Glacier View Sea Kayaking

North Douglas Island Sea Kayaking Tour with View of Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau
Price: $149.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion 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.
Recommended Dress 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.

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!

4.5 Stars4.5 / 5  |  10 ReviewsReview This Tour
January 28, 2023
Reviewer: Pam Schulz
5 Stars
Glacier View - Sea Kayaking
January 19, 2023
Excellent tour. We saw eagles, sea animals and it was not as cold as I expected. Hot chocolate at the end was nice.
Reviewer: Lisa Godfrey
5 Stars
Great excursion
July 07, 2022
We had a wonderful time. We were picked up at the wharf by a friendly bus driver who pointed out lots of interesting sites as we drove to the actual Kayaking location. The staff were very helpful getting us ‘geared up’ and into our kayaks. Although we were once experienced at canoeing, we had never kayaked before.the guide was very patient and helpful getting us going and keeping us together. We saw lots of eagles and sea birds and her commentary was very educational. It would have been nice to get closer to the actual glacier but this was a shorter excursion that really just Et us enjoy the surroundings and the fun of actual kayaking. Time, tide and weather are unpredictable so we only saw a few seals, but a group that went later in the day saw a lot of them. Overall an enjoyable experience that was not too difficult and was quite educational.
Reviewer: William Kigar
4 Stars
a pleasant day on the water
July 01, 2022
We found the agent on the pier for this excursion quite easily based on the instructions we received with our ticket. The driver was knowledgeable and kinda quirky in a sweet way. The folks at the lake geared us up and gave us good kayaking instructions before we went on the water. Our guide on the water shared stories about the area. She obviously enjoyed her job. We didn't see as much wildlife as we hoped, but saw lots of very busy bald eagles. But it was a beautiful day for a paddle and nice opportunity to see a piece of Alaska up close.
Reviewer: Debra Kigar
4 Stars
November 16, 2019
Reviewer: Dating Liu
4 Stars
Great for animal viewing
October 08, 2019
We had a great group of guides for our trip. Because of we had 6 people in our party we were placed in a single group with one guide which was nice. We were in a bay type estuary area, not open ocean whatsoever, and we had a view of the Mendenhall Glacier. We saw lots of seals, sea lions, and several bald eagles of varying maturity ages which was pretty awesome. Our guide also showed us how crabbing works in Alaska which was pretty awesome too. We stayed fairly dry minus a little bit of wet arms from the paddles, but stayed more than warm enough. Overall I would recommend for the beginning kayaker who just wants a fun time and to see some smaller sea animals. May be underwhelming for the more intermediate to advanced level kayakers, or those who struggle with tandem kayaking. (Solo kayaks would have made this trip AWESOME!)
Reviewer: Shelby
4 Stars