When to Spot Icebergs in Newfoundland

It’s cold and snowing today in Newfoundland so we thought it appropriate to blog about icebergs!

If Newfoundland has an advantage over any other province in Canada, it is the fact that icebergs flowing from the north directly past the island, allow visitors to spot them from land.

Typically, the best time to come see icebergs in Trinity Bay are the months of May and June.

Only 10% of icebergs can be seen on the water’s surface, which is why the expressions “just the tip of the iceberg” is used when referring to a problem that is only a small manifestation of a much more profound problem.

Icebergs come in two main forms, tabular and non-tabular, both can be seen from the shores of Trinity Bay.

Before the historic collision of the Titanic with an Iceberg as it sailed across the Atlantic in 1912 there was no system in place for monitoring icebergs.  In 1914 the International Ice Patrol was formed as a reaction to the incident.

Now monitoring icebergs can help visitors to Newfoundland know where and when they can spot an iceberg by visiting www.icebergfinder.com.  See where and when icebergs were spotted off the coast in past years and where they are now.

Icebergs can sometimes move quickly only staying close to shore for a few days at a time before moving away from the coast. If you are in Newfoundland and your plans are flexible follow the Artisan Inn on Twitter @trinitygetaway to receive tweets whenever icebergs appear!