Arrive in St. Johns July 24, 2021, by 5PM
Depart from St. Johns July 30, 2021, after 1PM
July 24, 2021 – Day One
Arrive in St. Johns, Newfoundland and meet everyone at the hotel in St. Johns. Your arrival should be before 5pm. We will meet for a group dinner and discuss the itinerary for the week.
July 25, 2021 – Day Two
This morning we’ll be up early to head south for a sunrise photo shoot at Cape Spear Lighthouse. Stark white Cape Spear Lighthouse pierces a sky swirling with seabirds atop a craggy headland. It overlooks a vast expanse of indigo ocean where glittering processions of icebergs glide by, Humpback whales breach and pods of porpoises send misty spouts into the Atlantic air. On North America’s easternmost point of land, historic Cape Spear Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador, offers a glimpse into the lives of 19th-century lighthouse keepers and their families.
In the afternoon we will photograph the historic waterfront area of St. John’s. You will be amazed as you watch massive cargo vessels glide past the Jelly Bean Houses that dot the cliffs about the bustling harbor.
July 26, 2021 – Day Three
Today we will drive north and explore the many seaside villages and lighthouses on our way to Bonavista Peninsula.
Photo opportunities may include the abandoned fishing village in Tickle Cove, the Red Cliff and the lighthouse at Kings Cove. If all goes as expected, we should also have a great day with the icebergs drifting offshore!
July 27, 2021 – Day Four
Today is about the icebergs, the Bald Eagles, and the awe-inspiring Humpback Whales. Whale watching is one of the most exciting activities you may ever experience but beware—you may get ‘hooked’ for life! You will be amazed by these “gentle giants” as we watch them feed, play, and migrate through our study area around the Bonavista Peninsula (the historical Heritage sites of Trinity and Bonavista are in the area). Jeff and Kevin are dedicated to showing you the best whales that in the North Atlantic has to offer including fin, humpback, sperm, minke, and pilot whales and, although rare, orcas too.
You may expect to see various species of dolphins and porpoises, eagles, and pelagic seabirds including puffins and northern gannets. We hope that you will walk off the boat feeling educated and enlightened by the experience with memory cards full.
In the afternoon we will head to Elliston to see the home to the Atlantic Puffin and has one of the closest land views of puffins in North America. The Atlantic Puffin is one of four species of puffins and is the only one that lives in the North Atlantic Ocean. Elliston has approximately 300 nesting pairs at Elliston Point and about 1,000 pairs on Bird Island.
July 28, 2021 – Day Five
In the morning we will head out again on another private boat tour to photograph whales and icebergs in the same locations as we did the day prior.
From there we will photograph more puffins, you can never get enough puffin photos!
July 29, 2021 – Day Six
It’s a sunrise photo shoot at Cape Bonavista to photograph the lighthouses and rugged shorelines. The lighthouse at Cape Bonavista was built in 1843 and is one of the few in the world where you can still climb the stone tower and see the same seal oil-fueled catoptric light apparatus from the 1800s. Experience a light keeper’s day in 1870—a 24/7 job of polishing glass, filling oil lamps, recording weather patterns, and watching the waves from one of the most rugged points in Newfoundland.
In the afternoon we visit Skerwink Trail. The Skerwink Trail loop skirts the north and south coasts of Skerwink Head, a rocky peninsula that separates Trinity’s harbor from Port Rexton’s. The coastal area is formed of sedimentary rock (much of it sandstone), its exposed stone profile has been shaped by the pounding it takes from the Atlantic. Notable photo opportunities are the sea stacks and extremely rugged shoreline with pounding surf. Late in the day, we head to Elliston to photograph the nesting puffins once again before we head to Trinity for one last private whale and iceberg tour to finish our day.
July 30, 2021 – Day Seven
After a hearty breakfast and an early departure, we will leisurely make our way back to St. John’s for your outbound flights. Plan to depart after 1 PM.
A note about the itinerary, the itinerary above is what we will strive to show you. Weather and other things outside our control may make us move things around, last year we did a complete flip of the schedule and went north first. So don’t panic, any changes are made with your best interests at heart.