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Iceberg Alley


If you live in Newfoundland, you’ve probably taken your own striking iceberg pictures by now (despite the nonstop rain, drizzle and fog of the last week that’s made them difficult to see).

Ours are not at all striking from a photographic point of view, but I’ll post them here for those who don’t see icebergs everyday — for my readers in the rest of Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Romania and whever else you may be … we did go out to see the icebergs today, and got closer than we thought possible.

We went up to the Quidi Vidi Battery trail and saw a big iceberg, with fogbanks hovering around it, offshore:

In the sheltered cove below us, where the sun was briefly shining, there were also several small “bergy bits” that had broken off and were floating near the rocks.

The kids were very impressed with the icebergs: Emma kept running around on the rocks waving her arms and yelling, “This is what Newfoundland is all about! Icebergs, fog, wind — this is REALLY Newfoundland!!” And I guess she’s right.

The most exciting part of all was also the part where the camera batteries ran out, so I can’t show you what it was like, but we went down another trail that led very close to the cove pictured above, so we were actually quite close to the bergy bits. Jason climbed down even further on the rocks (further than I would allow the kids to go) and got us a chunk of ice that had broken up and gotten washed onto the rocks, so we got to suck on some genuine ancient arctic ice. We also brought it home to put in our freezer.

We couldn’t get pictures on the spot but we took the “licking the iceberg chunks” pictures when we got back home, which is sooooo much better because you can see all the dirty dishes on our counter. (Sabbath is a happy day — because I don’t wash dishes!!)

The Quidi Vidi trail, where we went to see the icebergs, is about a 10-minute drive from our house. Upon returning with our iceberg pieces, Emma declared it was the second-best trip we’d ever taken, next to Australia. It was certainly quicker and cheaper than Australia! And I guess there’s something to be said for appreciating the wonders close to home, especially if you happen to live on Iceberg Alley.

If you want to see some work by a friend of ours who is a real photographer and takes truly awesome pictures of icebergs in this area, go here (although I’m not sure if he has any posted of the current crop of bergs around St. John’s yet).


7 thoughts on “Iceberg Alley

  1. OK, so now I’m a teeny tiny bit jealous…icebergs – not in Queensland, that’s for sure!! I grew up in Tasmania and although it was cold, it wasn’t that cold. Although I’m not sure if Emma’s description of New Foundland would make a good slogan for the next tourism campaign – icebergs, fog and wind…hmmm…can you throw in some polar bears??

    Seriously, it would be great to see something like that so thanks for sharing…although I must say I like not having to wear my winter woollies for most of the year. What’s New Foundland like in summer…or is summer just the time when it’s cold but not cold enough to snow??!!

  2. I love learning new things! Never heard of Iceberg Alley before, and now I want to see this for myself. Your friend’s iceberg pictures are beautiful. Like aliens have landed and are scoping the coast. Thanks for posting this. And Happy Mother’s Day! I enjoy your blog very much.

  3. Icebergs, so cool! 😉

  4. I love the pics of your kids licking wild ice!! Kids do not need to be raised in a sterile environment. One of my fun memories as a child was eating “Alaskan Ice Cream”. Fresh snow, fresh cream and sugar to taste. Mix quickly and eat before it melts. Of course in New Jersey that would be considered child abuse. Because of the state of the air and the state of child abuse laws. 🙂

  5. Sharon — I’m all for exposing kids to germs! Although I’m pretty sure iceberg ice has to be the cleanest stuff around … except for the dirt that got on it when Jason was throwing it up the cliffs to us.

    Karen, this is our “spring.” Sabbath was the nicest day we’ve had in awhile, with cold temperatures but a little sunshine. Mainly temps have been in the single digits with rain, drizzle and fog last week and this. In July and August our temperatures get up to the mid 2os … on good days!! There just aren’t enough good days.

    Ansku, you don’t get icebergs in Finland do you? From the map it looks like you wouldn’t … maybe Norway would though?

  6. No icebergs in Finland. The closest I’ve seen them is in Iceland.

  7. We had an iceberg or two floating off the coast of the South Island of New Zealand (I’m in the North Island). As a media stunt, a sheep was shorn on the iceberg. This was no ordinary sheep, however. It was Shrek, the sheep with the most wool EVER found on a sheep 😀 It had gotten itself stuck on a cliff or something for a few years and somehow managed to survive before a farmer found it. A local school named it Shrek.

    But that is so cool that your kids actually got to eat an iceberg! That is one thing I’m sure not many people will be able to say in their lifetime.

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