Discover the magic of 10,000 year old masterpieces flowing in the currents off our coast. Mammoth bergs often snap, crackle and pop, as they make their way along the  annual parade that starts in Greenland. Though showtimes are never guaranteed,  April – June is when iceberg alley starts to tally its seasonal visitors, with the season extending into early July.

On a Boat

The best way to get up close and personal with these ice queens is to hop on board a boat or kayak tour throughout the spring and summer.

While taking in the coastal views enjoy the sights of the colourful battery houses which are located along the entrance of  St. John’s main Harbour. On board you may even get close enough to collect a bergy bit which has broken off of the main iceberg.

*Remember safety first. Take a guided tour when getting out on the water to see the icebergs. The guides will know when close is close enough.

Through a Lens

From the pure whites to the aquamarine blues, icebergs are like massive gemstones floating against the backdrop of the dark North Atlantic waters. Learning to capture their light and texture sometimes requires a bit of help. A photography tour can do just that.

Sometimes finding the berg can be half the battle, that is where icebergfinder.com comes into play. Seasoned photographers can use the pinned locations on top of their extensive knowledge of our waters and land to guide you, not just to the perfect location but also with the perfect settings on your camera.

From the Comfort of Your Room

Imagine waking up to the sound of the ocean crashing on the shore and the smell of salt in the air from the sea. That is a typical morning in St. John’s and eastern Newfoundland. With close to 30,000 km of coastline, the province of Newfoundland & Labrador provides panoramic views of the North Atlantic and that means panoramic views of icebergs.

From the comforts of your hotel room overlooking St. John’s harbour to the deck of a Bed & Breakfast situated on the edge of iceberg alley, your iceberg sights can be wrapped up with a colourful quilt and come with a coffee in hand.

Along a trail head

St. John’s is surrounded by over 300 kilometers of developed trails to explore. The East Coast Trail guided hikes will take you past towering sea stacks, deep fjords, abandoned settlements, lighthouses, and many more attractions including icebergs.

A view from above at Signal Hill will show you the expanse of the city as well as St. John’s harbour and the eastern coastline. Many a berg take pause at Fort Amherst Lighthouse, located directly across the harbour from Cabot Tower.

Lathering up

Offering some of the purest water, icebergs can also serve as more than just a pretty thing to watch. Botanical bath & body companies like East Coast Glow are using the benefits of the abundant icebergs plus  sustainably foraged wildflowers and medicinal herbs to create natural and powerful skin tonics. Their iceberg water soap not only  leaves your skin feeling refreshed but also look beautiful in a soap dish for your guests to use.

You can make a day trip from St. John’s to visit the dynamic duo in Bonavista or stop into one of the many shops in town who also stock their products, including Whink and Johnny Ruth.

Cheers and Beers

After a day of discovering icebergs in St. John’s, an ice cold pint or cocktail is likely at the top of your list. Make a pit stop into Quidi Vidi Brewery to take in the views of the fishing village from their second floor tap room, where they also serve Iceberg beer and a variety of other micro-brewed selections including a cappuccino stout and a local favourite, Calm Tom’s Double IPA.

If you are downtown and exploring the local colour of George Street, why not sip on a cocktail created with Iceberg Vodka? Harvested from icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador your sure to enjoy a pure Canadian cocktail, especially if it’s used to mix up the classic brunch favourite, a Caesar.

Published: May 2, 2019