Liquid Alaska Tours is an adventure travel company headquartered in Juneau, Alaska. We are dedicated to providing high-end Alaskan experiences that showcase our unique landscape, culture, and untamed spirit. Founded in 2009, our dream became our mission: To provide visitors of the Last Frontier with unforgettable and unparalleled vacation experiences.
What we'll do
Explore The Mendenhall Glacier Lake By Canoe!
Our professional guide leads you into exploring the serenity of the Tongass National Forest towards the Mendenhall Glacier. Voyage past steep cliffs, waterfalls, and icebergs while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife en route to getting face to face with the glacier.
Your adventure begins in front of your cruise ship, where you meet your professional guide. Step away from the crowds with narrated transportation to a remote part of the Tongass National Forest to get your first views of the breathtaking, ever-changing Mendenhall Glacier. One of the most accessible glaciers in North America, the Mendenhall Glacier is located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. The 13-mile-long river of ice, which ends on the far side of Mendenhall Lake, is one of Alaska’s gems. A half-mile wide with ice up to 1,800-ft. deep, it’s no surprise that Mendenhall is the most-visited glacier in all of Alaska.
Once suited up in our top-quality gear along with a quick paddle lesson, hop in the canoe and launch across the Mendenhall Lake. With the instruction of your guide, you will glide across the lake en route to the toe of the Mendenhall Glacier. Keep an eye on the cliffs decorated with nests of Arctic terns, a giant waterfall, and wildlife while voyaging along beautiful blue icebergs. You will come as close as possible to the face of the Mendenhall Glacier and be rewarded with front-row views of the “ice falls,” where miles of glacier ice flow steeply over the mountainside, and continue down to melt into the lake in front of you. Your guide will steer the canoe to the best viewpoints of the glacier’s towering blue crevasses and ice seracs.
Upon returning from your adventure on the lake, you’re welcomed by a hot beverage as you de-gear from your equipment. After a short drive back to the cruise ship docks, your adventure with us ends, but hopefully with memories that will last a lifetime.
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: 4 hours
*Included: Full Waterproof Gear, Healthy Snacks and Water Bottles, Round-trip transportation
*Bottled water, snacks, and hot beverage provided
*Alaskan Wilderness is best seen in a small group with a maximum of 10 guests.
*You will be equipped with our top-quality gear to ensure your comfort and safety.
*Please remember to dress for the weather. We suggest wearing comfortable, non-cotton layers. If it is cooler, please bring a hat, gloves, and wear warm socks. If there is sun, please bring sunglasses
- Minimum age: 12 years old
- Minimum weight: 90 lbs.
- Maximum weight: 240 lbs.
- Not recommended for guests with back or hip problems
- Pregnant guests will not be allowed on this tour
- Full use of limbs for up to 2 hours canoe paddling and 1.5 hours of glacier hiking
- Ability to hike over steep uneven terrain for approximately 1 mile
- Signed liability waiver
*Tour Itinerary: Tour Times Below Are Approximate
- 30 minutes transport to the glacier launch site
- 15 minutes equipment and safety briefing
- 2 hours of canoe paddling
- 15 minutes equipment unload and hot beverage
- 30-minute transport back to the cruise ship terminal
*Price includes all local taxes
- If I am traveling by myself, may I participate in a Liquid Tour?
Of course! We welcome solo adventure travelers!
- What if our ship is delayed or our port is canceled?
Alaska Cruise Ships tend to run on time, but there are always exceptions. If your cruise ship is late, we will do our best to accommodate. We understand this is completely out of your control as well as ours and if we are unable to accommodate, we will provide a full refund. If your cruise ship has to cancel Juneau as a port of call, we will also provide a full refund.
- Are we guaranteed to get back to the ship in time?
We guarantee that your tour will return on time. All tour times are scheduled around cruise ship arrival and departure times and allow for adequate time before and after the adventure to easily make it back on board and on time.
- Will our tour be canceled if it is raining?
No. Juneau is located in the world's largest temperate rainforest (the Tongass National Forest, it is also the largest National Forest in the United States). Rain is very common in Juneau and we welcome it. We provide a rain jacket, rain pants, and rain boots to each guest, but please dress to stay warm and possibly get wet. If Liquid Alaska Tours deems weather conditions are unsafe, Liquid Alaska Tours will cancel the tour (and provide a full refund).
- Tour departures 30 minutes or greater after your ship arrival, you will be able to make it to our tour meeting location at the Mount Roberts Tramway on time. Most of the cruise ships docks in Juneau are within a 5-7 minute walk from the Mount Roberts Tramway with the exception of the AJ dock.
The AJ dock is about a mile away from Mount Roberts Tramway. There is a shuttle system (For most cruise lines and a fee may apply) that will drive you and drop you off next to our meeting location at Mount Roberts Tramway.
- Do I have to paddle?
Yes. It is a team effort! Everyone must be able to have full mobility of their limbs and be able to paddle along with the guide.
- How large is the canoe?
We use three different sizes of canoes. Our canoes may hold 7 guests, 10 guests, or 14 guests.
- What type of clothing should I wear?
The weather is very unpredictable in Alaska. We would like our guests to dress according to the weather, noting that the glacier will be about 10 degrees cooler than land. Guests are encouraged to dress in non-cotton layers, bring gloves, a warm hat, and sunglasses if it is sunny. We’ll provide you with waterproof jackets, pants, and boots.
- Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Bald eagles, porcupines, mountain goats, herons, shorebirds, arctic terns, and waterfowl are all common sights, however, this is not a designated wildlife tour and specific wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
- Are food and drink included/can I bring my own food or drink?
Yes. We provide bottled water and healthy snacks. At the conclusion of the adventure, we also provide a hot beverage. Please feel free to bring your own food and drink, but you are responsible for picking out your own trash.
- Are there bathrooms available?
Flush toilets are located at our meeting and drop-off location at the Mount Roberts Tramway.
Once our adventure starts, we bring our guests directly to the West Glacier Trailhead at Mendenhall Lake. This is where we get everyone geared up, we go over safety and paddling instructions, and where we start our journey.
There are very nice pit toilets operated by the United States Forest Service located at the West Glacier Trailhead. Our guests are welcome to use these before our gear up and once we get back.
- How many people are on tour?
We have a guide to guest ratio of 1 to 10.
- What sizes do you have for gear?
Adventurers come in all shapes and sizes! So we have a huge variety.
We provide top-quality equipment for our guides and guests. The North Face and Marmot are our raincoats and rain pants. Our rain boots are “Alaskan Sneakers” aka Xtratuf rain boots.
Our raincoats with hoods sizes are XS- XXL in both men and women.
Our rain pants are XS- XXL for both men and women.
Our rain boots are sizes: 3-14 Unisex
We also have limited child sizes in both rain gear and rain boots.
Customers will receive a full refund with 48 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.