Wild Newfoundland Adventure

18,000 Miles of Coastline, and a Story for Every Step of the Way

Newfoundland is a place apart. Known locally as ‘The Rock’, it is a massive island cut off from the rest of Canada, in the wild north Atlantic. In the winter it is buffeted by storms; in the short summer icebergs float by and the air fills with the cries of seabirds. Such a place breeds hardy folk renowned for stories, with more than a hint of Blarney from their Irish (and Viking) ancestors.

  • Starting From

    $2,890 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    12 days

    11 nights
  • Hot Spots
    St. John's, Bay Bulls, Trinity, Twillingate, Norris Point, Bonne Bay, Deer Lake
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

A Unique Culture, History & People


The scenery is spectacular but what travelers remember most about Newfoundland is the warmth of the people and the richness of the culture. Whether you are kissing a cod-fish, getting ‘screeched in’, listening to fiddle music in a pub, or visiting Viking remains – you’ll know, this definitely ain’t Kansas!

A Unique Landscape


Newfoundland is windswept, brooding, romantic – an island on the edge of a continent. To be there is to connect with a certain wildness that is rare in the modern world.

Your Choice of Adventure Options Along the Way


Whether your idea of fun is a tasting tour of the best local seafood restaurants, a serious hike into Gros Morne National Park, or a boat trip to see whales and puffins, we have optional activities to suit every taste and ability.

YOUR TRIP
DAY-BY-DAY

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Newfoundland Adventure Begins – Arrive in St. John’s

Upon arrival in St. John’s, get out and explore North America’s oldest city. Rich in history and distinct Irish and British heritage, this colourful port sits on the steep slopes of a snug and sheltered harbor, with brightly colored row-houses lining its hilly streets.

Intermediate Sized Car Rental

(1 of 2 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes a GPS, loss damage waiver, unlimited mileage, and one additional driver.

Discovery Parks Pass

(2 of 2 activities)

We've included an unlimited pass to Canada’s national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.

Overnight in St. John's

Overnight at the Murray Premises Hotel. Built in 1846, the hotel is a historic collection of mercantile buildings, located on the St. John's waterfront. Rooms feature exposed 19th century wooden beams, contemporary furnishings and luxurious touches.

Day 02

Explore Historic St. John’s

You have an exciting day ahead! Explore the best of St John’s from history to its culinary delights.

We recommend visiting The Rooms, Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space. Immerse yourself in Newfie culture with rotating exhibits, events and exceptional dining!

Historical St. John's and Cape Spear Tour

(1 of 1 activities)

Discover Newfoundland's culture and history on a half day guided tour. Walk through Cape Spear National Historic Site, then visit the oldest standing light house in North America. Other stops include Quidi Vidi Village, Government House, and the shops and restaurants of downtown St. John's.

Day 03

Bay Bulls and the Southern Avalon Coast

Set off along the Avalon Peninsula to explore the beautifully rugged and wild coastline. See countless natural wonders comprised of stunning cliffs, sea caves, and waterfalls.

Prime whale watching season is mid-June to mid-August. Whales may be spotted after this time; however, it would be a bonus. Keep your eyes peeled!

Suggested Add-On: Lighthouse Picnic

(1 of 1 activities)

If you would like a true taste of the Avalon Peninsula, ask your Vacation Advisor about the Ferryland Lighthouse. Experience an award-winning homemade picnic at beautiful Ferryland Head and enjoy a serene 30-minute walk along a natural isthmus, surrounded by the sea.

Witless Bay Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise

(1 of 2 options)

Cruise through the spectacular coastal vistas of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, in search of whales and puffins. Enjoy live interpretation interspersed with a colourful mix of local humour, stories and song.

Private Kayak Tour (Extra Cost)

(2 of 2 options)

Discover hidden caves, waterfalls, and wildlife along the beautiful Avalon coastline. With your private guide, you'll have the chance to see puffins, whales, and in the early season – icebergs. No experience necessary, and all equipment is provided.

Day 04

St. John’s to Trinity

Depart St. John’s along the scenic Conception Bay coastal drive – on a clear day you will be able to see the still active Bell Island Lighthouse. Continue along the Bonavista Peninsula to Trinity – renowned for its unique historical architecture and thriving culture and arts.

Feature Dinner in Trinity

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy a 3-course set menu described as “casual fine-dining” prepared by local chefs using only the freshest local ingredients and seafood. As more than just a place to eat, experience a uniquely Newfoundland atmosphere with relaxed and friendly service.

Overnight in Trinity

Overnight at the Artisan Inn. Located in beautiful Trinity, the Inn is comprised of multiple shorefront accommodations all within walking distance of each other. The Twine Loft restaurant is a focal point, with its seaside open-deck, and a fine-dining restaurant.

Day 05

Explore Trinity and the Bonavista Peninsula

Enjoy your choice of guided activity to explore the Bonavista Peninsula today. Then we recommend you hike one of Bonavista’s most scenic trails – the Skerwink, or visit the filming locations of The Shipping News and Random Passage.

Zodiac Whale Watching Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Learn to identify fin, humpback, sperm, minke, and pilot whales, as they play and migrate through a scientific study area of the Bonavista Peninsula. Keep your eyes open for species of porpoises, eagles and offshore sea birds including puffins and northern gannets.

Trinity Bay History and Nature Boat Tour

(2 of 2 options)

Set off from New Bonaventure to the enchanting and long-abandoned communities of Kerley's Harbour, Ireland's Eye and British Harbour. Learn about the history of the area and the local wildlife. Be entertained by your skipper, to a back drop of possible icebergs, whales, and sea birds.

Day 06

Trinity to Twillingate

Drive along winding, coastal roads and explore Terra Nova National Park – a classic Newfoundland landscape of sheltered bays, rugged ocean coastline and rolling forested hills. Finally, arrive at the quaint fishing village of Twillingate and the 1876 Long Point Lighthouse – still active today.

Suggested Add-On: Fogo Island Inn

(1 of 1 activities)

Before visiting Twillingate, add-on a stay at the incredible Fogo Island Inn. Situated on a gorgeous rocky shoreline where slabs of granite meet the moody North Atlantic, the luxurious Fogo Island Inn is an innovative community project, with 100% of profits being reinvested in the local economy. The Inn features 29 rooms with panoramic ocean views, hand-crafted furniture and quilts, locally inspired cuisine, rooftop hot tubs, saunas, and a publicly accessible art gallery, library and cinema. The island’s still-wild world has caribou to track, hills of berries to forage, nature trails to explore, and countless birds and sea life to behold.

Overnight in Twillingate

Overnight at The Captain's Legacy B&B. This oceanfront accommodation is a charming century-old home, once owned by the famous Sea Captain Peter Troake. Enjoy traditionally appointed rooms, ensuite bathrooms, a full hot breakfast, and spectacular views.

Day 07

Explore Twillingate

Explore Twillingate, which embodies the quintessential Newfoundland out-port character – stunningly-rugged coastline, historical, picturesque streets, and lush countryside roads.

Peak iceberg watching runs from early June to early July in the Twillingate area.

Iceberg & Nature Zodiac Tour

(1 of 1 activities)

If you haven’t already spotted an Iceberg, you may be in luck today! Head out on a zodiac to marvel at these sparkling, 12,000-year-old giants as they float on their epic journey from Greenland. Even once prime Iceberg season is over, you’ll still enjoy beautiful coastal scenery and a range of marine wildlife from whales and dolphins to seabirds.

Day 08

Drive to Norris Point - Gros Morne National Park

Leave behind the Central Region of Newfoundland and head west through a vast expanse of lush forest and contrasting scenery. Drive north along the Viking Trail to Gros Morne National Park – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its impressive geological features.

Suggested Add-On: Norris Point Tasting Tour with Wine Pairings (Extra Cost)

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy Gros Morne's freshest local seafood and wine pairings during a fun, four course dinner tour. Meet the owners of the establishment, enjoy cultural discovery, and evening entertainment as part of your experience.

Overnight in Norris Point

Overnight at Neddies Harbour Inn. Perched on Bonne Bay Fjord, this charming hotel sits in the heart of Gros Morne National Park. In addition to majestic views, you'll enjoy amenities such as complimentary WiFi and a fine-dining restaurant with panoramic views.

Day 09

Explore Gros Morne National Park

Discover Gros Morne's towering cliffs, dramatic fjord valleys, glacial lakes, and highland plateaus. This is sure to be a highlight of your Newfoundland adventure.

If you haven’t had a chance to hear live music in Newfoundland, this is the time. Let us make a reservation for you to Anchors Aweigh, for an evening of comedy and music. This show is often sold out! Runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Western Brook Pond Boat Tour

(1 of 1 activities)

Discover the spectacular Western Brook Pond Fjord on this scenic boat tour. Onboard, behold the spectacular glacier-carved land-locked fjord, billion year-old cliffs, and frequent wildlife sightings.

Day 10

Norris Point to Woody Point - Explore the South Side

A short hour-long drive brings you to Woody Point, a vibrant and beautiful seaside town with The Tablelands as its backdrop. Stop by the Discovery Centre for help in making the most of your day on the southern side of Gros Morne National Park.

Suggested Add-On: St. Anthony & Quirpon Lighthouse Inn

(1 of 1 activities)

Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation advisor about adding days to drive north to visit St. Anthony and the Quirpon Lighthouse Inn. On the way, explore L’Anse Aux Meadows UNESCO site, showcasing mysterious Viking remains. On Quirpon Island, you will stay in a recently refurbished light-keeper’s residence on the northernmost tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. In season Quirpon Island is one of Newfoundland’s best locations for iceberg viewing as they drift the Labrador Current on their journey south. The waters here are a rich feeding ground, meaning excellent whale viewing. Expect to see minke and humpback whales in season, as well as orca and right whales.

Overnight in Woody Point

Overnight at the oceanfront Bonne Bay Inn, just a short walk to the historic seaside village of Woody Point. Enjoy well appointed rooms, complimentary breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. Take in the spectacular views from the deck, then dine at the on-site restaurant followed by a drink in the pub or lounge.

Day 11

Discover Gros Morne National Park

Immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of the land and the charm of its people on one of the memorable experience available to you today. Your local guide will bring to life the nature, culture and history of Gros Morne National Park.

Gros Morne Private Guided Hike

(1 of 2 options)

Guided by a knowledgeable interpreter, discover plants, animals, and geology on your choice of hiking trail. Choose from Tablelands, Green Gardens, Gros Morne Mountain, Lookout Trail, Baker's Brook Trail, or Coastal Trail.

Cultural Explorer Tour

(2 of 2 options)

On this full day experience, explore a specific community in the park and dig deeper to unravel life in a small, Newfoundland community. Each day trip features a scenic trail, lunch at a local hot spot, and an artist studio visit along with demonstration.

Day 12

Woody Point to Deer Lake - Flight Home

Say goodbye to the awe-inspiring island you’ve come to know so well as you make the 1-2 hour drive to Deer Lake for your journey home.

Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding a hotel night near the airport to avoid an early wake-up and driving in the dark, as most flights depart at dawn.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Hotel room featuring king size bed, 2 bed-side tables, and a wooden headboard against an exposed brick wall. Large, bright window also featured.Hotel room featuring jetted tub, sitting area with 2 armchairs, a corner fireplace with flat screen TV above, and 3 large windows with accent stone wall.
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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


Accommodations:

  • 11 nights' in historic hotels and inns

St. John’s Activity Included:

  • Historical St. John's and Cape Spear Tour

Southern Avalon Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Witless Bay Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise
  2. Private Morning Bay Bulls Kayak Tour (Extra Cost)

Suggested Add-on:

  • Ferryland Lighthouse Picnic (Wed–Sun, Extra Cost)

Trinity Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Zodiac Whale Watching Tour
  2. Trinity Bay History and Nature Boat Tour

Twillingate Activity Included:

  • Iceberg and Nature Zodiac Tour

Gros Morne Activity Options:

Day 1 – Included Activity:

  • Western Brook Pond Tour

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Gros Morne Privately Guided Hike
  2. Full Day Cultural Explorer Tour

Gros Morne Suggested Add-ons:

  • Gros Morne Tasting Tour with Wine Pairings (Tue, Thu, Sat - Extra Cost)
  • Anchors Aweigh Music and Comedy Show (Mon, Wed, Fri - Extra Cost)

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Trinity
  • Most breakfasts at your accommodation (varies by location)

Car Rental Inclusions:

  • Intermediate sized car rental
  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental
  • Airport surcharges
  • Unlimited Kilometres
  • Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage
  • Fee for 1 additional driver
  • Vehicle licensing fee

Other Inclusions:

  • National Parks Pass (valid for National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites)
  • Digital Travel Documents
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Suggested Add-on: Fogo Island Inn

  • 3 nights at the Fogo Island Inn
  • Full Meal Plan
  • Welcome Island Orientation
  • Additional car rental time

Suggested Add-On: St. Anthony & Quirpon Island

  • 1 night of accommodation in St. Anthony
  • 2 nights accommodation at Quirpon Lighthouse
  • Admission to Norstead Viking Village
  • Visit to L’Anse aux Meadows
  • Boat transfers to and from Quirpon Island
  • All meals while at the Quirpon Island Lighthouse
  • Day tour while on the island
  • Additional car rental time

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • All tours and activities are subject to availability. Some tours run on certain days of the week, or may run seasonally. Ask your Fresh Tracks Vacation Advisor for more help.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Airfare
  • Car rental exclusions: Fuel and refueling fees, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), One way drop fee for car rental ($250 payable at counter) from St. John’s to Deer Lake, LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type, Fee for drivers under the age of 25
  • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended, ask us for a quote)
  • Canadian Federal Taxes

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Witless Bay Cruise: Whales are most frequently spotted from mid-June to mid-August. Sightings outside of this window are considered a bonus. Icebergs are typically present in May and June.
  • Twillingate Iceberg & Nature Tour: Icebergs are best viewed from May to mid-July. From mid July onward, this tour will focus on scenery and wildlife.
  • Gros Morne Private Guided Hike: Hike location may be changed at the discretion of the guide due to weather conditions.

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between May and September.

Starting From

$2,890 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2020 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

9 reviews
Lynne & Philip

Lynne & Philip

CA, USA

16 Aug 2017

We were both pleased with all the side trips you had scheduled for us

My favorite part of the trip was seeing so many puffins. My husband’s was the Viking Village. We were both pleased with all the side trips you had scheduled for us.

Julie & Gaylord

Julie & Gaylord

WI, USA

12 Jul 2017

We loved the east coast

We loved the east coast, especially St. John’s. It was a fun area. The Ferry Lighthouse picnic was wonderful. We could have used an extra day in this area. We also loved Trinity, the Artisan Inn was wonderful. The Rugged Beauty Boat tour was a highlight of the trip and it was nice to have the time in this area.

Donald & Nancy

Donald & Nancy

SCOT, UK

03 Jul 2017

This was a great way to see Newfoundland

This was a great way to see Newfoundland. Small villages like Trinity and Greenspond were an eyeopener on how things were and are.

Glen & Pat

Glen & Pat

TX, USA

01 Jul 2017

The service provided was first class

Seeing all the icebergs and the ice packed sea at Fogo Island was awesome. Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. They are all very hard working people and some of the nicest people we have met. The staff at Fogo Island Inn were incredible. We had a health issue and they were very accommodating. It was also a… Read More

Joe & Anne

Joe & Anne

CO, USA

05 Oct 2016

The whole trip was very enjoyable

The whole trip was very enjoyable. The additional tours that were arranged were mostly exceptional. Fresh Tracks were, and continue to be, very helpful. Our experience was excellent.

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