Juneau Glacier Paddle and Trek Excursion (S2200)

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  • Air conditioned and licensed round trip transportation from your Juneau cruise pier area!
  • English speaking certified guides!
  • Van transfer to Mendenhall Lake!
  • Participation in 8-person canoe!
  • Two hour guided trek to and on the Mendenhall Glacier!
  • All equipment and gear required!
  • Lake paddle near the face of Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls!
  • Complimentary bottled water and healthy snack!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy unique sights of Juneau and surrounding area!

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from a series of unparalleled vantage points, both on land and water, during this small group, exclusive multi-sport glacial adventure!

A 30-minute transfer by van from your downtown Juneau cruise pier brings you to the Mendenhall Valley and the start of your memorable experience. On the shores of Mendenhall Lake, you will meet your guide to start the first portion of your adventure - guided lake canoe. Your guide will help you gear up, give you a safety briefing and then introduce you to your 8-person canoe. Each canoe will have up to six guests and one guide in them. After some paddling instruction and tips, you are ready for phase one of this multi-sport glacial experience.

Pushing off into the silt-rich lake, you will point your bow in the direction of the mighty Mendenhall Glacier. Your informative guide will give you more information on the awe-inspiring sea of ice that lies ahead of you.

You will paddle past glowing blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes that have broken off the glacier. The silt off the glacier can turn the lake into a mirror and you can often see the reflections of the grand peaks of the Coastal Mountain Range in the surface. Overhead, gulls and arctic terns fly in and out of their nests along the cliffs, and along the shorelines, mountain goats, black bear, porcupine, river otter or sometimes beaver may be spotted. While paddling along the face of the glacier at a safe distance, you will also see the Nugget waterfall cascading down through the forest into the lake.

Near the glacier's edge, you will reach your beach landing point. Once your guide helps you out of your canoe, the adventure continues, as you trade in your paddles for backpacks and trekking poles. Following your guide, you will venture to the glacier's edge and onto the ice. Your expert guide will explain the natural history of the area as told by the changing glacial landscape.

Depending on the glacier's condition on the day of your excursion, your guide will chose the safest and most interesting areas to visit. They may include glacial runoff pools and streams and maybe even an ice cave. Total time including hike to the glacier is approximately two hours.

After your trek, you will return to your boats and paddle on the lake once more, taking time to experience this out of the ordinary adventure. After paddling back to your put in location on the shoreline, you will walk to your transportation, which will transfer you back to the Juneau cruise pier. There is a minimum of 2 needed and a maximum of 14 per departure.

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Jul/26/2018 Jul/26/2018 All departures Sold Out
Jul/29/2018 Jul/30/2018 All departures Sold Out
Aug/05/2018 Aug/05/2018 All departures Sold Out
Aug/11/2018 Aug/11/2018 All departures Sold Out
Aug/12/2018 Aug/12/2018 All departures Sold Out
Aug/25/2018 Aug/25/2018 All departures Sold Out
Sep/01/2018 Sep/01/2018 All departures Sold Out
Sep/19/2018 Sep/23/2018 All departures Sold Out
Sep/25/2018 Sep/29/2018 All departures Sold Out

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Price: Total payment including all fees and taxes.
Deposit: Booking deposit or full payment (if applicable) to guarantee your reservation.
Balance: To be paid upon check-in on site with your local Shore Excursion operator (does not apply to full payments).
MED: Multiple Excursion Discount Automatically applied to your shopping cart when booking TWO or MORE participating Juneau Excursions in the same shopping cart.
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Participants (12 years and up): $366.45$366.45$0.00$6.00
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Juneau Glacier Paddle and Trek Excursion Reviews


Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from a series of unparalleled vantage points, both on land and water, during this small group, exclusive multi-sport glacial adventure!

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MaggiePadilla Tacoma WA
Incredible breathtaking experience!
     5/5 Visited in May 2018

Just got back from our HAL Cruise and was anxious to share our experience to everyone!!! First I recommend you to book with anticipation. We booked this in advance through Shore Excursioneer and as I was trying to rebook again for 2019 and I see most of 2018 is already booked! Now that we've experienced this first hand I can understand why this is a famous excursion and this is an experience you do not want to miss. Alaska cruises are a bit pricier but once you are there you will realize it's worth every dime. From all of the cruises we have been on, this was our favorite and we know for sure we will be visiting more often (it was our fist time!). The ride to Mendenhall Lake was filled with interesting stories and beautiful luscious landscape. We arrived to the camp where we met Corey who would be our paddle guide. These guys take safety serious. We received our equipment and safety briefing for the day and paddling lecture. Since there were only 5 of us we all synchronized well and were ready in no time. The canoeing was relaxing and we got to see so much wildlife on our way to the glacier. We stopped to see the mighty Nuggets Falls before we met our second guide for the day, Miles. We felt safe knowing we would be guided by a local expert who knows the area like the back of his hand! He explained what we would do and we began our hike. It was strenuous but well worth it! The caves have this impressive shade of blues and it's just a wonderful experience. We continued hiking until we exited the glacier back to a beach area where the canoes where waiting for us to paddle back to the office. We were given water and snacks to recover. We thanked everyone at (tour operator) for such a wonderful experience and such professionalism carried out throughout the whole trip which is why we will be returning. Our our next trip we will be doing the full day expedition without the canoeing and so anxious! Karla from Shore Excursion helped us book and it is also available through the Shore Excursioneer website. Do not hesitate booking this outside your cruise. I recommend Shore Excurioneer as they work with smaller and private tours and have better pricing.
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