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Mendenhall Glacier Tours

No visit to Juneau is complete without a close-up look at the Mendenhall Glacier — one of Alaska’s most popular attractions. The 13-mile-long (19 km) glacier ends at Mendenhall Lake and is easily viewed from the historic Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. On a sunny day the glacier is beautiful, with blue skies and snow-capped mountains in the background. On a cloudy and drizzly afternoon, the glacier is even more impressive, as the ice turns shades of deep blue.


The Basics

Near the face of the glacier is the visitor center, which houses various exhibits including a large map of the Juneau Ice Field, an observatory with telescopes, and a theater that shows a film about the glacier every 20 minutes. 

  • If you plan on walking, dress accordingly and be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Those visiting by cruise ship can take a tour of Mendenhall Glacier as a shore excursion.
  • No food or drink other than water is allowed from May through September, due to bear activity.
  • Look for Nugget Falls, a salmon-viewing platform overlooking Steep Creek, and for six hiking trails of varying difficulty. 

How to Get to Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier is located about 12 miles (19 km) outside of downtown Juneau, at the head of Glacier Spur Road. You can reach the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center by taxi, car, or bus. 

Note that the city bus drops visitors a mile and a half from the visitor center so plan accordingly.


When to Get There

From May through September, the visitor center is open daily between 8am and 7:30pm. October through April, it’s open Friday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The trails and outdoor areas are open all year. 


Mendenhall for Adventurers

If you’re visiting Alaska, chances are high you’ve already got a bit of the adventurous spirit. There are many glacier tours catering to adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. Opt for a combo that includes a whale watching tour, a hike along the glacier, and a salmon bake; paddle down the river to the glacier from Juneau by raft, kayak, or canoe; or embark on a guided adventure tour that includes hiking or ice exploration.

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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek, Juneau, null
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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

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Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier, Mendenhall Lake, and Nugget Falls from a series of unparalleled vantage points via land and water on Southeast ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $366.45
Juneau Shore Excursion: City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or Dinner on Mt ... 
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Juneau Shore Excursion: City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or Dinner on Mt Roberts

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While you’re in port in Juneau, see the area’s top attractions on a sightseeing and nature shore excursion that combines historical landmarks with beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour, Juneau, Ports of ... 
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour

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While in port in Juneau, make the most of your time with this combo tour that includes a city sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau, Juneau, City Tours
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Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour from Juneau

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While visiting Juneau, get up close to Alaska’s impressive Mendenhall Glacier on this exciting 3.5-hour rafting tour. Sit back and have fun as your guide ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $145.95
Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake, Juneau, White Water Rafting
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Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

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Want to see the best Juneau has to offer in one day? First, get an up-close look at the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier. Then, board a jet boat for a ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $208.95
Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour, Juneau, Day Trips
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Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

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Enjoy this Mendenhall Glacier Adventure from Juneau. You will be paddling across a lake in a canoe, exploring the Mendenhall and taking an unforgettable walk ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $329.70
Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service, Juneau, Nature & Wildlife
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Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Get from Juneau to Mendenhall Glacier and back quickly and at your convenience. With shuttles departing from the port every 30 minutes during operating hours, ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: Varies

From USD $45.00
Mendenhall Glacier Trek, Juneau, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Mendenhall Glacier Trek

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Join an Alaskan wilderness adventure as you are introduced to glacier trekking on Mendenhall Glacier!

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $240.45
Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour, Juneau, Ski & Snow
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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour

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Paddle across Mendenhall Lake, navigating past icebergs, surrounded by one of the richest samplings of Alaskan wildlife you’ll find anywhere. Keep an eye out ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $199.00
Mendenhall Glacier View Sea Kayaking, Juneau, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Mendenhall Glacier View Sea Kayaking

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $114.45

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