IAnse Au Meadow, Canada Cruise Port
Cruising to IAnse Au Meadow, Canada is to experience archaeological and historical wonders. Also known as L'Anse aux Meadows (or in French, L'Anse-aux-Méduses, meaning "Jellyfish Cove"), this is a site full of Norse history located on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, the island itself within the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Although it was discovered in 1960 by the Norwegian husband and wife team of Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad, explorer and archaeologist respectively, the Viking settlement actually dates back to around the year 1000. UNESCO named it World Heritage site in 1978 for its evidence of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact and possible ties to Leif Erikson. Plenty of artefacts have been behind – not only tools and buildings, but items that suggested that women were also present, such as a spindle and needle. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of IAnse Au Meadow, Canada:
- Of course, L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site is the premier attraction. In addition to a short film about the site, you'll see the items left behind by the Vikings, with guides dressed in period clothing to add authenticity. There is a lot of walking involved, so wear comfortable shoes.
- Not far from L'Anse Aux Meadows is the Norstead Viking Village, which replicates a port of trade as it may have looked roughly between 790-1066 A.D. One of Canada's top 10 "Hidden Travel Gems," you can check out the blacksmith's forging iron, hear authentic Norse songs, and even explore the full-scale replica Viking ship Snorri.
- For a quick stop, check out the Leif Ericson Monument, donated by the Leif Ericson foundation of Seattle, Washington. The 10-foot bronze statue is located on the wharf harbor; the accompanying plaque gives some history about this famous Viking and information about the artist.
- To check out offerings from the natives as well as the European settlers, the Gaia Art Gallery contains a variety of Newfoundland and Labrador pieces. The attached Norseman Restaurant is an excellent place to take a break from all the sightseeing and enjoy fresh seafood with a fantastic ocean view.