A spectacular iceberg has been spotted close to shore in Newfoundland

David Millward
A large iceberg is visible from the shore in Ferryland - The Canadian Press

Canada is set for a record iceberg season with hundreds already visible off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

They appear to have arrived earlier than usual, with Canada’s iceberg season normally taking place later in the summer.

At the last count there are already 481 icebergs in the region, the Huffington Post reported.

"There are certainly a significant amount of icebergs out there. When you look at the iceberg chart it's truly incredible," said Rebecca Acton-Bond, acting superintendent of ice operations with the Canadian Coast Guard.

A large iceberg is visible from the shore in Ferryland, an hour south of St. John's, Newfoundland Credit: Paul Daly/The Canadian Press

"Usually you don't see these numbers until the end of May or June. So the amount of icebergs that we're seeing right now, it really is quite something," she told CBC news.

The icebergs are created by a process known as calving, in which chunks of ice break off from the edge of a glacier.

While the icebergs are spectacular and a tourist attraction, they can also cause problems for local shipping.

"It's kind of the nature of the beast. It's the North Atlantic and we are at the mercy of Mother Nature," Ms Acton-Bond added.

"So if she decides to push that ice offshore and then back into the shores then we kind of have to just deal with it."

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