As the silent bergs glide through the cold currents off the coasts of Labrador and Newfoundland, the soft sighs of ice melting can be lightly heard above laps of the Atlantic Ocean. This stunning side of Canada offers amazing views of beautiful ocean countryside paired with clean crisp glimpses of giant icebergs floating down the coast. Calved from glaciers off the western coast of Greenland, the icebergs float generally for over a year before reaching the northern shores of Newfoundland. Of the 40,000 some odd icebergs produced annually from Greenland, 1%-2% tend to make it down to Ice Berg Alley. Many local companies run boat tours out along the coast to catch a closer experience with the majestic ice mountains. The sheer size of the bergs is a complex nature, many over two and three stories high, hide approximately 87% of their mass below the water. For the daring adventurer these currents are also widely sought as some of the best kayaking spots in the world. The great iceberg migration provides paddlers with the ultimate close encounter with these grand and glorious ice sculptures, and if that wasn't enough to wet your pallet the common whale sightings usually seal the deal.
The best time of year to see icebergs is between the spring and early summer season, April - June. Popular places to experience the icebergs is Bulls Bay, Witless Bay, St. John's/Cape Spear, Bonavista, Twillingate, La Scie, St. Anthony, Point Amour, Battle Harbour and Cartwright.
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If you are planning a closer experience, under 5km from a berg, you will get a great view, and nice pictures with a regular camera. The higher vantage points are also a plus. If you are planning something from afar, 10km out or more you might want to bring a set of binoculars and a good zoom lens.
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