When it comes to viewing icebergs, Iceberg Alley 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 of Newfoundland and Labrador in every shape and size. The colours of each iceberg differs ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine.
There are a number of ways to experience these amazing natural spectacles. Go on a boat tour, paddle along in a sea kayak or hike along parts of the 29,000 km of coastline and watch a sparkling spring berg parade down Iceberg Alley.
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To mark this occasion an Iceberg Festival takes place every June on the Great Northern Peninsula. It celebrates the coming of spring in the north and the annual arrival of icebergs. The festival features music, food, entertainment, history, culture, great hospitality and of course icebergs. Dip your toes into the North Atlantic! Have a dance! Eat seafood fresh from the sea! If you want breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, fantastic fare and good company, you belong at the Iceberg Festival!
Nor is that all you can do while in this beautiful region. Here nature is very much to the fore and the scenery is spectacular. The people very welcoming and it is still one of those places that is well off the well trodden holiday destinations.
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This is a destination for those of you that love the great outdoors. With some of the best walking trails in North America, rugged and stunning scenery, quaint fishing villages and some amazing vistas you will be spoilt for choice in Newfoundland and Labrador. Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, should be on your list of places to visit and walk. Use part of your days here to take the boat tour to Western Brook Pond – a cruise through gorges and fjords that tower up to 600 metres above you.
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Taking to the sea by kayak, tour boat or, for the truly intrepid, getting in to the sea with wetsuit on to seek out the 22 species of whales and dolphins including the rare Blue and Sperm whales. There are millions of birds nesting along the coast edge – enough to keep any twitcher happy. In the north of Newfoundland you will have the chance to stay in the lighthouse-keepers’ residence on Quirpon Island. Your time here will be spent looking out for whales and icebergs from the shore or for a closer view take out a sea kayak
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While you are here, consider visiting the remains of the 1,000 year old Viking Village at L’Anse aux Meadows , another Unesco World Heritage Site, the first time Europeans set foot on North America.
Planning your time here is imperative to make the most of all that Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer.
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