Newfoundland was one of the first parts of the Americas to feel the footfall of Europeans, having been supposedly discovered by the great Norse adventurer Leif Erikson around 1000 year ago. Before that it was also inhabited by indigenous Americans. Today, Newfoundland and Labrador attract tourists with a fascinating blend of wilderness and culture. With 29,000 kilometers of coastline, the Atlantic waters are a huge draw card for visitors on a getaway. Newfoundland and Labrador is famous for the humpback whales that come to frolic in the waters and chase krill fish each summer. Locals and tourists alike are treated to the wondrous site of the whales putting on a sensational display of water acrobatics. Another water attraction that astounds visitors are the icebergs jutting out of the Atlantic waters. The icebergs were formed tens of thousands of years ago, and tours are available from the mainland to take visitors around the megalithic ice.
Besides the incredible natural resources of Newfoundland and Labrador, there are also two UNESCO World Heritage sites within the province: Gros Morne National Park and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Every visitor to the province must visit L’Anse aux Meadows, where you can see the ancient Norse Sod buildings. There are many other historic sites in the province, including the 18th century abandoned Moravian buildings in Hopedale and Hebron. Between the natural and historic sites of Newfoundland and Labrador and a stay at one of Vayama.com’s many budget hotels, you are assured of a fantastic getaway.
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