Anyone that has visited Newfoundland in the Spring knows that we get fog. As the sun begins to warm the air, large clouds of fog are produced off the cold sea.
This is a beautiful spectacle to watch, and one I highly recommend for those of you who are morning people.
The downside of this meteoric phenomenon is that those fog clouds tend to move off the ocean, onto land, swallowing the landscape in thick soup.
So what do you do? You’ve just travelled a long distance to get out here, the day started out beautiful and sunny, and suddenly, you can’t see more than 4 meters in front of you!
Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s loads of great things you can get up to on a foggy day in the bay!
1. Get up early!
To make the best of Spring in Newfoundland get up early, and beat the fog. Fog is formed by the warmer air from the sun, so if you’re up and out at 7am, you’ll have a few glorious hours of hiking in the morning sun before the fog comes in a ruins the fun.
2. Don’t cancel your plans.
We have lots of guests come to us on foggy mornings unsure of what to do. They had a list of things planned, that now they want to cancel. If you had an itinerary of things planned for the day, don’t despair! Fog banks disappear as quickly as they appear, and by the time you’ve arrived at your destination, it may have passed.
3. Have a car-free day! Try not to drive.
I know I said stick to your plans, but it you’re plans involved a lot of driving you may want to re-think. Fog is good and fine by itself, but as it tends to happen in the Spring, when young moose are at their most unpredictable. Fog is therefore a great opportunity to leave your car for the day as you explore an area on foot. If that really isn’t an option make sure that you add some time onto your schedule so you can take the road very slowly.
4. Go inside.
If the fog is really cooling your spirits, (and body temperature), maybe head indoors. Whether you’re interested in the historic sites located in Trinity, the Aquarium in Champney’s, or the Brewery in Port Rexton,(or all of the above!) there are plenty of cosy spots to cheer up if the weather’s got you down.
5. Get above it!
Like all marine layers, our local fog is the result of inversion, where the temperature at ground level (a.k.a the Atlantic) is colder than the air above it. The fog tends to be heavy and stick close to the ground, so why not get above it, and enjoy both the sunshine, and the view! On foggy mornings Gun Hill Trail can be the perfect escape above the clouds.
6. Get on the water.
This may sound crazy, but fog = cold ocean, which often = icebergs. Contact a local boat company and find out what they’ve seen in the past few days, maybe this could be your lucky chance to get up close and personal with a glacier.