Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour

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Paddle, Explore, and Discover the Mendenhall Glacier | 5-5.5 Hours

Join the ultimate Alaskan adventure that takes you up close and personal with the Mendenhall Glacier. 

Gear up with crampons (traction spikes) and become one of the few to walk on top of the glacier surface. Wonder at its unique geology of meltwater rivers, crevasses, and towering seracs.

The journey is just as important as the destination, and that’s why we access the glacier via a traditional native-style canoe ride.  As we paddle, you’ll get the chance to experience some of Alaska’s most stunning views, including thundering waterfalls, icebergs, and native wildlife.

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.


  • Roundtrip transportation from cruise ship terminal
  • Bottled water, snack, and hot beverage
  • Gear/equipment: Rain jacket, rain pants, life vest, helmet, rain boots, crampons for glacier hike 


  • Minimum age: 12 years old
  • Minimum weight: 90lbs
  • Maximum wight: 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 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
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