One of the draws of going to Newfoundland for me was the prospect of seeing icebergs there, and I was not disappointed. I saw a lot of them, and I never once got bored of them! No one iceberg looks the same, and they just look so majestic floating in the water.
I'm sure you have a couple of questions about spotting icebergs in Newfoundland, so let's try to answer them!
Where do the icebergs come from?
Most of the icebergs that you'll spot in Newfoundland have drifted over from Greenland.
When is the best time to see icebergs in Newfoundland?
Although conditions are different every year depending on the climate, generally the best time to see icebergs in Newfoundland is in mid-May to mid-June.
Where is the best place to see icebergs in Newfoundland?
The stretch of coast from Baffin Bay down to the southeast coast of Newfoundland is called iceberg alley. Why? Because that's where you'll see icebergs. I personally found them easier to spot closer to the north of the island, so around L'Anse Aux Meadows and Twillingate. They tend to be bigger up there too, because they melt as they travel south. I highly recommend that you use the Iceberg Finder site to get an idea of where the icebergs are currently at.
Can I see them from land?
Again, I recommend that you use the Iceberg Finder to locate the icebergs, but yes, you can definitely spot them from the land along the coast, without having to go on a boat tour. Boat tours will take you closer to them, that's for sure, but if you aren't into spending money to see them, know that you don't have to!
Iceberg fun fact!
Did you know that there are different names for icebergs of different sizes? Technically, an iceberg is only classified as an iceberg if it protrudes 5m from sea-level. Smaller ones have cute names like bergy bits and growlers! Click here if you want to read up more on the different names for icebergs.