Towering over the waves like an ice colossus, it dwarfs the remote Newfoundland town below.
And this enormous iceberg, one of the first of the season to float into ‘iceberg alley,’ has turned the small town of Ferryland into a sudden tourist spot.
Photographers, both amateur and professional, caused traffic jams along the Southern Shore highway over Easter weekend as hundreds jostled to see the hulking mountain of ice.
The area of Canada’s east coast by Newfoundland and Labrador is known as Iceberg Alley due to the large number of the 10,000-year-old glacial giants which drift down from the arctic each spring.
‘When they come in along the shoreline, and go grounded, we are very happy about that,’ he said.
As many as 616 icebergs have moved into the shipping lanes so far this year, compared to 687 in the whole of 2016.
Strong anti-clockwise winds and the effects of global warming are being blamed for the high numbers, as chunks of the Greenland ice sheet have been breaking off at a quicker rate.
Icebergs are so plentiful around Newfoundland that Canadians make their own spirits with chunks of the frozen mountains – Iceberg Vodka, Iceberg Gin and Iceberg Rum, as well as Iceberg Beer.
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