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

Juneau, Alaska, USA

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24 hours
6 hours 30 minutes
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US$356.30 US$ 366.45
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Adult(s) x (Age 12 To 99)
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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.


  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Pick-up and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • All necessary paddling and glacier equipment
  • Rain gear and rubber boots
  • National Park fees
  • Paddling and safety instructions
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Age minimum of 12 years or older only 
  • Safety harnesses fit up to 45 inch waist sizes. Not able to accommodate larger waist sizes. 
  • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: rain gear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide their ship's name
  • At time of booking, clients staying locally must provide the name of their place of lodging
  • At the time of booking, clients must provide the following for each participant: name, age, height/weight, rain gear and shoe size, and any pertinent information regarding medical issues (or history) and allergies.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • All participants must be physically capable of paddling 5-6 miles round-trip and hiking/trekking approx. 2 miles round-trip
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All participants are required to sign a waiver before beginning the trip
  • A specific amount of time on the ice cannot be guaranteed. The amount of time on the glacier is dependent on the group's pace and weather conditions.
  • Visiting specific features such as ice caves, moulins, etc. cannot be guaranteed due to the constantly changing nature of the Mendenhall Glacier. Your guide will assess the hazards on the day of the trip to determine if a particular area is safe to trek upon or enter.

Meeting Point

For cruise ship passengers and clients staying in the downtown area, the centralized meeting location is the company sign located between Taku Smokeries (Green Building) and the Mt. Roberts Tramway. (Please look for a person holding a sign with Above & Beyond Alaska.)

*Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel.

*Clients off cruise ships docking at the AJ Dock with 30 minutes or less between their ship's arrival time and trip departure time will be picked up directly from the AJ Dock.
Departure Time:
MUST BE APPROVED TO JOIN TIME - Put time request in email request.  Mondays: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm Tuesdays: 7:30am, 8:30am, 2:30pm Wednesdays: 7:30am, 3:30pm  Thursdays: 8:30am, 12:30pm Fridays: 8:30am Saturdays:  8:30am Sundays: 7:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm
Departure Comments:

Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point
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