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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

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Juneau, United States
Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience Mendenhall Glacier by land and water on this 6.5-hour combo-adventure tour from Juneau. First, hop into a canoe at Mendenhall Lake and paddle around luminescent blue icebergs and past cliffs and waterfalls toward Mendenhall Glacier. Step onto the glacier and explore the area with trekking poles. No matter what level of paddling or glacial-trekking experience you have, a guide is there to prepare you for each step of the journey. Look for wildlife sightings and expect personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to 14 people.
  • Paddle around ice floes and admire dramatic scenery en route to the glacier
  • Embark on a glacier trek and learn about the area’s natural history from an informative guide
  • Transport from select hotels included
  • Small-group, family-friendly tour limited to 12 people ensures a more memorable experience
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Bottled water
Snacks
Professional guide
All necessary paddling and glacier equipment
Rain gear and rubber boots
National Park fees
Paddling and safety instructions
Gratuities

Departure Point

490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Age minimum of 12 years and older only
  • Safety harnesses fit up to 42 inch waist size and 28" inch leg size. Not able to accommodate larger waist/leg sizes. Max weight is 250 lbs per person.
  • 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
  • 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. Smallest shoe size that can be accommodated is Youth 2 and largest is Adult 14.
  • 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
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All participants are required to sign a waiver before beginning the trip
  • Accessing ice caves, moulins, or any other glacial feature is not guaranteed: Due to the dynamic nature of the Mendenhall Glacier features are in constant change. Your guide will assess each available feature prior to accessing to determine if it’s safe to explore. The Mendenhall Glacier is receding on a daily basis and due to this we are seeing significant changes to the surface of the glacier. There are very limited safe areas to access and explore on the ice with crampons. Safety is our number one priority and we can not guarantee every trip will hike on the glacier. We assess conditions day to day. The edge of the glacier has some of the most stunning features; caves, tunnels, tubes, and crevasses which create those beautiful blue colors.
  • Maximum weight is 250 lbs per person
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Above and Beyond Alaska
You can cancel up to 15 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • Any changes made less than 14 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 8–14 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 7 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 7 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 15 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek.

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  • "While it was a bit strenuous it was well worth it!" See review

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MUST DO IN JUNEAU
Marcus_G
, Aug 2021
What an incredible experience! The tour guides were fantastic! It was a totally immersive, personalized experience, even being in a group.
star-5
Above and under the glacier
Todd_W
, Jul 2021
Great experience all around. The canoe in was easy with great views. We explored an ice cave under the glacier, the top of the glacier, and had a terrific time. Above and beyond Alaska was an above and beyond experience.
star-5
Glacier trek
Erica_F
, Aug 2019
Fantastic experience! We loved the canoe paddle and glacier trek. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable.
star-4
Great experience, some minor tweeks to improve.
Heather O
, Aug 2019
This was a good day and good opportunity to explore the glacier. However, I expected this to be quite physical and the only activity that was really strenuous was paddling the canoe with 6 people that had never canoed! In addition, our group size was 11, which was too much waiting around once everyone went up to take pictures, etc. Overall, I would do it again - but with some adjustments this could be the perfect day out! Would be better with smaller groups and paired by experience.
star-5
Fun and awesome experience
Road166082
, Aug 2019
Mel & El were awesome. They were always excited, passionate and eager to help and guide us. You made it special. Thank you.
star-5
Amazing Experience!
covenof9
, Jul 2019
The ice caves were not open when we were there but the rest of the trip was amazing! We had a beautiful day with no rain to paddle in which gave us the fastest time across the lake, saw crevices and glacial rivers, we even saw an Eagle pluck a baby Seagull off the bluffs of the lake. It was spectacular! Thanks to Whisper and Jacque, it was a great time!
star-5
AMAZING!
Sandy T
, Jun 2019
Matt, Justin and Casey were excellent guides! Extremely experienced, knowledgeable and fun! While it was a bit strenuous it was well worth it! This is a highly recommended trip!
star-5
Awesome! Spectacular. All cast...
Marcelo G
, Oct 2017
Awesome! Spectacular. All cast are very friendly and let you very comfortable with instructions and their experience. They really know what they are doing. They give to you the appropriate equipment and clothes to enjoy all adventure. I extremely recommend!
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Canoe ride was great and the ability...
Debra B
, Sep 2017
Canoe ride was great and the ability to walk on the glacier was fabulous. Being able to walk and actually see the conduits were spectacular. Pictures do not do the blue ice justice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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This canoe and glacier trek was the...
Francine Z
, Aug 2017
This canoe and glacier trek was the highlight of my Alaska trip The guide was careful and knowledgeable and lots of fun. After a beautiful canoe trip to the glacier 7 paddlers in one canoe which made to easy to paddle We went through an ice tunnel up to the glacier Equipment was provided and we climbed all over the ice The contours and blues colors in the ice were stunning. This trip is worth every penny!!!

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