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L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Discovery is a fearless pursuit. Certainly, this was the case when the Vikings, the first Europeans recorded to reach the new world, landed at L'Anse aux Meadows.

Norse Sagas had spoken of it for centuries. But whether it was merely myth or folklore had always been debated. That is, of course, until the discovery of a small cloak pin in 1968 by archaeologists Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad. This and subsequent archaeological discoveries proved Leif Erickson and crews of Norse explorers settled here in Newfoundland and Labrador (or Vinland as they called it) over a thousand years ago.

In 1978, L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site became part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites as the first and only authenticated Norse site in North America.

Today, your visit will transport you back to where Vikings once stood. Perched on the tip of the Viking Trail, it's a place where mystery mingles with the light and washes over the strange, captivating landscape.

Just two kilometres down the road from the L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site is Norstead, a recreated Viking port of trade. Here you can challenge yourself with a traditional Norse game. Learn to throw an axe, spin yarn, or take a pottery lesson. The foods, crafts, and popular summer Norstead Theatre Festival will capture your senses. You can also step aboard Snorri, a replica of the Viking ship that retraced Erickson's course from Greenland to the Meadows.

Lanse aux Meadows

A thousand years after the Vikings landing, this is a place where discoveries still happen every day. Some, as small as a continent. Others, as big as your sense of adventure.

Getting Here:

You'll find L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site at the end of The Viking Trail Route 430 on the most northerly tip of the island of Newfoundland, only 51 kilometres from the St. Anthony airport.

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Parks Canada - L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site of Canada

Starting at $2190 Per Person
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An escorted vacation of Newfoundland and Labrador conducted by a local guide. Visit the coast of Labrador, the Viking Villages in L’Anse aux Meadows, Gros Morne National Park and Red Bay – all UNESCO World Heritage sites. View icebergs & whales, walk the spectacular coastlines and meet the people of the quaint fishing villages along our north and western coasts. Your local host will regale you with our vibrant history, ecology, culture, language and songs from this unique corner of the planet.
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $3300 Per Person
Multi-region
Visit three dramatic UNESCO sites at Gros Morne, Red Bay and L'Anse aux Meadows. Take a week to savour the spectacles and stories of southern Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Meet the locals and see the sites. Look for whales and icebergs - leader Mark Tsang captured this photo on tour - no Photoshop! Enjoy delicious local seafood and wild subarctic berries. North America’s most diverse archaeological adventure features comfortable hotels, welcoming hosts, and some walking on the wild side.
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Wildland Tours

Starting at $1079 Per Person
Multi-region
Explore Newfoundland and Labrador’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Gros Morne National Park, L’Anse aux Meadows and Red Bay, along with many other natural jewels in Western Newfoundland and Southern Labrador.

Your self-drive adventure includes expert travel advice, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, 2-day Gros Morne park pass, whale-watching boat tour, and admission to L’Anse aux Meadows and Red Bay National Historic Site.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $987 Per Person
A comprehensive 7 night self driving itinerary of Western NL. Offering the chance to experience the best of what Western Newfoundland has to offer. Expect to see UNESCO world heritage sites, spectacular Gros Morne National Park, rugged coastlines, as well as an abundance of wildlife.

Value Add - To celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday - enjoy complimentary entrance to All National Park Sites!

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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $22 Per Person
Raise your glass with a Viking for an evening of heroic and tragic tales from the Viking Sagas at the only authenticated Norse site in North America. Let the kitchen fire warm you as our Viking interpreters lead you on an expedition of adventure and exploration through storytelling. You will be immersed in Norse culture and given a small taste of Vinland through story and song.
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L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Starting at $55 Per Person
As spectacular as icebergs and whales are from the shore, nothing compares to immersing yourself in their presence, up close and from the water. You’ll be awestruck by their astounding scale as you join us in search of the perfect photo! As we explore the waters around L’Anse Aux Meadows and Quirpon Island, you will learn about the many shipwrecks, deep history and numerous natural attractions of the area. We set sail from the dock in Quirpon, near the Viking site at L’Anse Aux Meadows.
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Linkum Tours

Starting at $280 Per Person
From our base at Marble Inn Resort we help small groups and families touring Western Newfoundland and southern Labrador. Our travel advisors will create a customized itinerary unique to your travel plans and interests. Travel in style in a chauffeured Mercedes Sprinter Van. Add an experienced guide to provide interpretation and support you may need along the way. See Western Newfoundland and Labrador in style.
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Marble Inn Resort

Starting at $2900 Per Person
This tour is for those seeking a little more activity in their exploration of the best walking & kayaking in Newfoundland. Boasting scenery & trails that are known worldwide! Your time on the water is with the highest concentration of icebergs & whales in the world. When we travel the world, the only thing that vies for top priority over our adventures – food. The food & culture are inextricably linked & this is your chance to experience the both. Top it off - a comfy bed in a beautiful setting!
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Linkum Tours

Starting at $625 Per Couple
Enjoy a self-guided tour to L'Anse aux Meadows - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This archaeological site and centre offers history, exhibits and reconstructions of three Norse buildings and Norstead, a Viking Port of Trade. Take in Sagas and Shadows, an evening of Heroic and Tragic tales from Viking Sagas. Captured by the Vikings includes local game food at Tuckamore Lodge and Norseman's Cafe. Package includes: 2-nights' accommodation and meals.
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Tuckamore Lodge Ltd.

Starting at $600 Per Person
This tour brings you north where you are most likely to find 'bergs late into the season. The colder waters can play host to these impressive structures throughout August & into September. They are often in view from our Lighthouse Inn, making iceberg gazing while drinking your morning coffee, a common occurrence. That being said, there is nothing like viewing from the water, up close by zodiac & tour boat. Spotting these giants is never guaranteed but we promise you'll find adventure trying!
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Linkum Tours

Starting at $299 Per Couple
Stay at the newly renovated Valhalla B&B in Gunners Cove, where the novel the Shipping News was written. Dine like a Viking and eat gourmet style by one of Newfoundland's greatest chefs. Listen to authentic Viking music, played live as you watch whales frolic around the icebergs, as the sunset over the ocean. Dinner for two at the Norseman valued at $150, free entrance to UNESCO Viking Site, 1 night accommodation, 2 passes to Norstead Viking Village, free copy of owners famous book.
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Valhalla B&B and the Norseman Restaurant

 

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