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Newfoundland: A Bike Tour on the Viking Trail, Canada

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Newfoundland  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: July - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2495 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2695 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

This is a fabulous trip, well suited to intrepid explorers with lots of energy for the hills, distances, and sheer joy of traveling through such an undeveloped, exciting landscape. Riding with the prevailing wind, through picturesque fishing villages, you will encounter people whose unabashed friendliness is truly extraordinary. You will ride and hike in Gros Morne National Park, where the incomparable landscape and unique natural history have earned it a place on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

You will hike to the top of Gros Morne Mountain and take a boat into a fjord akin to those of Norway. You can visit a 4000 year old burial ground of the now extinct Maritime Archaic Indians at Port au Choix, and see evidence of the also extinct Dorset Eskimos, and you'll see where the Vikings landed and settled, long before Columbus, at L'Anse aux Meadows (another UNESCO World Heritage Site) 1000 years ago. While you enjoy the landscape, the wildlife, the people, and the history, your comfortable support van will always be nearby. This is one of our top favourite trips; we hope you can come to see why.

Day 1: 72 km/45 miles (subtract 31 km/19 miles with optional transfer to Wiltondale).
From Deer Lake, cycle past the Newfoundland insectarium, then the Wiltondale Pioneer Village, enroute to lunch near the entrance to Gros Morne National Park. Spend the afternoon riding the hilly, exhilarating approach to the shore of Bonne Bay, finishing in the tiny fishing village of Norris Point. Includes: (L), (D).(Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Neddie's Harbour Inn; or Sugar Hill Inn, Norris Point.

Day 2: 40 or 104 km/25 or 65 miles, plus hiking or boat trip.
Begin the day with a ferry to Woody Point and ride to Trout River for lunch overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. On the way, stop at the Discovery Centre, and take the steep one-hour hike up Partridgeberry Hill along the Lookout Trail. The summit offers some of the best panoramic views in the park, and moose are often sighted along the trail. Enroute to Trout River, you will pass the geological curiosity of the Tablelands, and can choose to explore them by boat or on foot. The afternoon is otherwise spent hiking along the coast on the Green Gardens trail, then returning to Woody Point for your water taxi across Bonne Bay, or taking a van transfer to Norris Point. If you want a long ride instead of hiking, you can ride the thrilling hills around the shore of Bonne Bay. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Neddie's Harbour Inn; or Sugar Hill Inn, Norris Point.

Day 3: 8-hour hike, 806 m/2645 ft elevation.
Hike to the top of Gros Morne Mountain, where caribou are sometimes seen atop the Long Range Mountains. This is a difficult eight-hour hike, rewarded (weather permitting) by phenomenal views over Ten-Mile Pond, the Long Range Mountains, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Return to your inn to freshen up before exploring independent dinner options in Rocky Harbour – a pretty community with gorgeous sunsets! Includes: (B), (L). Neddie's Harbour Inn; or Sugar Hill Inn, Norris Point.

Day 4: 88 km/55 miles plus boat trip.
Morning ride or van transfer north through Gros Morne to take a fascinating boat trip up the fjord at Western Brook Pond (in Newfoundland, even the largest lakes are usually called ponds). There is an optional afternoon hike on Cow Head, where an abundance of fossils provides a record of marine life through the ages, before cycling to Portland Creek. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Entente Cordiale, Portland Creek

Day 5: Up to 289 km/180 mile cycle (for most participants, this ride is vehicle assisted).
A very long ride today, assisted (we hope!) by the prevailing tailwind and the wide flat road leading you north. Most cyclists will accept a boost or two from the van, while others will be determined to complete the entire ride. Either way, you’ll rest well tonight following an evening of fresh local cuisine at your well appointed lodge in its fabulous wilderness setting, near the Hare Bay Islands Ecological Reserve. This superb retreat is well out of the way; be prepared to enjoy comfort in the northern wilderness!. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Tuckamore Lodge, Main Brook; or Quirpon Island Lighthouse, Quirpon.

Day 6: 80 km/50 miles.
Today you can choose to ride your bike from Main Brook to Saint Anthony, or enjoy a leisurely start lingering at your lodge a while before transferring by van. After an independent lunch you’ll transfer to Quirpon for a 45 minute boat trip along iceberg alley to your exceptional lodging in a lighthouse on a private island, with fantastic coastal trails, and wide views often filled with icebergs or whales. You may even find ruins of unexcavated Viking sod houses. Overall, this is a magical experience. Includes: (B), (D). Quirpon Island Lighthouse, Quirpon; or Tuckamore Lodge, Main Brook.

Day 7: Start early today with the profoundly stirring site of L'Anse aux Meadows, where Vikings landed more than five centuries before Columbus. Believed to be Lief Eriksson's Vinland of the Norse sagas, this is the site of the birth of the first European descendant in the New World: "Snorri". The archaeological and historical significance of L’Anse aux Meadows has earned it recognition by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site; it does not disappoint. You will hear sagas of ancient times and hardy people who sailed forbidding seas to inhabit this wild and beautiful place. A five hour van transfer arrives back in Deer Lake by 18:00. There are late afternoon flights from St. Anthony airport to St. John’s, as an oft-preferred alternative to taking the van back to Deer Lake. Includes: (B).

Supplemental Tour Information:
- Start: Deer Lake Motel 09:00.
- Finish: Deer Lake Motel, 18:00. Optional finish at St. Anthony airport.

Extend your stay: Fly to St. John's to visit the sights and sounds of this vibrant city or be the first person in North America to watch the sun rise at Cape Spear, or join our St. John's & Trinity Bike or Hike adventures. Add your own dates. Self Guided Dates: You choose! We confirm within 48 hours.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Guided Cost: $2695 (per person, includes 7 full days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, one fjord boat trip, entrance fees to National Park and Historic Site, van and guide support, luggage handling, maps and route notes)
- Self-Guided Cost: $2495 (per person, includes 7 full day, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, all essential ground transportation with an afternoon pick up on day 5, emergency on call support, maps and route notes).
- Single Occupancy: $645
- Bicycle Rental: Hybrid: $145; Racing: $195; Full Carbon Racing or Electric-assist: $265

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 13% sales tax applies, but a 50% refund will be applied for non-Canadians.