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Mendenhall Glacier Tours

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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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Admission: Adults: US$3 from May - Sept
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Half-Day Tour to Mendenhall Glacier and King Crab from Juneau

Half-Day Tour to Mendenhall Glacier and King Crab from Juneau

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A half-day tour through Juneau City with round–trip transportation from the cruise port is a popular choice for visitors traveling via cruise ship. In addition to navigating for you, your guide points out landmarks and tells stories about Juneau's history often unheard by visitors. After free time to explore the natural landscape of Mendenhall Glacier, sit down for a meal of fresh crab and crab cakes.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$114.45
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US$114.45

Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service

Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service

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Make your round-trip transfer between Juneau and Mendenhall Glacier hassle-free with this shuttle service. Discover the beauty of the glacier and its trails at a leisurely pace, and when you’re ready, simply hop back on a shuttle back to port in downtown Juneau. Shuttles leave every 30 minutes during operating hours, giving you plenty of flexibility with your schedule. Plus, during the drive each way, pick up historical fun facts and restaurant recommendations from the driver.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$47.25
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US$47.25

Juneau City Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Juneau City Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

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Get to know Juneau and discover the beauty of Mendenhall Glacier on this 2.5-hour guided tour that accommodates a max of nine people. Wind through the city with a guide from the area, and hear about the origins of the Haida-Tlingit tribe, the impact of Russian, European and American influences, and the gold that shaped the region’s past and present. Then, admire Mendenhall Glacier, flowing from the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice field. This tour is offered at a variety of departure times and includes a meal.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$63.00
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US$63.00
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Best of Juneau by Private Mercedes

Best of Juneau by Private Mercedes

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Juneau is the capital of Alaska and famous for its spectacular glaciers. On this private tour, enjoy a completely customized experience and devise your own itinerary. Perhaps visit sights like the Amalga Distillery or Alaska Brewing Co, enjoy views of the Mendenhall Glacier and hop out to walk along the East Glacier Trail, or explore downtown Juneau including landmarks such as the Governor’s Mansion and Alaska State Museum.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$995.00
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US$995.00

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