The Viking Trail is a 489 km (304 mile) scenic travel route in the eastern-most Canadian Atlantic province of Newfoundland & Labrador. It extends along the ‘Great Northern Peninsula’ on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland, crosses the Strait of Belle Isle (by ferry) and continues northward along the coast of Labrador.
It is 489 kms or 304 miles long. It begins at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 430 just outside of Deer Lake and follows Hwy 430 through Gros Morne National Park mostly following the coastline up to St. Anthony.
Archeological digs reveals that over 1,000 years ago Vikings settled the area around L’Anse aux Meadows.
Let’s let the good folks at the official Newfoundland & Labrador tourism department tell you:
“A car cruising the Viking Trail is really a time machine that takes you to the beginnings of our planet, ancient native burial grounds, and the thousand-year-old Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Viking Trail is one of those rare places on the planet that transcends the hype and stirs the deepest of emotions. You will travel through wooded valleys, over mountains and along a windswept seacoast. This tour can take from two to ten days, and you should relax and soak it up, for time will move gently, urging side trips to fjords and falls, sand dunes and fields of wildflowers.”