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The Viking Coast, St. Anthony & Quirpon Island

  • The Viking Coast, St. Anthony & Quirpon Island

    The Vikings, the first Europeans recorded to reach the new world, landed at L'Anse aux Meadows over 1,000 years ago. Norse sagas had spoken of their discovery for centuries. But whether it was merely myth had always been debated. Until the discovery of a small cloak pin in 1968, by archaeologists Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad, changed everything. This and subsequent archaeological discoveries proved Leif Erickson and crews of Norse explorers settled here in Newfoundland and Labrador (or Vinland as they called it).

    • Iceberg and Whale, Quirpon Island

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    • Aerial View Across L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

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    • Kayaker with iceberg off Quirpon Island

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    • L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

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    • Views across L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

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    L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only authenticated Norse site in North America. Today, your visit will transport you back to where Vikings once stood. At the Viking Encampment, you can try blacksmithing or weaving, and talk to characters who will bring the Viking history to life. In the evenings, gather around the skáli (kitchen) and hear heroic and tragic tales of Thor, Loki, Erik the Red, and more from the Sagas.

    Just two kilometres down the road from L'Anse aux Meadows is Norstead, a recreated Viking port of trade. Here you can challenge yourself with a traditional Norse game, learn to throw an axe, spin yarn, or take a pottery lesson. You can also step aboard Snorri, a replica of the Viking ship that retraced Erickson's course from Greenland to the Meadows.

    Main Brook, on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, is essentially a fishing and felling community of less than 300 residents. This idyllic location, on the southwest shore of Hare Bay, can be reached at the northern tip of the infamous Viking Trail. Over the centuries, the village has experienced French and English colonies which have influenced the charming character it portrays today.

  • Newfoundland Explorer

    Begins in and ends in St. John's, Newfoundland

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Four wheel drive car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Tilting, Fogo Island

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    • Change Island

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    • Quaint Fishing Villages

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    • Joe Batt's Arm, Fogo Island

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    • Crow Head, Twillingate Islands

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    • Gros Morne National Park

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    Arrive St. John's

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to St. John’s. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, located in the heart of town.

    Hotel: JAG Boutique Hotel

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    St. John's & Avalon Peninsula

    Take a drive up Signal Hill for spectacular views and a trip out to Cape Spear National Historic Site, which is the most easterly point in North America. We also suggest a visit to one of the province’s most photographed places, Quidi Vidi Village, and perhaps a stop at Quidi Vidi Brewery. On the second day, drive to Bay Bulls where you can take a boat excursion to see whales and Atlantic puffin, and maybe even an iceberg. Next it’s on to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve, which is settled by thousands of sea birds, all nestled along the rocky shore’s edge.

    Hotel: JAG Boutique Hotel

    167Mi/268Km

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    Bonavista & Trinity

    Leaving the city, embark on a journey into the Bonavista Peninsula. In the small town of Bonavista, visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site, the red and white striped Bonavista Lighthouse and the Matthew Legacy, a replica of John Cabot’s ship which voyaged across the Atlantic to find land in 1497. Following an overnight in Trinity, spend your day exploring the enchanting village, with its restored pastel coloured clapboard houses. Join the Trinity Pageant, a walking theatre that meanders through the village enticing viewers to live the history of the area.

    Hotel: Artisan Inn

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    Port Rexton

    Now that you have a sense of the area, venture to Port Rexton and hike the Skerwink Trail. This easy walking trail will take you along the rugged coastline for spectacular views of the surrounding villages. In the afternoon, perhaps visit Bonaventure before returning to Trinity.

    Hotel: Artisan Inn

    193Mi/310Km

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    Twillingate

    Today is a scenic drive via Terra Nova National Park, home to coniferous forests, ponds, and a plethora of walking trails, to Boyd’s Cove. Here you can visit the ancient Beothuk village, which was discovered by archaeologists in the 1980’s. Once in Twillingate, why not include an afternoon Iceberg Watch boat tour for an opportunity to see icebergs, whales and a beautiful sunset?

    Hotel: Anchor Inn

    268Mi/430Km

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    Gros Morne National Park

    The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park is spectacular. The park is home to quaint villages, bare topped mountains and forests populated by moose and caribou. Visit the village of Rocky Harbour and take a short hike to Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse. Ensure you include Lookout Trail which provides panoramic views of the park, and Tablelands Hiking Trail which cuts across the barren rock. Your accommodation is located in Norris Point.

    Hotel: Neddies Harbour Inn

    189Mi/303Km

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    Main Brook & L’Anse aux Meadows

    Heading toward St. Anthony, make a stop at Port Au Choix National Historic Site where three ancient cemeteries of the Maritime Archaic People were discovered. On the second day, visit L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the earliest European settlement in the Americas. We suggest a walk to the original village to see the full scale replicas of Norse buildings.

    Hotel: Tuckamore Lodge

    249Mi/401Km

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    Steady Brook

    Make your way back down the peninsula to Steady Brook. This picturesque community is surrounded by beautiful mountains and has the Humber River flowing through its heart. We’ve included a second day so you can explore the Humber Valley and Bay of Islands.

    Hotel: Marble Inn Resort

    158Mi/255Km

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    Grand Falls-Windsor

    Crossing the island into central Newfoundland, an oasis awaits in the tranquil setting of Grand Falls-Windsor.

    Hotel: Riverfront Chalets

    266Mi/427Km

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    St. John’s

    It is over 250 miles back to St. John’s, but a wonderfully scenic drive, and you are rewarded with another evening in the capital city.

    Hotel: JAG Boutique Hotel

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    Journey Home

    This morning take the short ride back to St. John’s Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2355 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Wonders of Western Newfoundland

    Begins in and ends in Deer Lake, Newfoundland

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate SUV car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Quirpon

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    • Gros Morne National Park

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    • Quirpon Lighthouse Inn

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    • Western Brook Pond, Gros Morne

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    Arrive Deer Lake

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Deer Lake Airport. Upon arrival, collect your hire car and transfer independently to the the Marble Inn Resort.

    Hotel: Marble Inn Resort

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    Humber Valley Area

    This morning why not drive to Newfoundland’s second city - Corner Brook, located on the south shore of the Humber Arm. Places to visit are the City Museum, the Newfie Bullet Historic Train and the Captain James Cook Monument. Further afield follow the Captain Cooks Trail following along the spectacular South Shore of the Bay of Islands - site of the former Frenchman’s Head Lighthouse and the picturesque communities of Bottle Cove and Lark Harbour. Continue back to Humber Valley and while en route see Shellbird Island - best viewed from the rest area at the exit from Bay of Islands to Marble Mountain. According to local legend, the Spanish buried treasure on Shellbird Island in the Humber River and if you look closely, you will see the face of The Old Man in the Mountain in a rock formation "standing guard" over the island. Also be sure to visit Steady Brook Falls, one of the Humber Valley's most scenic areas.

    Hotel: Marble Inn Resort

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    Gros Morne National Park

    Take a leisurely drive north along the Viking Trail to Gros Morne National Park - designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 for its impressive geological features, the 1805km.sq park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. Gros Morne is a hiker's paradise catering to all abilities, with over 19 hiking trails to choose from covering over 100kms of the park.

    Hotel: Seaside Suites

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    Quirpon Island

    Depart Gros Morne National Park driving north along the great Northern Peninsula, en route take time to visit Port au Choix National Historic Site and view artifacts of the Maritime Archaic people who occupied the region over 3700 years ago. Continue on to Quirpon Dock where you will be met at 4 pm to be transferred by small power boat over to Quirpon Island. A unique remote island experience awaits you! You will stay in a refurbished original Light Keeper’s residence, which is located on Quirpon Island in Cape Bauld on the northernmost tip of the Northern Peninsula. This is a truly once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!

    Hotel: Quirpon Lighthouse Inn

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    Main Brook

    Drive to the town of St. Anthony where it is possible to you take a nature cruise and explore the breathtaking coastal waters off St. Anthony; in season, expect to see whales and icebergs. Later visit the Grenfell Historic Properties and learn of the impact that Sir Wilfred Grenfell had on the social, medical and economic climate of the early 1900s during his worldwide mission. The historic properties tell the story of the evolution of northern Newfoundland and Labrador and the people of the region over the last 100 years. Tonight why not join The Great Viking Dinner Theatre at Leifsburdir. This building is a replica of the 1000 year old Leif Erickson's home at nearby L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. "Leifsburdir" is covered in sod and nearly invisible from the outside, but inside it takes you back to 1000 AD when the Vikings roamed our land. Truly an experience not to be missed! Return back to Main Brook.

    Hotel: Tuckamore Lodge

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    Gros Morne National Park

    Depart the Great Northern Peninsula and head back south along the Viking Trail to the north side of Gros Morne National Park. En route be sure to visit Table Point Ecological Reserve, “The Arches” provincial park, Shallow Bay Beach and to visit the shipwreck remains of the "SS Ethie. Continue to the North side of Gros Morne National Park and visit the scenic communities of Rocky Harbour – the service hub of the Gros Morne area.

    Hotel: Neddies Harbour Inn

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    Journey Home

    Depart Gros Morne National Park and drive the short distance back to Deer Lake Airport, ready for your onward journey back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2145 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • St. Anthony Nature Cruise

    Departs: St Anthony

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    • St Anthony Nature Cruise

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    This two and a half hour boat tour explores the breath-taking coastal waters off St. Anthony. An area noted for it icebergs, whales an seabirds. In season, this northern corridor of Iceberg Alley consistently has more icebergs than any other location in Newfoundland. The Northern Peninsula coast is one of the best places in the world for viewing humpbacks and Atlantic white beaked dolphins. Sightings of minke, fin and killer whales are also common.

    You’ll be awestruck by the splendor of our bird life and cave formations. Visit fascinating colonies of kittiwakes, guillemots and arctic terns - a bird that has a longer migration than any other creature in the world. Experience the excitement of viewing one of Newfoundland’s largest sea caves while listening to stories about local legends.

    Prices

    From £60 per person