Alaska's Whales & Mendenhall Glacier Trail: Small-Group Experience

5 hours | Juneau | J N U - 7 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Mendenhall Glacier
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Whale Watching
Includes snack, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What You Visit:

Mendenhall Glacier
One of the most beautiful and accessible glaciers in North America is just 12 miles from downtown Juneau but feels like a million miles away from the everyday. A half-mile wide with ice up to 1,800 feet deep, it's no surprise that Mendenhall is the most visited glacier in Alaska. A naturalist will guide your small group of no more than 20 guests along a path once completely covered by the massive glacier. Spend an hour exploring the beautiful trails, breathe in the fresh air that flows off this spectacular river of ice and learn about the Tongass National Forest. Walk under a sheltered rainforest canopy and take in the wonders and the many species that make this area their home.

Whale Watching
A short drive takes you to a picturesque harbor where you'll board a specially designed safari vessel customized to afford up-close viewing of the marine wildlife. Humpback whales are plentiful and spend the summer months feeding on herring and plankton. Once whales are sighted, your captain will maneuver the boat to allow for exceptional viewing and photo opportunities. In addition, undersea listening devices may be deployed so that you can hear the whale's unusual sounds. You'll receive a $100 refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour if a whale is not sighted on the trip.

Photo Opportunity:
The magic of Mendenhall Glacier begins with scenic views of the glacier's lake and secluded sandy shoreline; add in beavers, eagles, salmon, porcupines, black bears and you'll have photos worthy of National Geographic. The call of the wild continues with photos of whales, sea lions, Dall's porpoise, harbor seals and sea birds.

Snack:
A granola bar, mixed nuts, fruit leather, Peppermint Patty chocolate mint and bottled water will be served during the day.

What You See Along The Way:
Evergreen forests, sparkling waters, a breaching whale, and a glacier creeping down the side of a mountain are just a few of the sights accompanying you during the day.

Special Notes:

Walking distance is approximately 1 mile on an improved level trail. Dress warmly in layers and wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Group size is limited to 20. This tour operates in all weather conditions. Tour order may vary. Everyone receives access to a digital publication as a memento of this special tour by land and sea. All tour participants are eligible to enter to win cash prizes in the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest.

Provided: Rain poncho, walking stick, binoculars, souvenir publication

Snack: Granola bar, mixed nuts, fruit leather, Peppermint Patty or chocolate mint and bottled water

Liability waiver required to be signed in the presence of the tour operator.

Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must have a signed parental consent form to participate without a parent or guardian.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Tour to Mendenhall Glacier

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Rainforest trail walk

Time at site:
01:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1800
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Tour to Auke Bay

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Search for whales by safari vessel

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
02:15
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Tour back to cruise ship pier

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
53
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes