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Labrador

"The Labrador Peninsula is less known than the interior of Africa or the wastes of Liberia." This is how explorer A. S. Packard described the knowledge of Labrador at the end of the nineteenth century. Now many years later Labrador is still rather unknown to most people. I have even met many people who didn't really know exactly where it is located. This is probably why Labrador is one of the world's true and last great frontiers. Labrador is the mainland portion of the eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For me however, it is easiest to think of it as a single country.





By plane Labrador is not that far from Europe but with only a few main roads available, most of its hinterland is almost unreachable, especially during summer. In winter it is totally different. The frozen ground and snow make access much easier and snowmobiles make an excellent form of transport. This country is so wild and rugged that it is often described as the land that was given by God to Cain. The uninhabited highlands contain three mountain ranges; the Torngat, Kaumajet and Kiglapai. These mountains create a coastline of immense beauty with deep inland fjords surrounded by towering peaks, which make Labrador one of the most magnificent landscapes in North America. Untamed and gigantic, Labrador is a land of inspiration. The Torngat Mountains lay claim to some of the oldest rocks on the planet and provide some of the best exposure of geological history. The Kaumajet Mountains are a dramatic, compact range rising straight from the sea to a huge 1,220m peak, the highest island peak on the Atlantic coast of North America. More to the south the country is covered in immense boreal forest.


                                                             
    Boreal forest

Labrador is a land of mystery and adventure, but it is also a country where innumerable black flies and mosquitoes find a perfect home. The stories about them did not daunt my wife Ina and me. We simply couldn't believe that it was worse than northern Scandinavia or Iceland. It is a peaceful and quiet country, where less then 35,000 people are settled in almost 300,000 square kilometres of unspoiled landscape. Many people think that there is nothing else but bare rock or snow and ice and most of them don't realise how wrong they are. Labrador has an unmistakable power and invincible energy. The George River caribou herd with some 450,000 animals, is the largest herd of caribou in the world. Labrador has 42 species of mammals like moose, caribou, polar bear, black bear, wolf, arctic fox, wolverine, porcupine, otter, lynx and martin will give you just a small idea of the incredible wildlife of this area. During the summer large groups of whales, seals and millions of migratory birds are found along the entire coastline. There are thousands of square kilometres of spruce forest dotted with sparkling rivers and lakes that have not been fully explored and which are teeming with fish. This makes Labrador world-renowned for its sport fishing possibilities and after personal experience, it is definitely a perfect country for the adventurous fly fisher.


 

 

 

       


 

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