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Secrets of Newfoundland’s Irish Loop

from $2,430 USD per person for 7 days, 6 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Communities Up Close
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Trip Overview

From its distinct half-hour time zone to its occasional June snowshower, Newfoundland runs on its own time. By August, the summer crowds have dwindled, berries hang ripe and heavy on their stems, and the landscape is ablaze with wildflowers. Join us at the peak of Newfoundland’s late summer season as we wind our way through the famously Celtic stretch of coastline known as the Irish Loop, exploring its unique history, folklore, cuisine, and breathtaking seaside scenery. We’ll enjoy dinners made from freshly foraged ingredients on a quiet dock, chat with a boat-builder in the midst of making a vessel, and learn how to craft heritage cheese from local experts while surrounded by an adorable, bleating tribe of tiny baby goats. As we make our way along the Loop, we’ll encounter countless characters, places, and stories that give this corner of the island its charm, tenacity, and unique flair.

  • Local music and traditions
  • Farm-to-table fare
  • Indigenous history
  • Stories and folklore


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Felicity Roberts
Felicity Roberts is a rural Newfoundlander, certified herbalist, farmer, writer, wild food advocate, and self-described relic. Most comfortable on the barrens cutting heather to dye wool or hanging off the edge of a cliff harvesting rare berries, she specializes in both culinary and medicinal applications of local flora and the folklore surrounding them. While living and working in the capital of St. John's, Felicity has made it her goal to explore every rural museum, abandoned site, and cool rock formation she can find around her home peninsula, the Avalon, and she occasionally writes about travel. 

Additional Info


The cost of this trip is $2,430, based on double occupancy. 

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. 

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $580. After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Activity Level

This trip is fairly active. Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles over the course of each day and remaining outside and on their feet for long periods of time. We'll be walking on roads, beaches, and dirt paths. 

Arrival & Departure

For flights in and out of St. John's International Airport (YYT), you should plan to arrive by 4 p.m. on Day 1, and depart anytime on Day 7. If you'd like to extend your stay before or after the trip, we're happy to reserve extra nights at our hotel in St. John's or provide additional recommendations. For those interested in a road-trip adventure, there is a vehicle and passenger ferry that makes stops in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. 

  • Six nights of accommodation in boutique hotels and B&Bs.
  • All meals throughout the trip, with the exception of one lunch.
  • The company of a talented local guide, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Private transport throughout the trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, including workshops and tours.
  • Flights and other transport to and from St. John's, Newfoundland, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including one breakfast and most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a Canadian visa, if applicable (not required for U.S. citizens).
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Trip FAQ

Newfoundland is a relatively remote island with a small population, working to develop its tourism industry in response to the collapse of cod fisheries. Rural populations are struggling to remain relevant on a global stage while preserving their culture, traditions, foodways, and identity. Throughout this trip, you'll be visiting extremely rural areas with limited economic opportunity and meeting artists, artisans, fisherman, farmers, hunters, and chefs who all benefit from and want to build responsible tourist activity in their communities. They also value the chance to pass on traditional knowledge and skills, as this keeps cultures and foodways vital. A portion of admission fees and meal costs will go directly into supporting a variety of local projects and global initiatives, including a volunteer committee working to turn a disused rural school into a community museum, a school in Ghana, an alliance that preserves NL foodways, an indigenous catering social enterprise, and a contemporary arts project reimagining a remote peninsula as a modern art destination. The environmentally focused activities of this trip, such as whale watching, will help conserve our stunningly beautiful ocean and lands—and the ecosystems they support—by providing financial incentives to resist industries that pollute and exploit them.

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Learning the history of this very special place and interacting with the wonderful folks who call Newfoundland home was my favorite part of the trip, but the scenery, the activities selected, the food, and new friends also made the trip absolutely wonderful!
—Sally G., June 2018

Upcoming Departures

  • Aug 20–Aug 26, 2020
    from $2,430
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