Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Hike

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Juneau, US
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Juneau, US
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Experience the thrill of paddling and hiking your way to the famous Mendenhall Glacier on this 6-hour adventure. Get up close and personal with the magnificent glacier as you paddle across Mendenhall Lake, passing Nugget Falls along the way. Explore the edge of the receding glacier, where you'll find stunning ice formations, tunnels, and tubes that create beautiful blue colors. Walk safely from the bedrock and discover the unique moon-like landscape recently exposed by the receding glacier. Marvel at the crevasses filled with deep blue color and the icefall at the toe of the glacier. Keep your eyes open for freshly calved icebergs and feel the cool breeze generated by the ice. This tour does not include trekking on the glacier, but every day offers a different and unforgettable experience. Don't miss the chance to encounter the natural wonders of the Mendenhall Glacier.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Up close and personal with Mendenhall Glacier
  • Paddling across the cool waters of Mendenhall Lake
  • Exploring the unique moon-like landscape of bedrock
  • Witnessing freshly calved icebergs and ice formations
  • Experiencing the constantly changing features of the glacier
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • National park fees
  • Professional guide
  • All necessary paddling equipment
  • Paddling and safety instructions
  • Rain gear and rubber boots
  • Gratuities

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The Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Hike is an exhilarating adventure that allows you to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. This sought-after experience takes place at Mendenhall Lake, where you will embark on a journey filled with awe-inspiring sights and unforgettable moments.

What to expect?

During this adventure, you can anticipate witnessing the stunning Arctic tern nesting grounds and the cascading Nugget Falls as you glide past in your spacious canoe. As you approach the Mendenhall Glacier, keep your eyes peeled for freshly calved icebergs, creating a magical atmosphere. Once you reach the glacier, you will have the opportunity to explore the rocky terrain on foot, gaining intimate views of the glacier and learning about its rapid recession. Marvel at the ice features, including crevasses and the ice fall at the toe of the glacier, as you delve into this ancient ice age wilderness. With the glacier constantly changing, each day offers a unique and awe-inspiring experience.

Who is this for?

This adventure is perfect for nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and anyone seeking a truly immersive and unforgettable experience in the heart of Alaska. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, the Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Hike will leave you with lifelong memories and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of the world.

Why book this?

The Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Hike offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness the beauty and grandeur of the Mendenhall Glacier up close. With front-row views of the glacier, you'll be able to truly appreciate its magnificent size and intricate ice features. The combination of canoeing and hiking allows you to experience the glacier from different perspectives, providing a comprehensive and immersive adventure. Not only will you be surrounded by stunning landscapes, but you'll also have the chance to learn about the glacier's rapid recession and the impact of climate change on this fragile ecosystem. With knowledgeable guides by your side, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the natural forces at play and the importance of preserving these extraordinary environments for future generations.

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This tour includes all necessary paddling equipment, safety instructions, and rain gear to ensure your comfort during the adventure. Bottled water and a snack are also provided to keep you energized throughout the journey. Please note that gratuities are not included in the package.


Travelers who have experienced the Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Hike have raved about the breathtaking views and the unique perspective it offers on the glacier. They describe the experience as awe-inspiring and highly educational, with guides who are knowledgeable and passionate about the environment. Many reviewers highlight the beauty of the Arctic tern nesting grounds and the thrill of paddling past freshly calved icebergs. Overall, the reviews reflect a high level of satisfaction and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders encountered during this adventure.

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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Dan and Hallie were incredible tour guides! This tour was the most amazing experience. We were so close to the glacier and got to take in the amazing views. The canoe paddle was a great time to spend soaking in all that Alaska has to offer!


This experience was amazing! Our guides Ian and Hallie were fantastic - so informative and fun to spend the day with. We loved the paddle to Nugget Falls on the way to the glacier. The glacier is so impressive and thankful we had this day. The cloudy day brought calm waters and little wind. Definitely a Must Do when in Juneau!


The glacier is amazing to see up close and the guides were great! Canoeing approximately 6 miles roundtrip, due to windy conditions on the lake.


It was an awesome experience and must do if you want to see the beauty of glacier in close. Views during canoeing were totally worth it . It was well organised and we had lot of fun and memories


Dan and Alex were exceptional guides. The day we went temps were in the upper 30s with intermittent rain. ABAK, the tour operator, supplied all the gear needed. They’ll give you rain suit, boots, life vest, and waterproof bag for storing personal items. You get a short canoeing lesson and safety briefing then it’s into the lake. The paddle is mildly strenuous as you’ll be paddling a couple miles but all the effort is worth it. Great trip with a great couple of guides.


Two great guides pushed and mush'd us. They were very informative on both the water and for the short hike. Their office was friendly and super responsive.


Our guides and the tour were amazing! Super knowledgeable and fun. I was impressed by how well run the trip was and how well prepped they were with gear and snacks for us. Would definitely recommend to others.


This was an excellent experience with a fantastic crew! Guides were super knowledgeable (and funny to boot). Ben and Chris made everyone feel comfortable in the canoe and just had so much knowledge of the glacier. We were really lucky in that we also saw a couple of bald eagles along the way. It's a little sad to see how much the glacier has receded over time but it is still well worth going there and having your mind blown by how much ice there really is. Do the paddling tour -- it's taxing on the arms but the views and how close up you get to the glacier itself is so worth it! Thanks for a fantastic experience!

Gloria R

A great way to spend a day in Juneau. Noah and Keanu (spelling - sorry!) were fantastic guides. They are very knowledgeable about the history of the area, the geology and fauna and kept us all paddling along. You will need to paddle! Not kidding. It’s about an hour each way. So worth it though as the glacier is beautiful and the lake is peaceful. Not really a hike- we walked a bit to get closer to the glacier, but it’s really about the canoeing. The trip is very well organized. It was a bit chilly and there was rain on and off, so layer accordingly.


This is not a 4-6 hour trip. The actual activity is maybe 3 hours at best. The other times are waiting for people to arrive, fitting gears (less than 10 minutes). We rode the van to the west glacier trail head. The canoeing was fun. About 1 hrs to the glacier. We tested and bathroom break (behind rocks). Because of receding glacier, the viewing from a far is about 20-30 minutes. Then we row back. That's about 30-40 minutes. I was instructed to be at the pick up point around 0800. I got back from the trip, return gear, use the bathroom and in van to the drop off point by 1345. It is closer view of glacier than looking at it from the visitor center. There is significantly less carbon foot print than those helicopter,/ sea plane tour. But it didn't add much for 300+ than the view with binocularat the visitor center. There is NO longer trek on the Mendenhall glacier. Would I recommend it to my family. No at this time when there is significant receding of glacier. The view not that much from the visitor center
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