L'Anse aux Meadows Port is situated on the northern most point of Newfoundland, Canada. The port used to be a Viking Port of Trade and contains the only known Norse village site in Northern America; these were the farthest explorations and settlements known prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
Traveling around this picturesque town is relatively easy. The place is accessible by car, plane and ferry. Its public utility vehicles and taxis take visitors around town and the nearby districts on a regular basis.
The Artisan’s Marketplace at Norstead in L'Anse aux Meadows caters to the schedule of visiting cruise ships. Visitors will enjoy seeing the vendors wear traditional Norse costumes; many of these products were made by the town’s talented craftsman and artists.
A trip on Walter Street in St. John is truly delightful. It is said to be one of North America’s oldest shopping streets and has a variety of souvenirs in Viking inspired design. There are many shopping items to add to a souvenir collection; all at reasonable prices.
Things to See
The archaeological site of L’Anse aux Meadows is situated at the top of the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. It contains valuable treasures from the remains of a Viking settlement in the eleventh century. It displays timber framed turf houses, workshops and an assortment of other buildings; it also has artifacts which are identical to those in Norse Greenland and Iceland. Guided tours are available with a costumed interpreter; visitors can travel back in time to when the mighty Vikings once resided. The Viking Trail provides guests with an insight to the life and times of Vikings; it is coupled with scenic landscapes, beautiful Icelandic Sagas and Norse history.
Visit the Norstead which 1.24 miles down from the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historical Site; you will find yourself in a reconstructed Viking port of trade. Visitors are given the opportunity to experience traditional Norse games and learn how to spin yarn or to make pottery. Guests are treated to the Snorri; this is a Viking ship replica.
Restaurant and Bars
Similar to the rest of Newfoundland, L’Anse aux Meadows port of call is known for its seafood cuisine; fish is among the food staples. Among the regional favorites is the fish and chips; a combination of battered cod, and gravy. Another combination has salted cod mashed with boiled sailor bread and pork scrunchions with the traditional blackstrap molasses. Visitors can also try the island’s one pot meal which consists of beef combined with either carrot, turnip, parsnip, cabbage or potato, often times, the meal includes a muslin bag of yellow split peas.
Visitors can also enjoy the so called “kitchen socials”; various houses receive visitors through the back door. This leads to the kitchen rather than the conventional front door entrance. L’Anse aux Meadows cruise port visitors are sure to find the exotic homemade moose stew, rabbit pie, caribou sausage or seal flipper to be quite interesting. Homemade tea and bread are also delicious. There are also kitchen parties where visitors share hearty meals with good music; usually accordion and guitar are played.
For fine dining experience amidst beautiful scenery, visit the Norseman Restaurant. It serves fish chowder, butternut squash, large scallops in white wine sauce and the sweet-smelling baked cod in Dijon mustard sauce. Their sirloin steak and local lamb dishes are also worth trying. Vegetarian and children’s meals are also available. Reservations are encouraged, since the restaurant is opened seasonally.
Authentic Newfoundland foods with a wide array of seafood are the specialty of The Daily Catch. Enjoy delicious foods in an elegant restaurant decorated with the art works of the local artists. Freshly brewed espresso is also available.