With Newfoundland less than a six-hour flight from the UK, this remote Atlantic Canadian island is close enough for a short adventure that will be full of unique experiences. Take to the ocean in search of whales and Atlantic Puffins. Visit ecological reserves where sea birds have settled by the thousands. Explore enchanting villages with pastel coloured clapboard houses. Follow scenic coastal drives that have more twists and turns than your favourite suspense novel and hike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park. Take a boat tour from Twillingate to Iceberg Alley where you can see icebergs that have broken off glaciers and floated down from Greenland and Canada’s Arctic (spring to early summer). This is just the ‘Tip of The Iceberg’ of what Newfoundland has to offer you.
Day 1 - UK to St. John’s
On arrival from the UK in to St. John’s, Newfoundland, collect your rental vehicle and take the short drive to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the colourful city of St John’s, meandering down to the harbour through hidden alleys. In the evening head to George Street, known for its many restaurants, bars and pubs.
Hotel – Leaside Manor
Day 2 - Witless Bay Whale Watching, Puffins (42 miles)
Drive to Bay Bulls where you embark on a cruise to the incredible Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The area attracts over 2.5 million seabirds and is home to 300,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins. The waters are also a great feeding ground for whales, but even if you aren’t lucky enough to spot the wildlife, the wondrous seascapes you will witness are worth the cruise alone.
Hotel – Leaside Manor
Day 3 - St. John’s to Trinity (215 miles)
Your visit to Bonavista Peninsula will take you on a journey through maritime history and to where Venetian navigator and explorer John Cabot first landed in 1497, discovering the coast of North America. Visit the red and white striped Bonavista Lighthouse and replica of John Cabot’s ship, the Matthew Legacy. Stop at Ryan Premises National Historic Site, to learn more of the historic cod fishery.
Hotel – Artisan Inn
Day 4 - Trinity to Bonavista Peninsula Sightseeing (83 miles)
Explore the enchanting and picturesque town of Trinity with its attractive pastel coloured clapboard houses and dramatic coastline. Hike one of the province’s most popular hikes, the Skerwink Trail, a 3.2-mile circle around Skerwink Head and catch glimpses of seabirds, whales and maybe even icebergs if you’re visiting in spring and early summer. Join a Trinity Pageant, a walking theatre through the village bringing the history of the area alive.
Hotel – Artisan Inn
Day 5 - Trinity to Twillingate (192 miles)
Today will offer both natural and cultural experiences. Stop in Terra Nova National Park and kayak around sheltered bays or hike through dense forests where you might spot moose, beavers or eagles. Visit the Beothuk Interpretation Centre and learn more about the now-extinct Beothuk people that lived here 300 years ago. Board the Iceberg Watch boat tour in search of floating icebergs, as well as whales and seabirds.
Hotel – Harbour Lights Inn
Day 6 - Twillingate to Norris Point (266 miles)
Spend the day exploring the spectacular Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers 1,119 square miles. Hike across bare-topped mountains and forests populated by moose and caribou and sail past thunderous waterfalls and through fjords carved by glaciers. At Trout River, dine at Seaside and enjoy fresh seafood or a picnic surrounded by this pristine wilderness.
Hotel – Neddies Harbour Inn
Day 7 - Norris Point to Deer Lake to UK
Drive 45 miles to Deer Lake for your flight to St. John’s to connect with your International flight to the UK.
Price – From £1545 per person Date – May 2018
Icebergs can normally be seen from spring to early summer
• International return flights from UK to St. John’s • Domestic flight from Deer Lake to St. John’s • 7-days Intermediate size car hire including full insurance and GPS • 2 nights at Leaside Manor, St. John’s on a bed and breakfast basis • Whale and Puffin Cruise • Admission to Cape Spear Lighthouse, St. John’s • Admission to Castle Hill Historical Site • 2 nights at Artisan Inn, Trinity on a bed and breakfast basis • 1 night at Harbour Lights Inn, Twillingate on a bed and breakfast basis • Iceberg Watch Boat Tour • Admission to Terra Nova National Park • 1 night at Neddies Harbour Inn, Norris Point on a bed and breakfast basis • Admission to Gros Morne National Park
Images have been supplied courtesy of Barrett & MacKay Photo & Ron Hann