Newfoundland Viking Trail Self-Drive

Newfoundland Viking Trail Self-Drive

A magnificent Newfoundland self-drive holiday exploring the remote western and northern reaches of this breath-taking Atlantic Canadian Island. Wander through hidden alleys and down the steep hills of St. John’s with its pastel coloured clapboard houses and cruise around Witless Bay Ecological Reserve in search of whales and some of the 300,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins that make this area their home. Hike through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and sail around Bonne Bay looking out for Eagles and Whales. Journey back in time at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and the recreated Viking port at Norstead.

uk to st. johns
    DAY 01

    UK to St. John’s

    St John’s

    On arrival at St. John’s Airport in Newfoundland, make your own way to your city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore this vibrant city with its pastel coloured clapboard houses. Accommodation Options

    whale watching puffins
      DAY 02

      Whale Watching, Puffins

      St John’s

      Board the Gatherall’s shuttle from St. John’s to Bay Bulls where you will board the boat for a true wildlife extravaganza. Sail around the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve which is home to over 300,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins. The water here is one of the best feeding areas for whales in Atlantic Canada, and the annual migration of Humpback Whales each summer is a magnificent sight. Accommodation Options

      st. johns to deer lake and norris point
        DAY 03

        St. John’s to Deer Lake and Norris Point

        Norris Point

        Make your own way to St. John’s Airport for your short flight to Deer Lake where you will collect your rental vehicle and drive along the Viking Trail to Norris Point. Head for Norris Point Lookout for breath-taking views of the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Accommodation Options

        bonne bay cruise
          DAY 04

          Western Brook Pond Cruise

          Norris Point

          The morning is free to explore the area with your rental car. Enjoy a boat tour of the freshwater fjord of Western Brook Pond. The landlocked fjord is a rare sight. Carved by glaciers, and home to plenty of waterfalls and wildlife, it’s worth the trip alone. The rest of the day is free to explore the sites of the Gros Morne National Park. Accommodation Options

          gros morne national park
            DAY 05

            Gros Morne National Park

            Norris Point

            Enjoy a full day of exploring Gros Morne National Park at your leisure; this is the perfect destination for all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking and boat tours. Take an optional cruise on Western Brook Pond fjord, one of the most spectacular and largest lakes in the park, or embark on a hike across the top of the Tablelands. Accommodation Options

            norris point to saint anthony
              DAY 06

              Norris Point to Saint Anthony (225 miles)

              Newfoundland & Labrador

              Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery and stop off at tiny fishing villages during your drive along the Viking Trail towards Saint Anthony on the northern reaches of Newfoundland. Visit ancient burial sites at the Port au Choix National Historic Site, where you will also view original artefacts such as harpoons. Take one of the coastal trails for dramatic coastal scenery and possible sightings of whales off-shore. Saint Anthony is at the very tip of the Viking trail. Hotel – Grenfell Heritage Hotel Suites
              lanse aux meadows
                DAY 07

                L’Anse aux Meadows (49-mile round trip)

                Newfoundland & Labrador

                Go on a journey that takes you back in time to where Vikings once stood at the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, where remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement can be found; this is the oldest known European settlement of the New World. Visit Norstead, where you will find a recreated Viking port of trade. Hotel – Grenfell Heritage Hotel Suites
                saint anthony
                  DAY 08

                  Saint Anthony

                  Newfoundland & Labrador

                  Spend a full day exploring Saint Anthony and the surrounding area’s attractions. Explore Grenfell House Museum, the historic home of Doctor Grenfell, or take a coastal walk or boat excursion to spot whales and icebergs (icebergs may be seen from Spring to Early Summer). Hotel - Grenfell Heritage Hotel Suites
                    DAY 09

                    Saint Anthony to Norris Point (225 miles)

                    Newfoundland & Labrador

                    Make your way back down the coast returning to Norris Point for the evening. Accommodation Options

                      DAY 10

                      Norris Point to Deer Lake to the UK

                      Your Newfoundland Self-Drive tour comes to an end today. Drive to Deer Lake, where you will return your rental vehicle in time for your flight home to the UK via St. John’s.