Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Iceberg Capital of the World

Did you know Canada.. Twillingate, an outport in Newfoundland and Labrador, is known as the Iceberg Capital of the World!

(Aconcagua)

Twillingate is one of Newfoundland’s best locations for admiring these icebergs that break off the ice cap in Baffin Island, Greenland. The prime season for iceberg viewing is mid May to mid July each year.

As of 2006 there was only 2,448 residents living in Twillingate but visitors flock to Twillingate to explore it's fishing heritage, and discover the mighty icebergs and whales that gather in its waters.

A must to do for visitors in Twillingate is trying a piece of iceberg or “bergy bit” in your drink. These icebergs are ancient structures of pure glacier water and when a bergy bit melts in a glass filled with a beverage, it makes a fizzing sound, called “bergy seltzer”. This sound is made when compressed air bubbles trapped in the iceberg pop. The bubbles come from air trapped in snow layers that later become glacial ice.

Source: Twillingate.com, Wikipedia

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