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

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Juneau, United States
Juneau Shore Excursion: 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

Mendenhall Glacier and Lake is the Juneau area's premiere wilderness destination for its beauty, scale, and ease of access. This 6.5-hour tour takes you right up to the glacier, past Nugget Falls, and over Mendenhall Lake, combining paddling, ice trekking, and hiking for a full-day's worth of wilderness adventure suitable for the whole family. This tour is available as a shore-excursion for cruise passengers.
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Local taxes
Bottled water
Snacks
Professional guide
All necessary paddling and glacier equipment
Rain gear and rubber boots
National Park fees
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
490 S Franklin St , 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.

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Please arrive 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.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. Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation need to contact our office to arrange a meeting location.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Age minimum of 12 years or 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 250lbs 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 limit 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
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 Juneau Shore Excursion: 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 Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Juneau Shore Excursion: 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 Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Juneau Shore Excursion: 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 Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Juneau Shore Excursion: 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 Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek.

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Hard work for arms, but precious experience
Sightsee05963834532
, Sep 2019
Paddling was hard work so that I got arm muscle pain for next three days. But the guides are very kind and skillful, making sure our safety on glacier. This tour is definitely the highlight of my Alaska trip!
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Amazin day!
Ines B
, Sep 2019
Fantastic and wonderful experience! The guide was excellent, very enthusiastic and with knowledge of the area. It can be done perfectly, the most complicated part was that we rowed all at once.
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Experience of a Lifetime
Expedition253542
, Aug 2019
This was such a fun adventure, the agenda was exactly what happened! I traveled solo on the Ruby Princess from Seattle to AK and decided to do my research on Viator and TripAdvisor for tours. If you want an off-the-beaten path/less expensive/mid-active/unique tour that cruise ships won't offer and the chance to walk on the Mendenhall Glacier before it melts all away, I highly recommend booking this tour and also with Above and Beyond Alaska (ABAK). ABAK shuttle brings the group to ABAK's central warehouse operations to get outfitted for the tour - the warehouse was very clean, organized, and had a bunch of awesome gear that you can purchase (t-shirts, hats, etc.). They even gave us a free ABAK reusable water bottle for the tour and also gave it away as a parting gift - really thoughtful way to show how much they appreciate their customers. I appreciated bonding with all the people I have come to share this experience with. I had the honor of being led by guides Mike and Dan on the 7/22/19 afternoon trip - you guys totally were so helpful (taking pics of our group, being so patient and attentive with me due to my torn ACL issue while walking on the glacier), informative, and fun to chat with. Thanks so much for making my experience from canoeing to walking on the Mendenhall Glacier life moments to remember.
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Amazing
CSH2018
, Aug 2019
Mel and Elle made this tour phenomenal. Their energy was contagious! The glacier was absolutely stunning and well worth the money spent.

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