Tour code: 5474PRTJNURAFT
Step off your cruise ship and into a river raft on this 3.5-hour shore excursion along Mendenhall Glacier. An experienced guide rows your raft, allowing you to soak up the gorgeous mountain scenery as you float along for six miles around the foot of the glacier. Wind through stretches of Class II and III whitewater rapids and wrap up the outing with a delicious riverside snack. Families, beginners and the more experienced all will enjoy this Mendenhall Glacier float trip. Port transport from Juneau included.


  • 3.5-hour river-rafting shore excursion from Juneau
  • Raft through Class II and II rapids while you take in the unbelievable scenery
  • No prior experience required and all ages are welcome
  • Keep an eye out for abundant wildlife, like bald eagles, seals, otters and bears
  • Alaskan-style snacks are included
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's Worry-Free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour

Mendenhall Glacier Rafting

Hop off your cruise ship in Juneau and hold on for a safe and exhilarating river-rafting experience on this Mendenhall Glacier rafting tour! As you travel at the foot of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, you’ll be awed by views of towering mountains, forests and wildlife.

Your shore excursion begins with a scenic drive up Mendenhall Valley. When you reach the shores of Mendenhall Lake, don protective raingear and a lifejacket, and board your raft. Each raft holds up to 12, and is rowed by an experienced guide.

Glide across the iceberg-studded lake, marveling at the 1.5-mile-wide (2.4 km) glacier, and set course downstream . The 6-mile (9.6-km) route combines windy stretches of water with Class II and III rapids. The rapids are perfectly safe – exciting for beginners and experienced rafters, and appropriate for all ages. The raft lasts approx. 1.5 to 2 hours.

When the river feeds into the lake and the rapids end, soak in the views of the riverbank, lush forests and 7,000-foot (2,134-meter) mountains rising above the valley floor. Learn about the natural history of the river, and keep your eyes open for bald eagles, birds nesting in rocky cliffs, black bears, otters and seals, and salmon during spawning season.

At the finish point, celebrate with an Alaskan-style snack and toast your adventure with a cup of Martha’s Mendenhall Madness (a strong wine cocktail) or hot cider. You can purchase the action photo of yourself as a lasting memento of a trip you’ll never forget.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Elsa C M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Incredible experience for the entire family!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This excursion was the best one of the entire trip. I would definitely recommend this excursion to anyone that went to Alaska. I was a little hesitant using a third party company that was not part of the Cruise line but I am sure glad I did. Best company ever!

Wendy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

was not on trip but my sons and husband said they loved it.

Sreekar K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Great experience. Our guide was awesome. Wish the company was more organized at the launch point.

Traci G

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Hurry up and wait. Felt rushed to get into small van to get to the site in cold rain, put on rain gear and wait 1/2 hr for another group. Not cool. The female guide was perfect, funny and knowledgeable
Worth the wait, but hey, don't rush people to wait

Jeanette P

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Only a couple of very mild rapids. More of a float trip. But our guide Josh was fantastic and made the trip really enjoyable. My 11 year old son and 70 year old in-laws had a great time.

George G

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

We loved the rafting trip around Mendenhall Lake and down the river. Our guide, Adam, was excellent: informative, knowledgeable, and always made us feel safe. Other staff members were equally as friendly and helpful. We were only disappointed that we could not see the face of the glacier.


4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

Fun excursion to do while in Alaska!

Yvette M

4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

The trip was beautiful! Even at 7am. The guide was very informative but the excitement of "white rough waters was only about ten minutes long". The rest was peaceful floating but still very worth it. You get to see the glacier which was super neat!


4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

My husband, two sons and daughter went on this trip and had a blast. The kids would have enjoyed more rapids as much of the trip was floating.

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