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Iceberg Alley
Ilka Bauer

In spring and early summer, the southern coast of Labrador and eastern coast of Newfoundland offer
a spectacular sight. Visit places like Battle Harbour,
St. Anthony, Twillingate, or Cape Spear, then sit on shore or go out by boat to watch icebergs calved from Greenland glaciers traveling south on the Labrador Current. If you are lucky, you may see some whales as well.

The locals use the ice for water, vodka, and beer, and while icebergs melt as they travel south, some are carried far enough to interfere with trans-Atlantic shipping lanes. In April 1912, one of them collided with the Titanic 400 miles south of Newfoundland.

Today, icebergs are carefully monitored, and you can follow them on-line to help plan your visit. 

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