L'Anse aux Meadows is the only confirmed Norse settlement site in North America. The site was excavated in the 1960s, designated a National Historic Site in 1968 and then a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The remains of eight buildings, along with artifacts such as wood debris, personal items and iron nails, led archaeologists to conclude Vikings settled here about a thousand years ago, for about a decade, and most likely used this temporary settlement as a base for exploration along the east coast of North America.
After Zodiac excursions in Placentia Bay and Aviron Bay, we looked forward to going ashore for a short hike in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The easy Lookout Trail was a great introduction to this fascinating part of Canada.
Our first couple of days aboard the RCGS Resolute for One Ocean's Labrador and Torngat Mountains Explorer cruise took us to places that were not on the published itinerary. What a treat to get to places expedition cruises rarely venture! In fact our second Zodiac excursion was one of the scenic highlights of our trip!
Placentia Bay was not on the published itinerary for our 11-day Labrador and Torngat Mountains expedition cruise, but we appreciated the true expedition experience, including the opportunity to witness an at-sea bunkering operation and meet one of the residents of tiny Fox Harbour, NL.