Is Newfoundland the Next Iceland?

The island has much of Iceland's allure, and a lot fewer tourists.

Town of Francois on the South Cost of Newfoundland. (Getty Images)
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Tourism to Iceland has reached meteoric heights over the past decade. It is one of the fastest-growing destinations in the world, and the number of foreign visitors to the Nordic nation topped 2 million in 2017, which is six times greater than the country’s total population, reports CNN. The country is beautiful, and the tourism is well-deserved. But 1,500 miles to the southwest sits Newfoundland. It is just as beautiful, and equally remote, but is often overlooked by travelers. The wind-blown but colorful Virginia-sized island of Canada could easily pass as offspring of Norway and Scotland, according to CNN. 

Newfoundland is home to the most fantastic fjord in North America. It has the first Viking settlement on the continent, stunning hiking trails, year-round sea encounters and mouth-watering cuisine. You can also easily get around the island with a car, and you won’t be as bogged down by other tourists — only 100,000 visitors per year are foreign out of the half million annual tourists that visit the province. There is also a high possibility of whale sightings, or puffin and other birth sightings. And you can hear 10,000-year-old iceberg hiss, crackle and pop.

Newfoundland may not be the new Iceland, but maybe that’s better — you get to visit a breathtaking place without fighting other tourists for space.

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