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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

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Juneau, United States
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icon6 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Experience Mendenhall Glacier by land and water on this 6.5-hour combo-adventure tour from Juneau. First, hop into a canoe at Mendenhall Lake and paddle around luminescent blue icebergs and past cliffs and waterfalls toward Mendenhall Glacier. Step onto the glacier and explore the area with trekking poles. No matter what level of paddling or glacial-trekking experience you have, a guide is there to prepare you for each step of the journey. Look for wildlife sightings and expect personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to 14 people.
  • Paddle around ice floes and admire dramatic scenery en route to the glacier
  • Embark on a glacier trek and learn about the area’s natural history from an informative guide
  • Transport from select hotels included
  • Small-group, family-friendly tour limited to 12 people ensures a more memorable experience
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All necessary paddling and glacier equipment
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
490 S Franklin St , 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.

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This activity will end right where it started.The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers. Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation need to contact our office to arrange a meeting location.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Age minimum of 12 years and older only
  • Safety harnesses fit up to 42 inch waist size and 28" inch leg size. Not able to accommodate larger waist/leg sizes. Max weight is 250 lbs per person.
  • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: rain gear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide their ship's name
  • At time of booking, clients staying locally must provide the name of their place of lodging
  • At the time of booking, clients must provide the following for each participant: name, age, height/weight, rain gear and shoe size, and any pertinent information regarding medical issues (or history) and allergies. Smallest shoe size that can be accommodated is Youth 2 and largest is Adult 14.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • All participants must be physically capable of paddling 5-6 miles round-trip and hiking/trekking approx. 2 miles round-trip
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All participants are required to sign a waiver before beginning the trip
  • Accessing ice caves, moulins, or any other glacial feature is not guaranteed: Due to the dynamic nature of the Mendenhall Glacier features are in constant change. Your guide will assess each available feature prior to accessing to determine if it’s safe to explore. The Mendenhall Glacier is receding on a daily basis and due to this we are seeing significant changes to the surface of the glacier. There are very limited safe areas to access and explore on the ice with crampons. Safety is our number one priority and we can not guarantee every trip will hike on the glacier. We assess conditions day to day. The edge of the glacier has some of the most stunning features; caves, tunnels, tubes, and crevasses which create those beautiful blue colors.
  • Maximum weight is 250 lbs per person
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Above and Beyond Alaska
You can cancel up to 15 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • Any changes made less than 14 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 8–14 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 7 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 7 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 15 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek.
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What is the social distancing policy during Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek.

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Definitely the highlight of our trip to Juneau, Alaska
Anonymous
, Jul 2022
What an awesome experience. After paddling across the lake, turning the bend, and seeing the glacier so close, we felt so small and humble. It was emotional and none of us expected that. Nature is always more beautiful and this day trip met all of our expectations. The group was small (8) and we could tell that our guides (Abbey & Cash) really cared about our experience. They shared important facts and showed us actual dates and details about how the glacier has changed since the industrial revolution and how it is getting smaller. Our group made up four of the eight and we all agreed it was definitely the highlight of our week in Juneau.
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Great experience
Adam_L
, May 2022
Awesome experience. The tour guides were knowledgeable and were friendly. Saw many great sites on and in the glacier. Thank you.
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MUST DO IN JUNEAU
Marcus_G
, Aug 2021
What an incredible experience! The tour guides were fantastic! It was a totally immersive, personalized experience, even being in a group.
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Above and under the glacier
Todd_W
, Jul 2021
Great experience all around. The canoe in was easy with great views. We explored an ice cave under the glacier, the top of the glacier, and had a terrific time. Above and beyond Alaska was an above and beyond experience.
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Glacier trek
Erica_F
, Aug 2019
Fantastic experience! We loved the canoe paddle and glacier trek. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable.
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Great experience, some minor tweeks to improve.
Heather O
, Aug 2019
This was a good day and good opportunity to explore the glacier. However, I expected this to be quite physical and the only activity that was really strenuous was paddling the canoe with 6 people that had never canoed! In addition, our group size was 11, which was too much waiting around once everyone went up to take pictures, etc. Overall, I would do it again - but with some adjustments this could be the perfect day out! Would be better with smaller groups and paired by experience.
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Fun and awesome experience
Road166082
, Aug 2019
Mel & El were awesome. They were always excited, passionate and eager to help and guide us. You made it special. Thank you.
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Amazing Experience!
covenof9
, Jul 2019
The ice caves were not open when we were there but the rest of the trip was amazing! We had a beautiful day with no rain to paddle in which gave us the fastest time across the lake, saw crevices and glacial rivers, we even saw an Eagle pluck a baby Seagull off the bluffs of the lake. It was spectacular! Thanks to Whisper and Jacque, it was a great time!
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AMAZING!
Sandy T
, Jun 2019
Matt, Justin and Casey were excellent guides! Extremely experienced, knowledgeable and fun! While it was a bit strenuous it was well worth it! This is a highly recommended trip!
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Awesome! Spectacular. All cast...
Marcelo G
, Oct 2017
Awesome! Spectacular. All cast are very friendly and let you very comfortable with instructions and their experience. They really know what they are doing. They give to you the appropriate equipment and clothes to enjoy all adventure. I extremely recommend!
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Canoe ride was great and the ability...
Debra B
, Sep 2017
Canoe ride was great and the ability to walk on the glacier was fabulous. Being able to walk and actually see the conduits were spectacular. Pictures do not do the blue ice justice.
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This canoe and glacier trek was the...
Francine Z
, Aug 2017
This canoe and glacier trek was the highlight of my Alaska trip The guide was careful and knowledgeable and lots of fun. After a beautiful canoe trip to the glacier 7 paddlers in one canoe which made to easy to paddle We went through an ice tunnel up to the glacier Equipment was provided and we climbed all over the ice The contours and blues colors in the ice were stunning. This trip is worth every penny!!!
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We did this tour in May 2017, it was...
mimafamilia
, Jul 2017
We did this tour in May 2017, it was great! To me and my husband it has been one of the best experiences in our life. Paddling thru the lake, and then arriving to the glacier to get inside of the caves, to then go hiking on top of the glacier was amazing!!!!!! Every part of the tour was worth the effort to get to one of the most beautiful places ever! the scenery was breathless, it is unbelievable how beautiful it is! In addition to that our guides were great, we felt very lucky to had them assigned to our tour, they were very experienced and knowledgeable. Elliott Sofhauser was the main guide and he was very smart and made us feel very confident about safety, he along with Sarah Galvin were explaining us geographical information about the glacier that was very valuable . Then, the company who provided the tour is very well organized and had everything pretty well arranged, in terms of equipment, safety, transportation, snacks, everything was very perfectly planned. Another great thing was safety, we felt absolutely secure with the guides, they were very qualified and assessed the risks all the time.
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Our family of 5 - children ages 11...
Elizabeth D
, Jun 2017
Our family of 5 - children ages 11, 13 and 15 - had a wonderful time with Adam! The canoe trip was beautiful, the trek and the glacier climb was amazing! Everyone loved it and was the favorite part of our vacation. So glad we did it! Don't forget to bring gloves -but everything else is provided. Dress is layers, as you can get pretty warm canoeing - but climbing the glacier got a little chilly.
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AMAZING tour, breathtaking views...
THEODORE T
, Jun 2017
AMAZING tour, breathtaking views! Our guides were great. There was a 30-minute row from shore to glacier, and it was moderate work but our group of 14 including 2 guides was great. The ice caves were the highlight for me, but the hike to the crevasses above was a close second. Highly recommend this booking.
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This tour was amazing. My husband...
Reyna B
, May 2017
This tour was amazing. My husband and I went via canoe to reach the ice cave then hiked Mendehall Glacier and drank some glacier water. It was fabulous. Our guides were awesome and very helpful.
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WE had an amazing time. Elliott was...
Lisa B
, Sep 2016
WE had an amazing time. Elliott was our guide and he was great! I felt safe the whole time! His assistant I'm sorry I can't remember his name was great as well. They made everyone feel comfortable and experience something that not many people in the world will ever experience. The ICE CAVE was gorgeous and of course the canoe to the glacier itself was breath taking. I recommend this excursion to anyone that wants to experience something different. It is pretty challenging actually trekking on the glacier, but Elliott was all about safety and preparation. It would say go for it if you can before the Mendenhall glacier is gone!
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A must do if you love the outdoors...
Steve M
, Sep 2016
A must do if you love the outdoors and a beautiful glacier. Sam our guide was great and took very good care of everyone in the group. We all agreed he made the experience a trip to remember for ever. The company had all the equipment that was needed to climb,stay dry and be safe. Everything was in great condition and good working order. The guides are responsible for setting up snacks and equipment so you don't spend all your time at the shop and more time on the glacier. From phone calls direct to vendor/beyondak and the guides everyone was great and highly recommend this tour.
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This was by far my favorite...
JenniferM_E
, Sep 2016
This was by far my favorite excursion while visiting Alaska. It was about an hour canoe paddle to the glacier. We got to trek around for about 1.5hrs and was about 45min canoe trip back. Our group was pretty fit so the sooner we got to the glacier the more time we had to trek around. Was definitely worth the money. The guides are down to earth and overall was a positive experience.
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A once in a lifetime experience. To...
Stephen_L
, Aug 2016
A once in a lifetime experience. To walk around a glacier and beneath into an ice cave was an awesome experience. Our tour guide Aaron? was everything we could ask for in a guide.
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