Explore the Mendenhall Glacier in a unique new way during this scenic and memorable canoeing adventure.
This tour has been recommended by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society based on its philosophy that guided experiences in nature should inspire people, young and old, to act responsibly for the protection of our planet's vital ecosystems.
Depart the pier for the transfer to the Mendenhall Glacier. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety and canoeing instructions, then begin paddling amongst the icebergs located near the Mendenhall Glacier during this scenic adventure aboard a stable, 12-person traditional native canoe, the only way to get to the face of the Mendenhall Glacier.
Along the way, you will soak in the serenity of Mendenhall Lake, where the canoe's quiet paddles are the only propulsion allowed. Bring extra film or memory for your camera to capture the breathtaking scenery. A stop will be made to stretch your legs by roaring Nugget Falls, which is located just a few hundred yards from the glacial face. You and your group will also be served an Alaskan snack, and listen as your guide explains the natural history and native lore relating to your surroundings.
Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: This is a participatory trip, and all guests must be able to paddle. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair will not be permitted on this tour. No experience or gear is necessary to participate on this tour. Raingear (if needed), hiking boots, glacial-walking shoes, life jackets, and dry bags will be provided. Children must weigh at least 40 pounds and be accompanied by an adult to participate on this tour. Due to USFS permit conditions, this tour has limited capacity. This tour operates in all weather conditions. Warm clothing is recommended; the full-length raingear provided will keep you dry even on the wettest days. Guests will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate in this excursion.