Water activity

Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

Activity provider: Liquid Alaska Tours
Water activity

Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

Activity provider: Liquid Alaska Tours

From US$ 345.45 per person

Book an all-inclusive adventure. Start off with a drive through the Tongass National Forest before you head out on a canoe as a team to enjoy the glacier.

About this activity

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Trek on the rocky moraine and explore the glacier up close
  • Canoe across a glacier-fed lake surrounded by mountains and waterfalls
  • Discover the glacier with a professional guide
Full description

Meet your guide at the cruise ship docks to start off this adventure. Hop in the van and listen to live commentary while driving through Juneau into the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States. 

Once at the lake you'll have a meet and greet with the second guide who helps you put on the gear. You receive a rain jacket, rain pants, and rain boots. Along with everything needed to stay safe, including but not limited to paddling gloves, life jackets, helmets, trekking poles, and dry bags. 

Your guides go over safety and paddling instructions before stepping into the canoe. This journey across the lake is a team effort, so it is not necessary to have paddling experience. 

Mendenhall Lake is a glacier-fed lake that is surrounded by mountains and the famous Nugget Falls. The wind coming off the Mendenhall Glacier will officially welcome you to the Alaska wilderness. 

Once the canoe is docked on the beach, there's time for a quick break before starting the hike to the glacier. During the hike, you can learn about the history of the area and listen to all the information your guides can share. Enjoy quiet moments to soak in the calmness of Alaska. 

Once arriving on the rocky shore next to the glacier, follow your guides on an exploration trek around the rocky moraine to view the glacier up close. 

The professional guides are in the wild every day and thrive on showing off what nature has to offer. One of the most unique aspects of the 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.

After your hike back to the canoes, be sure to soak in your last moments with the Mendenhall Glacier as the group paddles back to the shore. 

Once arrived your guides will provide a hot beverage while you take off the gear. After a short drive back to the cruise ships, you will walk away with memories of Alaska that you will never forget.

  • Roundtrip from Juneau's cruise ship terminals
  • Professional Guides
  • Raincoat, rainpants, and rainboots
  • Paddling gloves
  • Life jacket
  • Trekking pole
  • Helmet
  • Dry bag
  • United States Forest Service Permits
  • Healthy snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Hot beverage
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People over 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • People under 88 lbs (40 kg)

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Meeting point

Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. The guide will wait underneath the cables holding a blue sign that reads "Liquid Alaska Tours- Mendenhall Glacier ICE Adventure". Bathrooms are located at the meeting location

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What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Gloves

Know before you go

  • This activity takes place at any weather
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Weather Cancellation Notice - In the event of abnormally high winds, this tour may need to be cancelled and fully refunded. Katabatic winds can occur due to glacier-specific weather systems created on hot and sunny days. Cancellations may occur at or before the scheduled tour time based on wind readings
Customer reviews

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It was one of my favorite adventures I’ve ever done! Canoeing across Mendenhall Lake was so exciting! We saw a Seal swimming. Beautiful scenery all around and floating icebergs! The hike to get to the glacier was a great! The guides Kelsie and Kelby were the best! Touching the actual glacier ice was awesome!

March 30, 2023

Bryce and Kelsey were incredible guides. They really engaged our 12 and 16 year old daughters early on and hooked in their attention for the day of adventure! People with teens know exactly how important this is! We canoed, we hiked, we learned, we stopped for photos. We explored and had an amazing up close adventure at the Glacier and Nugget Falls. I am amazed at how much knowledge the guides remembered and shared. It was really one of the most incredible and memorable days for our family. Thank you so much for everything you did to keep everyone warm and comfortable while also having a lot of fun!

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March 30, 2023

My husband and I had the most amazing and wonderful time. The guides (Paul and Kels) were incredible and very knowledgeable. They made the experience unforgettable by taking us all other the glacier, answering our questions and taking the time to capture as many pictures as we wanted. We even got to see a bear!! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the tour and the guides. I will definitely book again.

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March 30, 2023

Product ID: 384526