Secrets of Newfoundland’s Irish Loop - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Secrets of Newfoundland’s Irish Loop

from $2,430 USD per person for 7 days, 6 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Communities Up Close
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Trip Overview

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.

  • Local music and traditions
  • Farm-to-table fare
  • Indigenous history
  • Stories and folklore


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Felicity Roberts
Felicity Roberts is a rural Newfoundlander, certified herbalist, farmer, writer, wild food advocate, and self-described relic. Most comfortable on the barrens cutting heather to dye wool or hanging off the edge of a cliff harvesting rare berries, she specializes in both culinary and medicinal applications of local flora and the folklore surrounding them. While living and working in the capital of St. John's, Felicity has made it her goal to explore every rural museum, abandoned site, and cool rock formation she can find around her home peninsula, the Avalon, and she occasionally writes about travel. 

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $2,430. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $580. Please contact us to request a single room.

Activity Level

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. 

Arrival & Departure

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. 

  • Six nights of accommodation in boutique hotels and B&Bs.
  • All meals throughout the trip, with the exception of one lunch.
  • The company of a talented local guide, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Private transport throughout the trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, including workshops and tours.
  • Flights and other transport to and from St. John's, Newfoundland, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including one breakfast and most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a Canadian visa, if applicable (not required for U.S. citizens).
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Learning the history of this very special place and interacting with the wonderful folks who call Newfoundland home was my favorite part of the trip, but the scenery, the activities selected, the food, and new friends also made the trip absolutely wonderful!
—Sally G., June 2018

Upcoming Departures

  • Aug 20–Aug 26, 2020
    from $2,430 per person
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