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Adult Ages 18+
Minor Ages 12-17


The Mendenhall Glacier is a 13-mile-long river of flowing ice. It is 1,800 ft. deep and a half-mile wide and even though it is the most visited glacier in Alaska, most people only see it from afar. Our extended Alaska glacier tour gives you ample time for pictures and exploration while trekking with your guides directly in front of the glacier ice. Be one of the few to experience the remote beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier, as only 1% of all visitors to the glacier will be able to have this experience. This immersive guided tour brings you into the Alaskan wilderness and face to face with the glacier ice.

Mendenhall Glacier Lake at Sunrise

Mendenhall Glacier Lake at Sunrise

Getting to Mendenhall Glacier

Your exploration begins at the cruise ship docks in downtown Juneau, where you’re greeted by our professional guides to officially start your adventure. Your group size will be limited to enhance the experience of this excursion. You will be carried away on a narrated van ride deep into the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States, which is where the Mendenhall Glacier resides. You will go directly to the West side of Mendenhall Lake where your equipment and safety gear awaits you. After getting suited up, your guides teach you how to paddle safely and efficiently across the Mendenhall Lake.

Safety Instructions by Professional Guides

Safety Instructions by Professional Guides

Paddle Across Mendenhall Lake

The journey is just as important as the destination and that’s why we access the area directly in front of the glacier via a canoe ride across Mendenhall Lake. As you cruise speedily across the lake you will pass icebergs and wildlife. You will experience the serenity of the Alaskan wilderness throughout the entire tour. Surrounded by steep cliffs, the thundering Nugget Falls, icebergs, and native wildlife; this voyage to the glacier is unforgettable.

Paddling a Canoe in front of the Mendenhall Glacier

Paddling a Canoe in front of the Mendenhall Glacier

Explore Mendenhall Glacier

Once arriving on the rocky shore next to the glacier, your guides will lead you on an exploration trek around the rocky moraine to view the glacier up close. This excursion brings you right in front of the glacier for front-row exploration of the quickly-receding glacial ice.  One of the most unique aspects of our trip is the constant state of movement and change to the ice caves and wilderness area on this tour, meaning no one tour is the same as the next.

Hiking on the Mendenhall Glacier Moraine

Hiking on the Mendenhall Glacier Moraine

The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the most visited glaciers in North America and the United States Forest Service limits the number of permits allowed in this area each year. We invite you to join the exclusive group of visitors who get to experience the beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier so closely and uniquely!



Ben and David were the best tour guides. They were very knowledgeable and made the trip fun. One of the very few places to be able to actually go up to the glacier and see it up close. Would definitely recommend

– Chris D, TripAdvisor
Best Time Ever

This was the best tour on our cruise. We were provided with all the gear and we paddled across the lake to the base of the glacier. Our guides then took us on a trek where we had amazing views. Upon our return we had hot cocoa. This adventure does require a bit of fitness but it is well worth it.

– JBT, TripAdvisor
5-star experience

This excursion was amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone who is able to go. Alec & Boots were fantastic guides, each had their area of expertise and we learned so much about the glacier as well as the plants and wildlife in the area. Great guys, hard workers and very patient. Overall, a 5-star experience!

– Anita B, Google Reviews
Incredible Experience!

Amazing experience canoeing and hiking near Mendenhall glacier. The guides (Bryce & Boots) were great! We lucked out with the weather (sunny and not too windy) AND we even saw the glacier calve right as we reached the overlook!! I highly recommend if you are adventurous.

– Rockymtnhigher, TripAdvisor