One of the best places in the world to enjoy the combination of hiking and iceberg viewing is in Twillingate, Newfoundland.
The very best time for viewing icebergs is in May but depending on the year they can linger into July. Every year is different, depending on how many icebergs calved off the west coast of Greenland a year or two previous – and how quickly they moved. I was lucky to visit in 2014, as it was a banner year for icebergs. Before you visit, check IcebergFinder for the location of icebergs.
If you drive about 15 minutes northwest from Twillingate along Highway 340, past the Town of Crow Head you will come to the Long Point Lighthouse. Around here, there are numerous hiking trails, with all of them offering fantastic views.
The Long Point Lighthouse – Lower Head Trail descends from the parking lot and heads west past rugged cliffs towards Sleepy Cove. If you walk for several miles in a westerly direction, you’ll be rewarded with superb views of Crow Head. Look for root cellars too on this part of the trail. In total, allow a few hours for hiking and exploration.
If you take off in an easterly direction from the Long Point Lighthouse, you will reach Horney Head Cove in 4.6 kilometres and Cuckold Point in 5.4 kilometres. This section of trail is difficult so for the round trip you should count on 3 – 4 hours, especially if you’re interested in some time to sit and admire the sight of icebergs drifting by. Great views of Twillingate Harbour can also be seen on this hike.
Other hiking choices accessible east of Twillingate include the 6 – 8 kilometre hike to French Beach and Spiller’s Cove. The hike offers views of sea stacks, a hole in the wall and more of the exceptionally beautiful, rugged coastline.
The other option in this area is to do the 7 -8 kilometre Codjack’s Cove Trail. Interesting rock formations, sea stacks and beautiful beaches await.
Twillingate is located 110 kilometres north of Gander, via Highways 330 and 331 off the Trans-Canada Highway. In the town there are lots of B&B’s to choose from; we stayed at the friendly Paradise B&B. Not only did it offer great views of the harbour from its perch, but Mildred the owner made to die for Molasses Buns for breakfast. And for dinner we had the most memorable meal of our two week trip – lobster salad and partridgeberry crumble at the Canvas Cove Bistro.
Don’t miss the Crow’s Nest Cafe en route to the lighthouse. The food is excellent and views are expansive.
For memorable hiking and a chance to see icebergs up close, you can’t beat a trip to Twillingate, Newfoundland.
And if you love kayaking, then book a tour so you can see icebergs at eye level. Read about my kayaking experience here.
Have you ever seen an iceberg?