Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

archeological site of the earliest known European settlement in North America

  • 10th century Viking village
  • 08 original buildings uncovered
  • 80 square kilometres of forest, bog, coast, bay and islands

Follow the path of the Norsemen to explore the earliest known European settlement in North America. This UNESCO World Heritage Site brings you face to face with the artefacts of history that lie just below the earth's surface and teaches you and your family how to live like tenth century Vikings.

Learn how ships and homes were built and listen to the millennium old sagas of hardy men and women sailing forbidden seas as you sit around a roaring fire under the same stars that once guided them to the New World. Wonder at the artefacts left behind by aboriginal groups, who have been using the site for 6000 years.

Why you should visit
  • The remains of three halls and five smaller buildings have been preserved making the site the earliest known European settlement in the New World.
  • Meet Viking re-enactors like merchant-adventurer Bjorn, his wife, Thora, and Ragnar, the blacksmith.
  • Learn about the native cultures that inhabited this spot long before the Vikings arrived.
  • After visiting the archeological sites and reconstructed buildings take time to hike the trails, relax in the picnic area and look for icebergs off the coast.

Weather

  • L'Anse aux Meadows is on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and has a temperate marine climate that can change quickly. Be prepared for wind and rain.
  • Average summer (July and August) temperatures are 15°C to 20°C in the daytime and 10°C to 15°C at night.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices.
  • Open daily from the beginning of June through to the beginning of October.
  • Regular guided tours depart every day from the Visitors' Centre or you can take a self-guided tour.
  • The Viking Trail pass allows entry to several other sites of interest in the area.
  • On-site picnic area available
  • Bilingual (French & English) guides available mid-June to the beginning of September.
When to go
  • The site is open from the beginning of June through to the beginning of October.
  • The weather is at its best in July and August.
  • Meeting of Two Worlds and From Fog to Bog Tours are only available July 1 through to August 31.
Need to know
  • Plan to spend one to three hours.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly.
  • Pets on a leash are permitted on the grounds, but not in the buildings.
  • Washrooms and a Heritage shop are located in the Visitors' Centre.
  • Visitors' Centre, sod huts and ruins are all wheelchair accessible; there is a designated disabled parking lot.
Getting Here
  • L'Anse aux Meadows is about a 15 hour drive from the nearest international airport in St. John's (YYT) and six hours from the nearest regional airport in Deer Lake (YDF). St. Anthony is the closest town to the site.
  • All roads are paved, but travellers need to be aware of the presence of large numbers of moose in the area, which can make driving at night dangerous.