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You never know where you’ll see them. Often a giant iceberg waits around the corner in a cove or bay when you least expect it. Twillingate offers a choice of iceberg and whale watching boat tours that will take you closer to these awesome structures.
Foundering Iceberg in Twillingate Newfoundland
This video captures a spectacular view of a multi-storey iceberg breaking apart in Spillers Cove, Twillingate.This sleepy fishing village sees numerous of these frozen ancient giants drift down iceberg alley each year and visitors travel from afar to Newfoundland Canada to witness these awe-inspiring phenomena each year.
This giant iceberg broke apart on Saturday 5 July 2008 at 3:45 pm in full view of a group of tourist specators who hiked out to the point to view the iceberg - one of the last of the season - and Mother Nature responded with this perfectly timed show. Much of the sound in the video comes from the release of trapped gas in the ice which is made up of age-old pure fresh water.
From May to July
Known as the Iceberg Capital of the World, Twillingate is one of Newfoundland’s best locations for admiring these giants of nature that break off the ice cap in Baffin Island, Greenland. The prime season for iceberg viewing is mid May to mid July each year.
All the Way from Greenland
Despite their size, icebergs move an average of 17 kilometers (about 10 miles) a day. These icebergs originate from the glaciers of western Greenland and may have an interior temperature of -15 to -20°C. Icebergs are usually confined to move close to the coast by winds and currents. On a foggy April night in 1912 it was one of these icebergs that sunk the Titanic.
Try a piece of iceberg or “bergy bit” in your glass. These icebergs are ancient structures of pure glacier water and when a bergy bit melts in a glass filled with a beverage, it makes a fizzing sound, called “bergy seltzer”. This sound is made when compressed air bubbles trapped in the iceberg pop. The bubbles come from air trapped in snow layers that later become glacial ice.
Bergy bits can often be collected on the pebbled beaches where they wash ashore. Or you may want to try to local berry wines at Auk Island Winery, made with pure iceberg water.
Witnessing one of these giant icebergs calve (break up) is a breathtaking experience. Remember to bring your camera and zoom lenses.