When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world. On a sunny day, view these 10,000-year-old glacial giants from many points along the northern and eastern coasts – in every shape and size. With colours ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine.
Despite their arrival from the Arctic every spring, our awe of them remains new, year after year. Their sheer size sends the mind racing, and that's not even counting the ninety-percent still unseen below the surface. It was these types and sizes of bergs that sank the infamous Titanic, a mere 400 miles from our coast.
Icebergs are so plentiful around these parts, we actually put them to good use. Like Iceberg Water and our very own spirits like Iceberg Vodka, Gin, and Rum and, of course, the popular Iceberg Beer – all so refreshing, no matter what time of year.
Iceberg Map from IcebergFinder.com
The map below shows icebergs that were recently detected around Newfoundland and Labrador. Some icebergs have been detected by satellite and some have been reported by tourism operators. We cannot guarantee real-time accuracy of the map (icebergs move and melt!), so if you would like to confirm the presence of an iceberg, or if you would like to get more detailed information about a particular area, we suggest you contact the nearest Visitor Information Centre. Of course, if you have any feedback for us, or you would like to report an error in the map, please contact us at contactus@NewfoundlandLabrador.com.
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How to Watch Icebergs
Time of Year
The best time to view icebergs is in the spring and early summer. As you move north, the season stretches a bit longer. April and May are the months when bergs are most plentiful, but they may be locked up in sea ice, so it's recommended that late May and early June is best for viewing.
Where to Watch
Iceberg Alley is an area stretching from the coast of Labrador to the northeast coast of the island of Newfoundland. Some of the more popular places from shore, or from tour boats, are (from north to south): St. Lewis, Battle Harbour, Red Bay, Point Amour, St. Anthony, La Scie, Twillingate, Fogo Island, Change Islands, Bonavista, St. John's/Cape Spear, Bay Bulls/Witless Bay, Cape St. Mary's and St. Vincent's. All of these locations are accessible by road. The first four, which are on the coast of Southern Labrador, can be accessed by car ferry from the island of Newfoundland year round.
Ways to Watch
The best ways to watch icebergs are by boat tour, kayak, and from land. Luckily, thousands of whales and millions of seabirds migrate north late in the spring and early summer – this is the place where they meet. Not only do you see a magical display of bergs, you might get to see humpbacks and birds like gannets and puffins – all in one fell swoop.
Icebergs, Whales and Birds – the Triple Play!
For tourists also keen on viewing whales and seabirds, it should be noted that they migrate north in the late spring and early summer – and can often be plentiful through to early fall. The opposing southerly iceberg migration allows for brief intervals where all three may happily coexist. This spectacle is not entirely uncommon but should not necessarily be expected by sightseers even when travelling at the optimal time of year. Many factors affecting timing, location, and populations naturally vary from year to year, so it's hard to be accurate.
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St. John'sEmbark from Pier 7 St. John's harbour. Visit picturesque Quidi Vidi Village, sail to Cape Spear - the most easterly point of land in North America - along the rugged coastal shorelines of Blackhead, Deadman's and Freshwater Bay.
CartwrightKayaking, open boat, crafting, hiking/walking/family vacations, women adventure tours, photo tours, saltwater trout fishing. Craft workshops. Custom and scheduled tours, or just drop by.
Red BayWe offer boat charters and tours, iceberg viewing, seal, whale and seabird watching in its natural habitat, or come & enjoy the ride and the beauty.
St. Lunaire2 hour tours to Icebergs, whales, birds, caves. Experience a unique history lessons in our way of life - Past and present! Transport Canada Approved+1 (709) 623 2112
St. John'sNewfoundland's award winning boat tour. North America's largest humpback population. Iconic puffins. Breathtaking icebergs. Cabot Tower. Signal Hill. Cape Spear. Walking distance from hotels and B&B's.
Comfort CoveFly fishing, whales, icebergs, fishing, atving, snowmobiling. Guide with 25 years experience on land and sea.+1 (709) 244 3171
Twillingate IslandLet Captain Dave, a coast guard certified skipper and commercial fisherman, give you a fishing experience to remember.
SilverdaleOcean adventures in scenic Green Bay, see icebergs, whales, historic sites and resettled communities
MobileOne hour tours for smaller groups of people, making your whale and puffin watching excursion a more relaxed and personal experience. Join us as we explore the wonders of Nature!
QuirponA Zodiac Boat experience. Visit a Shipwreck, whales and icebergs where the season is longest.
St. AnthonyJoin our award winning 2.5 hour tour. Best sightings of icebergs, humpbacks & dolphins in NL. View caves and seabird colonies. Certified vessel with heated cabin, music, washroom & onboard biologist.
TrinityExperienced staff make your play time with 'Our Whales' an adventure that you will remember.
Cape BroyleGuided interpretive 4-hour, day and multi-day hiking adventures along the world famous East Coast Trail. Scenery includes whales, icebergs and puffins.
Bay BullsExperience the natural wonders of land and sea aboard our 46-ft tour boat. Catch the excitement of humpbacks, breath taking scenery, icebergs and sea birds. Come, let us amaze you!
St. AnthonyA thrilling educational experience developed by an award winning team. View icebergs, whales, dolphins and puffins while entertained by local naturalist.
Witless BayThere's only one way to get up close and personal to Whales, Icebergs, and the largest Atlantic Puffin Colony in North America, That's with Ecotours, a Zodiac adventure that will tickle your senses and ignite your imagination!+1 (709) 334 2722
Bauline EastVisit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve aboard our 40ft Vessel. Grey Island only 5 minutes away, Puffins guaranteed. Whales and Icebergs in season. The highlight for many visitors to the area.+1 (709) 334 3773
TwillingateSee icebergs, whales, birds, dolphins and seals in season aboard MV Iceberg Alley, specifically designed fiberglass touring boat. Over 2,500 iceberg cruises. Book tours at The Iceberg Craft Shop. Follow the Iceberg Man.
TwillingateSail with Skipper Jim! Personalized tours with family and friends - From the Ocean to the Moon!
Bay BullsCome Sea Kayaking with us and experience the magic of Bay Bulls. See magnificent icebergs, soaring seabirds, diving puffins and majestic whales as they journey through this remarkable area.