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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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