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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour

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    What to Expect
    Hop off your cruise ship in Juneau and hold on for a safe and exhilarating river-rafting experience on this Mendenhall Glacier rafting tour! As you travel at the foot of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, you’ll be awed by views of towering mountains, forests and wildlife.

    Your shore excursion begins with a scenic drive up Mendenhall Valley. When you reach the shores of Mendenhall Lake, don protective raingear and a lifejacket, and board your raft. Each raft holds up to 12, and is rowed by an experienced guide.

    Glide across the iceberg-studded lake, marveling at the 1.5-mile-wide (2.4 km) glacier, and set course downstream . The 6-mile (9.6-km) route combines windy stretches of water with Class II and III rapids. The rapids are perfectly safe – exciting for beginners and experienced rafters, and appropriate for all ages. The raft lasts approx. 1.5 to 2 hours.

    When the river feeds into the lake and the rapids end, soak in the views of the riverbank, lush forests and 7,000-foot (2,134-meter) mountains rising above the valley floor. Learn about the natural history of the river, and keep your eyes open for bald eagles, birds nesting in rocky cliffs, black bears, otters and seals, and salmon during spawning season.

    At the finish point, celebrate with an Alaskan-style snack and toast your adventure with a cup of Martha’s Mendenhall Madness (a strong wine cocktail) or hot cider. You can purchase the action photo of yourself as a lasting memento of a trip you’ll never forget.

    Worry-free Shore Excursion:

    We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
    Departure Time
    Varies -- after booking, you will be provided with the local supplier's contact information so you can specify a pickup time from the port.
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 3.5-hour rafting shore excursion from Juneau
    • 1.5-2 hours on the water
    • Professional guide
    • Snacks
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Please indicate your ship or hotel name when booking your tour
    • Children must weigh at least 50 lbs (22 kg) in order to fit into required life jackets
    • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please indicate your ship or hotel name when booking your tour
    • Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    We had a perfect October day for this. Water was up, rapids were excellent, bald eagle sitting on a rock in the river. Had a congenial crew in the raft. The lake below the glacier was quite the sight. A waterfall coming on one side. Our group of four had an awesome time.
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    They provided clothing and boots to keep you dry, which wasn't the easiest to get on and then the life jacket compounded my issues, but all is necessary. Once in the boat, the tour out on the lake is nice. We chose the boat in which we did not have to paddle, but that is an
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    What an amazing canoe trip. We we’re metres away from the glacier and an iceberg. Dave our guide was fantastic at managing our canoe to get the best vantage points of the glacier. This trip exceeded our expectations for the Alaskan experience.Thank you Dave
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    Great fun rafting the small rapids and floating down the scenic mendenhall river. Putting on the gear might have been the hardest part of the trip!!
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    I have recently returned from a tour of Alaska, the most stunningly beautiful place on earth! The highlight of this tour, and the part I was most looking forward to, was Kayaking by the Mendenhall Glacier. I would like to pay my particular thanks to Gabe, who was our guide for
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