Just offshore, a procession of hundreds of icebergs – from island-sized behemoths to house-sized “bergy bits” – glides gently south through the chilly seas. The 10,000-year-old bergs, in shades from polar-blue to snow-white, cleave from glaciers in western Greenland then cruise at a leisurely .7 km/h (.4 mph) along Newfoundland’s so-called “Iceberg Alley.”
In honour of the occasion, St. Anthony plays host to the annual Iceberg Festival, a 10-day gala that puts Mother Nature’s biggest ice cubes into the spotlight. This year’s festival, June 8-17, gives visitors a chance to see the bergs as few people ever have.
Climb aboard berg-watching boats to hunt down icebergs at sea with trained guides. Zip in for photo-ops, feel the icy chill on your face and watch for the pods of whales that cluster around the glacial giants. On dry land, enjoy 10 days of ice-carving demos, iceberg-themed parties, traditional music and Newfoundland cuisine at its best. Toutons, anyone? (Pancakes with molasses).
And don’t forget the local iceberg delicacies. There’s Iceberg Vodka, Gin and Rum, Iceberg Water, even Iceberg Beer – all made from millennia-old “bergy bits,” hauled in from sea and melted into some of the purest water on the planet.
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