Iceberg season is one of the best times to visit Newfoundland. These natural wonders are most easily spotted between April and July, depending on conditions and where in the province you are. Here’s how you can see icebergs from land, get up close to them on the water and even get a taste of them.
Spot icebergs from on land
Located on the northeast coast of Newfoundland, the town of Twillingate is home to the red and white Long Point Lighthouse, a popular iceberg viewing point that sits approximately 330 feet above sea level. For another perspective, try hiking one of the eight coastal trails that make up Twillingate’s hiking trail system. They range from approximately 2 to 10 kilometres long, and all offer views of icebergs.
From Cape Spear
The national historic sites along Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail are great for iceberg watching, thanks to the trail’s prime oceanside locale. A popular choice is the Cape Spear Lighthouse, just 15 minutes south of St. John’s in Cape Spear—the lighthouse is the furthest east you can get in North America. Signal Hill and Fort Amherst in the heart of St. John’s are other national historic sites that offer great views.
Get up close to icebergs on the sea
Set to re-open in May, Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours offers two-hour boat tours that depart from Pier 6 in St. John’s and Pier 52 in Twillingate. Along with picturesque views of the ocean and coastline, the tours offer the chance to see humpback whales and 12,000-year-old icebergs. And if you want the full Newfoundland experience, you can even get “screeched in” while you’re at sea.
If you’re feeling adventurous, sea kayaking lets you get up close and personal with the icebergs and other natural elements. On Ocean Quest Adventure Resort’s guided kayak tours, guests can paddle around icebergs and sea caves along the shoreline of Bell Island in Conception Bay (about a half hour from St. John’s). Tours are available every day from June through September in the morning, afternoon and at sunset.
Drink iceberg beer
To get the full iceberg beer experience, head to Quidi Vidi Brewing Company in St. John’s. This local brewery is known for its iceberg beer made from 25,000-year-old iceberg water. Stop by for beer tastings and tours between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. every Saturday (and every day from May 23 to September). The 45-minute experience starts with a tasting of Quidi Vidi’s beers and ends with a tour of the brewery.