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Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

1. Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

Meet your guide at the cruise ship docks to start off this adventure. Hop in the van and listen to live commentary while driving through Juneau into the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States.  Once arrived at the lake you will have a meet and greet with the second guide who helps you put on the gear. You receive a rain jacket, rain pants, and rain boots. Along with everything needed to stay safe, including but not limited to paddling gloves, life jackets, helmets, trekking poles, and dry bags.  Your guides go over safety and paddling instructions before stepping into the canoe. This journey across the lake is a team effort, so it is not necessary to have paddling experience.  The Mendenhall Lake is a glacier-fed lake which is surrounded by mountains and the famous Nugget Falls. The wind coming off the Mendenhall Glacier will officially welcome you to the Alaska wilderness.  Once the canoe is docked on the beach, there is time for a quick break before starting the hike to the glacier. During the hike, you can learn about the history of the area and listen to all the information your guides can share. At the same time, there will be enough quiet moments to soak in the calmness of Alaska.  Once arriving on the rocky shore next to the glacier, follow your guides on an exploration trek around the rocky moraine to view the glacier up close. The professional guides are in the wild every day and thrive on showing off what nature has to offer. One of the most unique aspects of the trip is that the glacial environment is in a constant state of movement and change, meaning no one tour is the same as the next. After your hike back to the canoes, be sure to soak in your last moments with the Mendenhall Glacier as the group paddles back to the shore. Once arrived your guides will provide a hot beverage while you take off the gear. After a short drive back to the cruise ships, you will walk away with memories of Alaska that you will never forget.

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What people are saying about Tongass National Forest

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Bryce and Kelsey were incredible guides. They really engaged our 12 and 16 year old daughters early on and hooked in their attention for the day of adventure! People with teens know exactly how important this is! We canoed, we hiked, we learned, we stopped for photos. We explored and had an amazing up close adventure at the Glacier and Nugget Falls. I am amazed at how much knowledge the guides remembered and shared. It was really one of the most incredible and memorable days for our family. Thank you so much for everything you did to keep everyone warm and comfortable while also having a lot of fun!

My husband and I had the most amazing and wonderful time. The guides (Paul and Kels) were incredible and very knowledgeable. They made the experience unforgettable by taking us all other the glacier, answering our questions and taking the time to capture as many pictures as we wanted. We even got to see a bear!! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the tour and the guides. I will definitely book again.

An unforgettable experience in a wonderful place, the guides always attentive and taking great care of safety, we had an incredible time!