Just 5 hours flying time from the UK will bring you to Canada’s most Easterly point and the sparsely populated island of Newfoundland. However this seemingly desolate region, discovered by Europeans in the early 1500s is full of Viking history, warm hospitality, extraordinary landscapes and incredible wildlife opportunities and is a superb self-drive adventure.
- Take a boat out to search for Humpback and Minke Whales
- Observe Puffin colonies
- Visit Twillingate – the iceberg capital of the world
- Explore Gros Morne National Park an example of extraordinary complex geology
- Immerse yourself in Viking history in L’Anse aux Meadows National Park
Begin your journey in St. Johns. Explore the city and be sure to take in George Street’s live music scene. Make time to visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to some 2.5 million seabirds and due to its rich waters, several whale species come here to feed.
Continue north to Trinity, a picturesque town with traditional pastel coloured clapboard houses. Explore the Bonavista Peninsula and the world of 19th century fishing.
Following the East coast of Newfoundland continue driving north to Twillingate, passing through the Terra Nova National Park where the Atlantic Ocean meets the boreal forests, bogs and green rolling hills inland. Twillingate sits alongside Iceberg Alley, a vast corridor of ocean that runs from Greenland, and is one of the best places to view 10,000 year old icebergs, whales, seals, dolphins and numerous seabirds. In the summer the Fish, Fun and Folk festival takes place where this famous festival runs for a week, with dancing, folk music and fish based culinary delights celebrating the culture of Newfoundland.
Leaving Twillingate behind, cross Newfoundland to the North Coast and Norris Point. From here visit Gros Morne National Park with its striking table top mountains, fjords, marshy lowlands and rugged cliffs. Hiking, boat tours and kayaking are all available.
Finally visit L’Anse aux Meadows. This was the first land the Viking’s reached on discovering the new world. It is a harsh environment where icy arctic winds stunt the growth of the conifers that barely stand 5ft tall, despite being over a century old. Visit the interpretive centre located on the remains of a Viking settlement and see a reconstructed earth house. For the full experience visit Norstead, a reconstructed village where you can learn to throw axes, spin yarn and see a replica of the Viking Knarr Snorri boat.
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