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Twillingate Newfoundland - At the wild coast

Rough rock cliffs in front of Twillingate Newfoundland
Rough rock cliffs in front of Twillingate Newfoundland

On the wild coast in front of Twillingate Newfoundland

There are places where you feel like in another world. Twillingate Newfoundland is one of them. There, where man hardly has anything left to say. Where nature takes over the regiment. There, where the elements determine the event. In a place where the wind is dragging ancient stones. Where waves that can accumulate over thousands of kilometers of force break on steep cliffs. In a landscape where only water, wind and waves have anything to do with the hard rock of the cliffs. There are not many such places, but those that exist will remain in your memory. There you can see how much man is only a marginal phenomenon in the earth. The coastal landscape off Twillingate in Newfoundland is one such place.



Nature is still present in its original form in such places on earth. Even animals rarely show up and seem to prefer other areas. Anyway, we see on our trip along the coast before Twillingate only a few birds and a single minke whale, which shows us briefly. He makes himself quickly back off and disappears again from our field of vision. It's almost as if they are avoiding this harsh landscape.


Surf in front of Twillingate Newfoundland
Surf in front of Twillingate


Icebergs in July - Nil

Actually, we had hoped to see another iceberg or some chunks of ice off the coast that drift from the Arctic into these waters during the spring months. But with temperatures moving between 25 and 30 degrees in July, we quickly realize that our chances are slim. Therefore, we expect little spectacular from our boat trip off the Atlantic coast at Twillingate in Newfoundland.

But how foolish we are, shows up as soon as we leave the harbor bay of Twillingate. We have the little nutshell almost for us alone, which transports us on a sunny afternoon out into the open Atlantic. The mere thought that there is nothing between us and the west coast of Ireland as thousands of kilometers of water, earns me proper respect. I'm glad for the sunny weather and the light breeze blowing in from the sea, and I hope that stays that way during our boat trip.


Hole in the rock cliffs in front of Twillingate Newfoundland
Hole in the rock cliffs in front of Twillingate


Rough Beauty - The cliffs in front of Twillingate Newfoundland

What I did not expect was the wild and rugged beauty of the cliffs that extend south of the harbor entrance to Twillingate. Without any sign of human habitation, the rock walls reach south as far as the eye can see - high and jagged. I feel like the only person in the world. An intoxicating feeling. No wonder we are on the boat of Iceberg Quest except for another couple from Ontario, the only ones who open this summer in these waters.

It's high season in Newfoundland. We have all this beauty and breathtaking nature to ourselves and experience a world in the IMAX format. Imposing cliffs with crags shaped by wind and waves, rock outcrops, through which we look out over the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and a primeval landscape, as you rarely see.


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Alone in a wild nature

Apart from a few seagulls and a minke whale, no wildlife is showing up, which reinforces my sense of being one of the few creatures that invigorate this region. So, the first pioneers on this coast must have felt, and I can sympathize with what a big step the relocation to this wild island must have been for the first immigrants. There are compelling reasons to leave home and settle in such inhospitable areas. With such thoughts in mind we finally reach the protective harbor of Twillingate, impressed by a boat trip along the wild cliffs of Newfoundland, which gave us more than we expected.


Ship boy on board
Ship boy on board


We were with the Boat of Iceberg Quest on the way on this tour. In the summer there are departures to 9.30, 13.00, 16.00 and 19.00 clock. Departures are limited at the beginning and end of the season, so reservations are required.

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Source: own research on site. We thank you Newfoundland Labrador Tourism for the invitation to this research trip. Our opinion remains untouched.

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

Updated on 7.5.2019


  1. Travel Anne
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    How nice - you also experienced the wild Newfoundland! We also missed the icebergs. Next time we drive better in the spring.
    Greetings from Sanne

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs
      | Reply

      Dear Sanne,

      Yes, the island impressed us a lot, even though we only saw an almost melted iceberg at St. Anthony's. But the wildflowers were absolutely terrific. We have never seen such wildflower meadows as in Newfoundland. You just can not have both at the same time.

      Best regards,

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