Located off the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland, Canada, Fogo Island is a remote yet accessible outport community found at 49.6667° N, 54.1833° W. "Fogo" is the Portuguese word for fire, and the Island was likely named by passing sailors who noticed small fires burning on our shores. Situated in the Labrador Current along "Iceberg Alley," the Island is bounded by the rugged shores of the wild North Atlantic Ocean.
Fogo Island spans about 35 kilometres from east to west and 24 kilometres from north to south with 2,395 people living in 10 distinct communities. The Island boasts countless plant and animal species that thrive in its untamed wilderness and icy waters. Although located just over halfway between the equator and the North Pole, the Labrador Current passing by Fogo Island's doorstep brings with it the makings for a subarctic landscape and a temperate maritime climate. The Island's boreal forest plays host to herds of caribou, beavers, foxes, mosses, grasses, and wildflowers. Migrating whales and icebergs visit in the spring, and fall’s berry season finds Fogo Island carpeted in at least two dozen varieties of edible berries.
The isolation from the mainland and the lives lived in intimate and profound entanglement with the forces of nature and the ferocious North Atlantic have created a place of unique stories and traditions. Located as it is on the outside edge of the North American continent, it is not surprising that the Flat Earth Society considers Fogo Island to be one of the four corners of the earth.