It’s no surprise that Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the number one destinations in North America to see icebergs! During the spring and summer months tourists from all around the globe flock to Newfoundland and Labrador to see them as they make their way south from the north, but where are the best locations to see them? In our latest article we go over the best places to see icebergs in Newfoundland and Labrador this 2019 iceberg season!
Only a few days ago the first icebergs have been spotted on April 19th just off of the coast of Long Point in Twillingate, all the while dozens have been floating by the Bonavista Peninsula. Late that same weekend, a travelling berg also made its way down the coastline outside St. John’s harbour. With upcoming northeasterly winds in the forecast coming up this week, the icebergs should be making their way closer and closer to the coastline of eastern Newfoundland where visitors and onlookers can have a better view of the spectacular sites that the icebergs bring. Currently, we have over 52 icebergs off of the eastern coastline of Newfoundland!
When you’re a tourist who’s not from Newfoundland and Labrador, you may find it difficult to stay in the loop of where to find many of the islands hidden treasures. If you talk to a local about locating a place or scene they’ll be sure to point you in the right direction of where to find a destination, though the province is rather large with countless little communities, bays, winding roads between community to community and more.
When travelling through the province it’s best to know where your destinations are, and how long it will take you to venture there as much of your time in Newfoundland will be spent driving. When you’re ‘in the know’ you’re able to spend less time trying to figure out where to go and more time enjoying what you came to the province to see. This is why we’ve designed this article for you as a wonderful resource to help you locate the icebergs you’ve been chasing to get that perfect, iconic iceberg photograph that you’re going to post up online for thousands to see or even purchase! For more reference, visit the provinces iceberg finder map here: www.icebergfinder.com.
If you’re looking to start your trip where the icebergs start their trip in Newfoundland, you’re going to want to take a trip to St. Anthony on the provinces northern peninsula. St. Anthony is one of the island’s northernmost communities found after Gros Morne National Park after the west coast portion of the island (opposite of St. John’s – the provinces capital). Check out the lighthouse on Fishing Cove Road for some spectacular sites! If you would like to learn more about St. Anthony including tours, lodging and more check out their website at www.town.stanthony.nf.ca.
Are you looking for directions to get to St. Anthony? Click the map of St. Anthony below.
#2: Twillingate, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Located on the provinces northeast coast after a 5 hour journey outside of St. John’s you’ll find the community of Twillingate on the northeastern portion of the island. For many years Twillingate has been the hotspot or hub for thousands and thousands of tourists who come to the island to see icebergs. For more about Twillingate, visit their website where you’ll be able to find lots of local tour information at www.twillingate.com.
Are you looking for directions to get to Twillingate? Click the map of Twillingate below.
#3: Bonavista, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Next on your list will be the Bonavista peninsula – the noted place where John Cabot has been said to have had discovered Newfoundland in 1497. You’re going to want to travel to Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site to take in the icebergs at this location as they make their way south to St. John’s and an array of other areas. For more about Bonavista, visit their website where you’ll be able to find lots of local tour information at www.trinityvacations.com.
Are you looking for directions to get to Bonavista? Click the map of Bonavista below.
#4: Trinity Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Next you make your way to the beautiful Trinity Bay! With lots of local hiking trails, chocolate shops, cafes and more you’ll find yourself right at home here with some iconic Newfoundland and Labrador hospitality.
For more about Trinity Bay, visit their website where you’ll be able to find lots of local tour information at www.townoftrinity.com.
Are you looking for directions to get to Trinity Bay? Click the map of Trinity Bay below.
#5: Grates Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
You’ll find some spectacular sites as you make your way through the first portion of the provinces Avalon Peninsula to Grate’s Cove just outside of Red Head Cove and Bay de Verde. There’s endless sites to see at this location where you can take in boat tours around the region to see iceberg, nesting birds, whales and more! You’ll want to plan a few days around this area to take everything in.
For more about Grates Cove, visit the Bay De Verde website where you’ll be able to find lots of local tour information at www.baydeverde.com.
Are you looking for directions to get to Grates Cove? Click the map of Grates Cove below.
Just across the way from Grates Cove, you’ll find yourself on the eastern opposite portion of the Avalon peninsula east of Grates Cove in a community called Pouch Cove. On this leg of your journey you’ll travel through the beautiful Bauline, Flatrock, then to Torbay and St. John’s where you’ll see more icebergs floating their way south! If you’re going to this area and wish to take in some beautiful scenes while hiking, we highly recommend hiking part of the east coast trail to the Cape St. Francis Lighthouse. Click here for directions.
For more about Pouch Cove, visit their website where you’ll be able to find lots of local tour information at www.pouchcove.ca.
Are you looking for directions to get to Pouch Cove? Click the map of Pouch Cove below.
#7: Torbay, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Moving south just a short drive from Pouch Cove you’ll come to the community of Torbay where you’ll find beautiful seaside cliff scenes and rolling green hills that are certain to inspire any visitor or tourist to take some beautiful iconic Newfoundland photos. You’ll want to take in the hiking trails near Middle Cove Beach where you’ll find icebergs floating down the way to St. John’s – the next top in your iceberg journey! Torbay is noted to be a great location for icebergs during the April and May months in the spring of the year.
For more about Torbay, visit their website where you’ll be able to find lots of local tour information at www.torbay.ca.
Are you looking for directions to get to Torbay? Click the map of Torbay below.
#8: St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Welcome to North America’s oldest city! You’ve now made it to the provinces capital, St. John’s – the tourism hub of Newfoundland and Labrador that sees upward to about 65% of the islands tourism population who come to take in George Street, the Cabot Tower, Jellybean Row, art galleries and more! No matter where you go in St. John’s there always something for everyone as many small communities and hiking trails dot the perimeter of the city. Don’t forget to take in the Cape Spear Lighthouse where you’ll find yourself at the most easterly point of North America before Europe! If you’re lucky you’ll notice icebergs floating down the coastline from the view of the Cabot Tower on Signal Hill!
For more about St. John’s, visit their website where you’ll be able to find lots of local tour information at www.stjohns.ca.
Are you looking for directions to get to St. John’s? Click the map of St. John’s below.
Roughly about an hours drive south from St. John’s, you’ll find yourself in Ferryland, the ‘Irish Heard of Newfoundland & Labrador.’ If you’ve seen a photo of a mighty iceberg floating by a community, the odds are great that you’ve seen this photo (click here) making its rounds around the web when photographers flocked to Ferryland to take in one of the largest icebergs they’ve ever seen float by the community.
For more about Ferryland, visit the Newfoundland & Labrador website where you’ll be able to find lots of local tour information at www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/top-destinations/ferryland.
Are you looking for directions to get to Ferryland? Click the map of Ferryland below.
#10: Renews-Cappahayden, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Moving onward through the ‘Irish Loop’ you’ll make your way to Cappahayden just south of Ferryland. Known for its whale and bird watching, tourists love visiting this area while on the Avalon Peninsula!
For more about Cappahayden, visit the their website for more information at www.irishloop.nf.ca/home/renews-cappahayden.htm.
Are you looking for directions to get to Cappahayden? Click the map of Renews-Cappahayden below.