L'Anse aux Meadows Travel Guide

  • Me and a viking guy from L'anse aux Meadows
    Me and a viking guy from L'anse aux...
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    View from Fishing Point B and B
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L'Anse aux Meadows Things to Do

  • 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. Lunaire, very close to Saint Anthony. The Vikings had different types of...

  • L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic...

    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 human history.Your visit here starts with a tour of the interesting...

  • Norstead

    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 be historically accurate. It's almost as if the site showed what...

  • 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 lots of room to move around. They supply wet-weather gear as part of the...

  • 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 Europeans that occupied the settlement, they were not there to settle North...

  • 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 sailing back to Greenland in the spring with a load of lumber and wild...

  • Norstead - The replicated Viking trading...

    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 idea what it was, we landed up leaving the area before visiting.Norstead is...

  • Visit the actual town of L'Anse aux...

    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, so no picture until our next visit, but it is a typical NL fishing village -...

  • 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 to smelt local bog ore into 3kg of iron which was then forged into iron...


L'Anse aux Meadows Restaurants

  • 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 special dinner theatre presentation (there is one every Tuesday and Friday at...

  • 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 are some nice views out over the harbour. We ate there a couple of times and...

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L'Anse aux Meadows Transportation

  • YAY

    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 into town from the airport. There is a guy Danny who operates a bus servie...

  • 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 largest town in the area, to L'Anse-aux-Meadows. Their phone number is...

  • 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. Anthony from Port aux Choix, we detoured slightly eastward to the Roddickton...


L'Anse aux Meadows Warnings and Dangers

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    by jamiesno Updated Aug 16, 2007

    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.


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