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Gros Morne National Park

Newfoundland & Labrador's Viking Trail

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,920 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Explore the Viking Trail and the natural wonders of Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador

Highlights

  • Hike the trails through Gros Morne National Park
  • Visit the only authenticated Viking settlement site in North America
  • See the iceberg-dotted waters of Southern Labrador
  • Stay in charming seaside properties and cosy lodges

In Brief

  • 1 Night St. John's
  • 3 Nights Woody Point
  • 2 Nights Forteau
  • 2 Nights Main Brook

About

Recommended for:
City-break | History & culture | Natural world

This scenic self-drive across Newfoundland and Labrador takes in the delights of the Viking Trail. Stay in charming seaside properties and lodge retreats as you wind your way from Gros Morne National Park to Main Brook, transferring by ferry to Southern Labrador in the midst of it all. Cruise through breathtaking fjords, hike to panoramic viewpoints and tour historic sites – the highlight being the only authenticated Viking settlement site in North America, L'Anse aux Meadows. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Newfoundland

Today, enjoy complimentary lounge access at the airport before flying direct to St John’s, Newfoundland. On arrival, check in to the charming 19th century Murray Premises Hotel, set on the waterfront. Take some time this evening to wander the historic main street, perhaps pausing for a drink in a tavern or contemporary bar. Return to your hotel to relax among the wooden beams and exposed brick of its cosy rooms.

Stay: Murray Premises Hotel, St John's (Standard)

Day 2
Deer Lake and Gros Morne National Park

This morning you'll fly to Deer Lake and head north along the Viking Trail to Gros Morne National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is 1805 square kilometres of sheer natural beauty, made up of majestic fjords and mountain peaks rising above sprawling beaches and forests. The Tablelands are a highlight – rocky plateaus that, around 500 million years ago, were part of the ancient ocean floor. There's plenty to do here, from gentle hiking trails to more challenging scrambles, or simply relaxing on the beach. You'll spend the night in the heart of the park, right on the waterfront in picture-perfect Woody Point.

Stay: Seaside Suites, Woody Point (Standard)

Meals: B

Day 3
Gros Morne National Park

Today, explore Gros Morne at your leisure. Visit the Discovery Centre to learn more about the region, and take a wander through Woody Point itself – a registered Heritage District with plenty of fascinating architecture. The nearby Trout River is a small town with established Newfoundland traditions, sheltered on a coastal cove. Explore the park to discover amazing nature walks, exposed prehistoric rock and of course, the magnificent fjords. Perhaps order a picnic from the hotel's charming deli and simply soak in your surroundings.

Stay: Seaside Suites, Woody Point (Standard)

Day 4
Gros Morne National Park

This morning, you'll head to the north side of the park to visit the Bonne Bay Marine Station, Jenniex House and the Lobster Cove Head Light House – a century-old landmark with a fascinating history. In the afternoon, continue north to Western Brook Pond and join a Western Brook Fjord Boat Tour around the breathtaking freshwater fjords and dramatic cliffs of the Western Brook Gorge. You'll also visit SS Ethie, Broom Point Fishing Exhibit, Shallow Bay Beach, and The Arches Provincial Site, before continuing to Norris Point. Return to your Woody Point accommodation for a final night in Gros Morne.

Stay: Seaside Suites, Woody Point (Standard)

Day 5
Ferry to Blanc Sablon and Forteau

This morning, you'll leave Gros Morne National Park for a leisurely drive, continuing along the Viking Trail. As you pass through Daniels Harbour and Hawkes Bay, you'll notice the landscape beginning to change, before you arrive in St Barbe to board your ferry to Labrador. This scenic wilderness region is surrounded by iceberg-laden waters home to whales and unique seabirds. Stop in at the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site - the lighthouse itself is one of the two oldest working lighthouses in Canada today and the tallest in Atlantic Canada. This evening, check into your hotel, perhaps enjoying dinner in the dining room overlooking the water.

Stay: The Florian Hotel, Forteau (Superior)

Day 6
Southern Labrador

Today you'll have plenty of time to explore Southern Labrador. If you didn't see the Point Armour Lighthouse yesterday, make a stop there before continuing north to Red Bay. Hike along the beach and visit the interpretation centre to see an eight-metre chalupa, once used by whalers to harpoon their catch. You'll get a glimpse of the town's whaling past – a time of great prosperity and daring adventure. This afternoon, continue back to Forteau, perhaps taking a stroll through the town or watching the water for whales from the comfort of your hotel.

Stay: The Florian Hotel, Forteau (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 7
Ferry to St. Barbe and Main Brook

This morning, drive to the Blanc Sablon ferry terminal to transfer to St. Barbe on Newfoundland. Visit the only authenticated Viking settlement site in North America, L'Anse aux Meadows , and the Norstead Viking Village, to experience a re-enactment of how the Vikings lived thousands of years ago. If you have the time, visit Dark Tickle Eco Museum, Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve or Pistolet Bay Provincial Park before you drive onwards to Main Brook, a deepwater port home to an array of amazing wildlife. Relax in the comfort of the your lodge accommodation, overlooking the South West Pond. Activities here include hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

Stay: Tuckamore Lodge, Main Brook (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 8
Main Brook

This morning, drive to St. Anthony to take a nature cruise among icebergs and whales, depending on the season. Visit the Grenfell Historic Properties and learn about Sir Wilfred Grenfell's influence in the 1900s, before returning to Main Brook to explore some more. Alternatively, join a truly immersive Great Viking Dinner Theatre experience at Leifsburdir, a replica building of Leif Erickson's home at L'Anse aux Meadows, before returning for your final night in the lodge.

Stay: Tuckamore Lodge, Main Brook (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 9-10
Return to the UK

This morning, enjoy a final breakfast in Main Brook before driving back down the Viking Trail to Deer Lake. If time permits, stop in at Port au Choix National Historic Site to view Maritime Archaic artefacts, before continuing to Deer Lake Airport ready for your mid-afternoon onward journey. Fly home from St John's, arriving in the UK on Day 10. 

Meals: B

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,920 pp incl. flights

Standard

Low Season

from £1,920 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,980 pp. incl. flights

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights to Deer Lake (with an overnight stop in St John's outbound, and transferring inbound)
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Return St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon Ferry including vehicle charge
  • 8 days car hire Deer Lake - Deer Lake
  • St. Anthony Nature Cruise
  • Western Brook Pond Boat Cruise

Please note that during September it is hunting season at Tuckamore Lodge, so alternative properties will need to be used

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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