Viking Trails – Newfoundland & Labrador Corner Brook, NL

Tour Code: DM–ATVIKTRAIL
Duration: 7D/6N
Availability: 1 Aug to 31 Oct 2021 | 1 May to 31 Oct 2022
Place: Corner Brook, NL

Highlights

Walk in the footsteps of the Vikings.  Marvel at the wonder of the 485-million-year-old Gros Morne National Park.  One of Canada’s best road trips, the Viking Trail snakes along the Northern peninsula coast.  The best time for this road trip would be spring, summer, and fall. 

Somewhere around 1,000 CT, much before Columbus discovered the New World, Vikings, sailing west from Iceland or Greenland arrived on the shores of Newfoundland.  Their settlements will remain a mystery for another millennium until the discovery of settlements and historic sites allowing visitors to step through history and experience the Newfoundland Viking Trail. 

The Viking Trail transports you back in time through Native burial grounds to 1,000-year-old Newfoundland Vikings’ settlements all while touring Newfoundland’s beautiful west coast.  The trail starts just outside Deer Lake and heads o the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site, Gros Morne National Park; Gros Morne being the tip of the Appalachian Mountain range.  The park features glacier-carved valleys, lush wilderness and some of the world’s most incredible geological formations. 

The Viking Trail snakes along the western coast of Newfoundland, offering incredible whale-watching opportunities. Continue along the Viking Trail north to the northernmost tip of Newfoundland to visit the remains of an ancient Native village and the famous Viking settlement of  l’Anse aux Meadows.  The trail ends in the quaint little town of St. Anthony.  Do not miss the opportunity to watch incredible icebergs that flow through the area during late spring and early summer. 

The Trail then goes through Gros Morne National Park and up to St.Anthony’s and L’anse aux Meadows, which is right up on the tip of Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula. 

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Driving Distance: 53 KM.

Driving Distance: 53 KM

This afternoon, arrive in Deer Lake, the nearest International Airport to Corner Brook. Ick your car up at the rental depot and drive out to Corner Brook.  

Note - If you are arriving late, you may wish to stay overnight in Deer Lake instead of Corner Brook and this may be requested on booking for no additional charge subject to availability.

Overnight in Corner Brook, NL

DAY 2 – Corner Brook to Port Au Choix.

Driving Distance: 286 KM

This morning, depart for Port Au Choix Newfoundland.  The fishing community of Port au Choix juts slightly out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Newfoundland’s northwest coast.

Highlights:

Port Au Choix You will discover the crossroads of 6000 years of human history.  Long before the Europeans arrived, Port Au Choix Newfoundland was home to Maritime Archaic people, the Dorset people, the Groswater people and the more recent indigenous people.

Overnight in Port au Choix, NL

DAY 3 – Port Au Choix to L’anse Au Clair.

Driving Distance: 137 KM

Departing Port Au Choix, board the ferry at St. Barbe to cross the Strait of Belle Isle to Labrador.

Highlights:

Red Bay National Historic Site – In the 1500s, whalers from the Basques regions of Spain and France established a major whale station here. 

The Basques whalers rendered whale oil in Red Bay to light the lamps of Europe.  Wander the streets of this whaling town and UNESCO World Heritage Site and soak yourself in the traditional life of a Basques whaler.

Overnight at L’anse Au Clair, NL

DAY 4 – L’Anse Au Clair to St. Anthony.

Driving Distance: 169 KMS

Returning to Newfoundland, you will travel to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Spend the day living the life of the Newfoundland Vikings at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site before driving out to St. Anthony.

Highlights:

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site - This is the only s the only authenticated Norse site in North America.  Travel back to where the Vikings once stood. At this Viking village, try your hand at blacksmithing or weaving.  Interact with the characters who will bring the Viking history to life. Spend the evening around the skáli (kitchen) as you listen to the heroic and tragic tales of Thor, Loki, Erik the Red, and more from the Sagas.

Overnight in St. Anthony, NL.

DAY 5 – St. Anthony to Cow Head.

Day 5 – St. Anthony to Cow Head

Driving Distance: 304 KM

Enjoy a morning whale watching boat tour in St. Anthony before travelling to Cow Head in Gros Morne National Park for a two-night stay.

  • St. Anthony - is located along the northern portion of the Iceberg Alley. This small town is famous for the Iceberg Festival which starts on the first Friday of each June to celebrate the annual arrival of these floating ice castles. The festival features Viking history, music, food, culture, and great hospitality. And perhaps a whale or two – keep your eyes peeled!
  • Cow Head - A scenic community on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland Labrador, Cow Head was first named Cap Pointe by the French explorer Jacques Cartier. Later, French fishermen called it "Tete de Vache" because of a large rock that looked like a cow's head when viewed from the sea. Cow Head has some of the best and longest sandy beaches in Newfoundland.

Note: June and early July are the best time to see Titanic-size icebergs.

Overnight in Cowhead, NL


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Location

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Inclusions

  • Accommodations – 6 Nights.
  • 6 Breakfasts.
  • Admissions to Port au Choix National Historic Site.
  • Strait of Belle Isle ferry to/from Labrador.
  • Red Bay – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • L’Anse aux Meadows – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Whale Watching Boat Tour.
  • Gros Morne National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Choice of Bonne Bay or Western Brook Pond Boat Tour.
  • Rental of a Mid-Sized car Hyundai Accent or similar with unlimited mileage.  Driver must be 21 years or older.  Upgrades to SUV or Minivan also available for an additional cost.
  • Unlimited Mileage.
  • Taxes & GST.

Exclusions

  • Airfare to destination.
  • Meals other than breakfast.
  • Unlimited Mileage.
  • Travel Insurance - Highly recommended.  Stars & Maple Holidays offers Manulife Travel Insurance.  Customers are required to sign a Travel Insurance Waiver in the event our offer to sell Travel Insurance is declined. 
  • Collision Damage Waiver & Theft Protection for the rented Car and Roadside Assistance not included in package cost.  Same is available at an additional cost.
  • Young Driver Surcharge - Drivers aged 21 to 24 are required to pay CAD 25.00 plus taxes, per day at the time of rental pick up.
  • Gas for the vehicle.
  • GPS, Child Seats, Racks, etc.
  • Parking & Tolls.

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