Canada: Newfoundland

Viking Hike


Six nights; seven days of hikes in Gros Morne National Park and points north along Newfoundland’s rugged western coast to L’Anse aux Meadows.

“Picnics were inspired. Guides were superb and enriched everything we did with their care, attention to detail, passion, encouragement, humour, and kindness. They were brilliant ambassadors for both Freewheeling and Newfoundland.” – Rob S.





Itinerary


Start: Deer Lake, Holiday Inn Express, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location if necessary.


Finish: Deer Lake, Holiday Inn Express, 17:00, day seven.
Optional finish at St. Anthony with flights available to St. John’s, Newfoundland operated by Provincial Air. Note that these flights leave St. Anthony late afternoon, and our van leaves as soon as you get ashore. You will have part of the day to relax or visit St. Anthony, and will need to use taxis to get around and to the small airport.


Day 1

Introductions and Hike Lookout Hill (5km) and/or Tablelands Hike (up to 14km)

Meet in Deer Lake for one hour drive to Gros Morne National Park. Leave luggage at your inn, then become acquainted with the park and warm up your legs for the walks to come with two introductory hikes: The Lookout Trail will take you to the top of Partridgeberry Hill, and will give you an expansive overview of the region. You can see the Tablelands, the coastal lowland, the Long Range Mountains, and Bonne Bay’s picturesque villages of Norris Point and Woody Point. After lunch and a visit to the Discovery Center, hike the Tablelands, an eerie, alien landscape remnant of rock that once lay beneath the ancient Iapetus Ocean, and is now a visible part of the earth’s mantle. This hike along the shores of Trout River Pond Fjord explores this rocky terrain so geologically and naturally unique that it is a key component to Gros Morne National Park’s UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Mostly treeless because of the toxicity of the soil and the exposed landscape, trees that do survive are stunted and very old. LD
Bonne Bay Inn, Woody Point

Day 2

Green Gardens Hike Up to 10km; 1 h van transfer

Today’s hike takes in the volcanic coastline of Green Gardens, a spectacular walk, partly along the ocean’s edge, where temperate, boreal, and arctic species co-exist. Brook trout and Arctic char find a home together, as do rhododendrons and Lapland Rosebay. The hike traverses an ancient sea floor and descends into a lush boreal forest to a coastline of sea-stacks, cliffs and grassy meadows. At day's end, transfer around Bonne Bay to Rocky Harbour for the night. BLD
Java Jack's B&B, or
Wildflowers Country Inn
Rocky Harbour

Day 3

Hike Gros Morne Mountain 14km/8 h hike; 806m/2600ft elevation gain

A full-day, challenging hike to the top of Gros Morne Mountain, where caribou are sometimes seen in the arctic alpine landscape atop the Long Range Mountains. Rock ptarmigan and arctic hares are also frequently seen. This is a difficult eight-hour hike, rewarded (weather permitting) by phenomenal views over Ten-Mile Pond, the Long Range Mountains and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Return to your inn to freshen up before exploring independent dinner options in Rocky Harbour – a pretty community with gorgeous sunsets! If you would like a less strenuous hiking challenge, there is an option to turn around at the base of the mountain, above the tree line. BL
Same lodging

Day 4

Western Brook Pond - 6km hike and 2 h boat tour; Interpretive walk at Broom Point

A transfer north to a coastal lowland walk, across bogs and limestone ridges, takes you to Western Brook Pond fjord, a spectacular freshwater lake hemmed in by 650m high rock walls, where a boat awaits. This fascinating boat tour explores the fjord's 16km length from which you will see spectacular waterfalls that tumble from the alpine plateau. Afterwards, an interpretive walk at Broom Point will provide the opportunity to learn about the Newfoundland fishing industry of the past, the present, and discuss the fishery of the future. BLD
Entente Cordiale, Portland Creek; or

Sea Breeze B&B, Cow Head

Day 5

Transfer north up to 4 h; Port au Choix hike 7km or Fishing Point Trails ~90min

On your drive north, your first stop is at Port au Choix - the crossroads of 6000 years of human history. The sea’s bounty drew Maritime Archaic Indian, Dorset and Groswater Palaeoeskimo here long before Europeans arrived. Seals on passing icefloes were hunted by the Dorset and used for food, shelter and clothing. This is a fascinating archaeological find amid a rugged coastline of unique limestone barrens, forests, and bays. You can tour ancient burial sites and settlements, and view original artifacts from slate spears to harpoons. After lunch in Port au Choix, you will transfer all the way up the Northern Peninsula to St. Anthony where numerous short hikes, including the Fishing Point Trails, may be enjoyed before sunset. BLD
Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites, Saint Anthony

Day 6

L'Anse aux Meadows and Cape Raven Trail

Start early today with the profoundly stirring site of L'Anse aux Meadows where Vikings landed more than five centuries before Columbus. Believed to be Lief Eriksson's Vinland of the Norse sagas, this is the site of the birth of the first European descendant in the New World: "Snorri". The archaeological and historical significance of L’Anse aux Meadows has earned it recognition by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site; it does not disappoint. You will hear sagas of ancient times and hardy people who sailed forbidding seas to inhabit this wild and beautiful place. Following lunch and a short hike at Cape Raven, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, you’ll transfer to Quirpon for a private 45 minute boat trip* along iceberg alley to your exceptional lodging in a lighthouse on a private island with fantastic coastal trails, and wide views often filled with icebergs or whales. You may even find ruins of unexcavated Viking sod houses! BLD

*Please note a 25 pound luggage restriction for the boat trip to the island.
Quirpon Island Lighthouse, Quirpon

Day 7

Morning on Quirpon Island with 5 h transfer back to Deer Lake

Spend the morning exploring more of Quirpon Island before a five hour van transfer back to Deer Lake arriving by 18:00. There are late afternoon flights from St. Anthony airport to St. John’s, as a preferred alternative to taking the van back to Deer Lake. B





Description




Note about the route:

There are some big and challenging hikes, which include steep ascents and descents. Relaxed walkers may choose not to climb Gros Morne Mountain, which requires some boulder scrambling. The other hikes are manageable with sturdy footwear and good stamina.






This is a fabulous trip, well suited to intrepid explorers with lots of energy for the hills, distances, and sheer joy of hiking and traveling through such an undeveloped and exciting landscape. You will encounter people whose unabashed friendliness is truly extraordinary.


Begin in Gros Morne National Park, where the incomparable landscape and unique natural history have earned it a place on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. Climb Gros Morne Mountain and take a boat into a fjord akin to those of Norway. Later, transfer to the remote reaches of the Great Northern Peninsula, to see where the Vikings landed over a millenium ago.


The coastal hikes here are superb, and the final night in a lighthouse, from where whale and iceberg sightings are common, is the jewel on top of a week of breathtaking exploration.





Maps & Elevations




Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
  Introductions; 5 km and/or 14 km
2
  Up to 10 km
3
  14 km
4
  6 km
5
  7 km
6
 
7
  Explore and Farewell




Learn more

Fly to St. John's to visit the sights and sounds of this vibrant city or be the first person in North America to watch the sun rise at Cape Spear, or join our St. John's & Trinity Bike or Hike adventures.

Deer Lake is tiny, with a small airport. There are daily flights from Nova Scotia, allowing you to easily combine this tour with a tour in our home province.


Iceberg Alley!

When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world. From May to August, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants are visible from many points along the northern and eastern coasts, especially on clear, sunny days. They come in every shape and size, with colours from snow-white to deepest aquamarine. Despite their arrival from the Arctic every spring, and their disappearance only months later, our awe of them remains new, year after year.

Check out: icebergfinder.com







Costs

US 3095 C 3695

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, one fjord boat trip, entrance fees to Gros Morne National Park and L’Anse aux Meadows, ground transportation, full time guide support, luggage handling).

N/A

Not available for this tour.

Single Occupancy

includes 15% tax

US 570 C 675


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax included.