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.
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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.
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.
Package includes the regular ferry rides, meals and tours but also an additional 2 hour iceberg hunting boat tour in the afternoon and bread making lesson in the morning. You get to keep your Battle Harbour apron with the bread making lesson and you get to eat your creation.
Great host and the best whale spotting record.
Join Gatherall's Puffin & Whale Watch for an unforgettable voyage to nature's ocean playground. Leave the driving to us. Transportation from/to St. John's hotels included. Gatherall's catamaran is the largest and most comfortable tour boat in NL. Transport Canada Certified.
Step aboard award winning Iceberg Quest. Sail past a glittering parade of 25,000 year-old icebergs. Witness the mighty humpback whale in full breach. Bask in our National Geographic coastlines as our Captain regales you with the history and culture of our people.
Retire to the Murray Premises Hotel for a dose of 19th century charm coupled with modern day luxuries in St. John's first ever boutique property.
Breathe in the fresh ocean air as we set sail down Iceberg Alley. Feast your eyes on a glittering parade of majestic icebergs. Witness the mighty humpback whale playfully thrust itself out of the water in a full breach. Sail past rugged coastlines. Dance a jig to a Newfoundland shanty. Fall in love all over again.
Book now & receive a complimentary Iceberg beer. Step aboard ... experience the WONDER!
We’re rolling out the canvas, and we want your help creating a masterpiece! Get inspired with Newfoundland's award winning boat tour. Sail past a dazzling parade of pristine blue icebergs. Catch a glimpse of the Atlantic Puffin's orange beak and the white belly of a humpback whale as she breaches.
Then it's time to unleash that inspiration upon your very own autographed copy of Bobbi Pike's The Colours of Newfoundland and Labrador colouring book!
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.
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Province - WideProvince-WideNewfoundland & Labrador's largest tour operator offering customized self-drive vacations and escorted tours. Packages include expert travel advice, accommodations, car rental and attractions.
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.
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.
GanderGFT offers aerial sightseeing tours. See from above NL Icebergs, Whales, Beautiful landscapes, wildlife etc. An added bonus is that you will fly the aircraft yourself with a certified Pilot.
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Woody PointGros Morne & Northern Peninsula. Women only adventures; iceberg & arts tour, kayaking, biking, hiking adventure. Includes accommodations, meals, ground transportation, activities and local guide.
Chamberlains, Conception Bay SouthGroup or personalized sightseeing tours including The City of St. John's, Signal Hill, Quidi Vidi, Cape Spear, Land and Sea (boat tour), Killick Coast.+1 (709) 682 0754
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LewisporteCruise to historic Exploits Island aboard the Beothuk Explorer catamaran (TC Certified). Ocean fish for many species, cook mussels or your catch on beach or a in a quiet cove or swim with icebergs.+1 (709) 535 2626
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 BullsVoted best boat tour by Newfoundlanders! Touring for over 30 years. 1/2 million Atlantic Puffins, millions of seabirds, whales and icebergs. Custom built vessel with heated cabin and ample rail space.
St. AnthonyA thrilling educational experience developed by an award winning team. View icebergs, whales, dolphins and puffins while entertained by local naturalist.
TwillingateNewfoundland's award winning boat tour. Iceberg Capital of the World. Majestic humpback whales. Elegant seabirds. Mammoth Greenland icebergs. Fine crafts & designs. Canvas Cove Bistro local cuisine.+1 (709) 884 1888
St. John'sMulti-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.