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Labrador Kayaker near an Iceberg

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.

Go on a boat tour, paddle along in a sea kayak or hike along our 29,000 km of coastline and watch a sparkling spring berg parade down Iceberg Alley.

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

IcebergFinder.com is not currently detecting icebergs. The map below shows areas where icebergs can often be seen. Icebergs typically move in a southeastern direction. The concentrations of bergs usually lessen from north to south, as illustrated by the declining colour density of the circles on this map.

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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.

Iceberg Safety

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!

Triple Play Map

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.

Iceberg Shapes

Helpful Links

IcebergFinder.com

@IcebergTweets on Twitter

Icebergs of Newfoundland and Labrador by Stephen E. Bruneau

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Steady yourself against the railing as the MV Iceberg Alley bobs gently on the North Atlantic, cruising into Iceberg Alley where surreal 10,000 year old icebergs are adrift. Hear traditional tales and hold your breath as humpbacks and fin whales break the surface. Watch the sunset dapple reds and oranges on the sea as kittiwakes and gannets circle above and dolphins play off the bow. Immerse yourself into coastal Newfoundland with the Iceberg Man for a true Canadian Signature Experience.
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Twillingate Island Boat Tour Ltd.

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Live the life of a light keeper on 'Iceberg Alley'. Hear the calls of Humpback Whales echo off massive icebergs in your private cove. From Gros Morne to Labrador, experience the province’s natural and cultural highlights. Tour a fjord, then off to Quirpon Lighthouse Inn on a remote island overlooking the Viking site. Wander cliffs to ancient sod huts, but keep an eye out for whales and icebergs at your feet. Enjoy boat trips - two exploring Iceberg Alley and one through Western Brook Pond fjord.
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Linkum Tours

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Ride on a zodiac tour to see whales up close and personal plus other marine wildlife like dolphins, porpoises, seals, eagles, turres & murres plus puffins. Icebergs are viewable in season !!! After your experience of a lifetime, relax at Skipper Bob's café and enjoy a $20 gift certificate towards food at the Lodge or let us pack you a bag lunch to hike the Skirwink Trail rated one of the top ten trails in Canada! Or apply your credit to a two hour kayak tour. We use tandem kayaks.
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Trinity Eco-tours

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This is a two night accommodations / three day package featuring guided Zodiac or kayak tour, nature hike, historical three hour walk around Trinity and an evening play featured at the Rising Tide Theatre. Staying at our lodge you can visit the local churches Anglican and Catholic to view their historical significance in a community that made its living form the sea plus related historical sites. A guided walking tour is included that will reveal all of these features and more of the local lore.
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Trinity Eco-Tours Lodge

Starting at $1349 Per Person
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The title says it all - with more than 29,000 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty of vantage points to see the true stars of this package, the whales, birds and bergs!

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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