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Glacier View Sea Kayaking

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Traverse the Mendenhall Wetlands and view the breathtaking Mendenhall Glacier aboard two-person kayaks, enjoying narrative stories about Smuggler's Cove and the area's stunning history.

Glacier View and Sea Kayaking

Learn how to handle a kayak from your professional guide on this Juneau excursion, then put your new skills to the test with a memorable adventure on the water. Enjoy up-close looks at wildlife and views of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier.

Start your shore excursion in Juneau with a narrated tour through a historic part of Juneau on your way to North Douglas Island. Receive your protective rain gear, boots, and life jacket, then learn the paddling techniques you'll need to handle your kayak. Join a friend or new traveling companion aboard your two-person craft and begin your cruise excursion adventure!

Enjoy a backdrop of forested slopes, nearby peaks, and the gorgeous Mendenhall Glacier. Traverse the same waters the Aleut Indians did two centuries ago. In small groups of six kayaks, quietly approaching wildlife is easy. Observe bald eagles, herons, shorebirds, and waterfowl. This ocean explorer's view of the glacier is from about 6 miles away, so you'll enjoy expansive views of the Mendenhall Glacier's massive river of ice winding up through the mountain peaks for miles. Occasionally, porpoise and humpback whales travel through this scenic area! If you're lucky, you might see a humpback's awesome tail fluke. Your kayak adventure will take place at a safe distance from the glacier. You will be on the lake near the face of the glacier.

Visit the Mendenhall Wetlands, a protected habitat teeming with more than 140 species of birds, nearly a dozen different mammals, and an abundance of marine life. Along your Alaska kayak tour, your professional nature guide talks about local flora and fauna, explaining the history behind landmarks such as Smuggler's Cove. Back at the kayak base, you will enjoy a tasty Alaska style snack before the bus journey back to the pier.

Book this Juneau shore excursion today for an incredible day kayaking the Mendenhall Wetlands, observing Mendenhall Glacier, and enjoying the surrounding wildlife!

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from $130.00 (USD)
Per Person
 
Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Standard
 
Activity Type(s)
Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
 
Tour Duration
3.5 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 5 to 25 minute walk, or an approximately 5 minute shuttle ride (not included, approximately $5 US per person) is required to reach your departure location.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
A tasty Alaska style snack and water is included.
 
Special Instructions
For all Alaska tours, we recommend layers of clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. We also suggest comfortable walking shoes that may get wet. Guests should bring gloves and an extra pair of socks.
 
Restrictions
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. The minimum weight to participate is 40 pounds. The maximum size to fit in the kayaks is 35 inches from hip to hip, and 17 inches from front to back. Guests taller than 6' 3" will not be able to steer with foot pedals and will have to steer with the oar instead. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian. Please note on overcast or foggy days, views of the glacier may be obstructed.
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