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Get close (but not too close) to glaciers in the North Atlantic

Kayaking near icebergs in Newfoundland.

Darryl Leniuk for The Globe and Mail

What's the deal?

Get up close to an iceberg.

Where's it at?

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Each year, about 40,000 icebergs calve off the glaciers of western Greenland, but only a few hundred make it as far south as Newfoundland. The best time to spot them is in the early summer months, when they ghost the Rock's northeast coast. An average berg is about the size of a 15-storey building, with seven-eights of it below the surface. The contrast of these impossibly white behemoths against the tenebrous North Atlantic is jaw-dropping and a huge attraction for nature photographers. But when cruising by icebergs, bigger boats aren't always better . The best way to appreciate their brilliance and grandeur is from a sea kayak.

Book a trip with Coastal Adventures ( and paddle the bergs near the town of Twillingate. You'll see myriad shapes, textures and shades of blue and realize you're bobbing beside a hunk of 15,000-year-old glacier. But don't get too close; they're highly unstable, and known to roll over and break up without warning. Your guide will suss out a safe distance and all you will need to worry about is getting the right exposure on your camera.

Who's it for?

Those who like getting close to big icebergs in little boats. Coastal Adventures seven-day Twillingate Sea Kayaking trip runs July 4 to11 and costs $1,995.

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