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Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour

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Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour
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Explore the 3,000-year-old Mendenhall Glacier on this 5.5-hour adventure tour from Alaska’s capital city, Juneau. Paddle out on the iceberg-covered Mendenhall Lake for about an hour until you reach Mendenhall Glacier. Then, spend about an hour to an hour and a half on the glacier. Afterward, paddle back to your starting point, and warm up with a hot beverage once you reach the shore.
What to Expect
Your journey will begin in downtown Juneau at the cruise ship docks. Your professional guide will pick your guaranteed, small group up and narrate you on the 30 minute journey into the Tongass National Forest to the West Glacier boat launch.
After outfitting you from head to toe in top quality rain gear, your guides with provide you with a quick paddling lesson and safety briefing. No previous canoe experience required as your guide will steer the native-style canoe across the lake and through the icebergs to the Mendenhall Glacier.
Anyone in a kayak would be jealous, as you cruise speedily across the lake with your team of explorers!  The lake portion of the tour is approximately an hour each way, giving you the chance to soak up the incredible scenery of vibrant green rainforest, and thundering waterfalls, that flow down sheer cliffs into the glacier lake. 
The excitement continues as you arrive at the rocky beach landing directly next to the glacier. Follow your guides as they lead you across a moon-like landscape of freshly exposed gravel and carved bedrock, then 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, so bring a camera!
The Mendenhall Glacier is a slow-motion (frozen) river, moving constantly forward, but also melting backward at an alarming rate. This constant shifting and melting causes rapid landscape changes, sometimes forming unique features like ice caves, crevasses, blue pools, moulins, seracs, glacier waterfalls, and streams which all form, disappear, and form again later at different locations.  
This ever evolving mountain of ice, makes every tour unique!  Your expert guides will assess the ice stability and lead you to the most incredible views that are safely accessible. Mother nature even provides some of our tours with the rare opportunity to explore inside blue glacier ice caves, or hike to icy ridge-line overlooks! However NO VIEWS OR ICE FEATURES CAN BE PREDICTED OR GUARANTEED, but the possibilities are endless. No matter how the glacier forms, its sure to be awe-inspiring each visit!  
With around an hour and a half to explore the ice, you'll definitely see some breathtaking views!
Upon completing your glacier trek, you'll re-fuel with a snack break before paddling back across the lake. On the canoe ride, keep a sharp eye out for wildlife, including Mountain Goats, Arctic Terns, Bald Eagles, Porcupine, Beavers, etc.
Once we return to the launch site you will wind down with a complementary hot beverage before returning to downtown Juneau to celebrate the amazing adventure you just experienced.
So if you are searching for an active adventure, multi-sport, off the beaten path, then come to Southeast Alaska and join Liquid Alaska Tours. 
Reviews (127)
1 - 5 of 117 reviews
Reviewed 4 October 2018
Alaska highlight!

After 6 weeks travelling through Alaska and Canada, this experience is the highlight! Our tour guides Andrew and Alli were fantastic. We felt safe and had a thrilling adventure. I cannot believe the beauty we saw on this glacier and we feel truly privileged to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Erica D
Reviewed 28 September 2018
Don't pay attention to the "Poor & Average" reviews. This is experience couldn't be further away from "Poor & Average" !

Where do I begin.... Firstly, our tour guides were the best. Matt and Alli were very knowledgeable, fun and our safety was their first priority. Reading the "poor" and "Average" reviews leaves me confused as to how people don't understand this glacier is ever changing....More

Date of experience: September 2018
6  Thank Dcar777
LiquidAlaskaTours, Manager at Liquid Alaska Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2018

Thank You. We are very proud to be able to show off such a spectacular piece of nature to our guests daily. Nature is completely unpredictable and the glacier is at a constant state of change, so we unfortunately cannot guarantee any specific features. We...More

Reviewed 26 September 2018

Hi, I am a retired teacher from Florida.I would just like to say Thanks Liquid Alaska Tours(LAT) for an AMAZING experience. It started with Micah checking in with me via telephone while I was still in Florida, allowing me to ask all the questions needed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Aline W
Reviewed 25 September 2018
Best Offshore Excursion in Alaska!

Our family of 4 adults arrived in Juneau via the Norwegian Bliss. At every stop, we planned offshore excursions and this experience was by far the best. Liquid Alaska is an amazing company to work with and we had wonderful service from extremely experienced staff...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank SimplySimpatica
LiquidAlaskaTours, Manager at Liquid Alaska Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2018

Thank you! We love this review. The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is quite beautiful and warm, but it is filled with people and is quite far away from the glacier. It does not even compare to the adventure that we offer on our tour. Not...More

Reviewed 25 September 2018

We loved this excursion in Juneau! Our guides were Matt and Andrew and they were fantastic! They were fun and responsible! We had a great time hiking around the glacier! The paddle was at a faster pace than we expected, but it was fun as...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank weluvparrots
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12 February 2019|
Response from LiquidAlaskaTours | Property representative |
All of our tours start on the west side of the Mendenhall Lake, which is on the opposite side of the Mendenhall Visitor Center. We do see the Visitor Center from a distance as we paddle pass it on the way to the the toe of... More
Mighty W
30 January 2019|
Response from LiquidAlaskaTours | Property representative |
Mother Nature prevents us! The ice caves are not always present on the Mendenhall Glacier as the glacier is like a flowing river of ice and is at a constant state of change. Sometimes there are ice caves that are safe and... More
Roslyn D
18 January 2019|
Response from LiquidAlaskaTours | Property representative |
Our tour is quite a workout! You have to be able paddle efficiently and effectively for 2 hours (one hour there, one hour back) and able to walk on uneven terrain. We also require full use of limbs to get in and out of the... More