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 IcebergFinder.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 can be unpredictable, which makes them difficult to navigate around safely. When viewing icebergs from the water, it is recommended that you maintain a safe distance (D) – equal to the length of the iceberg (L), or twice its height (H), whichever is greater. Within this perimeter, there is a risk of falling ice, large waves, and submerged hazards. Safety should always be your first priority.
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.
A 3 hour boat tour along the shore of the Great Northern Peninsula that will take you from the quaint little community of Bide Arm along the many rural communities now resettled.
Package includes expert travel advice, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, two whale watching boat tours, St. John’s city tour, a Lighthouse Picnic, and admission to select museums and attractions.
Your self-drive adventure includes expert travel advice, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, 2-day Gros Morne park pass, whale-watching boat tour, and admission to L’Anse aux Meadows and Red Bay National Historic Site.
*Full brewery tours available on Saturday's and Sunday's
Package includes: 2 hour boat tour, shuttle service, brewery tasting, 2 pack Quidi Vidi beer
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Witless BayGet up close and personal to Whales, Icebergs, and the largest Atlantic Puffin Colony in North America with Ecotours, a Zodiac adventure to tickle your senses and ignite your imagination.
TrinityTours aboard 46-foot motorsailer to see whales, icebergs, birds, coastal scenery and abandoned fishing villages. Craft shop and restaurant on site.
TrinitySpecializing in Marine Wildlife Adventures tours by Zodiac-style Boat (RHIB) and Guided Sea Kayak. See whales, icebergs, puffins and more!
RoddicktonSee various species of Whales including humpbacks & minke, Dolphins and Icebergs at their most majestic through a Zodiac adventure. Hiking/walking trails GeoCaching and winter packages
Grates CoveExperience the historic rock walls and the outport community of Grates Cove with professional artist Terrence Howell
St. AnthonyA thrilling educational experience developed by an award winning team. View icebergs, whales, dolphins and puffins while entertained by local naturalist.
TrinityExperienced staff make your play time with 'Our Whales' an adventure that you will remember.
LewisporteHigh quality sea kayaking adventures on the Bay of Exploits. Day, multi-day tours, and rentals available. Certified Paddle Canada training offered throughout the season.
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.
St. John'sNewfoundland Labrador’s premier helicopter charter service. Magnificent view from our executive helicopter. This is much more than transport, it’s a private aerial experience of our beautiful province
TwillingateLet Captain Dave, a coast guard certified skipper and commercial fisherman, give you a fishing experience to remember.
TwillingateSee icebergs, whales, seabirds, on 60-foot MV Daybreak. 2-hour guided cruise, experienced guides, complimentary coffee and Beverages. Washroom & heated cabin.Toll Free: +1 (888) 447 8687
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.
Steady BrookNewfoundland and Labrador’s largest adventure tourism company. Offering activities and adventures for all ages; over land, on water, underground, and in the air! No experience necessary.
Woody PointGros Morne & Northern Peninsula. Women only adventures; iceberg & arts tour, kayaking, biking, hiking adventure. Includes accommodations, meals, ground transportation, activities and local guide.
Long Pond, Conception Bay SouthMulti-day, multi-activity all inclusive vacation packages and day tours. Cultural and history tours. Charter bus and boat tours. Scuba Diving,jkayaking, snorkeling with whales and day adventure tours.
Bay BullsBest Whale & Puffin Tour! Best whale sighting record. Puffins guaranteed. Gatherall's catamaran is the largest, most stable and most comfortable vessel in Newfoundland. Icebergs in season.
Bay BullsThe sightseeing highlight of Newfoundland and Labrador. Expert guide / 30 years experience. Custom designed for wildlife photography and experiental tours. Whale ID catalogue contributors.
Bay BullsVoted best boat tour by Newfoundlanders. Largest Atlantic puffin colony, seabirds, whales, icebergs and more! Custom built vessel with heated cabin. Ample rail space offers a bird's eye view.
St. John'sCome 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.