hi Peeter P, sounds like you had a great daytrip in Newfoundland! I very much like your "irish loop" that you describe. Did you rent a car? how did you get to Witless Bay for the boat tour? After the boat tour, did you hike from Witless Bay to Mobile? Did you take a taxi from Mobile to Ferryland (was Molly your taxi driver?)? We are 2 adults and 2 kids. I think recreating your daytrip would be perfect for us - just need to better understand your logistics. THanks! Tanya
We rented a car at the airport and we did that in advance of our arrival. There is a Newfoundland Tourism office at the airport that will tell you where the most recent icebergs are and give you directions. It's very easy to get around there and you can rent a vehicle with GPS. The downtown core is easily walkable.
We did the boat tour called Gatheralls (family owned business) and the departure is Bay Bulls, just 1/2 hr south of St. Johns. A very cool iceberg was very close to the bay and in the vicinity of small rocky islands where lots of birds nest as well as Puffins. It was an extremely windy day where some gusts of winds would ram up your nostrils and make it hard to breathe through your nose. That only served to make the Puffins fly higher than normal:) Dress warm! I wore a jean jacket with a light down jacket with hood and gloves. If you have a thin touque that would work well to keep the hair from flying all around. It makes it tough to walk around on the boat but staff is there to assist you and overall it was a memorable part of our trip! A beautiful young gal that is the niece of the owner sang some local tunes for us which made it quite fun!
The hike we did was just north of St. Johns in the area of Middle Cove and Upper cove. It was just a 15 min hike in from the parking lot. Again, ask at the Tourism office regarding hikes as there are many and varied. This hike was not to strenuous but you could hike up the hill higher once you're at the coastal area if you want more of a challenge.
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