The Icebergs Have Arrived!

What an amazing weekend for iceberg sightings. The cold winter weather is slowly going into hiding for another year and the sun is beginning to show its face to Newfoundland once again. For anyone who has lived in Newfoundland during the spring season, you are all to familiar with what comes about during the changing of the seasons. Icebergs. And lots of them. In an epic journey, these icebergs travel thousands of kilometres, sometimes at a snail’s pace, to the beautiful coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.  In an exotic display, these colossal pieces of Greenland glaciers seem to appear out of nowhere, striking joy and awe into the faces of all those who stand in their beauty. Now, much of the east coast of Newfoundland has had their share of icebergs this season. The Twillingate and Fogo Island area are riddled with ice flows, and the Northern peninsula has enjoyed their share of sightings. The Avalon Peninsula on the other hand hasn’t had the same luck…but all changed over the weekend.

We all knew the bergs were coming but it was a matter of when and where. On a Saturday excursion along Marine Drive, tiny white silhouettes spotted the horizon. With a blue sky, steady hand, and a zoom lens on my side, I was able to pick out the familiar shape of a Greenland iceberg. As you can see here, the fishing vessel on the horizon had a much better vantage point than I.


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The next obvious stop in my search was Signal Hill. Reaching the crest of the hill, iceberg enthusiasts were few and far between. With a harsh North Atlantic wind that bit uncovered fingers and robbed lips of their dexterity, most onlookers chose to huddle closely with their car heater. Looking east over the Signal Hill walking trail, there were definite signs of icebergs on route. In plain view, there was a massive iceberg lingering its way to shore with pack ice lining the entire horizon. The few who dared face the cold winds could catch a glimpse of  this magnificent display of mother nature.

The following day, Sunday March 25th, one could feel the commotion in the air. I knew, as did the rest of St. John’s, that the pack ice had made its way inland toward Signal Hill. Not only did the ice find its way to shore, it made its presence known in a boisterous manner. Passing Signal Hill, the iceberg lumbered in front of The Narrows, blocking all access in or out of the harbour. What a better way to let people know you’re in town! Walking along the road towards Fort Amherst, I glanced up the cliffs toward Signal Hill and could see droves of people lined up in awe.

I knew that just around the corner was a colossal iceberg. Turning the corner toward the lighthouse and looking towards Blackhead,a giant piece of glacial ice lay dormant for all to see.

This iceberg was simply amazing! Not only does the camera not do it justice, but the sheer number of people standing in awe made this an experience to remember.


Looking back, I figure this area of water between Fort Amherst and Cape Spear must be somewhat of a rest area for icebergs during their travels. Sixteen years ago, a large iceberg nestled in the same waters and created a stir in the city just as it did this weekend. Thanks to a photo from Brian Carey, this iceberg can now be shared and enjoyed for years to come.


The early icebergs are a sign of good news for Iceberg Quest. With an early season already filled with great icebergs, we are counting the days before we can get on the water to visit these bergs up close and personal. Tentatively, we are hoping to embark on our first tour in mid May. If the weather continues along its current path, we are expecting great sightings of icebergs and whales come tour season. The icebergs this weekend being just a taste of what is to come, we are looking forward to sharing our 2012 experiences with visitors from across the globe.


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By: Iceberg Quest

6 Responses to “The Icebergs Have Arrived!”

  1. Peg Kliewer commented:

    So nice to see the BERGS….this is an awesome site…congratulations

    • March 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

  2. Iceberg Quest commented:

    Thank you Peg. Everyone is excited about all the early icebergs this year.
    Hopefully Mother Nature will be generous and keep a few more coming.

    • April 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

  3. Pauline Drover commented:

    I love your site and am looking forward to booking with you at St. John’s and Twillingate. So, let’s hope we get lots of icebergs this season which will certainly be good for your business and Newfoundland tourism.

    • April 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm

  4. Wow! Definitely on my list of must-see.

    Absolutely stunning scenery.

    • April 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

  5. Maddie commented:

    Our group is leaving MI on May 23rd and will stay until June 12th. Are we still likely to see icebergs such as you have posted on your web? We are so excited about this trip..Thank you for sharing your photos, they add to the excitement

    • May 4, 2012 at 9:04 am

  6. Iceberg Quest commented:

    Thank you for your interest in our blog, Maddie. I have sent you a personal email regarding your inquiry on our tours.

    • May 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

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