Ice to Meet You: Newfoundland Sees First 'Berg of Season

It's not uncommon for Ferryland to witness icebergs floating by as the town has a flawless view of the so-called "iceberg alley".

The towering iceberg floated into waters just next to Ferryland, Newfoundland, causing bumper-to-bumper traffic as tourists try to get a glimpse of it.

The event has has become a popular tourist attraction in Ferryland, Newfoundland, and other towns along "Iceberg Alley".

"It's a huge iceberg and it's in so close that people can get a good photograph of it", Mayor Adrian Kavanagh told the Canadian press.

"It's the biggest one I (have) ever seen around here", he added.

The town is an hour south of capital city St. John's, and cars were bumper-to-bumper over the weekend as people flocked to the town to see the iceberg.

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Kavanagh said he's hearing that the wind could pick up and that could mean more icebergs brushing by his town.

The International Ice Patrol said 648 icebergs have been seen in the trans-Atlantic shipping lanes as of this week. Another local estimated the iceberg's highest point is roughly 150 feet.

Experts are attributing it to uncommonly strong counter-clockwise winds that are drawing the icebergs south, and perhaps also global warming, which is accelerating the process by which chunks of the Greenland ice sheet break off and float away. That's compared to an average 212 icebergs during that period in a typical year.

The area of Canada's east coast by Newfoundland and Labrador is known as Iceberg Alley due to the large number of the 10,000-year-old glacial giants which drift down from the arctic each spring.

This particular iceberg has taken up residence and it looks like it's here to stay.

  • Megan Austin