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Sunday 12 March 2023

Get up close with icebergs, then enjoy a drink made from them

Long before an iceberg sank The Titanic - now 111 year ago - the massive islands of floating ice have been a source of fascination and wonder. 

So much so that today they remain a major tourism attraction off Canada’s eastern-most province of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

The waters here are home to two natural wonders: migrating whale species including humpback and minke skirt the island year-round, while icebergs drift past on Iceberg Alley from June to September. 

Tourists can kayak off the coast of Cape Broyle to see the types of icebergs that sank the Titanic.

Here you'll find giant icebergs, surrounded by “bergy bits”, small floating chunks of ice, and “growlers” - grand piano-sized pieces.

May to September are when temperatures are warm enough in the northern hemisphere for them to break off but not warm enough for them to melt entirely. In winter, this region is bone-numbingly cold. Summer is just chilly. 

On a sunny day, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants can be viewed along the northern and eastern coasts, with colours ranging from snow-white to deep aquamarine. 

Visitors are encouraged to experience the rugged beauty of the coastline as they explore sea caves, inlets, and fjords.

Back on land they can experience an Iceberg Vodka, made from what is claimed to be the purest water on the planet. 

Iceberg hunters harvest the ancient ice, comprised of water frozen long before industrial pollution, creating what is marketed as "a uniquely smooth, quintessential Canadian vodka."
It was only around 600km from the Newfoundland coast that an iceberg sank the Titanic.

Roughly 90% of icebergs seen off Newfoundland and Labrador come from the glaciers of western Greenland, while the rest come from glaciers in Canada's Arctic. 

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