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Do you want to see an iceberg?  Here are some wonderful sites that have information on where you can see icebergs in the world.  Icebergs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. If you search the web for places to view icebergs, besides using the name of a place and the word icebergs (e.g., Newfoundland Icebergs), also search by including the tourist terms "iceberg viewing" and "iceberg cruises".  You can see icebergs from shore in areas like Newfoundland and Greenland as some drift close to shore and even into coves and harbors.  Or from a cruise ship or small tourist boat.  Sea kayaking around small icebergs is also popular in Greenland, Newfoundland and Alaska.

Most icebergs are "calved" (created) by breaking off from the ice sheet along the western coast of Greenland or Antarctica.  Glaciers adjacent to oceans also create icebergs. The glaciers in Alaska are popular places to see icebergs born. Icebergs are found in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.  Those created in the Arctic drift south out of the Arctic region into the North Atlantic and are a hazard to shipping.  Most melt before they get too far south. Occasionally icebergs reach 40N, which is the same latitude as Spain in Europe or Pennsylvania in the United States.  
Arctic icebergs have reached as far south as the island of Bermuda, although very rarely - that's a journey of 2,500 miles.

The Southern Ocean surrounds Antarctica and icebergs that break off from Antarctica are generally trapped in the strong currents that flow around Antarctica. Some icebergs may travel all the way around Antarctica several times before melting.  Occasionally icebergs break free of the current and drift north before they eventually melt.
 An Antarctic iceberg once reached almost as far north as Rio de Janeiro - that's a journey of 3,500 miles.

The chart at the bottom of the page lists places and seasons for iceberg viewing in the world.

 
Ocean World Iceberg Links  This is the Ocean World page with links to other iceberg-related websites.
 
Anthropolis Iceberg Links  This is the Anthropolis "Iceberg Stuff for Kids" page with links to other iceberg-related websites.  It also includes links for kids that want to learn about icebergs.
 

Solcomhouse - Icebergs  This is the best website we have found that covers icebergs in general with information about the icebergs in both the North Atlantic and Antarctica.  They have nice photos, diagrams and maps. 
 
Ocean World - Icebergs  Everything you want to know about icebergs.
 
USAToday Resources - Antarctic and Arctic Icebergs  Another informative source of information on icebergs.  Includes pictures, video and comprehensive links.
 
Iceberg Shapes  An excellent overview of all the types of icebergs in the world.
 
International Ice Patrol.  This organization was formed after the Titanic sank. It monitors icebergs in the North Atlantic to protect ships sailing in that area. (Icebergs can also threaten oil rigs.)  The "iceberg season" runs from February to October.  Their Iceberg Chart shows the latest areas with icebergs.
 
Wikipedia - Icebergs This is Wikipedia's excellent article on icebergs.
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Northern Hemisphere    Map of Arctic Circle  Overview of North Atlantic icebergs      A beautiful map of where icebergs come from.
Greenland
You can see icebergs all year round on the western coast of Greenland. However, you don't want to be there during winter (December-March). Their summer tourist season is mid-July to the first week in September. Some of the best places to see icebergs are Disco Bay, Ilulissat, Kulusuk, Qaqortoq, and Uummannaq. View them from shore, or go kayaking or take a local cruise.
Greenland Tourist Sites:  Official Site
Travel Science: Destination-Greenland  and Greenland
Greenland Iceberg Viewing:
  Google  Yahoo
Site
1   Site 2   Site 3 
Map:  Map 1

Photos:  Site 1

Newfoundland
Early May to mid-July. Best viewing is in June, although some may be seen as late as August or September.  Some drift into coves and harbors along the coast.
View them from shore, or go kayaking or take a local cruise.

Newfoundland Tourist Sites:  Official Site
Travel Science: Newfoundland
Greenland Iceberg Viewing:
  Google
  Yahoo 
Site 1  Site 2  Iceberg Finder

Map:  Map 1

Photos:  Site 1   Site 2   Site 3
Iceberg Alley (North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland)  February to October with heaviest activity in May to mid-July period. Take a local cruise.

Note: Antarctica also has an Iceberg Alley.

Newfoundland Tourist Sites:  Official Site
Travel Science: Newfoundland
Iceberg Alley Cruises:
  Google  Yahoo
Map:  Map 1  Map 2

Photos:  Site 1   Site 2

Alaska
June-August. Northwest coast between 55 and 60 degrees latitude.  Many cruise ships go to Glacier Bay and other glaciers in Alaska where you can see icebergs breaking off the glaciers.
View them from shore, or go kayaking or take a local cruise.
Alaska Tourist Site:  Official Site
Travel Science: Alaska
Alaska Iceberg Viewing:
  Google  Yahoo
  Site 1
Map:  Map 1

Photos:  Site 1  Site 2
Southern Hemisphere    Overview of Antarctica icebergs   Antarctica for Kids
Antarctica
The tourist season when companies make voyages to Antarctica occurs from October to March which is summer in the Southern hemisphere. The weather is too severe at other times of the year.
Antarctica Tourist Sites:   IAATO
Travel Science: Destination Antarctic , Southern Ocean, Antarctica.
 includes tour information.
Antarctica Iceberg Cruises:
  Google  Yahoo
Site 1  Site 2

Map:  Map 1  Map 2

Photos:  Site 1  Site 2
Iceberg Alley The Antarctic Sound in Antarctica is also called "Iceberg Alley" because of the numerous icebergs in the area.

Note:
There is another Iceberg Alley in the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland.

Antarctica Tourist Sites:   IAATO
Travel Science: Destination Antarctic , Southern Ocean, Antarctica.
 includes tour information.
Antarctica Iceberg Cruises:
  Google  Yahoo  Site 1
Map:  Map 1  Map 2

Photos:  Site 1  Site 2

Chile
Laguna San Rafael National Park on the Pacific coast is located in the Aysen region in southern Chile.  You can witness icebergs calving off the San Rafael glacier during a cruise in Laguna San Rafael.
Chile Tourist Site:
Laguna San Rafael National Park
Travel Science: Chile
Laguna San Rafael Cruises:
  Google  Yahoo  
Site 1  Site 2

Map:  Map 1

Photos:  Site 1
 
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