Board Member Claudia Petursson Walks 500 Miles for CGSUSA

CGSUSA Board of Trustee Claudia Petursson walked 500 miles to raise funds for the work of CGSUSA.

Claudia Petursson recently completed a 500-mile walk in Reykjavík, Iceland to benefit the work of CGSUSA. We are most grateful for this generous gift. You can read more about Claudia’s pilgrimage at the links below, including two local newspaper articles.

Claudia’s Campaign

Morgunbladid: Kládía reynslunni ríkari (Iceland newspaper article)

Morgunbladdid article translated:

Ingvar Pétursson and his wife, Claudia, have lived in Reykjavík for the past five summers. This summer, they planned to walk the Way of St. James (Jakobsveginn), an 800 km pilgrimage route from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, but were prevented by the coronavirus virus. Claudia decided to still stick with her goal and has logged many miles by walking “Jakobsveginn” in Reykjavík and the surrounding area.  So far, she has walked almost 600 km.

Claudia became an Icelandic citizen last year and says that since she lives in Reykjavík for part of the year, it is important to know the city. That’s why she planned “Jakobsveginn” according to the city plan and took one district at a time. She started by walking from the town center to Seltjarnarnes and back on July 25th. “Since then, I have walked for three and a half to five hours most weekdays, up to 25 kilometers a day,” she says. “The goal is to walk all the streets of Reykjavík and at the same time show that it is possible to do something positive, despite the coronavirus epidemic and the ban on gatherings.”

Claudia’s knowledge of the city has increased considerably through the pilgrimage. “When I became a citizen, I said I wanted to be a role model, a good citizen,” she describes, emphasizing the importance of knowing her surroundings. During the walk she had seen many things, discovered previously unknown art and culture, and experienced many surprises. “It is gratifying to see that daycare centers and schools are in prime real estate locations in the neighborhoods. I work for a charity, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which benefits children in the United States, and I am glad to see that children are prioritized here.”

Gengur Jakobsveginná götum Reykjavíkur

Morgunbladid article translated:

Kládía Pétursson does not let the epidemic stop her

Claudia and Ingvar Pétursson, transplants who have lived in Reykjavík for the past five summers, but otherwise live in the United States, planned to walk the Camino de Santiago Road, an 800 km pilgrimage route from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, this summer. As stated previously in an interview with them in Morgunblaðið, it did not work out because of the corona virus. So, Claudia decided to walk the same distance on the streets of Reykjavík, with Ingvar occasionally accompanying her. “There were not enough streets in Reykjavík for the distance, so I went out of the city and finished the walk near Bessastaðir in Álftanes,” says Claudia, who reached her goal this weekend. “Now I know the area well.”