Welcome to the Pilgrimage Finland web page. Pilgrimage Finland is a national co-operation. The main goals are to promote Finnish pilgrimage routes and to establish the first pilgrimage centre of Finland to Turku in 2021.
"Pilgrimage is a journey to holy, wholesome or special places."
Pilgrimage project between the city of Turku and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has started. The main goal of the three-year (1.1.2020-31.12.2022) project is to strengthen pilgrimages in Finland and to open Finland’s first pilgrimage center in Turku in next year 2021. The place of the pilgrimage center is currently being sought but the center will be somewhere close to the cathedral of Turku.
As a coordinating project networking with different networks plays a major role. The key premise is wide range accessibility. Through the project different of kind pilgrimages will be presented, and more broadly, pilgrimage as a phenomenon.
Pilgrimage in Finland
There are many different pilgrimage routes, journeys and pilgrimage networks in Finland. More information (in Finnish) you can find here: Pilgrimage networks and routes in Finland.
Since the 1980s there has been a rising interest in pilgrimages in Europe. The most famous example of pilgrimage sites is the Caminos de Santiago route in Spain, which attracts hundreds of thousands of hikers yearly. Pilgrimages to Trondheim in honour of St. Olav are also on the rise. In Sweden and Norway there are 5 000 kilometres worth of pilgrimage routes.There can be found many reasons for that.
Every pilgrim goes on a journey from his/her own point of view, motives might be for example detachment from everyday life, reflection on one's own life and the search for meaning, exercise or cultural tourism. Pilgrimage combines nature, history, tourism, and spiritual dimensions as a whole experience. The journey can be done alone or together as part of a larger group. There are routes for a few hours of short hikes to many weeks or months of hiking.
Pilgrims differ from regular travellers by choosing holy sites as their destinations and seeking spirituality from their travels. The word pilgrim derives from the Latin word peregrinus meaning a foreigner travelling to a holy place. True pilgrims travel along special pilgrimage routes that connect holy sites to the pilgrim’s own home town.
Not all pilgrims travel these routes for religious reasons. Instead, people seek quietness, spirituality and a simple active lifestyle. Routes offer their travellers nature experiences and historic stories.
Further infromation is coming soon.