Your one-of-a-kind private outing begins with pick-up from the cruise docks, followed by a lift to the beautiful Mendenhall Lake. Your private guide will then fit your group for the journey before you head out onto the water! Keep your camera handy and your eyes alert en-route to the glacier. After all, porcupines, mountain goats, bald eagles, river otters, and black bears are often seen along the shores of the glacial lake! Also watch for great views of glacier-covered peaks and lovely Nugget Falls! Before long, you’ll find yourself face-to-face with the glacier and surrounded on all sides by icebergs. Watch closely (but not too close!), as house-sized blocks of ice often tumble gloriously into the lake!
Finally, it’s time for the second phase of your epic adventure. Your leader will equip you with trekking equipment for an approximately 2-hour journey out onto the ice. Fill your canteen from rivers of melted ancient glacier ice as you search for mesmerizing features like ice caves, moulins, and stunning crevasses. Remember: it’s your private tour, so you’ll have the opportunity to ensure that your glacier experience is hand-crafted to fit your group’s goals. How could an excursion with this much adventure and scenery not be a highlight of your Alaska cruise?! Because the Private Mendenhall Glacier Lake Canoe Paddle & Trek has extremely limited spots, we recommend you book early to ensure spaces! Note: This tour allows for groups of 5-7 or 10-12 guests due to canoe requirements.
If you’re looking for a more extensive hiking experience without the paddling, perhaps you’ll want to check out the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek. Or, to learn more about glacier caves, check out our Mendenhall Glacier ice cave article, part of our Nature and History series.
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