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
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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L'Anse-AmourTour Labrador at Point Amour Lighthouse specializes in multi day experiences built to fulfil the lure of the Labrador wild and the comforts of multi day luxury travel.
TrinityTours aboard 46-foot motorsailer to see whales, icebergs, birds, coastal scenery and abandoned fishing villages. Craft shop and restaurant on site.
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
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.
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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.
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ClarenvilleProudly serving Newfoundland and Labrador for over 20 years. Based in Appleton, Deer Lake and Clarenville.
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!
BonavistaNature based tourism using eco-hiking and evening presentations to interpret the natural history.
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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.
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.
TwillingateHave a true Newfoundland experience on the water with Capt. Dave for an unforgettable cod / lobster fishing, whale watching and Iceberg hunting boat tour. Located at the gateway of Twillingate.