Canada: Newfoundland

Viking Trail Bike Tour


Six nights; seven days of bicycle touring on the Viking Trail, with a fjord cruise, all the highlights of Gros Morne National Park and L’Anse aux Meadows, and a series of spectacular lodges including an island lighthouse.

“I still think of all the bike trips we have ever done around the world the Viking Trail was the best.” - Cliff G.











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, 18:00, day seven. Optional finish at St. Anthony with flights available to St. John’s or other destinations throughout Newfoundland operated by Provincial Air.


Day 1:

Introductions and bike into Gros Morne National Park. Long: Up to 74km / Short: 41km

From Deer Lake, bike past the Newfoundland insectarium and the Wiltondale Pioneer Village en route to lunch near the entrance to Gros Morne National Park. Spend the afternoon riding the hilly and exhilarating approach to the shore of Bonne Bay, finishing in the tiny fishing village of Norris Point. LD
(Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Note: Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Neddie's Harbour Inn, or

Sugar Hill Inn; Norris Point

Day 2:

Riding the Tablelands, plus hiking options 40km or 110km

Begin the day with a ferry to Woody Point and bike to Trout River for lunch overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. On the way, stop at the Discovery Centre to learn about the fascinating geographical history of the Tablelands. You can take a steep one-hour hike up Partridgeberry Hill along the Lookout Trail, or continue on and take a short hike through the Tablelands. Continue cycling to Trout River, passing the geological curiosity of the Tablelands. After an afternoon exploring the Tablelands or Green Gardens, return to Woody Point for your water taxi across Bonne Bay, or a van transfer to Norris Point. If you want a long ride, you can ride the thrilling hills around the shore of Bonne Bay. BLD
Same lodging

Day 3:

Hike Gros Morne Mountain 14km/8 h; 806m/2645ft

Hike to the top of Gros Morne Mountain where caribou are sometimes seen roaming the Long Range Mountains. 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! BL
Same lodging

Day 4:

Bike to Western Brook Pond - 2 h boat tour and cycling 58km or 90km (based on lodging)

Morning bike ride north through Gros Morne to take a fascinating afternoon boat trip up the fjord at Western Brook Pond (in Newfoundland, even the largest lakes are usually called ponds). Continue by bicycle to Cow Head where a coastal hike reveals and abundance of fossils and a record of marine life through the ages. Return to your village for an evening with colourful Newfoundland characters. BLD
Entente Cordiale, Portland Creek; or

Sea Breeze B&B, Cow Head

Day 5:

The long ride north. Up to 245km (for most, this ride is vehicle assisted)

A very long ride today, assisted (we hope!) by the prevailing tailwind and the wide flat road leading you north. Most cyclists will accept a boost or two from the van while others will be determined to complete the entire ride. Either way, you’ll rest well tonight following an evening of fresh local cuisine at your well appointed lodge in its fabulous wilderness setting, near the Hare Bay Islands Ecological Reserve. This superb retreat is well out of the way; be prepared to enjoy comfort in the northern wilderness! BLD
Tuckamore Lodge, Main Brook

Day 6:

The North Tip, St Anthony and Quirpon 88km

Today you can choose to ride your bike from Main Brook to Saint Anthony, or enjoy a leisurely start lingering at your lodge a while before transferring by van. After an independent lunch you’ll transfer to Quirpon for a 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. Overall, this is a magical experience. BD

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

Day 7:

L'Anse aux Meadows and Farewell (5h transfer back to Deer Lake)

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 Leif 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. A five hour van transfer arrives back in Deer Lake by 18:00. There are late afternoon flights from St. Anthony airport to St. John’s, as an oft-preferred alternative to taking the van back to Deer Lake. B





Description




Note about the route:

There are some big hills, long rides, and challenging hikes, which include steep ascents and descents. Relaxed riders may choose shorter options, but will require some van support. Advanced cyclists will enjoy the challenge. One day is over 100 miles, but is helped with wide, not so hilly roads, and usually a tailwind.






This Newfoundland bike tour is fantastic - well suited to intrepid explorers with lots of energy for the hills, distances, and sheer joy of traveling through such a wild and exciting landscape. Riding with the prevailing wind through picturesque fishing villages, you will encounter people whose unabashed friendliness is truly extraordinary. You will bike and hike 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. Hike to the top of Gros Morne Mountain and take a boat into a fjord akin to those of Norway. You will visit the 1000 year old site where the Vikings landed and settled long before Columbus, at L'Anse aux Meadows (another UNESCO World Heritage Site). While you enjoy the landscape, the wildlife, the people and the history, your comfortable support van will always be nearby. This is one of our favourite trips and we hope you can come to see why.


Trip history: Founder Cathy’s family came from Newfoundland, and Philip stopped in its outports while on fishing boats prior to starting Freewheeling. Their familiarity and appreciation for the people and land made it an obvious choice for expansion. In 1994, they thoroughly explored the Viking Trail’s cycling and hiking possibilities. Although the infrastructure was basic, there were some genuinely excellent inns which helped make a particularly attractive itinerary. Freewheeling connected with the College of the North Atlantic based in Cornerbrook, and started employing guides from their outdoor program. These passionate adventurers brought an enthusiasm for Newfoundland’s nether regions that further enhanced our knowledge and familiarity. You will meet some amazing people while having unusual fun on this trip.





Maps & Elevations






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 a very small place, with a small airport. There are daily flights from Halifax and Sydney in Nova Scotia, allowing you to readily combine this tour with one in Nova Scotia.





Costs

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, 18:00, day seven. Optional finish at St. Anthony with flights available to St. John’s or other destinations throughout Newfoundland operated by Provincial Air.



Guided Cost

US 2545 C 2995

(per person, includes 7 full days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, one fjord boat trip, entrance fees to Gros Morne National Park and L’Anse aux Medows National Historic Site, van and guide support, luggage handling, maps and route notes)

Self-Guided Cost

US 2375 C 2795

(per person,includes 7 full day, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, all essential ground transportation including an afternoon pick up on day 5, emergency on call support, maps and route notes).

Single Occupancy

US 675 C 795


Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 125 C 145
Racing: US 225 C 265
Full Carbon Racing: US 335 C 395
Electric-assist: US 335 C 395


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax applies; 7.5% for non-Canadians.


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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!



Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.