L'Anse from Meadows, Newfoundland

L'Anse from Meadows Newfoundland

L'Anse from Meadows - Viking settlement and fishing village

Even though the small town of L'Anse aux Meadows on the north-west coast of Newfoundland is best known for the world-famous archaeological site in which Helge Ingstad and his wife Anne Stine demonstrated that the Viking around the year AD 1000 had actually reached the coasts of North America, the fishing village is itself worth seeing. Time seems to stand still here. If you look at the film in the visitor center of the archaeological site, then this place is not yet accessible by car. In this documentary, Ingstad carries his wife and newly arrived helpers for the excavation work in 1960 on the back of small boats ashore. The archeologists, like the Vikings, still had to transport their equipment over the water.


L'Anse from Meadows
L'Anse from Meadows

The end of the world

Today, the place in the far northwest of Newfoundland is comfortable over the Viking Trail to reach the highway, which runs almost the entire length of Deer Lake along the coast northwards past small villages. Nevertheless, L'Anse from Meadows is still at the end of the world today. From the banks on which the fishermen's huts and the few houses of the fishermen are located, one looks across to Labrador, which can be seen well on the other side of the Strait of Belle Isle.


Red fisherman's hut
The wind blows here most of the year in L'Anse from Meadows
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Seagulls can be blown by the wind along the coast. Obviously, they lead a luscious life here, because on the beach we discover the remains of a lobster meal left behind by the winged predators of the coast: lobster clumps lie between washed pebbles on the shore.


L'Anse fisherman's hut from Meadows
Fishing is still an important source of income here
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Have a chat

In front of most of the houses, we see well maintained rowboats in the grass waiting to be let into the water by their owner for the next fish outing. We watch two fishermen mending their nets. For them it is a matter of course to leave their work short for a little chat with the strangers from overseas. They like to tell us what they are working on and show us how to do it.


Fisherman's kate L'Anse from Meadows
Fischerkate on the shores of L'Anse aux Meadows
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We don't see any women on our little tour of L'Anse from Meadows, but laundry flapping on a line in the wind testifies to their presence. Some of the fishermen's houses are pretty and imaginatively decorated and indicate that this is not a man's world. This place is pure paradise for children, as there are seldom cars that get lost here. Growing up here means freedom and plenty of space for discovery and adventure, without having to pay attention to the dangers and the hectic pace of the big city.


Norseman Restaurant L'Anse from Meadows
Norseman Restaurant, a tip for gourmets
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Have a good meal at L'Anse from Meadows

The bigger our surprise is in the only restaurant of the place, the Norseman restaurant, where we are spoiled with the culinary delicacies of the region. There are crepes with blueberry syrup and a seafood stew, where I'm still mouth watering and other delicious dishes. Our tip: do not stop for a lunch break when traveling to L'Anse aux Meadows on the way, but save your hunger for this restaurant. From the large windows of this simple log cabin, you can look out over the harbor of L'Anse aux Meadows to Labrador with a clear view while enjoying a good lunch.

If you have enough time to visit the two Viking attractions - the archaeological site and Norstead, a well-made Living History Museum -, tour the village, and enjoy a leisurely lunch at Norseman Restaurant, you should at least spend the night in L'Anse aux Meadows or surroundings in his journey through Newfoundland.

Source: own research on site

Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

L'Anse from Meadows, Newfoundland

Travel expert Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.