Mendenhall Glacier Guided Kayak Adventure

3.5 Hours
Offbeat Originals
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $199 Per Adult / $150 Per Child

Mendenhall Glacier Guided Kayak Adventure

3.5 Hours
Offbeat Originals
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $199 Per Adult / $150 Per Child

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      Mendenhall Glacier Guided Kayak Adventure

      Juneau, Alaska, USA
      From (USD) $199 Per Adult / $150 Per Child
      • Mendenhall Glacier: Paddle across Mendenhall Lake, navigating past icebergs, surrounded by one of the richest samplings of Alaskan wildlife you’ll find anywhere. Venture within a safe distance of the massive, awe-inspiring face of the living Mendenhall Glacier.
      • Nugget Falls: Feel the thrill of skirting your kayak along the base of this powerful waterfall, which originates at Nugget Glacier and drops 377 feet in two tiers.
      • Paddle power: Paddle for approximately 2 hours across Mendenhall Lake in your stable 2-person kayak, navigating the iceberg studded pristine water that is truly one of the jewels of the Tongass National Forest.
      • No experience necessary: Kayakers are arranged by skill level, and if you are new to kayaking you'll get professional instruction. Your guide will maintain an easy pace throughout.
      • Alaskan snack: Refuel and recharge with an authentic Alaskan snack that includes reindeer sausage, salmon spread, crackers and a beverage.
      • Special access: This tour operates under a special use permit with the USDA Forest Service. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the Mendenhall Glacier as only a select few lucky adventurers can.
      About this Juneau, Alaska Tour

      The lucky few on this tour will get close-up views of a 3,000-year-old glacier on a small craft with roots even older.

      Because of the danger of calving ice (when big chunks break off from the glacier and fall into the lake), the U.S. Forest Service issues a limited number of permits that keep visitors out of the splash zone. So this tour offers an experience that few people ever get.

      Measuring more than 12 miles long, 1½ miles wide, and several hundred feet thick, Mendenhall Glacier is the largest glacier accessible by road in southeast Alaska, and one of 38 major glaciers that flow from the Juneau Icefield. You'll be approaching this ancient glacier the way the Aleut Indians once did – in a kayak, originally developed by the Inuit, Yup'ik, and Aleut peoples to hunt on rivers, inland lakes, and coastal waters. In fact, the word kayak means "hunter's boat." That's why they're an excellent way to quietly approach – and get a great look – at animals in the wild. On any given day, you might see black bears, eagles, arctic terns, foxes, coyotes, and mountain goats.

      The incredible diversity of Alaskan wildlife, a little native history, and a close-up view of a magnificent river of ice. How special is that?

      Fits like a glove

      The Native Americans who depended on kayaks for travel and trade custom-built them to the size and shape of the owner. The craft's length was three times the distance of the owner's outstretched arms; the width was his hips and two fists or less; and the depth was his fist plus an outstretched thumb. Because each kayak was different, early European explorers were totally confused when they tried to duplicate them.

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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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