Icebergs, or ice mountains, are giant chunks of freshwater ice that break off the glaciers in Greenland, then move with the ocean currents until they deteriorate. Newfoundland’s iceberg season is generally spring to early summer; we were there in June and saw lots — from the highway, the hiking trails and a boat tour.
There is an online map that tracks reports of iceberg sightings along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador at icebergfinder.com, which is pretty cool. Twitter is another great way to get a glimpse at what people are seeing and photographing.
Here is a selection of photos from our trip in June 2016. Click on the photo to bring the gallery in a full-screen view.
Iceberg seen from Elliston.
This one looks like it has a face.
Ridges carved into an iceberg in Twillingate.
Close encounter from the iceberg tour.
Icebergs are eroded by wind, sun and waves.
Triple play: a berg between two bergs.
Icebergs can be several stories high. Photographed June 3, 2016, while on a boat tour operated by Prime Berth’s Captain Dave. Credit: Therese Kehler
Iceberg tour in Twillingate, Newfoundland. Therese’s outfit was courtesy of Captain Dave, who evidently did not think she was going to be warm enough. Credit: Dave Boyd
Depending on the iceberg size and temperature of the sea water, deterioriation can take between five and 90 days. This shard was on shore at Twillingate, June 4, 2016. Credit: Dan Barnes
The famed iceberg alley runs along the east side of Labrador and Newfoundland. In this photo, taken June 4, 2016, from the top of the Lower Head Trail, you can see four or five tiny icebergs in the distance. There were at least 30 bergs easily visible. Credit: Therese Kehler
For a sense of scale, look for the boat in this photo.
An arch starting to develop in an iceberg.
Fog and bergs in the Twillingate main tickle, June 4, 2016. We were hiking the Jonas Trail near Little Harbour. Credit: Therese Kehler