Newfoundland itinerary: 10 days in Newfoundland

(all links and locations verified in March 2022)


Newfoundland completely blew us away with its natural beauty and the friendliness of the people.

We spent 10 days in Newfoundland in August, which was:

a) The longest vacation of my life

b) A short enough time that we had to make some tough choices


But our crackerjack team (the Dear Man, his Dear Sister, and her Dear Husband, and I)… we were  up to the challenge.



We prioritized:

  • Natural beauty, especially coastline

  • Whales

  • Puffins

  • Lighthouses

  • Hiking

  • History

Special shout-out to my Dear SIL for her expert scouting of B&Bs and restaurants. Stellar work there!

Here’s our 10-day Newfoundland itinerary… where every place listed is a place we’d highly recommend.

Day 1: Arrival in St. John’s

Signal Hill

Day 2: Day trip from St. John’s

Day 3: Day trip from St. John's

Day 4: Drive from St. John's to Bonavista

Day 5: Drive from Bonavista to Twillingate

Day 6: Drive from Twillingate to Rocky Harbour / Gros Morne National Park

Day 7: Gros Morne National Park

Day 8: Gros Morne National Park

Day 9: Drive from Rocky Harbour to L’anse Aux Meadows

Day 10: Drive from L’anse Aux Meadows to Gander

Day 11: Flight home

  • Returned rental car to Gander airport 
  • Flew home from Gander, with a layover in Toronto

Newfoundland is a stunningly beautiful, consistently friendly place — and we feel fortunate to have visited before it becomes the next It Destination (which seems inevitable, given its charms). 

Highly recommend.

If you’re considering a trip to Newfoundland and have any questions about our itinerary, I’d be glad to answer! Please just post your questions in the Comments.

Happy travels, all!

6 thoughts on “Newfoundland itinerary: 10 days in Newfoundland

  1. Candi

    Thank you for sharing your Newfoundland travel experience. Can you tell me if the island was easily drivable and if you had to cut out a day or two, what would you omit? Thank you kindly,

    • Hi Candi,

      Thanks for the questions! We found Newfoundland fairly easily drivable. There are lots of “watch for moose” signs on the roads, and we drove really carefully because we didn’t want to cause harm to any wildlife. (No sightings from the road, thank goodness.)

      If we had to cut a day or two, we’d probably:
      a) Combine days 2 and 3 in/around St. John’s — choose the activities that most appeal to you and skip the rest
      b) Skip the stop in Twillingate and drive directly from Bonavista to Rocky Harbour. It’s about a 7-hour drive, so if you don’t mind that, it would save you an overnight midway through. This would involve removing some items from the itinerary on days 5 & 6. Again, you could pick the places that have the most interest to you.

      It was a lovely trip in every way. I hope you enjoy your travels in Newfoundland as much as we did.

  2. Barb Gillis

    Thank you for the fantastic itinerary! My husband and I are planning a trip in mid to late august of 2022 and will definitely take advantage of many of your suggestions. Did you see icebergs when you visited in August? Probably a bit late?

    • Hi Barb,
      Thanks for the kind comments! We had such an amazing time in Newfoundland, and I think you’ll love it there. We did not see any icebergs in August — it’s maybe the only thing our trip was missing.

      Wishing you safe & happy travels–

  3. Joanne Hurley

    Thank you so much for sharing. We are planning our trip for late June and so far it is very similar itinerary to yours and so I am so glad it worked out so well.

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