Sleep in a Lighthouse

The 4-star Quirpon Island Lighthouse Hotel perches you right alongside migrating whales and floating icebergs. On its rocky, mossy and barren island, the lighthouse is exposed to the storms and winds of the Atlantic. Ride them out in the dining room with some hot chocolate and home-made bakeapple pie, safe with the knowledge that lighthouses are built to survive hurricane-force gales and monster waves.


Length of Trip : 1-2 nights or longer

Cost : Contact Quirpon Island for the latest rates. Includes boat transfers to and from the lighthouse, and all meals

Best time to go : The Lighthouse is open May to September

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : Your rate includes home-made dinners. There are several restaurants located on the Viking Trail, usually serving fresh seafood.

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Where to Stay : Quirpon Island Lighthouse

Getting There : The lighthouse is located on Quirpon Island at the northernmost tip of Newfoundland: follow the signs to Quirpon on the Viking Trail, 5 km before L' Anse aux Meadows. Quirpon is tiny and you’ll be able to find the dock easy.

Note from Robin : The Lighthouse has been upgraded to 4-stars by Canada Select, with additional boardwalks, and private bathrooms. Hiking along the island is a great way to find views of icebergs and whales. Quirpon Island is also featured as part of Great Canadian Trail's 3-day Vikings, Whales and Icebergs itinerary.



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Vikings Whales and Icebergs

Quirpon (pronounced kar-poon) offers a unique island experience at a 1922 light-keeper's home on the shores of Iceberg Alley. Fully restored, the Lighthouse Inn features ten beautiful rooms at the base of a still-operating lighthouse and is a Registered Heritage Building. Located off the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, this is the province's best location for viewing icebergs as the Labrador Current carries them south. Quirpon Island has never failed to have icebergs in July and boasts the longest iceberg-viewing season in Newfoundland, with most years seeing icebergs into late August and the last melting in the fall during a good year. Whales are constant companions off its shores, often coming close enough to the rocks to be touched. Whale experts ascribe this phenomenon to the underwater topography and ample food supply. In addition to Humpbacks and Minke - the presence of which is virtually inevitable - you may spot as many as 27 more species, including Orca, which are being spotted with increasing frequency around the Island despite becoming a rarer sight elsewhere in Newfoundland. Located just north of the only viking site in North America, your stay includes a visit to L'Anse aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as road and boat transfers to and from St. Anthony. Accessed by regular flights from St. John's and by road via the Viking Trail highway from Deer Lake/Gros Morne, this is a fantastic way to top off your trip to 'The Rock'.

With daily departures from end of May through mid-September, this trip includes:

• 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
• 2 nights double room with private facilities
• Local hosts to guide day trips
• Ground transfers in St. Anthony
• Ferry to/from Quirpon Island
• Zodiac tour
• Entry fees to L'Anse aux Meadows and Grenfell Historic Site

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