Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour

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Paddle, Explore and Discover the Mendenhall Glacier | 5.5 Hours

Now Accepting Reservations for 2020 Season

Join us for the ultimate Alaska tour on Juneau’s BEST combination tour. Be one of the few to walk on and explore the Mendenhall Glacier.

The Mendenhall Glacier is a 13-mile-long river of flowing ice. It is 1,800 feet deep and a half-mile wide and even though it is the most visited glacier in Alaska, most people only see if from afar. Our extended tour gives you ample time to get the best pictures, get your full of glacier water, and do a little dance on the glacier ice itself. Be one of the few to experience the beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier, exclusively and safely.

Mendenhall Glacier ICE Adventure Tour:

Your exploration begins at the cruise ship docks in downtown Juneau. You will be greeted by our professional guides to officially start your adventure.

They will sweep your small group away on a narrated ride deep into the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States, which is where the Mendenhall Glacier resides.

We go directly to the West Glacier parking area where your equipment and safety gear awaits you. After getting suited up, your guides will teach you how to paddle safely and efficiently across Mendenhall Lake.

The journey is just as important as the destination, and that’s why we access the glacier via a canoe ride. Anyone in a kayak would be jealous, as we cruise speedily across the lake.  As we paddle, you’ll get the chance to experience the serenity of the Alaskan wilderness. Surrounded by steep cliffs, the thundering Nugget Falls, icebergs, and native wildlife; this voyage to the glacier is unforgettable.

Once arriving on rocky shore right next to the glacier, follow your guides on a short hike on glacier moraine to the glacier ice. Strap on your crampons and be one the few to walk on the Mendenhall Glacier. Our professional guides are on the ice every day and thrive on showing off what the  Mendenhall Glacier has to offer.

One of the most unique aspects of our trip is that the glacial environment is in a constant state of movement and change, meaning no one tour is the same as the next.  The glacier periodically forms ice caves, blue ice pools, moulins, and other incredible features as it melts. Our expert guides will determine if any such ice features are safe to explore on the day of tour, and may add them to the trip as a bonus.

*The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the most visited glaciers in North America and the National Forest Service limits the number of permits allowed on the glacier each year. Be one of the few to actually experience the beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier.

*Liquid Alaska’s group sizes are small and personal. We provide a 1:7 guide to guest ratio for enjoyment and safety.

*All of our guides are Wilderness First Responders.

*No canoe experience necessary

*This is an all-inclusive tour. We provide everything you need to be safe and dry. Please remember to dress for the weather. We suggest wearing comfortable, non-cotton layers. If it is cooler, please bring a hat, gloves and wear warm socks. If there is sun, please bring sunglasses.


  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Professional guides
  • Gear: Rain jacket, rain pants, Alaskan Sneakers aka Xtratuf rain boots
  • Paddling and Glacier Gear: Life jacket and paddling gloves; Crampons (traction spikes), helmet, trekking pole and a dry bag
  • US Forest Service Permits
  • Bottled water, snacks, and hot beverage


  • Minimum age: 12 years old
  • Minimum weight: 90lbs
  • Maximum weight: 240lbs
  • Not recommended for guests with back or hip problems
  • Pregnant guests will not be allowed on this tour 
  • Full use of limbs for up to 2 hours canoe paddling 
  • Ability to hike over steep uneven terrain for approximately 1 mile
  • Signed liability waiver 

Duration: 5-5.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 30 minutes transport to the glacier launch site
  • 30 minutes equipment and safety briefing
  • 1 hour lake canoe paddle
  • 1-1.5 hours glacier hike and ice exploration
  • 1 hour lake canoe paddle
  • 30 minutes gear unload and snack break
  • 30 minutes transport to cruise ship terminal

No specific glacier ice features can be guaranteed or predicted, including Mendenhall ice caves, bright blue ice pools or ridge-line overlooks.


Liquid Alaska Tours operates under permit with the Tongass National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.

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