Private Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek

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    Photographers come from all over the world to photograph stunning Mendenhall!
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    Absolutely enormous! The Mendenhall Glacier, 10 miles from Juneau, is a giant river of ice that ends in a lovely glacial lake.
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    Don’t forget those cameras!
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    Fill ‘er up! The water in crevasses on the face of the glacier is safe to drink.
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    The stunning face of the Mendenhall Glacier often features blue ice from recently calved sections.
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    Your Guide is here to keep you safe and to teach you all about this incredible river of ice.
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    Wild birds flock to the glacier and surrounding areas, including beautiful arctic Terns
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    Follow your guide as they find safe paths to travel to the glaciers many changing features.
This top-of-the-line tour, simply put, is the cream of the crop among Juneau adventure excursions! Featuring both a tranquil, gorgeous paddle across a glacial meltwater lake and an on-foot excursion across the hulking glacier itself, the 6.5-hour Private Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek is a concise and enthralling tour package that combines all the best components of Alaska travel exploration! This adventure is in many ways the same as the Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek. It has the additional advantage, however, of allowing your small group of either 5-7 or 10-12 family and friends to travel unhindered under the guidance of your own private guide. If you’re captivated by the idea of customizing your very own voyage, you want to have an up-close encounter with a world-famous glacier, and the possibility of exploring a Mendenhall Glacier ice cave stirs your interest, the exclusive Private Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek may just be the perfect fit for your group!

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

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!

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

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.

Looking for more Inside Passage classics? How about the Misty Fjords Flightseeing in Ketchikan and the Triple Adventure in Skagway!

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.


  • Restrictions: The minimum age for participants is 12 years old.
  • Accessibility: Guests must be under 250 lbs. Pregnant women are not permitted on this tour.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we will issue a refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are non-refundable.
  • What to Wear: Rain gear, rubber boots, trekking equipment, snacks and more are provided for you. 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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  • Passenger Rate: $499/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 refund. This can happen on canoe trips from time to time and will be typically related to sea or lake conditions, not rain.
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port?
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 refund you.
Q:What is the surface of the glacier like?
The area that we travel on is in the ablation zone, the section of the glacier that is melting and not covered in snow half the year. The surface is wet, a little bit dirty, slippery, and uneven with crevasses and seracs (towers/fins of ice) adjacent to and in our trekking routes. It is wet due to melting ice and from the meandering melt-water streams. It is dirty due to the movement of the glacier scraping the sides of the mountains, winds blowing dust and debris onto the ice, and 150 years worth of atmospheric dust settling onto the glacier. To prevent us from sliding while walking on the ice, we wear crampons. The specific route taken on the glacier is selected by the guides to meet the ability and adventure level of the clients.
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:How many people can go on this private tour?
The group size can be either 5-7 or 10-12 passengers due to canoe requirements.
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