Iceberg – Huge and multiple icebergs cause tourists to go to tiny Newfoundland town,Canada. Most of the Tourists are flocking to Newfoundland to see a big iceberg in Canada which is taller than the one that sank Titanic.
Newfoundland is located off Canada east coast. It’s a beautiful island with wonderful natural scenery and amazing landscapes. From the rugged coast you see whales, orcas and dolphins passing. Icebergs, on their way south from Greenland, are melting away slowly and changing shape all time.
Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to view very huge icebergs. Each year an average of 250 large sized icebergs drift along in the cold waters of the Labrador Current onto the Grand Banks, a route known as Iceberg Alley.
Iceberg Tourists Travelling To Newfoundland Town:
A small town in Newfoundland, Canada has become a tourist spot all of a sudden. This is where one of the first icebergs of the season can be seen. The Southern Shore highway near the town of Ferryland was blocked with traffic as photographers, professional or amateur, pulled up to snap the big ice mountain. The area off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador is literally known as “ICEBERG ALLEY”. Pictures have been making the rounds on social media, including one of a helicopter apparently parked on one end, looking insect-sized by comparison to the huge iceberg.
Titanic Sank Due To Iceberg:
This newly observed iceberg which is taller than the one which sank the Titanic has made a small town in Canada’s Newfoundland a top tourist destination over the Easter long weekend. And coming to the Titanic, which sank on April 15, 1912, the destruction of that doomed liner, is only about 400 miles southeast of Ferryland. The southeast coast of Newfoundland is also the closest land mass to the wreck.
The iceberg, which is frozen in shallow water near the small town of Ferryland, is estimated to measure some 46 meters (150ft) at its highest point. “It’s the biggest one ever seen before around here, “It’s a huge iceberg and it does in so close that people can get a good photograph of it.”
“When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world,” the Newfoundland government says on its website. April and May are the months when bergs are most plentiful. Watching icebergs floating by the eastern coast of Newfoundland is a time-honored tradition on one Canadian island in the North Atlantic. Tourists trek up to watch them drift past, kayak alongside, or even enjoy as part of their vodka. So far it’s been a busy season for icebergs, with 616 already having moved into the North Atlantic shipping lanes compared to 687 by the late-September season’s end last year. This year, there’s been a big increase in icebergs traveling through what is known as “iceberg alley.” The iceberg has moved slightly and broken apart, but locals said it did not look like it was going anywhere soon.
Iceberg Viewing In Iceberg Alley:
Every year about 40,000 medium- to large-sized icebergs break off, or calve, from Greenland glaciers. Only about 400-800 make it as far south as St. John’s, but these numbers can vary greatly from year to year. The chances of seeing icebergs in a particular area depend on the number of bergs, wind direction, oceans current and temperatures, and the amount of sea ice, or pack ice.
Years of little sea ice cover are often years of few icebergs along Newfoundland’s coast. Also, there may be areas where you can’t see any, but 100 kilometers up the coast there might be dozens, so be prepared to travel around. And remember that icebergs are constantly on the move.
Best Time To Visit Icebergs:
Icebergs are best viewed in late May and early June along the coast of Newfoundland, and between March and July along the coast of Labrado.
Other Places To See Ice Bergs:
Some of the popular places to view icebergs in Canada
- Cartwright, Battle Harbour,
- Point Amour,
- St. Anthony,
- La Scie,
- St. John’s/Cape Spear and
- Bay Bulls/Witless Bay