Look out into the North Atlantic. This is iceberg central. Hundreds of these ancient, pressure formed ice sculptures ride the Labrador Current all the way to the shores of Newfoundland. The sight alone of these gleaming crystal towers against a sapphire blue sky and sea is worth the trip.


Icebergs are mammoth ice castles that dot the shores of Elliston each May and June and can sometimes be seen well into July. These frozen monoliths break away from Greenland glaciers and make their lazy, year long journey at about 0.7 km/h through Davis Strait and along the Labrador Current. A number of them make their way to the shores of Elliston.

As the bergs come into contact with our warmer coastal waters, it begins to melt. During this melting process, icebergs take on spectacular shapes. Those various shapes and natural sculptures are the delight of any photographer. Around 85 percent of an iceberg is hidden under the water. Today, iceberg water is very popular as a drink and some of Newfoundland’s finest liquors incorporate iceberg water.