We got breakfast at the hotel today, and then drove through St. Anthony to Fishing Point Park overlooking the Atlantic to see if there were any icebergs visible. There were a few in the distance (kinda hard to see with the marine cloud and fog) and even a few in a nearby inlet. We walked around there taking pictures for a bit before heading up to L’Anse aux Meadows.
L’Anse aux Meadows is one of the most northern points on the island of Newfoundland, and the site of a short-lived Norse settlement approximately 1000 years ago. The Saga of Erik the Red tells of the discovery of a place the Norse called Vínland, and archeological works at L’Anse aux Meadows prove that this was the site of a likely Norse landing. The remains of several sod dwellings and workshops have been excavated, including a forge.
The site is now a Parks Canada National History Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and includes a to-scale reconstruction of some of the buildings that would have existed in the Norse settlement.
There’s also a trail leading along the coastline for a bit and then through the peat bog area, which we followed. I have to say, the peat bog and rocky landscape don’t exactly meet my criteria for an ideal place to establish a colony.
We left L’Anse aux Meadows and drove back to find our motel for the night. By this time, the weather was pretty rainy and fog had rolled in, so we weren’t able to see any more icebergs. We tried again after dinner, but the fog was still making visibility quite bad.