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Early May, 2014
May Magic on the Great Northern PeninsulaMay Magic on the Great Northern Peninsula
The eider ducks of Newfoundland and Labrador are a conservation success story.

For 2014 we are offering this exploratory excursion for your preferred dates up to May 15, 2014.  Enjoy the local knowledge of west coast naturalist and photographer Mark Tsang. This is Mark’s favorite time of the year. To the north there are icebergs drifting by. Birds of prey are establishing new territories and reclaiming old ones. There is usually snow in the mountains and the ptarmigan are somewhere between winter and breeding colours. Moose and caribou are walking the lowlands in great numbers. Their first calves are harder to find as the mother’s are mindful of hunting bears, lynx, eagles, and coyotes. The first wildflowers and songbirds are beginning to show colour in anticipation of a busy subarctic summer. The mountains of Gros Morne provide spectacular photographic opportunities during this season of magic, reawakening, and rejuvenation in May on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. This is a small-group vacation that lets us view fossils, mountains, and a dramatic, glacially scoured landscape as we travel the roads and trails of western and northern Newfoundland… enjoy the magic of May with Mark.

Gros Morne offers numerous trails and photographic opportunities.
11 welcome and orientationwelcome and orientation

Arrive at Deer Lake Airport (YDF). Explore the local area until all hands arrive and then it’s on to Gros Morne National Park for the night.

Gros Morne National Park
The Tablelands of Gros Morne
22 explore the centre of the earthexplore the centre of the earth

Today we explore the centre of the earth — poetically speaking — and we walk some of the dramatic trails along the southside of the park. Moose, serpentine rock thrust up from inside the earth’s mantle, and picturesque fishing communities add to the day’s highlights.

Gros Morne
Only a very knowledgeable local will be able to show you the fossils
33 fossils, flowers, and trailsfossils, flowers, and trails

The fossils, flowers, and trails along the northside of the park are included among the day’s highlights as we travel north to Hawke’s Bay for the evening. Watch for moose, caribou, ptarmigan, arctic hare, and other wildlife that are on list of highlights we hope to see. Expect frequent photographic stops.

Hawke's Bay
Immerse yourself in the Norse culture & learn about the first Atlantic crossings
44 seals, icebergs, and seabirdsseals, icebergs, and seabirds

The land of Vikings and icebergs is today’s destination as we travel to L’Anse aux Meadows and Fishing Point in St. Anthony. Our route features moose, caribou, coastal lookouts, fossil beds, and other photographic wonders. If time and ice conditions allow, we’ll travel out on the St. Anthony tour boat in search of icebergs, seals, whales, and seabirds.

St. Anthony
A playful humpback near the Newfoundland coast
55 subarctic wonderssubarctic wonders

Today we further explore the north coast of Newfoundland watching for seals, whales, icebergs, and other subarctic wonders before travelling south to Corner Brook and our last evening of this magical May photographic programme. Tommorrow you depart.

Corner Brook
NotesNotes

  • Included All accommodations, all ground transportation, all breakfasts and lunches, a gala farewell dinner, the services of our experienced guide, all admissions, and any boat passes. We will provide your hotel list after you register.

  • Not Included Transportation to and/or from Newfoundland.

  • We do reserve the right to re-arrange the schedule for your comfort and convenience should the weather require changes to be made. If Ireland and Alaska had a steamy love affair, the results would be Newfoundland — a dramatic seascape with a unique and colourful culture. Expect a wild and fun exploration of a unique culture.

  • Other Terms and Conditions*These are the per person prices based upon room occupancy. The 13 per cent Canada/Newfoundland Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is not included. Non Canadians receive a FCTIP tax credit on their invoice from us and thus actually pay only 6.5% tax.

  • Considering Travel Insurance? All of our excursions are guaranteed departures but many guests still purchase travel insurance in case something unexpected happens to their travel plans. Following is a link to a well known travel insurance provider: http://www.travelguard.ca/agentlink.asp?ta_arc=11152

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