Part of the issue with room availability is everyone is Iceberg hunting. However, things will probably be settling down and there are two hotels that would be better picks. Hotel North appears to a chain hotel (we stayed in one in Labrador). Despite the blue warehouse exterior, the rooms were nice. There was a very posh (by Newfie standards) hotel called which ended with "Inn and Suites".You'd be able to spot it as each room had individual balconies and is located in the center of town! Another few options include an RV park about 16KMS south of St Anthony’s right on RT 430. There is also a provincial park on the road to the Viking landing.
On the topic of phones, we’ve had little luck with cell service. However, we did buy a $10 phone card a large city gas station. The card is only one cent per minute to connect, and has been the most reliable way to connect.
We had intended to start the day with an leisurely iceberg and whale watching excursion.
The boat was scheduled to leave at 0900, and after 2.5 hrs of waiting for the fog to lift was cancelled.
They also offer 1300, 1600 and 1800 boats (but all were booked for today). I would probably try for a 1300 or 1600 timeslot to avoid incoming/outgoing fog issues.
These flowers are all in bloom, despite some of them being early spring and late summer flowers.
Walking stones anyone?
Never mind, off to the Viking Landing and Iceberg hunting. We probably saw dozens of icebergs today. I was surprised that no two are the same. St Carol had probably the highest density of them. But there were also many on the coves to the Viking Landing. It is very strange though, the icebergs appear to create their own fog. In a matter of 10 mins, the harbor was crystal clear to completely fogged over (and the temperature would drop 5 degrees). Almost as quickly, the fog would cycle out. Afternoon is by far the best time to photograph icebergs. For one, the morning fog has lifted; for two the sun also provides definition to the iceberg surface.
This one is big, but it's hard to show perspective on film..
So many shapes and sizes