L'Anse aux Meadows Travel Guide
Me and a viking guy from L'anse aux...
Me and a viking guy from L'anse aux...
View from Fishing Point B and B
Ice bergs drifting by the village...
Welcome to L'Anse-aux-Meadows!
Whale Watching from a Viking Ship!
To celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Viking landing in Newfoundland, a replica of a Norse 'knarr' cargo ship was built and sailed to Newfoundland for the festivities in 2000. After the ripples had died down, this ship is now used for whale-watching voyages out of St....
L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site
L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site is the first (and so far only) authenticated Viking site in North America. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1978, the very first year such designations were made, which gives you an idea of its significance...
In contrast to the L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site, that focuses on archaeology, Norstead feels more lively, having being intended as a reproduction of a Viking port of trade.Despite its commercial aspect, the site doesn't feel "cheap" and the buildings are said to...
The Whales were Great!
The Viking Boat Tour was the best whale watching experience of the three voyages that we have had (compared to Grand Manan, New Brunswick and Tofino, British Columbia). The ship itself is very comfortable and quite roomy - there was a considerable crowd onboard but there was...
Vikings in 1000 AD!
L'anse Aux Meadows has been archeaolgically verified as the first settlement by Europeans. Because of this it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Norwegian Vikings from Greenland built a series of buildings in approximately 1000 AD. Although it has been verified that it was...
The Viking Settlement
L'Anse aux Meadows was first visited by Europeans when a 30-man Viking ship from Greenland, captained Leif Eriksson, landed there during a voyage of discovery to the west. They found the area and climate to be so hospitable that they decided to spend the winter there, before...
Norstead - The replicated Viking trading post
We had not even heard of Norstead before we made it up to L'Anse aux Meadows. We kept seeing all these signs advertising Norstead - A Viking Port of Trade, and wondered what it was and if it had anything to do with the historic Viking site at L'Anse aux Meadows.As we had no...
Visit the actual town of L'Anse aux Meadows
L'Anse aux Meadows is an actual fishing town in Newfoundland - just a little bit north of the Viking site. After we left the Parks Canada site at 5pm, we drove around the town - a small town of approximately 15 or 20 houses. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it,...
Viking home reconstruction
The early Norwegians built a settlement that consisted of three sets (perhaps families) of huts (total of 8) covered with a sod roof. Nearby is also the site of the first North American furnace to smelter ore into iron. They found the furnace - used only once - that was used...
Do it From Shore!
The evening before we went on our whale-watching excursion, my wife and I parked our car just off the main road and took a walking trail up a hill with a great view out over the water at St. Lunaire. After we had been at the scenic lookout area for a short while, we were...
Fishing Point Bed and Breakfast: Fishing Point
I didn't sleep at the Fishing Point Bed and Breakfast but I met the owner Donna who gave me a tour around the place. It is a traditional Newfoundland home right on the water in St. Anthony. When you first go in there is a living room and kitchen area for people to hang out...
The Snuggle Inn: The Snuggle Inn
I didn't sleep in the Snuggle Inn but I hung out there a lot during a friend's wedding to get dressed, ate some food there and stuff.It's a place I would stay in St. Anthony. It is like having your own apartment, they were new, very clean, spacious and high speed...
Haven Inn: Haven Inn
I stayed at the Haven Inn in August 2007 attending a freinds wedding. The hotel is nice and clean it was comfortable there. Luckily they had air conditioning because it was hot at the time in August.Personally I thought the staff were very good at this place. On the front...
Viking Nest: Very Close to the Action!
While in St. Anthony's, we stayed at the Viking Nest B&B located on the coastline with a great view out over the harbour. This establishment is located only a half-mile from the Viking historical settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, so it was interesting to sit there gazing at...
Norseman Restaurant: Fun dinner and show
The Norseman Restaurant is a traditional Newfoundland restaurant in L'Anse-aux-Meadows. A great place to sample the local heritage, it also includes the Gaia Art Gallery, where you can buy paintings made by local artists.We ended our day trip in L'Anse-aux-Meadows with a...
Smith's Restaurant: Home Cooking!
The name is not fancy, but the food is great! Smith's is located along the main highway close to both the whale watching dock and the Viking historical settlement - you cannot miss it. The exterior decour is nothing fancy, but the dining room is very nicely done and there...
St. Anthony Airport (IATA: YAY, ICAO: CYAY) is located 19 nautical miles (35.2 km) west northwest of St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.I think this is important, this airport is more of a regional one I don't want you to be under the impression your can walk...
You can get there by car or... by car
L'Anse-aux-Meadows can only be reached by car on Route 436 (L'Anse-aux-Meadows Road), which branches off from Route 430 (Viking Trail).However, for those rare folks like us who do not have their driver's licence, the St. Anthony town taxi can take you from St. Anthony, the...
Moose Paradise to the South
Of course we brought our car over from the mainland via the ferry from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques, Nfld. You really must have wheels of your own if you want to maximize your travel experience in this rather out of the way location. In driving up to St....
I got a picture of this moose leaving the L'anse aux Meadows interpretation center.
It is hear as a warning or danger tip because in Newfoundland people die every year running into them with their vehicles. I say about 6 on this day between the airport and St. Anthony.
So my advice is simply to slow down a little and keep your eyes on the sides of the road as well. They are fast and they are big animals.
Updated Aug 16, 2007