Iceberg Alley

I have to be honest. I never had much interest in icebergs…those massive chunks of ancient ice that break off polar glaciers each year and slowly make their way south to our waters. At worst they are a hazard to ships (Titanic for example!) and oil rigs, and at best they are the main ingredient in Quidi Vidi Brewery’s wonderful Iceberg Beer.

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On a tour of Quidi Vidi Brewery a few years ago. Mmmmmm….Iceberg

I’m aware of the fact that tourists go mad for icebergs though, and apparently this spring has brought a bumper crop of the things. My iceberg-filled Facebook and Twitter feeds have planted a seed of interest and pushed me to do a little research, and I thought I’d share some cool facts about icebergs:

  • Icebergs are from 10,000-20,000 years old. To put that in perspective, keep in mind that the human race were still hunter-gatherer “cave” people at that point in time.
  • Icebergs bits are completely safe to consume, as they are made from the purest water on earth.
  • About 90% of an iceberg is under water, hence the phrase “just the tip of the iceberg”.
  • Every year roughly 40,000 icebergs calve from the Greenland glaciers. Of this number, only about 400-800 make it to Newfoundland waters.
  • Icebergs weigh about 100,000 tonnes!

Icebergs served a great purpose this past weekend: they gave us a reason to go for a ride. Here’s some pictures from our “Berg Hunt”! If you want to see more professional pictures, search #nlwx on Twitter, or check out CBC’s photo gallery here.

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Bikes and ‘Bergs in Torbay

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Two icebergs, and the Bell Island ferry.

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A tour boat in Witless Bay gives people a closer look.

 

 

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Posted on May 14, 2014, in Roads of Newfoundland and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I had a mainlander ask me once if the iceberg in the bay was a painted rock. 🙂

  2. Krista:

    Looks like you are having a good time.

    It’s just one of those things. You see icebergs all the time so you don’t realize how desirable they are. We have mountains all around us so It’s no big deal but it is to someone from Flatistan

    Still cold where you are but glad to see you have already started your riding season

    bob
    A weekend photographer or Riding the Wet Coast

    • Hi Bob, you’re totally right. It’s hard to fully appreciate the things that we see everyday. I try to step back sometimes and look at things as if I was looking at them for the first time. And yes, it’s still rather cold here, but as long as it’s dry you can dress for it!

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