Fogo Island Inn: The Experience

Located in Newfoundland, Canada

Fogo Island Inn is a great spot for kids and families.

Guests can go snowshoeing among a herd of native caribou!

Circumnavigate an iceberg on a Ketanja boat tour.

Fogo Island Inn is a serene retreat amid nature’s wild glory, but the experience goes far deeper, offering guests the opportunity to integrate into the local community. The activities available during each of the island’s seven seasons reflect the many facets of your surroundings: guests can hike along coastal trails or go whale-watching; forage for wild berries or cruise out into "Iceberg Alley" to get up close to the ice that floats south from Greenland. You'll also spend time with your designated community host, deep-sea fishing, cooking timeless outport dishes, or learning how to build local boats.

What’s it like to stay at this lodge? See a sample itinerary to find out more about the day-to-day experience.

Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Community Host Island Orientation

With a community host as your guide, delve into the aspects of island life that interest you on an outing that is yours to shape as you wish. Whether you seek to meet local craftspeople, explore abandoned villages, or learn how to salt fish, expect entertaining local lore and an engaging cultural exchange.

Walking and Hiking

Myriad trails meander through the wilds of Fogo Island, and guests are welcome to head out on their own or join a community host to explore. Follow the coast through the deserted coves of Eastern Tickle and Lion’s Den, where fishing villages once stood; climb to the peak of Brimstone Head; or trace the footsteps of Irish Settlers along Turpins Trail. Hike to Oliver’s Cove Head for a chance at an iceberg sighting from shore, or cross bogs on an ancient footpath on the lookout for edible berries.

Sightseeing

Take a stroll on stunning Sandy Cove Beach, and peer into its crystalline tidal pools. Observe island wildlife such as seabirds and caribou, or walk to the Great Auk sculpture at Joe Batt's point. See the F isherman's Union Trading Company, once the headquarters for the Fogo fishing cooperative; or the Marconi wireless station to learn about early advances in long distance communication technology and its important role on the island.

Berry Picking

Meander through bogs and marshes, picking wild berries that grow thickly from the ground—at least 20 different varieties grace the island. Bring your bounty back to the lodge kitchen, and the chefs will incorporate the berries into your evening meal.

Local Culture

Visit the Bleak House Museum to get a glimpse into life for the prominent fishing merchants of the 19th century, and step into the School House Museum to see one of Newfoundland's first one-room schoolhouses. Take part in a musical festival, or visit a wood workshop to meet outport furniture craftsmen and learn about a unique style passed down through many generations.

The Cinema

The 37-seat Fogo Island Inn cinema is a partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, Canada’s Academy Award-winning public film and digital media producer and distributor. The cinema screens documentaries that chronicle resettlement, craftsmanship, and culture 24 hours a day. The cinema links back to the Fogo Island Process: films made in the 1960s by Colin Low of the National Film Board of Canada and Memorial University. Through the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation, the National Film Board offers a film residency partnership. It will also screen your favorite film.

The Gallery

The Fogo Island Inn Gallery features new work by artists and curators who have participated in the Fogo Island Arts international residency program. The gallery showcases solo exhibitions accompanied by a print publication focusing on each artist’s work, produced by Fogo Island Arts and Sternberg Press (Berlin).

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Ketanja Boat Tour

Board the island’s best-equipped sea vessel and choose from a range of seasonal adventures offered by Captain Ane and his crew. Jig for cod, spot puffins and other seabirds on the Little Fogo Islands, watch whales, or catch (and release) a shark for scientific research. In the spring, get up close to the enormous icebergs that pass through "Iceberg Alley" on their way south from Greenland.

Art Workshops (Full Day/Half Day)

Participate in a hands-on art workshop, designed to foster creative exploration through a variety of artistic media. The locations vary for each activity—a traditional fishing stage, contemporary art studios, coastal trails—and draw on themes of heritage and place. Limited to small groups and open to all levels of experience, they provide participants with individual attention and ample studio space.

Geologist Walk

Join a geologist for an introduction to the 420-million-year-old craggy coastlines of Fogo Island—formations that have shaped the daily lives of the residents for centuries. Discover the hidden world of volcanoes, magma, and ice, and the culture and folklore surrounding Fogo Island’s oldest residents: its rocks.

Winter Sports

Explore the island’s snowy landscape in several exhilarating ways: go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, or ride a ski-doo (snowmobile).

Trekking

Set out on a full-day trek to Cape Cove, an abandoned community at the extreme northeastern tip of the island.

Food and Drink

The menu at Fogo Island Inn is a tribute to the island itself, drawing inspiration from the bounty of the ocean and the land, as well as outport culinary traditions. Wild food foraged is foraged by the lodge chefs and figures prominently in the cuisine, from spruce buds and seaweed to oyster leaf and chanterelles. It makes for delicious and inspired combinations: an entrée sprinkled with partridgeberries, a dessert featuring homemade sea-buckthorn sorbet and beets. Aside from three stellar meals, the kitchen produces treats throughout the day, from a snack upon check-in to warm pastries delivered to your door at daybreak.

Wellness Services

An enclosed, wood-fired, northern European-style rooftop sauna designed by Norwegian architects Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson offers deep relaxation, as well as views of the ocean. Guests can work out in a spacious gym, or stretch out in the large yoga space. Massage services are also available upon request.

Conference, Meeting, and Event Spaces

The state-of-the-art conference space, with its ocean views and amenities, is a stunning venue for professional getaways, executive retreats, weddings, and celebratory gatherings. The entire inn offers numerous break-out areas and a 37-seat cinema, and all spaces are set up to be flexible. Covering 1,130 square feet, the rooftop is also an ideal setting for an evening cocktail or breakfast meeting.

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