a direct tourist boat from central Turku during the season.

 

For whom? 

The Westerholm Path is accessible except for the steep section up to Jitukastberget and the Bronze Age burial mound. There is a rope banister to help you up the steepest part. An easier alternative bypasses the summit.   


The terrain 

The first part of the route is on an asphalted road before going over duckboards, forest paths, rock and sandy roads. The part up to Jitukastberget is most difficult with exposed roots and rock which can be slipper. The summit is 36m. There is a rope banister to help you up the steepest part. An easier alternative bypasses the summit.  


What’s best? 

The path gives you a glimpse into the island’s history. The cultural path is dedicated to landscape painter Viktor Westerholm (1860 –1919) who spent most of his childhood summers here. Some of the views may be familiar from his paintings. The route is well marked and easy to follow.   


Did you know? 

The theme around landscape painter Viktor Westerholm is of extra interest to culture lovers. The information boards have interesting stories about the area and you can enjoy the beautiful landscape. Take a picnic and enjoy the fantastic views at the top of Jitukastet!