Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town known as "iceberg alley"

by Garry Watts April 20, 2017, 9:19
Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town known as

A small town in Canada has become a tourist destination thanks to a giant iceberg.

Icebergs off the coast of Ferryland, which has earned the name "iceberg alley" because of the large number of ice mountains that drift towards the shore each spring, are not an unusual sight for residents of the area.

Canadian press reported that there had already been more icebergs than normal - with 616 already having moved into the North Atlantic shipping lanes compared to 687 by the late-September season's end previous year. This year's "iceberg season" has been particularly busy, with hundreds of iceberg sightings already reported. "It's in so close that people can get a good photograph of it".

Experts are attributing the increase in uncommonly strong counter-clockwise winds that are drawing the icebergs south, and perhaps also climate change, which accelerates the process by which chunks of the Greenland ice sheet break off and float away.

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Residents view the first iceberg of the season as it passes the South Shore, also known as "Iceberg Alley", near Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada April 16, 2017.

WATCH: It's shaping up to be a banner year for iceberg watchers, off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Many of those have headed towards the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

Kavanagh reminded iceberg-watchers to be safe along the cliffs when trying to take photos. There were 1165 icebergs in 2015 and 687 in 2016. So far, 616 have made their way into North Atlantic shipping lanes.

It's not uncommon for Ferryland to witness icebergs floating by as the town has a ideal view of the so-called "iceberg alley". By September previous year, the end of the season, there were 687.

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