Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour
Outdoor Activities > Nature & Wildlife > Nature & Wildlife
$329.7
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Description

Canoe to Glacier Trekking, a must-do adventure in Alaska!  Don't miss the chance to explore the Alaskan wilderness with expert guides, as you canoe and hike through Juneau's most spectacular landscapes!  This extended trip (5.5hrs total) gives you the chance to fully enjoy the Mendenhall Glacier's most unique ice formations, as well as the surrounding Tongass National Rainforest, with thundering waterfalls and abundant wildlife.

You’ll begin your journey in downtown Juneau (conveniently located at the cruise ship terminals). Your guides accompany you on the 30 minute transport to the West Glacier boat launch, to outfit you from head to toe in top of the line waterproof clothing and safety gear. 

After a safety briefing, and paddling instruction, your group will set off in a native-style canoe.  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.  Occasionally fresh glacier calving will deposit massive icebergs into the lake leaving bright turquoise blue walls on 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 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 an 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.
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So if you are searching for an active adventure, off the beaten path, then come and join Liquid Alaska Tours. 
Don't miss the chance to be one of the very few people who get to experience Juneau Alaska's world famous Mendenhall Glacier up close and personal!

Canoe to Glacier Trekking, a must-do adventure in Alaska!  Don't miss the chance to explore the Alaskan wilderness with expert guides, as you canoe and hike through Juneau's most spectacular landscapes!  This extended trip (5.5hrs total) gives you the chance to fully enjoy the Mendenhall Glacier's most unique ice formations, as well as the surrounding Tongass National Rainforest, with thundering waterfalls and abundant wildlife.