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Live - Cam. Norte We are starting in Santander in less than 2 weeks

Albert_Hadacek

Young Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues - 2015
Norte - 2016, 2020
Frances - 2018
Hello fellow Pilgrims, due to the COVID-19 situation I and my partner Pippa had to cancel our Camino Primitivo pilgrimage we planned for the this April, we also had to cancel our June trip to Mexico... Moreover, we had to spend the last 12 weeks apart, as our university shut down and I moved back to the Czech Republic and Pippa stayed in the UK.

When Spain opened we decided we are gonna walk the Camino no matter what as it has a special meaning for us, we met for the first time on the Camino Frances two years ago.

I would like to map the journey to provide information for pilgrims that are still considering walking this summer.

Our plan is to meet up in Santander on the 16th of July (we fly from different countries and it was the best option), we will spend two days there and meet with one of our friends. On the 19th of July, we will start walking the Camino Norte. The first interesting crossroad happens in Oviedo, where we could continue on the Primitivo, continue via Norte or reach Leon via San Salvador. We have quite a free timeframe so this will be decided based on our experience/people we meet/recommendations we get.

So far, we have had no troubles finding flights and as we had some Ryan Air coupons we used those. We got some minimalistic equipment and an ultralight tent (1.4kg) for two people just in case we will have troubles finding accommodation, the rules will be too strict or we would have the chance to camp in an Albergue itself. Airbnb prices skyrocketed in Santander as the UK is about to introduce the air bridges so we got the first two nights in an apartment via Booking which was confirmed with no troubles.

I will be updating this thread daily on the Camino. I might also post something during the upcoming days if we face some major issue that might affect our journey and might be useful for the pilgrims
 

mvanert

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Bits and pieces - 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020?
Hello fellow Pilgrims, due to the COVID-19 situation I and my partner Pippa had to cancel our Camino Primitivo pilgrimage we planned for the this April, we also had to cancel our June trip to Mexico... Moreover, we had to spend the last 12 weeks apart, as our university shut down and I moved back to the Czech Republic and Pippa stayed in the UK.

When Spain opened we decided we are gonna walk the Camino no matter what as it has a special meaning for us, we met for the first time on the Camino Frances two years ago.

I would like to map the journey to provide information for pilgrims that are still considering walking this summer.

Our plan is to meet up in Santander on the 16th of July (we fly from different countries and it was the best option), we will spend two days there and meet with one of our friends. On the 19th of July, we will start walking the Camino Norte. The first interesting crossroad happens in Oviedo, where we could continue on the Primitivo, continue via Norte or reach Leon via San Salvador. We have quite a free timeframe so this will be decided based on our experience/people we meet/recommendations we get.

So far, we have had no troubles finding flights and as we had some Ryan Air coupons we used those. We got some minimalistic equipment and an ultralight tent (1.4kg) for two people just in case we will have troubles finding accommodation, the rules will be too strict or we would have the chance to camp in an Albergue itself. Airbnb prices skyrocketed in Santander as the UK is about to introduce the air bridges so we got the first two nights in an apartment via Booking which was confirmed with no troubles.

I will be updating this thread daily on the Camino. I might also post something during the upcoming days if we face some major issue that might affect our journey and might be useful for the pilgrims
Looking forward to reading of your camino.
 

jcorn

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - Sept 2019
Camino del Norte -Aug/Sept 2020
Camino Madrid -Sept 2021
Buen Camino ! I look forward to reading about your camino. I hope you do not have any problems.
 

Ecuador12

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018 Frances, 2019 Frances & Primitivo, (2020) Le Puy & Primitivo
I'm following your posts! I plan on doing Salvador and then the Primitivo starting Oct 8. I would like to see if Albergue's are open along the Salvador. I may take a tent also, but October could get very cold.

Buen Camino
 

Albert_Hadacek

Young Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues - 2015
Norte - 2016, 2020
Frances - 2018
Thank you all for the words of support! We really appreciate it.

No issues appeared during the last few days and I am slowly starting to make a list of things as the date of departure is slowly approaching. This is gonna be my fourth Camino (Pippa's second) and hopefully this year I will do a bit better with the packing than during the last pilgrimages. I remember my first Camino which was a high school trip with a bunch of professors and five students. I carried 60l / 13kg backpack with underwear for every day (my mom's idea :D), two hiking shoes, reading lamp and 700 pages book. I learnt gradually from that and now, my bag of choice is 34l Osprey Stratos. It is a more pricey rucksack, yet it will last you forever and if you adjust it correctly, you can't even feel the weight :D

This year, I needed to think more as I will have to carry more essentials because of the COVID rules.

HYGIENE EXTRAS:
1. Pack of single-use face masks
2. A cotton face mask
3. Few pairs of single-use gloves
4. Disinfection gel/spray
5. Hand Sanitizer
6. Tiny nature-friendly hand soap (using the alcohol-based gels too often can harm the skin and experts say, that classical soap is for that reason a good substitute)

I also decided to bring a tent as we don't know how the situation is gonna be concerning the Albergue openings. That means to also bring a mat and some form of a pillow. I had some older equipment at home, yet due to its size I would have to carry a bigger backpack, also its weight is quite brutal. I tried it a month ago on a few days trip and it was just terrible.

So, I browsed the internet and was actually surprised that the ultralight equipment is not that expensive as it used to be a few years ago. I purchased a floatable pillow with a fleece cover, 5cm floatable mat and a light sleeping bag (comfort level at 10 degrees). Also, we purchased a tent. The problem with these ultralight tents is that most of them are meant for extreme conditions and therefore the price is around 200 pounds. Luckily, we found a cheaper alternative for around 50 pounds that would not be ideal for a storm, yet it can hopefully survive Summer in Spain.

Eventually, the weight of these items is not that terrible (+- 2.6kg)

1. Sleeping bag (550g)
2. Mat (480g)
3. Pillow (180g)
4. Tent (1 400g)

The tent can be easily carried outside, the mat and the pillow can fit into the pockets for bottles (I use primarily camel bag for better weight distribution), the sleeping bag then easily fits along with sandals to the bottom pocket and I still have the majority of space available for clothes etc...
equipment.jpgbackpack2.jpgbackpack1.jpg

As I have a checked backpack I will carry the tent inside and have my clothes in some smaller bag that I will then fold and use for groceries.

Besides the usual two sets of clothes, running shoes (I can walk in them with no issues and the light fabric dries out incredibly fast), sandals, rain cover, credential (we got them from the Camino Store, thanks @ivar ) buff... I will have my ebook reader, phone, charger, spork, knife, bowl, fleshlight, light towel, camel bag, bottle, paper guide (we am using the Dave Whiston's one for Camino Primitivo and Norte), essential hygiene stuff, COVID stuff, painkiller, digestion issues pills, suncream and blister plasters. Also, I can't forget about thick deodorant which is along with good socks the best friend against blisters as it reduces the sweating of your feet.

In case you have any tip for something that you consider essential on the Camino don't hesitate and tell me :)
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Hi, @Albert,

My suggestion has nothing to do with your pack, but because I see you are starting in Santander, I can’t resist telling you about a beautiful alternative out of Santander that follows the coast and not the Camino. It is really a gorgeous way to start your camino, IMO. You can read about it in this thread by @Dave. https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/following-the-coast-from-santander-to-boo.42660/

That leads me to a broader comment about the Norte generally. There is a lot of asphalt walking on the Norte, and it can be hard on your feet. And it is frustrating to know you are so close to the ocean but the camino takes you on the road. Several of us did a fair amount of research a few years ago and came up with some alternative coastal stages, no more than a km or two from the road the camino goes on. They are all pretty spectacular. You would need a GPS or some device to get you from the Camino to the ocean path, because there is no marking to indicate how to join up. But there are directions and lots of suggestions in this thread.


Good luck with your plans, and thank you for your willingness to report back to those of us who are locked down with no opportunity to get back to a Camino!

Buen camino, Laurie
 

Albert_Hadacek

Young Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues - 2015
Norte - 2016, 2020
Frances - 2018
@peregrina2000 Thanks a lot, I walked Norte from Aviles 4 years ago and some parts were quite urbanish... I actually did download the coordinates and the PDF from your thread this morning after reading about it in @Dave guide. We are most likely gonna take the Coastal variant from Santander :) to Boo de Pielagos and then continue on the official route through Arce and Oruňa. I also read about a forbidden alternative across some ferry bridge from Boo to Mogro, yet it sounds kinda irresponsible to walk along trains .
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
@peregrina2000 Thanks a lot, I walked Norte from Aviles 4 years ago and some parts were quite urbanish... I actually did download the coordinates and the PDF from your thread this morning after reading about it in @Dave guide. We are most likely gonna take the Coastal variant from Santander :) to Boo de Pielagos and then continue on the official route through Arce and Oruňa. I also read about a forbidden alternative across some ferry bridge from Boo to Mogro, yet it sounds kinda irresponsible to walk along trains .
The bridge from Boo is a train bridge, and many pilgrims have in the past walked over it (I confess to having done it years ago when I was a much less responsible youngster in my 50s). If you stay in Boo, though, it is easy to get up in the morning, eat breakfast, and wait a few minutes for the train. The train stop is about two minutes from the albergue.
 

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