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Move over Iceland: Newfoundland has our next Instagram-worthy destination covered

With mountains, fjords and its own 'Iceberg Alley', these spots are as picturesque as they come.

With mountains, fjords and its own 'Iceberg Alley', these spots are as picturesque as they come

(All photography by Alexa Cude)

If you've spent your share of time on Instagram lately, you might feel like your next epic adventure can only be found in a remote location densely populated with pins and geotags on your phone's screen — Skogafoss, Iceland, we're looking at you. In reality, beautiful landscapes are everywhere and Atlantic Canada's own Newfoundland is here to prove that some of the best sights yet to be "discovered" are closer to home than you ever imagined.

The view of Table Mountain just off the Port-aux-Basques ferry
Another view of the Table Mountain region from the Trans-Canada Highway
If you've got the time, consider actually getting to Newfoundland via ferry. Starting your adventure with a sea-crossing is a beautiful way to arrive. Within minutes of deboarding the Port-aux-Basques ferry, you'll have your breath taken away by your first taste of Newfoundland's majestic landscapes. The first mountain you'll see on your trip is Table Mountain which is followed by a long chain of mountains running along the Trans-Canada Highway with elevations of over 1700 feet above sea level. Often cloaked in fog, these mountains make for an amazing photo op. Plus there are rest stops and trails along the side of the road to make getting your perfect shot even more enjoyable.

Snowcapped Wood’s Island seen from the base of the Blow-Me-Down Mountains

Copper Mine Falls, accessible from a 0.5 kilometre hiking trail
Ice melting off the coast of the Trans-Canada Highway near Corner Brook
The base of Steady Brook Falls, dropping an epic 60m from a forested hill above

The drive along the west coast of Newfoundland offers plenty more Instagram-worthy photo stops without having to look too hard. Even in the spring, mountains and coastlines remain dusted with picture-perfect snow. Waterfalls are also plentiful — if you know where to look for them. Your best bet is to ask the locals for their suggestions.

A small island in the Bonavista region
The rocky shores off of Bonavista Lighthouse
A small iceberg off the coast of Twilingate
Cape Bonavista Lighthouse site, established in the 1800s
Black rock beaches near the historic Ferryland Lighthouse

If icebergs are what you're after, you'll want to visit the north-eastern coast of Newfoundland anytime from late April to late June. Every spring, glacial giants break off the glaciers of Greenland and Canada's Arctic and can be seen from various points across the island. Icebergs are so plentiful here that the stretch of sea from Labrador to the southeast of Newfoundland has been nicknamed "Iceberg Alley". For those eager to chase icebergs, various trackers can be found online, but you'll have just as much luck — if not more — stopping for a coffee and again, asking one of the locals for any recent sightings. Although it was only mid-April when these photos were taken, there were already baby bergs to be found, with the most luck to be had in scenic Bonavista. On top of the potential for iceberg sightings, this area also has you covered if you're looking for picturesque fishing villages, lighthouses or dramatic black beaches.

Pack ice off Seldom Harbour on Fogo Island
A studio on Fogo Island
Water conditions from the Fogo Island ferry
Sunset on Fogo Island

Not far from Bonavista is the Fogo Island region — another hotbed for iceberg activity, but equally worth visiting any time of year for its modern architecture and stunning sunsets. Fogo Island is an island off an island and can only be reached by a ferry which runs twice daily. This remote location is also believed to be one of the four corners of the Earth by The Flat Earth Society! Standing on its rocky shores looking out at the vast sea surrounding the chain of islands, this otherwise far-fetched theory might not seem like too much of a stretch of the imagination.

View from Lobster Cove Head, Gros Morne
Sunset seen from Lobster Cove Head, Gros Morne

A drive through Newfoundland wouldn't be complete without stopping at Gros Morne, the most iconic of the province's three national parks, with its sweeping mountains, the world's only freshwater fjord and a wealth of wildlife. A lot of the major attractions, such as the Western Brook Pond Tour and the Gros Morne Mountain Trail, are closed for the season, which seems like the perfect excuse to come back in warmer weather. Even in its off-season Gros Morne offers plenty of views and challenging hikes.

The departure point for boat tours through Gros Morne’s fjord from Western Brook Pond

Alexa Cude is a professionally trained photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A recent university graduate, Alexa has wasted no time building a portfolio of clean, modern images for a variety of clients with a focus on lifestyle and adventure content. To see more of Alexa's professional work head to www.alexacude.com and keep up with her personal projects on Instagram.

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