NEWFOUNDLAND VIKING TRAIL SELF-DRIVE
11-Day Newfoundland Self-Drive Exploring Spectacular National Parks and Historic Viking Settlements.
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Newfoundland Viking Trail Self-Drive
A magnificent Newfoundland self-drive holiday exploring the remote western and northern reaches of this breath-taking Atlantic Canadian Island. Wander through hidden alleys and down the steep hills of St. John’s with its pastel coloured clapboard houses and cruise around Witless Bay Ecological Reserve in search of whales and some of the 300,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins that make this area their home. Hike through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and sail around Bonne Bay looking out for Eagles and Whales. Journey back in time at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and the recreated Viking port at Norstead.
Day 1 - UK to St. John’s
On arrival at St. John’s Airport in Newfoundland, make your own way to your city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore this vibrant city with its pastel coloured clapboard houses.
Day 2 - Whale Watching, Puffins
Board the Gatherall’s shuttle from St. John’s to Bay Bulls where you will board the boat for a true wildlife extravaganza. Sail around the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve which is home to over 300,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins. The water here is one of the best feeding areas for whales in Atlantic Canada, and the annual migration of Humpback Whales each summer is a magnificent sight.
Day 3 - St. John’s to Deer Lake and Norris Point
Make your own way to St. John’s Airport for your short flight to Deer Lake where you will collect your rental vehicle and drive along the Viking Trail to Norris Point. Head for Norris Point Lookout for breath-taking views of the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
Day 4 - Bonne Bay Cruise
Climb aboard Bon Tours Catamaran for a two-hour cruise around the beautiful Bonne Bay. The bay is rich in cultural history and home to wildlife such as moose, eagles, whales, seabirds and marine mammals. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the area further – perhaps enjoy a visit to Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse where you might spot whales and enjoy spectacular sunsets.
Day 5 - Gros Morne National Park
Enjoy a full day of exploring Gros Morne National Park at your leisure; this is the perfect destination for all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking and boat tours. Take an optional cruise on Western Brook Pond fjord, one of the most spectacular and largest lakes in the park, or embark on a hike across the top of the Tablelands.
Day 6 - Norris Point to Saint Anthony (223 miles)
Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery and stop off at tiny fishing villages during your drive along the Viking Trail towards Saint Anthony on the northern reaches of Newfoundland. Visit ancient burial sites at the Port au Choix National Historic Site, where you will also view original artefacts such as harpoons. Take one of the coastal trails for dramatic coastal scenery and possible sightings of whales off-shore. Saint Anthony is at the very tip of the Viking trail.
Hotel – Grenfell Heritage ...
Day 7 - L’Anse aux Meadows (49-mile round trip)
Go on a journey that takes you back in time to where Vikings once stood at the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, where remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement can be found; this is the oldest known European settlement of the New World. Visit Norstead, where you will find a recreated Viking port of trade.
Hotel – Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites
Day 8 - Saint Anthony
Spend a full day exploring Saint Anthony and the surrounding area’s attractions. Explore Grenfell House Museum, the historic home of Doctor Grenfell, or take a coastal walk or boat excursion to spot whales and icebergs (icebergs may be seen from Spring to Early Summer).
Hotel - Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites
Day 9 - Saint Anthony to Steady Brook (284 miles)
Make your way back down the coast and through the picturesque Humber Valley to Steady Brook. The Humber Valley is perfect for outdoor adventurers, who can enjoy ziplining, boating or hiking here. Steady Brook is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.
Hotel – Marble Inn Resort
Day 10 - Steady Brook
A full day to relax at the resort or explore the area further. The Codroy Valley is a haven for nature lovers and birders, and the Grand Codroy Estuary Ramsar Wetland is a stopover for migrating birds. For those seeking a more adventurous experience, the Marble Inn Resort offers kayaking, canoeing and rafting tours on the Humber River.
Hotel – Marble Inn Resort
Day 11 - Steady Brook to Deer Lake to the UK
Your Newfoundland Self-Drive tour comes to an end today. Drive to Deer Lake, where you will return your rental vehicle in time for your flight home to the UK via St. John’s.
Price – From £2089 per person
Date – May 2018
• International return flights from UK to St. John’s
• 2 nights at Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland on a room only basis
• Gatherall’s Whale and Puffin Cruise
• Return domestic flight from St. John’s to Deer Lake
• 9-days Intermediate-size car hire including GPS
• 3 nights at Neddies Harbour Inn, Norris Point on a room only basis
• Admission to Gros Morne National Park
• 3 nights at Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites, St. Anthony including Continental breakfast
• Admission to Port au Choix National Historic Site
• Admission to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
• 2 nights at Marble Inn Resort, Steady Brook including Continental breakfast
Images have been supplied courtesy of Barrett & MacKay Photo, Dru kennedy photography and Finn Beals.