The icebergs are here, and so are the deals
The icebergs are here, and the spring and early summer of 2014 promise to deliver a bumper crop to the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador.
On newfoundlandlabrador.com you’ll find special offers that combine iceberg watching tours with accommodations and food.
Battle Harbour on the southeast Labrador coast is a prime viewing area for icebergs into the summer months. Battle Harbour Historic Properties is offering an Iceberg Hunter Special from June 16-30. In addition to their regular package of accommodations, meals and ferry ride to Battle Island from Mary’s Harbour, the special includes a three-hour iceberg hunting boat tour and a bread-making lesson. Prices start at $750 Cdn per person.
Maxxim Vacations of St. John’s has a week-long self-drive Whales, Birds and Icebergs adventure that includes airfare to St. John’s, two boat tours, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7 days’ mid-size car rental with unlimited mileage, lunch at Lighthouse Picnics, and admission to select museums and other attractions. The price starts at $1,869 Cdn per person and the offer is valid May 1 – Oct 31.
Iceberg Quest Tours of Twillingate, which also operates out of St. John's Harbour, has a See It! Taste It! Feel It! package that combines whale and iceberg watching with local tastes, include iceberg beer and a delicious seafood chowder at Canvas Cove Bistro. The cost starts at $61.95 per person and is valid June 6 – August 31.
Linkum Tours operates Quirpon Lighthouse Inn near Newfoundland’s northern tip, an ideal place to see icebergs – and whales – because the waters there are cooler than further south, making for a longer iceberg season. The whale-watching is good because whales migrate through the nearby Strait of Belle Isle. Their Light Inn + Whales + Bergs package starts at $1,350.
Just 30 km from St. John’s, O’Brien’s Whale and Bird Tours has operated nature viewing boat tours in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve for decades. Their Tours, Tasting and Tails package, starting at $90, offers seabird, iceberg and whale watching – plus return shuttle and beer tasting at Quidi Vidi Brewery in St. John’s. Cheers all around!
All around Newfoundland and Labrador there are more than 20 seasoned boat tour operators to get you close – but not too close – to these magnificent, fleeting visitors from the arctic. And even if your sea legs have drained away, you can still see icebergs from many vantage points on land. To find out where the icebergs are, log on to icebergfinder.com or follow @IcebergTweets on Twitter. We use satellite technology to keep track of the bergs, and our Visitor Information Centres are in regular contact with spotters and tour operators along the coast. The results of both methods are posted on icebergfinder.com, where you can sign up to receive email alerts, and tweeted to our followers. Our Facebook page is where you’ll find more photos and stories from our visitors as they share their iceberg experiences.
If you're interested in learning more about iceberg viewing, check out this handy Iceberg Facts checklist, and if you're looking for inspiration, look no further than our Flickr Iceberg Viewing album. Our Facebook page is where you’ll find more photos and stories from our visitors as they share their iceberg experiences.