From its distinct half-hour time zone to its occasional June snowshower, Newfoundland runs on its own time. By August, the summer crowds have dwindled, berries hang ripe and heavy on their stems, and the landscape is ablaze with wildflowers. Join us at the peak of Newfoundland’s late summer season as we wind our way through the famously Celtic stretch of coastline known as the Irish Loop, exploring its unique history, folklore, cuisine, and breathtaking seaside scenery. We’ll enjoy dinners made from freshly foraged ingredients on a quiet dock, chat with a boat-builder in the midst of making a vessel, and learn how to craft heritage cheese from local experts while surrounded by an adorable, bleating tribe of tiny baby goats. As we make our way along the Loop, we’ll encounter countless characters, places, and stories that give this corner of the island its charm, tenacity, and unique flair.
The cost of this trip is $2,430, based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $580. After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.
This trip is fairly active. Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles over the course of each day and remaining outside and on their feet for long periods of time. We'll be walking on roads, beaches, and dirt paths.
For flights in and out of St. John's International Airport (YYT), you should plan to arrive by 4 p.m. on Day 1, and depart anytime on Day 7. If you'd like to extend your stay before or after the trip, we're happy to reserve extra nights at our hotel in St. John's or provide additional recommendations. For those interested in a road-trip adventure, there is a vehicle and passenger ferry that makes stops in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Newfoundland is a relatively remote island with a small population, working to develop its tourism industry in response to the collapse of cod fisheries. Rural populations are struggling to remain relevant on a global stage while preserving their culture, traditions, foodways, and identity. Throughout this trip, you'll be visiting extremely rural areas with limited economic opportunity and meeting artists, artisans, fisherman, farmers, hunters, and chefs who all benefit from and want to build responsible tourist activity in their communities. They also value the chance to pass on traditional knowledge and skills, as this keeps cultures and foodways vital. A portion of admission fees and meal costs will go directly into supporting a variety of local projects and global initiatives, including a volunteer committee working to turn a disused rural school into a community museum, a school in Ghana, an alliance that preserves NL foodways, an indigenous catering social enterprise, and a contemporary arts project reimagining a remote peninsula as a modern art destination. The environmentally focused activities of this trip, such as whale watching, will help conserve our stunningly beautiful ocean and lands—and the ecosystems they support—by providing financial incentives to resist industries that pollute and exploit them.