Saturday, December 5, 2009

Iceberg Alley

Newfoundland's Iceberg Alley is the only place in the world where you can see majestic icebergs floating their way down the Atlantic Ocean from Greenland. Best time of the year to see icebergs is between April and June.


The Iceberg Finder website shows you their exact positions. Popular places to experience the icebergs are St. John's & Cape Spear, Bonavista, Witless Bay, Twillingate, La Scie, St. Anthony, Point Amour, Battle Harbour and Cartwright.

Icebergs calve from Greenland’s west coast glaciers and float often for over a year before reaching the northern and eastern shores of Newfoundland.
Only 1%-2% of the more than 40,000 icebergs travelling from Greenland make it down to Ice Berg Alley. Often icebergs are over two and three stories high, and hide 90% of their mass below the water.

Many local companies offer boat tours along the coast to catch a closer experience with the majestic ice mountains. Bring your camera, lots of films!, sunscreen and sunglasses as well as a wind/rain jacket.

For kayak adventurers these currents are treasured as best spots in the world. It provides paddlers with the ultimate (but dangerously) close encounter with these grand and glorious ice sculptures, often accompanied with whale sightings. Will Gadd, an adrenalin junky from Alberta even climbs these icebergs - the ultimate in dangerous "sports".

Sailors are always respectful of Iceberg Alley. Full-sized icebergs have been dangerous obstacles for ships. Iceberg Alley is where the Titanic met its resting place in 1912.