Private Glacier Blue Paddle Adventure

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    The glacier may be the ultimate destination for this tour, but Mendenhall Lake is a gem in and of itself!
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    Yup, that actually is on planet Earth! The Mendenhall Glacier ice caves are truly an otherwordly sight!
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    This brand-new adventure is suitable for kayak beginners and experts alike!
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    Your knowledgeable glacier guides will answer all your questions as you set off in search of adventure!
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    Catch the Mendenhall ice caves at just the right time, and you’ll feel like you’ve wandered into a glass castle!
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    Your guides might be seasoned professionals, but they also know how to have fun!
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    The Mendenhall Glacier ice caves are unparalleled for their accessibility and beauty.
Grab those cameras and prepare for a genuinely one-of-a-kind adventure to the Mendenhall Ice Caves that you won’t find from anyone else! Our Exclusive Glacier Blue Paddle Adventure, which falls within just a select handful of brand-new Juneau excursions for the 2017 season, is both an in-depth and an accessible way to encounter the glorious ice caves of Mendenhall Glacier even within the limited agenda of a cruise line docking. Your expert guides, seasoned veterans to the Mendenhall Glacier, will lead the way as you strike out by canoe or kayak across otherworldly Mendenhall Lake before heading toward a truly unique ice cave network. The pictures don’t lie: You’ll feel as if you’ve left the solar system, or perhaps entered into a crystal palace, as you navigate through sapphire caves made from centuries-old ice!

What to expect and what not to expect with this Juneau shore excursion

The Glacier Blue Paddle Adventure starts with pick-up just adjacent to the cruise docks. After that, it’s off to the equipment base to meet with your experienced and friendly guides. They’ll lead the way as you strike out in search of adventure! Keep your cameras at the ready as you make your way for 3 miles across the blue-green waters of Mendenhall Lake for the mountain goats and bald eagles that are ubiquitous in this area! Then the true adventure starts! Your private group will reach land among outcrops of unfathomably old gneiss and metamorphosed marble: it’s time for the Mendenhall Ice Caves!

  • No previous kayak experience required
  • Limited daily permits, book early
  • Be one of the few yearly visitors allowed to explore Mendenhall Glacier
  • Not available through the cruise lines
  • All gear, equipment, and transportation provided for you

Because these inspiring features are extremely dynamic, your adventure will indeed be one-of-a-kind: Mendenhall Glacier changes in appearance and form on a day-to-day basis, so the exact cave system you find waiting for you will be anyone’s guess! There’s one certainty, though, on this gorgeous gem of an adventure: You’ll definitely want to take lots of photos! Note: per-person pricing varies with group size, so be sure to see the pricing tab for specifics.

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.


  • Restrictions: The minimum age for participants is 8 years old.
  • Accessibility: Must be fit enough to paddle for 5 miles and be able to sit in a kayak for up to 3 hours.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Including 'Flex Cancel' allows cancellations and refunds up to 24-hours before the tour. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with Flex Cancel) are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: We recommend you prepare for rain and hope for sunshine in regards to the weather. Due to the cool, damp climate it is best not to wear cotton and instead, wear clothing made of polyester, wool, fleece, nylon, polypropylene and/or capilene. A full list of what to bring and how to prepare will be included in your confirmation email.
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  • Rate for 2 people: $450.00/person
  • Rate for 3-6 people: $300.00/person
  • Passenger Rate for 7-12 people: $275.00/person
  • There are no child rates available for this tour
    + 5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Will the trip still operate if it is raining?
Because much of SE Alaska is a rainforest, these trips do operate rain or shine. Rain jackets and pants are provided on this trip. If weather conditions are unsafe, the trip will be canceled and we will provide a full refund.
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?
It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.
Q:Are we guaranteed to see Mendenhall Glacier ice caves?
We don't guarantee ice cave visits. Because the caves are dynamic and change rapidly, visits are condition-dependent. Your guides will ultimately make the call whether or not it is safe to enter an ice cave.
Q:What about restroom facilities along the way?
You'll have a chance at the canoe base to use the restroom but after that we will be entering the great outdoors. We recommend all guests follow 'Leave No Trace Principles' and should the need arise, we request packing all trash from the trip including toilet paper. If this is of concern for you, we recommend bringing toilet paper and a ziploc bag for easy packing.
Q:What's the weather like on the glacier? Is it cold?
Juneau temperatures during the summer are typically between 50 and 65 degrees, with an average of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). The temperature on the glacier is about 5 degrees cooler, but can feel up to 15 degrees cooler due to katabatic winds (cold downslope winds coming down the glacier). Please bring layers of clothing including a warm hat and gloves.
Q:Will I be using a canoe or a kayak?
Depending on the number of guests in your group and on your paddling ability, your group may be placed in either canoes or kayaks. If you have a strong preference for your boat type, let us know and we may be able to accommodate your request.
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