May 2017 Fogo Island Iceberg Report

Shoal Bay, Fogo Island May 27, 2017


I can’t keep up to the blog and administrate the Newfoundland Iceberg Reports Facebook page so always defer to the Facebook page for the most up to date postings from members traveling all around the province. Diane

Here’s a little look back at some of what I’ve seen on Fogo Island in various communities the past two weekends and currently, as I post on May 31, 2017.

I also have a Fogo Island blog for things other than icebergs but they tend to sneak into that one too.

Deep Bay, Fogo Island, May 27, 2017

On the May 20th weekend there was a lot of pack ice and icebergs were harder to see due to the distance and lack of contrast but they were everywhere. Tilting had them right in the harbour which was exciting!

The bergs above were in Little Harbour, near Barr’d Island on May 27 and changed greatly a day or two later.

Little Harbour, Fogo Island May 29, I think.

Deep Bay has a huge berg grounded outside the bay the past couple of days. Initally it was surrounded by blue water but on May 30 the pack ice moved to surround it again.

Fishing boat about to pass behind an iceberg outside of Deep Bay, Fogo Island, May 29, 2017
Pack ice surrounds the iceberg again on May 30, 2017.

As I type and work at my friend’s gallery, Herring Cove Art Gallery in Shoal Bay, the pack ice is filling in what was clear blue water yesterday. Great for photographers, hard for fishers.

A few final shots from May 30, in various stops in Joe Batt’s Arm. The icebergs at sunset blend with the island when they are only a silhouette but from another angle, they can be distinguished.

From the Fogo Island Coop wharf in Joe Batts Arm.
From Ethridge Point Park in Joe Batt’s Arm, May 30, 2017
A zoom by Godwin’s Road, Joe Batt’s Arm, May 30, 2017
Joe Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island, May 30, 2017

Fogo Island is currently surrounded by icebergs. No sign of it stopping any time soon. There are several communities here. If you are really stuck for time, come on the early ferry and rush around, but to do it right, book at least a night and I prefer 3 if you have to lose a day getting from another location to the ferry.

There are many beautiful accommodations listed on the Town of Fogo Island web page and there is also Fogo Island Bus Tours if you want to pre-book and do a day trip, leaving your car behind. Pre-book accommodations. As I wrote this post over the past two days I’ve met folks from Australia to Vancouver Island, including several American states and lots of Canadian provinces. If you’re on the island before June 5, drop by and see me at Herring Cove Art Studio, in Shoal Bay. Thanks for the use of the Internet folks!