Mendenhall Glacier View Sea Kayaking

Mendenhall Glacier View Sea Kayaking
Water Sports > Kayaking & Canoeing > Kayaking
$114.45
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Description

Glide into a glorious adventure on a two-person sea kayak to view the mighty Mendenhall Glacier. Learn paddling techniques from an expert, then set out for possible close encounters with wildlife against a spectacular backdrop of forested slopes, nearby peaks and the icy spires of a glacier. Tour Fritz Cove, look for bald eagles and humpback whales, and visit the Mendenhall Wetlands, a protected habitat teeming with birds, mammals and marine life. Onshore, enjoy a snack and reminisce about your adventure. Sure to be a highlight of your Alaskan vacation.

This half-day excursion along Juneau's coast begins with a short narrated drive by bus to North Douglas Island, where, weather permitting, you will enjoy scenic views of the Mendenhall Glacier.

Upon arrival, your guide will hand out life jackets, rain gear and boots before teaching you paddling techniques. Then you will board the stable two-person sea kayaks, with either a new friend or traveling companion, for your thrilling adventure.

This trip is designed to give you a sense of how the famed Aleut Indians traveled the coastal waterways of Alaska, in search of pelts for the Russian fur trading companies. The stable double kayaks will allow you to silently view any wildlife in the area, including porpoise, seals, sea lions, eagles, herons or even whales. You will also explore the Mendenhall Wetlands where you may have the opportunity to view the Mendenhall Glacier from an ocean explorer’s point of view. The view of the glacier is from about 6 miles (9.6km) away, allowing the unique vantage point to see how the massive river of ice winds up through the mountain peaks for miles. (Please note on extremely overcast or foggy days there may be no view of the glacier).

Along the way, your guide will entertain you with stories about Smugglers Cove, the history of the surrounding area, and point out any local flora and fauna. This trip is perfect for all levels of experience as your guide and safety boat captain will ensure that your tour is safe, yet fun. Your guides will group you into like abilities, so you can travel at a speed comfortable for you. If you've never paddled before, don't worry; your guide will take complete care to make sure you are comfortable on the water.

Back at the kayak base, you will enjoy a well-deserved snack before the bus journey back to port.

Glide into a glorious adventure on a two-person sea kayak to view the mighty Mendenhall Glacier. Learn paddling techniques from an expert, then set out for possible close encounters with wildlife against a spectacular backdrop of forested slopes, nearby peaks and the icy spires of a glacier. Tour Fritz Cove, look for bald eagles and humpback whales, and visit the Mendenhall Wetlands, a protected habitat teeming with birds, mammals and marine life. Onshore, enjoy a snack and reminisce about your adventure. Sure to be a highlight of your Alaskan vacation.