These Icebergs Made My Day

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m glad you’re here. It’s week 28 in 2022 and I’m hosting Weekend Coffee Share linkup #78. Come on in for a coffee or tea, and let’s catch up.

Iceberg viewing is one of the outdoor activities that I hoped to do when I traveled to Newfoundland and Labrador last month. While late May and early June is the best viewing time, there is no guarantee to see icebergs because it’s up to Nature.

To view icebergs, I headed north and took the ferry from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon across the Strait of Belle Isle to the shores of Labrador (C in the map below). It was a clear and sunny day, high 18C (64F).

My itinerary in Newfoundland and Labrador
My itinerary

Iceberg #1

As we approached Blanc Sablon, I spotted a ‘dry dock’ iceberg with a U-shaped slot at water level, and three pinnacles or columns. It was a beautiful first sighting.

Iceberg near Blanc Sablon
Iceberg near Blanc Sablon
Iceberg near Blanc Sablon
Same iceberg, different angle

Roughly 90% of icebergs seen off Newfoundland and Labrador come from the glaciers of western Greenland, while the rest come from glaciers in Canada’s Arctic. It takes an iceberg about two to three years to reach Newfoundland and Labrador from Greenland – a distance of 1,800 nautical miles.

NewfoundlandandLabrador.com

Iceberg #2

Two days later, I boarded a tour boat from St. Anthony (D on my itinerary map) and headed out to sea. St. Anthony is located in Iceberg Alley, an area that stretches from the coast of Labrador to the southeast coast of the island of Newfoundland.

Once again, I was fortunate to have a gorgeous, clear and sunny day, high 11C (52F). About fifteen minutes after the boat departure, I spotted two icebergs in the horizon. One ‘tabular’ iceberg had a flat top and one ‘dome’ iceberg had a rounded top. It was amazing to see these magnificent 10,000 year-old giants float silently in open waters. However, they were a bit far for good pictures.

Until we got close to this ‘pinnacle’ iceberg with one main pyramid on it. It was much bigger than the iceberg I saw in Blanc Sablon. Zoom in to see the streaks on its surface. Regardless of size, each iceberg is unique. As are the bluish-green streaks breaking through the bright white ice.

Iceberg in St. Anthony
The back of the same iceberg
Iceberg and small ice chunks
Iceberg and smaller ice chunks

Iceberg #3

As the tour boat rounded the corner, I saw a massive ‘wedged’ iceberg, with steep surfaces on one side and gradually sloping on the other, thus forming a wedge. And when I considered that 90% of an iceberg is actually below the surface, I was in awe to see this iceberg. Just stunning!

The boat captain turned off the engine so we could listen to hear the melting ice, the faint pops releasing the fresh, clean air previously trapped for thousands of years. As we circled around the iceberg, I realized how deceiving its first appearance was and how an iceberg sank the Titanic because there was more behind its massive size.

Iceberg in St. Anthony
Iceberg in St. Anthony
Streaks on iceberg surface
Beautiful streaks on the iceberg surface
Same iceberg, different angle
Same iceberg, different angle

Most icebergs weigh between 100,000 and 200,000 tonnes, and some, though more rare, as much as millions of tonnes. There are bergy bits the size of a small house and smaller ones called growlers that get their name from the sound they make as they plunge into the swelling seas. Icebergs are harvested to produce Iceberg Vodka, Gin, and bottled water in Newfounddland and Labrador.

NewfoundlandandLabrador.com

On the way back to St. Anthony, I saw bergy bits and growlers. I touched and tasted the iceberg ice that the boat captain scooped up using a net. Icebergs are created from pure, fresh water and snow so iceberg ice is safe to consume and is not salty.

Bergy bits
Bergy bits
Iceberg ice
Iceberg ice

Since these icebergs and I have traveled thousands of miles to reach Newfoundland and Labrador, I was so happy we met on two beautiful days. Iceberg viewing is one of the highlights of my trip and a memorable experience for a lifetime.

Shared with #CellpicSunday, #PPAC55, #WWE135.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=c0efdbe6b4add43dd7ef

Copyright © 2022 natalietheexplorer.home.blog – All rights reserved.

101 thoughts on “These Icebergs Made My Day

  1. leannelc July 15, 2022 / 8:54 am

    Hi Natalie – I’ve never heard of going iceberg viewing. In Australia there’s lots of whale watching tours – but definitely no icebergs. These would have been fascinating to see IRL and I bet they’ll stay in your memories for a long time to come. Thanks for sharing them with those of us who live in warmer climes.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Natalie July 15, 2022 / 11:07 am

      Hi Leanne, Whalewatching tours are also popular on Canada’s coasts and I’ve been on some of the tours. Iceberg viewing is one of the main attractions in Newfoundland and Labrador. I loved my iceberg viewing experience. Thank you for joining me virtually.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Iman Lily July 15, 2022 / 9:57 am

    I had never considered seeing icebergs as something I would like to do. But your pictures sold me. It must be truly fascinating to come across such nature.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 15, 2022 / 11:09 am

      Iman, Welcome to my blog and thank you for your comment. I find icebergs fascinating and loved viewing them. I’m pleased my pictures sold you.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Iman Lily July 16, 2022 / 4:27 am

        Thank you Natalie 🙂 I love to travel, so I’m always looking for new experiences.

        Like

        • Natalie July 16, 2022 / 12:08 pm

          Me too, Iman. I think you’re in Lebanon? I hope you visit Canada someday.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Iman Lily July 17, 2022 / 8:52 am

            That’s right, I’m in Lebanon. I got the chance to visit Canada, and more specifically Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, before Covid. My best friend lives in Toronto, so there is a huge chance that I will travel there again. And if the timing is right, iceberg viewing in Newfoundland and Labrador 😀 😀

            Like

            • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:20 pm

              I hope you visit your best friend in Toronto again and get to view icebergs in Newfoundland and Labrador 🙂

              Liked by 1 person

  3. Maria July 15, 2022 / 11:25 am

    The icebergs are fascinating, each one like a piece of art. Very interesting post, thank you Natalie.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 15, 2022 / 5:23 pm

      You’re welcome Maria. Glad you found my post interesting.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Janet Alcorn July 15, 2022 / 12:00 pm

    So gorgeous! I’m not sure what’s more mesmerizing–your incredible photos or your weather report (Sorry–it’s supposed to be 106F here today. I’m going to spend the day picturing myself on a boat looking at icebergs.) Seriously, thank you for sharing your photos and travel experiences. I’d love to visit that area someday.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 15, 2022 / 5:27 pm

      Janet, It’s hot where I am so I also look at these icebergs and reminisce when I saw them. I hope you get to visit the Iceberg Alley someday. Triple digit temperatures are not kind to our body. Stay cool.

      Like

  5. Janet Gogerty July 15, 2022 / 12:13 pm

    What wonderful pictures. I have never heard of icebergs being harvested, but sounds a cool idea for drinks. Perhaps the shower gels that appear in my bathroom when I have visitors, with names such as Atlantic Ocean, are actually the real thing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 15, 2022 / 5:30 pm

      Janet, Right after I saw the first iceberg, a small speedboat went to it probably to harvest icebergs for drinks. I’m pleased you liked my pictures. Have a great weekend.

      Like

  6. Thistles and Kiwis July 15, 2022 / 3:25 pm

    How exciting! Something else to add to my bucket list now 🙂 Gorgeous photos – thanks so much for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 15, 2022 / 5:32 pm

      Barbara, I highly recommend iceberg viewing when you visit Newfoundland and Labrador. I’m pleased you liked my photos. Thank you for stopping by.

      Like

  7. Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog July 15, 2022 / 3:31 pm

    What stunning pictures. Certainly a once in a life time experience.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 15, 2022 / 5:33 pm

      Anne, Thank you. I’m pleased you liked my pictures.

      Like

  8. Lydia C. Lee July 15, 2022 / 6:17 pm

    What an amazing experience. They’re spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing!! I would love to see something like this one day!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 16, 2022 / 11:58 am

      You’re welcome. I hope you get to view icebergs one day.

      Like

  9. Denyse Whelan Blogs July 15, 2022 / 7:59 pm

    I “wowed” at each image and your words describing them, and I sure did learn about icebergs. Nature like this is so precious and that you got to experience these sights, sounds and touch is a privilege to have your sharing them with us too. WOW again!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 16, 2022 / 12:00 pm

      Denyse, With climate change, who knows how much longer we can view icebergs. I’m pleased you liked my pictures. Have a great week.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Ju-Lyn July 15, 2022 / 11:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing nature’s ice sculptures … I am so glad you were able to view so many lovely sights on your trip! They are quite something else!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 16, 2022 / 12:02 pm

      Ju-Lyn, I was hoping for a good trip and my experiences in NL exceeded my expectations. Thank you for joining me virtually. Have a great week.

      Like

  11. Jennifer Jones July 16, 2022 / 1:33 am

    What an amazing experience you’ve had Natalie to get up so close to the icebergs, and even taste them. Your photos are stunning! Unfortunately on our side of the world, we rarely get to see an iceberg so I really appreciate you sharting these with us.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 16, 2022 / 12:06 pm

      Jennifer, With climate change, who knows how much longer we can view icebergs. I’m pleased you liked my pictures. I lucked out with the weather and icebergs that day. Thank you for joining me virtually.

      Like

  12. trentpmcd July 16, 2022 / 8:08 am

    It is hard to get a sense of scale in those photos, but then, 90% of the bergs are hidden, so hard to imagine the size at all! Sounds like a great experience. Glad you were able to see some icebergs.

    Have a great week!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 16, 2022 / 12:10 pm

      Trent, These icebergs are huge IRL. The boat was miniscule next to the icebergs. Have a great week!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Writing Sparkle July 16, 2022 / 9:57 am

    Wow, icebergs! Great photographs. The first picture in the group for St. Anthony’s Iceberg Alley has some great colours, the water around the bottom of the iceberg is pretty.
    Thanks for the virtual coffee.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 16, 2022 / 12:12 pm

      Yes, the iceberg water colour was beautiful. I’m pleased you liked my pictures. Thank you for joining me virtually.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Dan Antion July 16, 2022 / 12:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, Natalie. The color is remarkable.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:23 pm

      Dan, Thank you for stopping by. I lucked out with the weather on the day I viewed these icebergs. It was a striking contrast of sunny, blue sky and white icebergs.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Deborah Drucker July 16, 2022 / 1:01 pm

    The photos are great and those icebergs are amazing. I did not realize they traveled so many miles. The ocean looks very beautiful as well, a dark blue. Thanks for sharing an interesting trip.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:25 pm

      You’re welcome. By the time we see these icebergs in Newfoundland and Labrador, they have traveled a long way and for a long time.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. E.W. Bennefeld July 16, 2022 / 1:03 pm

    Lovely pictures! I had not thought there would be such excursions, but it does make sense. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:26 pm

      You’re welcome, Lizl. I’m pleased you liked my pictures.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:26 pm

      Thank you Gary. Great memories for sure.

      Like

  17. csuhpat1 July 16, 2022 / 8:15 pm

    Wow and the cool factor that is about as cool as it gets. So very nice. Thanks for sharing them. So very impressive.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:27 pm

      You’re welcome Patrick. Iceberg viewing is an amazing experience.

      Like

  18. Diana July 16, 2022 / 9:04 pm

    What a wonderful post Natalie!! I had no idea you could go iceberg watching and view them and even taste them!! Sooooo very cool and I’m so happy I could see these icebergs through your lens, such beautiful photos! So fascinating and definitely worth a visit someday! 💕 🧊🤩

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:32 pm

      Thank you Diana. I’m pleased you liked my pictures. Iceberg viewing is one of the major attractions in Newfoundland and Labrador. With climate change, who knows how much longer we’ll be able to see them. I was very happy to see them on a beautiful day.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:33 pm

      It was my first time and I was so happy to see several of them on one trip.

      Like

  19. Suzanne July 17, 2022 / 8:28 am

    Beautiful photos. I’d love to visit Labrador. I always see it on the plane map when I’m flying home to NY and watching the journey back (that’s all I do is watch that journey), and I know I’m almost home when we fly over there. I saw icebergs like these in Iceland when we sailed on a lake. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Gréât post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:47 pm

      Suzanne, Welcome to my blog and thank you for your comments. Seeing icebergs on a lake in Iceland sounds amazing. Labrador is beautiful. I’d love to visit Labrador again and for longer.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Antoinette Truglio Martin July 17, 2022 / 8:38 am

    WOW WHEE WOW! That is a spectacular experience. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:48 pm

      You’re welcome Antoinette. It was an amazing experience to view these icebergs.

      Like

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:51 pm

      Suzanne, So true, art installations in nature! Viewing these icebergs IRL was an amazing and memorable experience. With climate change, who knows how much longer we can see glaciers and icebergs.

      Like

  21. Jackie July 17, 2022 / 10:30 am

    Gorgeous photos! I am looking forward to our September trip.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you, Jackie. I’m glad you liked my photos. You picked an excellent destination for your September trip. Newfoundland and Labrador is a beautiful province.

      Like

  22. notesoflifeuk July 17, 2022 / 2:25 pm

    I love seeing icebergs (not that I’ve ever seen one in person!) and a friend who lives in St John’s has sent me some iceberg postcards in the past. They get huge! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 5:55 pm

      Icebergs are unique and fascinating to see IRL Some of the icebergs I saw on this trip were massive.

      Like

  23. Min Write of the Middle July 17, 2022 / 7:57 pm

    Wow Natalie – those icebergs would’ve made my day too! What an exhilarating experience that would have been. They are beautiful and I love that they turned the boats motor off so you could hear all the sounds too. Great photo’s and thank you for sharing as I don’t see such things here in Australia!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 8:22 pm

      Min, You’re welcome. I was thrilled to view these icebergs up close and on beautiful days. It was an amazing experience. Thank you for joining me virtually. Have a great week!

      Like

  24. photobyjohnbo July 17, 2022 / 8:38 pm

    Beautiful images, Natalie! We are headed to Alaska on a cruise at the end of the month. I expect (and hope) we get to see some there.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 9:20 pm

      Thank you, John. I hope you see icebergs on your cruise. It’s an amazing experience.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Liesbet @ Roaming About July 17, 2022 / 9:09 pm

    Such a stunning, special, and unique experience, Natalie. I’m sold as well. That last iceberg is the cherry on top. I love the rounded part seen from one angle. How cool would it be to have a sneak peek underwater as well. Better wear a super thick wetsuit for that! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 9:26 pm

      Liesbet, I lucked out with the weather when I saw these icebergs. It was an amazing experience. The last iceberg was massive and looked so different from front to back. Iceberg viewing must be done at a safe distance as the iceberg can crack or collapse anytime. The aqua blue/ aqua green ice colour was stunning to see IRL.

      Liked by 1 person

  26. Marsha July 17, 2022 / 9:44 pm

    Natalie, these may be the most beautiful sculptures I’ve ever seen. Nature is truly amazing. Wow! I’ve never seen an iceburg. Again, you’ve made me want to travel there. You are an amazing photographer and travel writer.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 17, 2022 / 10:00 pm

      Marsha, Thank you so much for your compliments. I agree with you that nature is truly amazing. I lucked out to see these icebergs on such beautiful days. Icebergs are unique ‘public art’. I felt fortunate to experience them in my lifetime.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marsha July 18, 2022 / 1:35 am

        You are fortunate. I’m much older and never had that experience. We were going to take a cruise to Alaska but Covid hit and changed those plans. 🙂

        Like

        • Natalie July 18, 2022 / 8:45 am

          I’m sorry to hear COVID has changed your travel plans. The optimist in me believes nothing (good or bad) lasts forever. So I hope COVID won’t last and you get to take your cruise.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Marsha July 18, 2022 / 9:08 am

            Natalie, I must have miscommunicated. We were going to take the trip a couple of years ago, and Covid changed our plans then – in the midst of all the cancellations. 🙂 We are fine and I think the world is back on track to being able to cope with Covid. Eventually we may reschedule. 🙂

            Like

              • Marsha July 18, 2022 / 10:27 am

                We are fine. Vince had a mild case of Covid in January, and I have missed it as far as I know.

                Liked by 1 person

  27. betty - NZ July 18, 2022 / 12:41 am

    Wow, that’s something I don’t think about seeing! Great images 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 18, 2022 / 8:41 am

      Thank you, Betty, for joining me virtually. I’m pleased you liked my images.

      Like

  28. Rowena July 18, 2022 / 8:01 am

    Hi Natalie,
    Wow! I loved checking out these icebergs with you virtually. You’ve put ideas in my head and I’d love to go iceberg spotting now, only it’s a bit difficult in Sydney. A friend of mine did spot a seal today from the ferry.
    Take care and hope you have a great week ahead.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 18, 2022 / 8:48 am

      Hi Rowena, Thank you for joining me virtually. Nature is amazing. I hope you get to go out and see seals and enjoy the beaches. Have a great week!

      Like

  29. Photos by Jez July 18, 2022 / 8:57 am

    Oh wow 😲 Those are amazing, Natalie 👏 The fact they survive for so long makes you wonder how big they were when they started out; thank you so much for sharing them with us all 😃

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 18, 2022 / 9:20 am

      Thank you Jez for your comment. I wondered the same thing about the size of icebergs when they started out. With climate change, who knows how much longer we’ll be able to see huge icebergs.

      Liked by 1 person

  30. Julie July 19, 2022 / 12:15 am

    Iceberg #2 looks massive and that’s above water!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie July 19, 2022 / 9:07 am

      Yes, iceberg #2 was huge and #3 was even bigger.

      Like

      • Julie July 19, 2022 / 9:19 am

        Oh no I think I may have mixed them up.

        Like

        • Natalie July 19, 2022 / 9:35 am

          Both icebergs #2 and #3 were huge.

          Like

    • Natalie July 20, 2022 / 9:28 am

      Thank you for your visit and comment. I hope you get to see icebergs someday.

      Like

  31. naeemalvi July 21, 2022 / 11:10 pm

    So beautiful

    Like

    • Natalie July 22, 2022 / 7:41 am

      Thank you for your visit and comment.

      Like

  32. rawsonjl July 22, 2022 / 10:05 am

    OH wow! That is so neat. They are all so beautiful too with the white and blue color variations.

    Like

    • Natalie July 22, 2022 / 10:44 am

      Yes, it was amazing to see these icebergs and their striking colours up close.

      Like

  33. Teresa July 22, 2022 / 9:03 pm

    I am freezing just by looking at your post!

    Like

    • Natalie July 22, 2022 / 9:28 pm

      LOL…I was comfortable on the boat with the sunshine, low wind and proper clothing.

      Liked by 1 person

  34. Bernie August 15, 2022 / 12:02 am

    Our 4 days in Newfoundland in April (a few days) allowed us to see 2 small icebergs off of Bonavista. It’s definitely on my to return to list. Fabulous photos!!

    Like

    • Natalie August 15, 2022 / 9:37 pm

      Thank you, Bernie, for your compliment of my photos. The weather was ideal on the day I went to view these icebergs. I also put Newfoundland on my to return to list. Lots to explore and enjoy there.

      Like

      • Bernie August 16, 2022 / 9:42 am

        Your map shows that you saw a good deal of Nfld. It’s such a fascinating province. So unique perhaps because it is so isolated. Hope you have a few more posts planned. Bernie

        Like

        • Natalie August 16, 2022 / 10:41 am

          Yes, Newfoundland and Labrador is a fascinating province. So far I’ve written five posts on NL (three in July, two in August). I have a few more posts planned. There are a lot to explore and enjoy in NL.

          Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.