Newfoundland Canada Coastlines from St Johns to Deer Lake - May 2020. Newfoundland island in eastern Canada offers incredible coastal landscapes, quaint fishing villages and wooden huts, wildlife such as puffins salmon and moose to easily photograph, lots of lighthouses, and Greenlandic icebergs offshore. It's a quiet country where people are still friendly and not overridden with tourists, safe, and yet it's extremely easy and close to travel to from other parts of North America. If you enjoy photographing coastal scenery such as that found in Maine, or are looking for the next destination that's still off most photographers' radar, then Newfoundland is for you. This will be our inaugural tour to Newfoundland, and will be smaller and more casual in feel that most others. We will have an uncompromising dedication to photography every day, and a comprehensive itinerary covering the entirety of Newfoundland from eastern all the way to western and southwestern portions, in a logistically efficient, 1-way itinerary, in order to provide an exceptional value and unforgettable photo trip. This trip is quite unique in that we plan to photograph ALL the different geographic regions and a variety of subject matter around Newfoundland (except the Northern Peninsula), which no other tours currently offer. Subject matter that we will photograph include coastlines and wave action, lighthouses, sea cliffs, puffins, spawning salmon, small fishing villages, coastal fishing sheds perched on rocks, abandoned villages, fjords and lakes, waterfalls, spring greenery, wind sculpted dwarf trees, beaches, historic areas, icebergs offshore, subarctic ponds, and more. Newfoundland is big - we are covering alot of ground, and will be driving on average 300 kilometers a day, which we will plan to do during the midday hours, utilizing sunsets and sunrises at the most iconic locations.
Dates: 25 May - 06 June 2020 ( 13 days, 12 nights)
Group Size: Maximum size of 6
Start/End: The trip begins in St. Johns Newfoundland, and finishes in Deer Lake, Newfoundland. Our itinerary offers a balanced mix of covering large regions around Newfoundland and serious photography all around Newfoundland, for a comprehensive overview of this island.
Day 1 - Arrive to St. Johns. Afternoon through sunset photography around St. John's colorful buildings and Signal Hill. Overnight St. Johns.
Day 2 - Avalon Peninsula, Cape Speer Lighthouse, and additional sights in St. John's. Overnight St. John's.
Day 3, 4. Bonavista Peninsula, including Trinity Bay, Elliston, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, and Spillars Cove. This is a great place to see puffins. Overnight Bonavista.
Day 5. Sunrise and morning photography around Bonavista. Terra Nova National Park, Newtown, and on to Barr'd Islands via ferry. Afternoon and sunset on Fogo Island. Fogo Island is known for it's red salt fishing shacks on wooden jetties into the water.
Day 6. Morning on Fogo Island and then ferry back to mainland, on to Twillingate and Cow Head sea cliffs. Longer drive to Baie Verte Peninsula region. Overnight around King's Point.
Day 7. Exploring very small fishing villages and some completely abandoned villages on the Baie Verte Peninsula. This region has many picturesque fishing shacks perched on cliffs or by the water's edge. Also depending on the season's winds, a good place to photograph drifting Greenlandic icebergs. We will likely do a boat tour here to get out closer to the icebergs. Overnight at King's Point.
Day 8. Sir Richard Squires Provincial Park to capture salmon jumping upstream. On to Gros Morne National Park for sunset, at Lobster Cove. Overnight Rocky Harbour.
Day 9. Gros Morne National Park sites, including boat trip on the famous landlocked fjord Western Brook Pond. Arches Park a little further north for rock formations. Overnight Rocky Harbour.
Day 10. Long drive to the southwestern tip of Newfoundland and end of the road at Rose Blanche, stopping along the way at Marble Mountain and Cape Anguille Lighthouse. Sunset at Rose Blanche stone lighthouse. Overnight Rose Blanche.
Day 11. Coastal and subarctic scenery along the road from Rose Blanche back north to Blow-Me-Down provincial Park where there are wind-sculpted and twisted bonsai-like trees. Overnight around Corner Brook.
Day 12. Bottle Cove and Bay of Islands coastal beaches. Return to the southern section of Gros Morne National Park and Trout River Pond. Short hikes possible. Overnight Trout River.
Day 13. Sunrise at Trout River Pond, then return to Deer Lake. Fly out of Deer Lake in afternoon. End of trip.
Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5 boots. General physical well being is required. Some of our days may be long, so good travel stamina and attitude are important! There are not any serious hikes planned, just short walks to scenic vistas.
All photographic opportunities and professional coaching
Van for our group the entire time and connecting ferries to islands.
2 scenic boat tours, at Gros Morne, and to see whales and icebergs around Baie Verte (conditions permitting).
Accommodation for 11 nights. Accommodation will be chosen based on optimal locations to photograph, efficient itineraries, and quality. Accommodations will vary including Newfoundland guesthouses and fine country hotels. Prices are based on double occupancy -- optional single supplement may be available for an added fee TBD.
Meals and drinks (except when breakfast is provided by hotel)
Flight to St. Johns, and return flight from Deer Lake.
Experience Level: This tour is open to digital photographers of all skill levels. A packing list will be provided.