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12 Day Newfoundland Self-Drive

The historical & remote island full of viking scenery, dramatic landscapes & wildlife

12 days

from £2,485pp (excluding flights)

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. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to St. John's

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You will be staying at Leaside Manor, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

St.John's Sightseeing
Today explore St. John's. Discover The Rooms Musuem, an archive, art gallery and museum rolled into one. The Rooms are a fantastic cultural space to immerse oneself in the history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. A great story is told here of the Inuit and pre -Inuit cultures and their relationship between the land and the sea. Fascinating ceramic collections, fossils, tools and references to the early hunters will keep you browsing for hours.

A drive up Signal Hill is worth it for the spectacular views, or take a trip out to Cape Spear National Park; the most easterly point in North America. Visit one of the provinces most photographed places; the historic fishing village of Quidi Vidi, just 3km from St. Johns. Stop to sample some award winning ales in the Quidi Vidi Brewery, home of Iceberg Beer.

You will be staying at Leaside Manor, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Whale Watch and Puffin Cruise
Head out to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve today. The reserve is home to over 2.5 million seabirds and is one of the Atlantic's most productive feeding grounds for several whale species making it one of the most exciting areas for wildlife observation. Highlights of visiting Witless Bay include over 500,000 Atlantic Puffins and upwards of 50 Humpback Whales during mid summer. Icebergs are frquently seen in late spring and early summer. This cruise lasts for 90 minutes and is aboard a catamaran. Guests are looked after by the Gatherall family giving a wonderful Canadian hospitality alongside a plethora of puffins and whales.

You will be staying at Leaside Manor, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Self-Drive St.John's to Trinity

Depart St.John's today on your self drive adventure to Trinity, approximately 300km (3hrs). Take time to visit the Ryan Premises National Historic site, in the small village of Bonavista, a restored 19th Century merchant's premises, commemorating the role of the East Coast fishery dating back to the early 1500s. You will also find the red and white striped Bonavista Lighthouse, built to aid mariners headed for Labrador, as well as the Matthew ship, a replica of John Cabot's ship which voyaged from Bristol across the Atlantic to discover land in 1497, reaching it is thought either Cape Bonavista or St. John's. Where exactly, is subject to much controversy.

You will be staying at Artisan Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Trinity Sightseeing
The port town of Trinity is one of the oldest European settlements in the Americas. The village has been restored to a picturesque town with the white and pastel coloured clapboard houses, all set along a dramatic coastline. Visit the museum, take a boat tour for a different perspective of the rugged beauty of Newfoundland or take a hike and go bird watching. Atlantic puffins, the bald eagle and turns are just some of the birds that nest in Trinity Bay.

You will be staying at Artisan Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Trinity to Twillingate:Self-Drive sightseeing

Depart Trinity today for Twillingate. Pass through the Terra Nova National Park, where boreal forest, rolling hills and marsh meet rugged cliffs that shelter inlets from the pounding open ocean. On this journey you will have the opportunity to see icebergs along the Iceberg Valley, perhaps even Whales if you stop at Long Point Lighthouse. Do also make a stop at the Beothuk Interpretive Centre. Visit an ancient Beothuk village discovered by archaeologists in the 1980s. The Beothuk were an indigenous people who lived throughout Newfoundland since 1500 AD, and were certainly present in the early 1500s when the first European contact was made.

You will be staying at Bluewater Lodge & Retreat, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Iceberg Alley and Whales Boat Trip
Embark on a boat trip to the Iceberg Alley. This is a fantastic couple of hours to see whales, icebergs and spectacular sunsets around the scenic island of Twillingate. The coastal scenery is truly beautiful and the photographic opportunities are endless, with Humpbacks and Minke whales, puffins, guillemots to name but a few.

You will be staying at Bluewater Lodge & Retreat, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Travel from Lewisporte to Norris Point

Depart Lewisporte today for Norris Point and the Gros Morne National Park. A journey of approximately four hours depending on stops.

You will be staying at Neddies Harbour Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne National Park is the the second largest national Park in Eastern Canada and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park stretches across 1,805 square kilometres of Western Newfoundland as part of the towering Long Range Mountains. Its complex geology, formed over some 485 million years, today provides forests, freshwater fjords, bogs, barren lowlands and a striking coastline. Tiny seaside communities have made this area their home and it was this park that geologists proved their therory of tectonic plates. The Tablelands are a spectacular sight. The park offers hiking, boat trips and several sandy beach to explore.

You will be staying at Neddies Harbour Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

L'Anse Aux Meadows Sightseeing
L'Anse aux Meadows is a UNESCO World Heritage site at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. The remains of an 11th Century Viking settlement here, is evidence of the first European settlers in North America.

Today, a visit to the site can transport you back in time to where the Vikings once stood. Three Norse buildings have been reconstructed and are the focal point of the site. The exhibits highlight the Viking lifestyle in 1000 AD, artefacts and the finds on the site. There are also a number of trails that lead to nearby bays and lakes to picnic.

Norstead, just a couple of kilometres away is a recreated Viking Port. Here you can learn to throw an axe, spin yarn, have your fortune told, Viking style or have a pottery lesson or learn the traditional knitting stitch.

You will be staying at Neddies Harbour Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Drive from Norris Point to Deer Lake (Road Journey)

Fly Deer Lake to Halifax

Fly Halifax to London overnight

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