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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek

From US$ 366.45
Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek
From US$ 366.45
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Mendenhall Glacier and Lake is the Juneau area's premiere wilderness destination for its beauty, scale, and ease of access. This 6.5-hour tour takes you right up to the glacier, past Nugget Falls, and over Mendenhall Lake, combining paddling, ice trekking, and hiking for a full-day's worth of wilderness adventure suitable for the whole family. This tour is available as a shore-excursion for cruise passengers.
What to Expect

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from a series of unparalleled vantage points on Southeast Alaska's singular multi-sport glacial adventure.

You will be picked up from downtown Juneau and transported 20 minutes and a world away, arriving at the edge of Mendenhall Lake — your paddling destination and the first phase of exploration on this 6.5-hour, family-friendly adventure. After your gear outfitting, orientation, and safety briefing, point the bow of your canoe toward the awe-inspiring glacier ahead and paddle with your informative guides on this silt-rich lake. As you paddle, take in the views of glowing blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes and reflections of the grand peaks of the Coastal Mountain Range.

Mendenhall Lake offers the unique experience of paddling near icebergs, arctic tern nesting cliffs, and giant waterfalls, all en route to the terminus of the glacier. Don't forget to look toward the shorelines, mountains, and sky for possible wildlife sightings such as mountain goats, black bears, porcupines, river otters, beavers, eagles, loons, and arctic terns, which all inhabit this area.

Upon reaching our beach landing point near the glacier's edge, the adventure continues as you trade your paddles for backpacks and trekking poles. Leaving your sea legs behind, venture to the glacier's edge and onto the ice, taking a journey through time as your expert guides share the natural history of the Mendenhall and help you to explore such accessible features such as crevasses, ice caves, melt water streams, pools, and more.

After your trek, return to your boats and paddle across the lake once more, allowing the visually stunning experience to wash over you before returning to the lake's edge.

Adventurers of all experience levels are invited to join in on this excursion. The guides are happy to outfit and orient you to the paddle and glacier trek experience regardless of past paddling or trekking history. The entire family can join in on this multi-sport journey through an ecological timeline to experience the Mendenhall from land and water.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Excellent way to see the glacier!

We had an 8:30 tour- we met under the Mountain Tram. We were transported to the site where were suited up with water gear (pants, boots and life jackets). It was a bit of a surprise to learn that we almost all had to paddle....More

Thank mom22monkeys1021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Coolest way to experience Mendenhall!!!

The canoe trip and hiking up to the glacier was full of awesome views and an incredible experience. Glacier Guide Matt took us to a cool ice cave, showed us the best places to take pictures, and kept us laughing during the canoe trip. He...More

Thank Tori V
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So great to hear Tori! Sounds like a great day up on the ice with Matt and sounds like you got to see very cool features up there! The cave is actually an ice tube or conduit that has formed due to water and wind...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best way to experience Awesome Alaska

We've all seen Blue Planet on TV, now we (my son Liam & I) have seen it live...and we want more! Both guides Beau and Katie were extremely knowledgeable and professional, making us all feel comfortable in our canoe and glacier trek experience, and make...More

Thank terryjgrogan
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Terry & Liam! This is so kind of you to take the time to leave this feedback and you are absolutely right - the glacier is receding quickly and we are grateful for the time we have left that allows it to be...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Excellent experience. Awesome excursion!!!

I would strongly suggest this excursion for anyone who likes the outdoors and hiking activities. Our two guides - Beau & Katie - were absolutely the best! They were both informative and helpful in explaining what was to happen next. Lots of fun and very...More

Thank jaermon
Cait M, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So great to hear - thank you! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback! Our tours are a great choice for anyone looking for an outdoor, away from the crowds, small group hiking or paddling experience. Thank you for joining us...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Best tour we've EVER done. Amazing!

This company was perfectly prepared for the tour. Everything was set out & ready at our arrival & on time. This tour was definitely physical & beautiful.Beau was an excellent guide, fun, efficient & aware of everything going on. The weather was raining, but the...More

Thank SherryOrndorff
Liz B, Manager at Above & Beyond Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and thank you for coming out on tour with us! I am very happy that you enjoyed this once in a lifetime experience. I will share this with Beau. Come back and join us again anytime!

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