Fogo Island Inn: Sample Itinerary

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample four-day itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1—Arrive Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Arrive at Gander International Airport, where you’ll be greeted by your Community Host—a local who will accompany you on the ferry and ground transfers to Fogo and tell you about island life along the way. As you ride across Hamilton Sound, keep your eyes peeled for herds of caribou. Upon arrival at Fogo Island Inn, settle into your suite. 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. Later this evening, unwind in the rooftop hot tub, soaking and stargazing while listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the rocky coastline below.

Day 2—The Fogo Story

Enjoy the warm pastries and coffee delivered to your door at daybreak, and later join other lodge guests for breakfast in the dining room. The rest of the morning is devoted to experiences exclusively offered to National Geographic travelers. Spend time with a Community Host who endured life on the island during the depletion of the cod population, which led to resettlement for many Fogo Island families. After hearing a firsthand account of this pivotal period in Fogo’s history, head to the lodge cinema to watch a National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary on the resettlement. Then join a community host on a hike to a root cellar, later return indoors for another cultural immersion through a lesson in traditional preserve making with your host. This afternoon, head out on your choice of excursions. Depending on the season, you may wish to explore the island by bike, go snowshoeing, or take a boat trip to the nearby Little Fogo Islands. Savor a seasonal multi-course meal this evening, featuring ingredients from the ocean and foraged on the island—from spruce buds and seaweed to partridgeberries and chanterelles.

Day 3—Seven Seasons of Fogo Island

With seven to choose from, there’s a perfect Fogo Island season for every type of traveler. Today, you’ll set out on excursions designed to connect you with the spirit of the season. During your time spent back at the lodge, you’ll be treated to scrumptious gourmet meals and enjoy access to the onsite cinema, library, contemporary art gallery, and more.

Spring (April 1 to May 31): Springtime guests of Fogo Island are likely to see the first icebergs drifting by their windows and whales breaching just offshore. Get a closer look at these wonders while walking island footpaths, or should the pack ice have sufficiently melted from the harbours, take to the water for an optional cruise through Iceberg Alley.

Trap Berth (June 1 to June 30): Embrace the season’s maritime mood and row a traditional punt boat through coastal waters. Landlubbers can explore Fogo’s colorful landscapes during this peak period for wildflower blooms.

Summer (July 1 to August 31): Head to one of Fogo's sandy beaches where you can spot nesting puffins and watch whales breaching in Atlantic waters. Hidden inland ponds await waders and trout fishers.

Berry (September 1 to October 31): Walk ancient footpaths with your picking pail, foraging for blueberries, marsh berries, and partridgeberries. Deliver your bounty to the chefs and they will package your berries for your trip home.

Late Fall (November 1 to November 30): Snuggle up next to one of the lodge’s six wood-burning fireplaces with a warm beverage in hand. Outside, beach bonfires blaze and caribou have begun to graze—invitations to embrace the escalating chill of the season.

Winter (December 1 to February 28): Strap on snow shoes to track caribou across rolling hills, or lace up a pair of skates for a glide across inland ice ponds. Those hoping to hibernate can retreat to the lodge library or cinema or enjoy live music at the bar.

Pack Ice (March 1 to March 31): Spot seals and seabirds scurrying across the floes and track changes in the ice as it moves in and out of Fogo Island’s harbours with the tides. Or opt to observe the ice from the cozy confines of the inn, where music, storytelling, and artisan workshops give a festive glow to the final days of deep frost.

Day 4—Depart

Enjoy one last delicious breakfast before meeting up with your Community Host for the ferry and ground transfers to Gander International Airport.