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Why photographers love Newfoundland

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People always ask me what keeps taking me back to Newfoundland. Here are a few reasons that I think Newfoundland is so special.

The Seabird Colonies

Newfoundland is a paradise for bird photographers, offering a spectacle of seabirds that is simply unparalleled. Imagine standing just 10 meters away from one of the world’s most accessible seabird colonies at Cape St. Mary’s. Here, 30,000 Northern Gannets, and thousands of Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common Murres, and Thick-billed Murres create a breathtaking tapestry of avian life during the breeding season. Additionally, the cliffs are home to more than 100 pairs of Razorbills and over 60 pairs of Black Guillemots, with Double-crested and Great Cormorants and Northern Fulmars adding to the diversity.

The most thrilling part? All of this can be seen from land, up close and personal. Bird Rock, a 100-meter-tall sandstone stack, hosts thousands of Northern Gannets performing their intricate courtship rituals, nesting, feeding, and soaring with grace. This natural cliff-top viewing area offers an intimate glimpse into their lives, even on misty days, making it a photographer’s dream come true.

And let’s not forget the puffins! With an unprecedented number of Atlantic Puffins, Newfoundland’s east coast is arguably the best place in the world to capture these charming birds. Whether they’re gliding through the air, nesting, or strutting along the cliffs, puffins offer endless photographic opportunities that will leave you spellbound.

Marine Life

But the excitement doesn’t stop with the birds. Newfoundland’s waters are teeming with life, making it a hotspot for marine photography. From June to September, whales, orcas, dolphins, and even leaping tuna transform the coast into a vibrant aquatic playground. Imagine the thrill of photographing these majestic creatures from both land and chartered boats, capturing their awe-inspiring size and playful antics as they frolic in the waves.

Other wildlife in Newfoundland

As a bonus on our wildlife tours, there is always a chance to see moose, black bears, caribou, and a variety of red foxes along our journeys in Newfoundland.

Landscape Photographers

For landscape photographers, we have a second tour focusing on Lighthouses, seascapes, and icebergs. There are also some opportunities to spot wildlife on this trip.

Lighthouses and Seascapes

With over 29,000 kilometers of twisting coastline laden with submerged rocks, hidden inlets, and monolithic icebergs, it’s little wonder that Newfoundland and Labrador has several hundred navigational lights clinging to its craggy shores. For centuries, explorers navigated our coastline without using the help of GPS, the Coast Guard, motors, or even electricity. They counted on the lighthouses and their keepers for guidance in the thickest fog and darkest night.

Despite their candy cane appearance at times, the image of these vigilant, solitary guardians is a romantic one. Perhaps it’s the sense of mystery they evoke or the connection to shipwrecks and long voyages over water. Maybe it’s simply the incredible view. But whatever the reason, people are drawn to these structures almost magnetically. And nowhere is this feeling better captured than in Newfoundland and Labrador, where the beauty and peril of its dramatic coastline exist side by side.

Fortunately for those who follow the light, this place has plenty. There are so many lighthouses in Newfoundland and Labrador it’s impossible to list them all, but we know the most photogenic ones to take you to.

Icebergs

Iceberg Alley stretches from the coast of Labrador to the southeast coast of the island of Newfoundland. From north to south, here are some of the more popular places to spot icebergs from shore or tour boats: St. Lewis, Battle Harbour, Red Bay, Point Amour, St. Anthony, La Scie, Twillingate, Fogo Island, Change Islands, Bonavista, St. John’s / Cape Spear, and Bay Bulls / Witless Bay. All of these locations are accessible by road. The first four are on the coast of southern Labrador and can be accessed by car ferry from the island of Newfoundland year-round—the further north, the longer the iceberg season.

Newfoundland is a photographer’s dream, where the extraordinary happens all at once. Picture this: whales breaching the surface, seabirds soaring above, and majestic icebergs drifting by, all converging in a single, breathtaking scene. This is the magic of Newfoundland, one of the few places in the world where you can witness these incredible natural wonders simultaneously.

As the whales and seabirds migrate north and the icebergs sail south, the stage is set for an unparalleled photographic experience. The interplay of these magnificent creatures and the stunning landscapes creates a spectacle that changes each year, offering new and exciting opportunities for every visit.

Please consider joining us on one of our Newfoundland tour. You can see those tours here.

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