L’Anse aux Meadows

Saint Lunaire-Griquet, Newfoundland and Labrador
Archaeological Sites
L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Division No. 9, Subd. D, NL, Canada
Get directions
May 27 - June 9: 9:00am-5:00pm. June 10 - Sept 20: 9:00am - 6:00pm. Sept 21 - Oct 4: 9:00am - 5:00pm.

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site is celebrating Canada Historic Places Day with our Annual Full Iron Smelt!

L’Anse aux Meadows is the first known European settlement in North America. The archaeological remains of the Norse encampment were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Among the remains is the earliest evidence of iron smelting on the continent. Based on expert estimate, approximately 2.5 kg of iron was produced 1000 years ago.

Last year, to celebrate 40 years of UNESCO designation as a World Heritage Site, L’Anse aux Meadows’ blacksmith Ragnar and his crew yielded twice this amount. Ragnar Red Beard and his crew will spend close to 12 hours pumping bellows and smelting iron to produce another iron bloom to be used for nails and boat building hardware as was the use to the Norse 1000 years ago.

Refreshments and games will accompany the smelting crew on this historic day of celebrations!


  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access


L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Division No. 9, Subd. D, NL, Canada
Get directions

Nearby Places

Red Bay

Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Site that was an important whale hunting port in the 16th century.
View Place | Get Directions

Point Amour Lighthouse

L'Anse-au-Loup, Newfoundland and Labrador
Climb to the top of the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada
View Place | Get Directions

Port au Choix

Port au Choix, Newfoundland and Labrador
See prehistoric artifacts from four ancient Aboriginal cultures.
View Place | Get Directions

French Rooms Cultural Center

Port au Choix, Newfoundland and Labrador
Learn about the local History of Port au Choix
View Place | Get Directions

Register A Place

Create an account to add your historic place.

Already have an account? to sign in.
We use your contact information to process your registration and correspond with you about the National Trust and its programs. You can unsubscribe at any time. We care about your privacy. Read our privacy statement.

Sign In

Sites that participate in #HistoricPlacesDay need to have an account.

Not registered? Click here to create an account.

Forgot Password

Enter your email address to request a password reset.

to sign in.