You’ll begin your journey at the cruise ship terminal. Your guides accompany you on the 30 minute transport to the West Glacier boat launch to outfit you from head to toe in waterproof clothing and safety gear. Participate in a safety briefing, and then set off in a native-style canoe. Located in the Tongass National Rain Forest, you'll navigate past icebergs on the Mendenhall Lake approximately one hour on your way to the face of the glacier.
The excitement continues as you arrive at the rocky beach landing directly next to the glacier. Follow your guides as they lead you across the freshly exposed gravel terrain and onto the glacier’s icy surface. 360-degree views of the Mendenhall Glacier provide one-of-a-kind photo opportunities of the millennia-old ice. Then comes the highlight of the trip, as you explore the glacier's icy surface. This amazing natural landscape is always changing and reshaping, so no two tours are alike. The glacier is always moving and so are it's various amazing formations. You'll spend approximately one to one and a half hours at the glacier exploring the area.
Upon completing your glacier hike, you will have a snack break before paddling back across the lake. During the approximately 1 hour return paddle, you will enjoy more scenic views including a massive waterfall and maybe even wildlife. Once we return to the launch site you will wind down with a complementary hot beverage before returning to the cruise terminal to celebrate the amazing adventure you just experienced.