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Priests Mark Pilgrim Route in Iceland

Three priests and a church land farmer are preparing to mark an old 120-kilometer pilgrim route from Bær in Andakíll, West Iceland, to the ancient bishopric Skálholt in South Iceland. The group has also organized other pilgrim walks in Borgarfjörður.

skalholt_esaSkálholt. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

“You are guided in walking towards yourself and God,” explained Elínborg Sturludóttir, parish priest of Stafholt in Borgarfjörður, to Fréttablaðið one of those involved in the project, called Pílagrímar.

The others are Rev. Flóki Kristinsson in Hvanneyri, Rev. Geir Waage in Reykholt and church land farmer Karólína Hulda Guðmundsdóttir at Fitjar.

The 120-kilometer distance from Bær to Skálholt will be divided into a five-day trek. A Benedict convent and school were located at Bær in the 11th century. “It was the precursor to Skálholt and that’s how the two places are connected,” says Elínborg.

“There is growing interest in this form of religious experience, to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers,” Elínborg adds, explaining that pilgrim walks are about leading a life of fortitude, seeking peace and quiet and a simpler and more modest life.

“The truth is that we who inhabit the Western world cannot go on the way we have, we are about to finish the earth,” she states, stressing that pilgrims don’t just walk from one place to another. “Moreover, it’s an inner walk.”


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