About this Tour

Cruise sheer-walled fjords, be amazed by majestic icebergs, walk through diverse landscapes from windswept shorelines to sub-Arctic summits. Xplore rare geological oddities that earned Gros Morne UNESCO World Heritage status, listen to tales of Vikings and relax amid the culture and hospitality of Newfoundland’s coastal communities. 

Activity Level

Tours require a greater level of physical activity. Walking tours of cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours and walk longer distances which may be over uneven ground and steps, climb in and out of zodiacs or small boats without assistance. This tour may include some activities not suitable for people with mobility restrictions.

What's Included

  • 2 night stay in Rocky Harbour, Port au Choix & St. Anthony
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • L’Anse Aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Port au Choix National Historic Site
  • Red Bay National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Guided Interpretive Walks
  • Trout River Interpretive Centre
  • Jacob A. Crocker House, Museum
  • Tea & Biscuits at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
  • Point Riche Lighthouse
  • Viking Experience
  • Iceberg Alley
  • Taste of Basque History
  • Ferry to/from Labrador
  • Western Brook Pond Boat Tour
  • Bonne Bay Kayaking Tour 
  • Iceberg & Whale Watching Boat Tour
  • Roundtrip airport transfers *on start and end dates only*
  • Porterage (1 suitcase)

Dates & Pricing

May 27, 2021 – June 06, 2021 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

St. Anthony

Highs12
Lows-1

Port au Choix

Highs15
Lows2

Rocky Harbour

Highs16
Lows2

Itinerary

Cruise sheer-walled fjords, be amazed by the majestic icebergs, walk through diverse landscapes from windswept shorelines to sub-Arctic summits. Xplore rare geological oddities that earned Gros Morne UNESCO World Heritage status, listen to tales of Vikings and relax amid the culture and hospitality of Newfoundland’s coastal communities. 

Day 1 – Home Cities to Deer Lake.

Fly from home city to Deer Lake, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 – Deer Lake to Rocky Harbour

Depart for Gros Morne National Park. Visit the Discovery Centre, then Xplore the unique and rare “Tablelands” on a guided interpretive walk, where this barren landscape is exposed to you in a way few have had the opportunity to see it. Then onto the tiny fishing village of Trout River, enjoy some free time; grab some lunch, stroll the boardwalk, purchase a pair of socks off the clothesline?  Or head out on one of the many fabulous hiking trails before we head north to our home for the next two nights in Rocky Harbour. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow xplorers.

Day 3 – Rocky Harbour

In the morning we venture onto the water of Bonne Bay, kayaking through pristine water, view; quaint coastal villages, take in the spectacular views all around, watch the Bald Eagles soar. Be sure to keep your eyes open to catch a glimpse of the elusive Minke Whales that frequent Bonne Bay.   In the afternoon, we Xplore a couple of the great nature walks offered in the Norris Bay area.  After our adventurous day, enjoy the opportunity to relax, or take in more of Rocky Harbour on your own.  There is no party like a Newfoundland Kitchen Party! This evening we partake in this lively local tradition. Sing along, and even grab your own traditional Newfoundland instrument and play along with the band. Get Screeched in! No trip to Newfoundland can be complete without partaking in this unique ceremony that will get your tongue in a twist, put hairs on your chest, and make you an honorary Newfoundlander in the process!

Day 4 – Rocky Harbour to Port au Choix

Our adventures continue today as we drive further into Gros Morne National Park, stopping at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse.  Take a short walk around “The Head” while taking in some of the most spectacular and picturesque views in Gros Morne National Park.  We’ll enjoy a cup of tea and a warm biscuit as we listen to stories of the past and the people who lived on this rugged and beautiful headland.   Then it’s time to stretch our legs on a 45- minute walk across a “mish” where at the end, you are rewarded with the beautiful and rare Western Brook Pond.  We board our vessel for a 2-hour boat tourfara í víking”, along this 16km, spectacular glacier-carved, land-locked fjord, view; waterfalls cascading from 2000 feet above, that often turn to mist before reaching the pond; billion-year-old cliffs and frequent wildlife sightings.  Once docked, we make our way to Port au Choix for the next two nights.

Day 5 – Port au Choix

Today we learn the 6,000-year-old story of Port au Choix as we Xplore Port au Choix National Historic Site.  Hike coastal trails see prehistoric artifacts from four ancient Aboriginal cultures that inhabited Newfoundland’s rugged northwest coast.   Examine the past at the Port au Choix Visitor Centre, featuring both cultural & historical exhibits.  Walk in the footsteps of the ancient cultures that first inhabited this spectacular landscape, in search of a sculpture series that celebrates the Indigenous heritage of this remarkable place.  Xplore the limestone barrens, looking for plants and fossils found nowhere else in Canada, take in panoramic ocean views, did someone say whales and icebergs!  Weave through a tuckamore forest and cross an ancient limestone seabed to reach Point Riche Lighthouse.

Day 6 – Port au Choix to L’Anse-au-Clair, Labrador

This morning it’s off to St. Barbe, where we catch the ferry over to Labrador.  Travelling through “Iceberg Alley” you’ll have a great opportunity to marvel at majestic icebergs and breaching whales.  Between 1530-1600, the large numbers of whales in this area drew up to 2000 whalers from the Basque region of Spain and France to the Strait of Belle Isle, where they established a major whaling port at Red Bay. For some 70 years, Basque whalers made the dangerous, month-long journey across the Atlantic to hunt whales and produce the oil that lit the lamps of Europe.  We stop at the Red Bay National Historic Site, enjoy Bites of Basque History, hear the stories passed down through generations, music with a 16th-century flair and taste a mouth-watering selection of Basque pintxos (little bites) prepared by a local chef - not to mention viewing the many original Basque artifacts and restored “chalupa” at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.  After a day of Xploring, your appetite will be ready for the hardy dinner (Whalers Restaurant) planned this evening!               

Day 7 – L’Anse-au-Clair to St. Anthony

We depart Labrador today but not before Xploring the Jersey Trail, an easy walk, weaving our way across the bench land, above you, cliffs with a Stonehenge like feel, ancient weathered boulders and cliffs that make for interesting scenery.  The trail tells the story of early settlers, primarily those from Jersey in the Channel Islands that established a fishery here in the 1800’s.  One more stop at Point Amour Lighthouse before heading to the ferry terminal.  Climb to the top of the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada - the second tallest in Canada! After climbing 132 steps, be rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view of the Strait of Belle Isle. You might spot an iceberg, a whale breaching, or groups of seabirds flying along the shore, it’s the perfect perch for an incredible photo opportunity.  It’s a short drive to the ferry terminal to board the ferry back to Newfoundland and our home for the next two nights in the beautiful fishing village of St. Anthony.  Be prepared for some local entertainment this evening at the Great Viking Feast!

Day 8 – St. Anthony

St. Anthony is known as the iceberg and whale watching capital of Newfoundland!   This morning we join an experienced local naturalist to do just that, we’ll Xplore the scenic St. Anthony coast; an area that typically has more icebergs, humpbacks and dolphins than any other region in Newfoundland. Guided by our trusted captain, relax in the comforts of a 50-foot vessel while being entertained by traditional music, stories and interpretation on the unique heritage. It’s a refreshing blend of nature, fun education and Newfoundland hospitality that you won’t soon forget. The afternoon hike is an easy 3.4 km loop, followed by a visit to the Grenfell House Museum and the Jordi Bonet Murals.  This evening Immerse yourself in the Viking Age at the only authenticated Norse site in North America. Gather around the skáli “kitchen” in one of L’Anse aux Meadows sod buildings, spend the evening by the fire with the Vikings of Straumfjörð and toast the heroic deeds of Leif Eriksson and his crew as the Vinland Sagas of tragic tales and Norse myths are retold in the place where it all began

Day 9 – St. Anthony to Plum Point

After our evening with the Vikings we get out this morning to Xplore the land the Vikings once walked on as we tour the only known Viking site in the Americas and the earliest known evidence of European presence in North America.  See original 11th century artifacts at L’Anse aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Site, stroll in the footsteps of the Vikings and experience Norse life at the Viking Encampment.  This afternoon, we Xplore the local trails see rare 650 million-year-old fossil structures on the world-famous Thrombolite Walking Trail, in the picturesque community of Flowers’s Cove, near the top of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, one of only two places in the world where you can view these gigantic phenomena, living fossils dating back 570 million years.  After our Thrombolite adventure, we head back to Marjorie’s Bridge for some photos, drop by the “Skin Boot” Church and then take a trip down the White Rocks Trail.   This evening we get together for an authentic Newfoundland Mug Up.

Day 10 – Plum Point to Deer Lake

This morning we travel to the charming traditional fishing community of Daniel’s Harbour, home to legendary Nurse Myra Bennett, dubbed the Florence Nightingale of the North.  Walk along Bill’s Woods Trail providing wonderful views of the mountains.  Stop at Arches Provincial Park, where the ancient limestone has been pounded by eons of surf to carve out scenic arches.  Walk under the arches, or on top of them to experience the awesome strength of the sea.  Enjoy some free time in Rocky Harbour meandering through the craft shops before gathering with your fellow Xplorers for our Farewell Dinner this evening.

Day 11 – Deer Lake to Home Cities

Transfer from hotel to Deer Lake Airport

What you will experience on this tour

Cruise sheer-walled fjords, be amazed by the majestic icebergs, walk through diverse landscapes from windswept shorelines to sub-Arctic summits. Xplore rare geological oddities that earned Gros Morne UNESCO World Heritage status, listen to tales of Vikings and relax amid the culture and hospitality of Newfoundland’s coastal communities. 

Dates & Pricing

Cruise sheer-walled fjords, be amazed by the majestic icebergs, walk through diverse landscapes from windswept shorelines to sub-Arctic summits. Xplore rare geological oddities that earned Gros Morne UNESCO World Heritage status, listen to tales of Vikings and relax amid the culture and hospitality of Newfoundland’s coastal communities. 

 

May 27, 2021 – June 06, 2021 Space Available


Canadian Dollars

$3,799 Double Occ. | Guarantee Room Share

Triple $3,649
Single $4,539

*All prices are per person and land only.

Not Included in price:

  • Taxes and fees
  • Airfare

Total Meals: All breakfasts, 1 snack/bites, 1 tasting & 4 dinners


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Cruise sheer-walled fjords, be amazed by the majestic icebergs, walk through diverse landscapes from windswept shorelines to sub-Arctic summits. Xplore rare geological oddities that earned Gros Morne UNESCO World Heritage status, listen to tales of Vikings and relax amid the culture and hospitality of Newfoundland’s coastal communities. 

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