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Norte Here I come !

Roger0704

Let's walk the talk.....
Camino(s) past & future
I did CF April/May 2018...
Gonna Do Camino Norte April 2019
#1
Well...
After doing the CF april 2018 my mind is still not at ease..
So I want to do another one in 2019.
This time one with more solitude, I think that the Norte will provide this.
So let's get ready for it.
I will start on the 11th of april, anybody now a perfect albergue as starting point in Irun?
 

agu

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018
#2
Albergue de peregrinos Jakobi should do. Now it is in new place: C.Leska 1. The price is Donativo. It is opened from March to October.
Have yet not been there. I am planning to be there in the end of July 2019.
In the beginning of July 2018 it still was on the old place: C/ Lucas de Berroa, 18. I actually did't stay there. Just had a look in the morning, starting my Camiono.
Sorry, English is not my first language.
 

Roger0704

Let's walk the talk.....
Camino(s) past & future
I did CF April/May 2018...
Gonna Do Camino Norte April 2019
#3
Albergue de peregrinos Jakobi should do. Now it is in new place: C.Leska 1. The price is Donativo. It is opened from March to October.
Have yet not been there. I am planning to be there in the end of July 2019.
In the beginning of July 2018 it still was on the old place: C/ Lucas de Berroa, 18. I actually did't stay there. Just had a look in the morning, starting my Camiono.
Sorry, English is not my first language.
Your English is perfect !!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2016
#8
We went in the fall and encountered mud here and there but not enough to stick to boots. Enjoy! You will love it. It's beautiful. We got our credentials and shells at the Alburgue de Peregrinos in Irun. Make sure you are aware of the interior route that leaves out of there if you want to walk along the coast going out of Irun.
 

lt56ny

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#9
Well...
After doing the CF april 2018 my mind is still not at ease..
So I want to do another one in 2019.
This time one with more solitude, I think that the Norte will provide this.
So let's get ready for it.
I will start on the 11th of april, anybody now a perfect albergue as starting point in Irun?
The municipal albergue is where I stayed in September when I did the Norte. It is clean. It is right at the start of the Camino in Irun. You can get a credential there if you do not have one. It is a big albergue so I doubt you will have a problem getting a bed. I started on a Sunday and very little was open near the Albergue to either go to a restaurant or a grocery store. Be ready for a nice big hill to walk up. I thought it was a really tough day to San Sebastian. I thought it was tougher than St. Jean to Roncesvalles. But I am also 64 and I was 60 the last time I walked on the Frances. I also had already walked the Le Puy Camino when I arrived in St. Jean. But it is a long day nonetheless. A really beautiful camino, but lots of road walking and you will have solitude especially after you pass Santander. Buen Camino
 

nickymunch

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances April 2018... planning El Salvador & Primitivo
#10
Well...
After doing the CF april 2018 my mind is still not at ease..
So I want to do another one in 2019.
This time one with more solitude, I think that the Norte will provide this.
So let's get ready for it.
I will start on the 11th of april, anybody now a perfect albergue as starting point in Irun?
Ha ha go for it.... I did the Frances this April and I’m walking from Santander to Oviedo then the Primitivo from April 10th..... we won’t cross paths but no doubt we’ll smoke the same smiles and laugh the same laughs and definitely endure the same dilemmas but that’s the point!.... I wish you a buen camino 🙏🤗🕺
 

Trish K

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Nov/Dec (2017)
Camino Norte (2019)
Camino VdlP (2019)
#11
I'm also planning to start the Norte in April - not decided on the exact date yet. Good to see the advice on here re: albergue in Irun etc. I'm sure I'll be back with many questions myself! Happy planning all.
 

Thomas Yingst

Tom ... “the kid”
Camino(s) past & future
Portugal. May 2019
#12
Well...
After doing the CF april 2018 my mind is still not at ease..
So I want to do another one in 2019.
This time one with more solitude, I think that the Norte will provide this.
So let's get ready for it.
I will start on the 11th of april, anybody now a perfect albergue as starting point in Irun?
I'm also planning to start the Norte in April - not decided on the exact date yet. Good to see the advice on here re: albergue in Irun etc. I'm sure I'll be back with many questions myself! Happy planning all.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CAMINO FRANCES SEPTEMBER (2016)
CAMINO PORTUGUESE SEPTEMBER (2017)
CAMINO DEL NORTE JUNE (2018)
#14
Hi. I walked the Norte this June and it was a challenge. The first week was the hardest because the paths in the Basque region were quite muddy as it rained every day and you will experience a lot of uphill too, I accepted the challenge and in the end it was all worth it as this camino is one of the most spectacular I have ever walked. From the photos you can see the dark and the bright side of this camino. Do not be disheartened if you will have the same weather conditions I had but keep going, all the way, and you will return home with a huge sense of satisfaction.
 

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Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte end of March 2019
#15
Hi. I walked the Norte this June and it was a challenge. The first week was the hardest because the paths in the Basque region were quite muddy as it rained every day and you will experience a lot of uphill too, I accepted the challenge and in the end it was all worth it as this camino is one of the most spectacular I have ever walked. From the photos you can see the dark and the bright side of this camino. Do not be disheartened if you will have the same weather conditions I had but keep going, all the way, and you will return home with a huge sense of satisfaction.
Thanks for the pictures . The mud Looks like the Frances this past April.
I am walking the Norte 2019 spring
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2016
#16
Oh, and I recommend you stay on the Norte all the way to Lavacolla (sp?). Merging with the CF at Arzua was a shocker after the relative solitude of the Norte.
 

WalkingGeo

Sept/Oct 2016
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 2016 Frances
August 2018 CP - Lisbon to SDdC
? (August 2019) Norte ?
#17
I’m thinking of walking the Norte from Irun in August of 2019. Does anyone here have anything to share about conditions, beds or food along the way in August?
 
Camino(s) past & future
First timer, leaving April 3rd from SJPDP
#19
My CF was also April 3 2018 and I'm also looking to do Norte' for next Spring. I'm trying to figure out a way to go SJPDP to Roncesvalles via Nepolean (since I missed it last year) then heading up to Norte' by walk or ride. Any suggestions ?
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte end of March 2019
#21
My CF was also April 3 2018 and I'm also looking to do Norte' for next Spring. I'm trying to figure out a way to go SJPDP to Roncesvalles via Nepolean (since I missed it last year) then heading up to Norte' by walk or ride. Any suggestions ?
See this thread for information and links https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/sjddp-to-irun-to-join-camino-del-norte.58735/. Also check the Del Norte sub-forum for additional infomation and coastal alternatives to keep you off the tarmac and hugging the coast. Try this one https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/coastal-alternatives-to-the-nortes-asphalt.49578/
 
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agu

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018
#22
I’m thinking of walking the Norte from Irun in August of 2019. Does anyone here have anything to share about conditions, beds or food along the way in August?
Hello, Walking Geo. I am planning to to Norte from end of July - first days of September.
This is my second try on the Norte. I started my previous Norte 04. July and was in Santander 21. July. Problem was my knee, I twisted and had torn ligaments just 1,5 months before start of my Camino. It slowed me down but was OK up to point, when the wether got wet and chilly. So I did Frances from Burgos to Santiago de Compostella.
So I know little bit, what do expect, at least up to Santander.
My guess is, the conditions in August are nearly the same, as in July. Some rain, some sunny days, some warm days (up to 27 degrees Celsius), some chilly days (about 15 degrees Celsius).
I was following the official road. If there were different options, I took nearly all the time the easiest option. The food and water where nether the problem. I newer prepared food by myself. I don't like cooking so much. I always found some place to have the breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes the breakfast and dinner where in the Albergue.
I tried to stay in public Albergues as much as possible and never had reservation. But I got the place in the Albergue, there I was planning to stay, nearly every time. Once, then I didn't get, was in Pobena, then man in Albergue told the folk, who was able to carry little bit on, to go to Onton. I did this day from Portugalete, but man in Albergue was expecting lot of pilgrims from Bilbao. In Onton was very nice Albergue, so I was happy! Sometimes you have to race for get the place, for example Castro-Urdales.
In my opinion, the prices for food and Albergues are the same as on the Frances. Some places are Donativo as well.
I was using the app, called Norte, I purchased from App Store. It is worth every penny.
My backup app was MapsMe, there I downloaded Maps and Routes from Internet, so no Internet connection was in use while walking.
Buen Camiono!
 

WalkingGeo

Sept/Oct 2016
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 2016 Frances
August 2018 CP - Lisbon to SDdC
? (August 2019) Norte ?
#23
Thanks agu! It's sounds like you had a good time despite your knee. I guess it's like all the other caminos in many ways yet different in it's own way... I had thought that lodgings were tougher to come by on the Norte then what you described, so I'm happy to hear you had no problems getting a bed. It's funny, I was going to walk the Norte this last August but I was having a foot issues before I left home and chose to walk the Portuguese route instead because it's flatter, shorter and I didn't want any problems... It worked..

Enjoy your Norte "2"
 

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