Today’s Canadian Ice Service chart shows 44 icebergs in our vicinity, but I’m pretty sure that everybody in St. John’s noticed only one of them, the one that almost moved into the Narrows:

Iceberg outside the Narrows - St. John's

Iceberg outside the Narrows – St. John’s

I’m pretty sure too, that this iceberg will be a strong contender for the year’s most often photographed iceberg. Not because it was special, it looked rather plain, like a big white Dorito. No, this iceberg distinguished itself by something it did: it was the first iceberg of the season to really ‘hit’ the coast, and it managed to do this just below Signal Hill, on a Sunday.

Iceberg spectators on North Head - Signal Hill

Iceberg spectators on North Head – Signal Hill

Iceberg spectators on North Head - North Head Trail

Iceberg spectators on North Head – North Head Trail

The iceberg even included a pool - North Head Trail

The iceberg even included a pool – North Head Trail

I’m not exaggerating when I say thousands of people saw this thing float by, me included. Flu or no flu, after spotting it on the webcam this morning I just had to see it for myself, I bundled up warm and headed for North Head. I walked the sunny trail up and down several times, spoke to many people. Most of them were speculating on the height of the thing, I heard estimates ranging from 3 to 10 metres, but without any ship next to it all the speculation was just that, speculation.

Enter a ‘ship’. A small vessel zoomed around the berg for a bit, giving me something to work with.

Small boat inspects the iceberg - North Head Trail

Small boat inspects the iceberg – North Head Trail

Let’s say, by the size of the operator, that this boat is about 7 metres long. Taking that measurement I calculate this iceberg is an average of 7 metres tall and about 270 metres long on the long side, quite a berg!

After seeing the iceberg from all angles on Signal Hill, I moved on. During the course of the day the iceberg was steadily moving south, so Fort Amherst was next obvious vantage point:

Iceberg at Fort Amherst - St. John's

Iceberg at Fort Amherst – St. John’s

After these crowded places, it was time for a bird’s eye view: I headed up Deadmans Bay Path. The trail uphill was as slippery as slippery gets, ice flowed down every corner, making the ascent difficult to say the least.

Icy ascent - Deadman's Bay Path

Icy ascent – Deadmans Bay Path

When I made it op top I decided it was all well worth it though. First and foremost, I saw the iceberg, properly:

The Dorito-shaped iceberg, and me all bundled up - Deadman's Bay Path

The Dorito-shaped iceberg, and me all bundled up – Deadmans Bay Path

I also enjoyed squirrels chirping in the trees, watched bald eagles making inquisitive flyby’s and I snacked on deliciously juicy partridgeberries. Let me tell you, this hike almost cured my flu right there. Almost.