Fogo Island, Newfoundland Post-Trip, 5 Days, 4 Nights
Journey to Fogo Island at the far eastern edge of the North American continent, and settle into the acclaimed Fogo Island Inn—a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the wild North Atlantic, the inn connects you with a centuries-old Newfoundland outport culture, from its fishing and foraging traditions to its rich heritage of art, crafts, and lilting music.
Day 1: St. John’s, Newfoundland/Fogo Island
Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and transfer to the St. John’s airport for your charter flight to the Fogo Island airstrip. Settle into Fogo Island Inn, a National Geographic Unique Lodge, and join a guide for an excursion to Fogo’s berry bogs. Pick some of the 20 types of edible berries that grow on the island, and bring your bounty back to the inn for a jam-jarring and pie-making class. Your culinary journey continues over happy hour, when you’ll step behind the bar for a lesson on concocting liquor infusions. Cap off your day with your community host at a traditional outdoor boil-up dinner.
Begin your day with warm pastries and coffee, delivered to your door at daybreak, and then head to the dining room for breakfast. Later, join Captain Ane and his crew aboard the M/V Ketanja and cruise across coastal waters to the Little Fogo Islands, once home to a fishing hamlet. Enjoy a picnic lunch amid the colorful, now-abandoned homes, and peek into St. Anne’s Catholic Church, a restored heritage site.
Return to Fogo and meet up with a local artist to see the statue of the Great Auk that guards Joe Batt’s Point. Continue to the Long Studio, one of four studios designed by architect Todd Saunders for the Fogo Island Arts residence program. Tour the contemporary structure, raised above a rocky coastal outcrop by a series of stilts. This evening, savor gourmet Newfoundland cuisine while taking in views over the wild North Atlantic through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the lodge dining room. Then unwind in the rooftop hot tub, soaking and stargazing while listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the rocky coastline below.
Linger over a scrumptious breakfast, and then set out with a local geologist on an interpretive hike that explores Fogo’s subarctic ecosystem and 420-million-year-old rocks. After a picnic lunch, visit the island boat-building shop to watch artisans at work crafting traditional punts. Continue to the Fogo Island Furniture Shop to meet the talented carpenters behind the construction of the inn’s distinctive furniture. This evening, dinner is served family-style back at the inn.
Enjoy one last delicious breakfast before meeting up with your community host for the ground and ferry transfer to Gander International Airport. During your drive across the island, keep your eyes peeled for the caribou that roam inland fields, and visit the captain’s deck as you ferry across Hamilton Sound. Fly from Gander to St. John’s and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, followed by dinner at your hotel.
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland (B, D)
Day 5: Fogo Island/Depart
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.