Journey through time on this sightseeing tour along the west coast of Newfoundland. Learn about the birth of a continent and the death of an ocean on this historical tour along the Viking Trail in Newfoundland. Walk in the footsteps of the New World's first peoples and explore the home of the first Viking explorers. This exciting holiday starts and ends in Deer Lake, Newfoundland and explores the nature and geology of Gros Morne National Park -- a United Nations World Heritage Site. L'Anse aux Meadows, North America's only known Viking settlement and Red Bay, the Labrador home of over 1,000 Basque whalers during the 1540s, are also highlights of this unique vacation.
In 2013 the Red Bay site became this holiday’s 3rd UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of how this 16th century enterprise shaped the history of Europe and the world. Your Newfoundland and Labrador holiday also features the northern terminus of the Appalachian Mountains, an arctic lifestyle encounter at the Grenfell Interpretation Centre, lots of birds and wildlife, plus a short journey to the “centre of the earth.” Enjoy Newfoundlanders, Labradorians, their culture, their distinctive food flavours, and their landscape on this unforgettable holiday. And you will help us remember the Vikings who walked the shores and explored the coast over 10 centuries ago.
Gros Morne National Park provides one of the world's great geology lessons. As Prince Edward noted, "What the Galapagos are to biology, Gros Morne is to geology." Hence, its United Nations World Heritage Site designation. On this tour you will also have the opportunity to travel to the centre of the Earth. More specifically, you will visit the Tablelands where an 80 square kilometer slab of the Earth's mantle has been shoved up on land from deep beneath the ocean floor. Some scientists say the Tablelands more closely resemble the surface of the moon than the rest of the Earth.
You will also travel to L'Anse aux Meadows -- the only authenticated Viking site in North America. This package also includes a visit to Red Bay, the 16th Century's Whaling Capital of the World. This little-known part of North America had a population of over 500 European people when areas like Boston and New York were still wilderness.