Have You Ever Hunted an Iceberg? (Here’s How!)
Iceberg watching is a favourite activity in Newfoundland for tourists and locals alike. The first glimpse of a towering mountain of sparkling ice is truly awe-inspiring and will be a moment you’ll keep with you for years to come. If you love the outdoors and you love the splendour of nature, you must put iceberg watching on your list!
Find the ‘Bergs
As with any hunting trip, you have to know where the game is and when it is available. Check out Iceberg Finder which uses satellite imagery as well as volunteer sightings to locate and chart the ‘bergs on an interactive map. Along the coast of Newfoundland, the best time to view icebergs is in late May and early June. For Labrador, it’s between March and July. You can also check with the Canadian Ice Service and contact Visitor Information Centres for up-to-date, pertinent information.
Take the Shore Bet
It’s easiest to enjoy the icebergs with your feet firmly planted in on the land. Try these favourite vantage points for viewing: Signal Hill, Cape Race Lighthouse, Cape Spear, Twillingate Lighthouse, and Point Amour Lighthouse. There are many trails along the coast of Newfoundland as well. If you decide to watch from the shore, don’t forget your binoculars!
Float On By
Many adventurers view the icebergs by boat. There are boat expeditions led by experienced captains that are available in many towns on the coast of Newfoundland. Sea kayak rentals are also prevalent in these towns. Remember, icebergs are unstable. They can fall apart at any moment (called “rolling”) as ice melts and chunks crash into the water. The displacement of water creates huge waves that could tip your kayak. If you’re too close, you risk the possibility of being hit with ice. Maintain a safe distance at all times.
Remember Your Camera
Bring your camera along so that you can take pictures of these majestic behemoths. The icebergs are truly awe-inspiring and you’ll want to keep memories of them long after they’ve melted into the Atlantic. Make sure you’ve charged your camera and have an empty memory card!
For those of you who are experienced pros, what advice and tips would you give new iceberg watchers? What are your favorite ways to take in these springtime masterpieces?