We had to be out of the campsite by noon today, and so we decided to go for a drive in the area to check it out before we had to pack up. We also decided to visit Norstead, which is a re-enactment of a Viking village that is located close to L'Anse aux Meadows.
The drive took us to Cape Onion, which is at the coastline, and had a beautiful view! The drive there was nothing incredible (lots of trees) and the pavement was horribly broken up, so it made for bit of a rough drive, but it was worth it for the view at the end. You could see a large iceberg right at the horizon, there were a bunch of islands right around the point, and the water was so calm in the area - a beautiful sight! If the sight hadn't been so nice, the drive would not have been worth it!
The visit to Norstead was interesting. They had modeled one of the buildings they had made after a Viking longhouse that was discovered in Iceland under a lava field. They also had on site a boat that was a recreation of a Viking Knarr (a trade ship) that was called the "Snorri." This ship was modeled after a Viking ship that was discovered around Norway (if I remember correctly), and was actually sailed between Newfoundland and Greenland in 1998 in 87 days. An attempt had been made the previous year, but was not successful and they had to call in the Canadian Coast Guard to help tow the boat back to shore because their rudder had broken. A guy working at Norstead told us that it is believed that the Vikings could have made the trip in under 20 days, but would have had a crew of 20 to 30 men, whereas when the Snorri made their journey there was only a crew of 9 men.
Once we completed our quick visit to Norstead, the Viking village, we headed back to the campsite, made some lunch, packed up and hit the road yet again. The rest of the afternoon was primarily spent driving back to Rocky Harbour, where we spent another night and met up again with Barrie and Ardith for dinner since they were staying in a bed and breakfast in town for the night.