Giant iceberg visits Canadian town of Ferryland in rare sighting; videos

Expert says huge icebergs like this one don’t usually come this close to shore.

A small coastal town in Newfoundland was inundated with hundreds of tourists when a giant iceberg traveling down Iceberg Alley stopped in for a visit.

It isn't new for residents of Ferryland to see icebergs passing by, but they aren't usually this close.

"It's a huge iceberg and it's in so close that people can get a good photograph of it," Ferryland mayor Adrian Kavanagh told The Canadian Press. "It's the biggest one I’ve ever seen around here."

"It's rather tall; not the biggest iceberg I've ever seen, but it's the most people I've seen to come look at the iceberg," Ferryland resident Charlie Dunne told The Canadian Press.

On Easter Sunday, cars were bumper-to-bumper on the Southern Shore highway coming from St. John's (an hour's drive away) and surrounding areas, according to CBC News.

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Photographer Jody Martin was among those braving the crowds. She captured the photos seen at the top.

"It was a beautiful day and a lot of happy faces," she told CNN. "Everyone seems to enjoy the beauty of the huge iceberg."

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The offshore parade of icebergs runs from spring to late summer when the currents push Arctic ice southward along the Newfoundland coast aptly nicknamed Iceberg Alley, according to CNN.

While it is common to see icebergs in this region, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said it's rare to have one this large so close to shore.

Iceberg Alley has already been busy this season, as 648 icebergs have been spotted in the trans-Atlantic shipping lanes as of this week, according to the International Ice Patrol. The number is more than triple the average of 212 icebergs usually seen by this time.