Northern Peninsula

The Viking Trail, with its wind-swept beaches, follows the Gulf of St Lawrence north. At St. Barbe you can take the ferry to the Quebec/Labrador mainland. and at the northernmost tip is St. Anthony, Quirpon Island, Norstead and L’Anse aux Meadows, the historic Viking settlement.

The reconstructions of three Norse buildings are the focal point of this archaeological site, the earliest known European settlement in the New World. The archaeological remains at the site were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Exhibits highlight the Viking lifestyle, artefacts, and the archaeological discovery of the site. Visitors can also explore the hiking trails to nearby bays and lakes.

Why should I visit the Northern Peninsula?

This northern portion of the Great Northern Peninsula has Newfoundland’s longest iceberg-watching season, and is a good place to see whales late into the summer. And the best way to see both is from one of the tour boats that operate in this area.

The Viking Trail that starts in Gros Morne heads through L’Anse Aux Meadows and on to St Anthony.

Things to do in Northern Peninsula

The Norstead Viking Village at L’Anse aux Meadows only 2 kms from The UNESCO World Heritage Viking Site has been identified as one Canada’s top ten ‘Hidden Travel Gems’. The only authenticated Viking site in North America, Norstead replicates a Viking port of trade as it may have looked during the Viking era (790-1066 AD). The four-hectare site has a boat shed with its very own Viking ships, including the 54 foot replica Viking knarr which sailed from Greenland to L’Anse aux Meadows in 1998 with a crew of only nine men. There is also a chieftain’s hall, church, and a workshop, with costumed interpreters who bring the site to life. All buildings, which consist of wood paneled walls and earthen floors, have been created to convey the look and feel of the Viking Era.

Jun 09 – Sep 15: daily 930am – 530pm

Frontier’s Personal Experience

My visit to Quirpon Island and staying in the lighthouse was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had. From the boat journey there, from walking to the inn and spotting flora and fauna to the views from the lighthouse itself, it was magical. Combined with the food and hospitality not to mention seeing a whale breach at the back of our boat on returning to the mainland, this is a very special place indeed to visit.

Julie on Quirpon, Frontier Canada