Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip

Juneau, USA
Juneau Shore Excursion Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Step off your cruise ship and into a river raft on this 3.5-hour shore excursion along Mendenhall Glacier. An experienced guide rows your raft, allowing you to soak up the gorgeous mountain scenery as you float along for six miles around the foot of the glacier. Wind through stretches of Class II and III whitewater rapids and wrap up the outing with a delicious riverside snack. Families, beginners and the more experienced all will enjoy this Mendenhall Glacier float trip. Port transport from Juneau included.
  • 3.5-hour river-rafting shore excursion from Juneau
  • Raft through Class II and II rapids while you take in the unbelievable scenery
  • No prior experience required and all ages are welcome
  • Keep an eye out for abundant wildlife, like bald eagles, seals, otters and bears
  • Alaskan-style snacks are included
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's Worry-Free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Snacks
  • Transportation
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Gratuities
  • Souveniers (available for purchase)
  • Souvenier Photo (available for purchase)
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Mount Roberts Tramway
    490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

    On the sidewalk, under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tram.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Mendenhall River

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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218 reviews
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Poor weather cancelled trip.
Chris_F, Sep 2023
Unfortunately this trip was cancelled due to poor weather. Assume a refund will be offered as we were only in Juneau for the day.
First time rafting.
Janet_S, Sep 2023
Enjoyed the whole experience from getting into huge waders and wellingtons to actually getting on the raft. Our leader was Kemble. He kept us all in good spirits despite the fact it was raining. I would highly recommend the trip.
Trip was canceled with no notice
Kassidy_P, Sep 2023
We were excited to go & really looking forward to going. We show up to the meeting place only to find out it's been canceled. Since we were the last ship to arrive to port everything else was sold out.
Beautiful tour with great guide
Adam_M, Sep 2023
What an awesome trip! Beautiful scenery in every direction. Trent was a wonderful guide and made sure we all had a blast. He even snapped a great pic of our group and made sure to find each of us so he could airdrop it.
Avoid this excursion
Mark_G, Sep 2023
The description of this excursion is that it takes you "to the foot of the Mendenhall Glacier " This is not true. You are over 2 miles from the glacier. As soon as we got in the raft we were told that this is as close to the glacier as we will get. Huh ? The raft then goes down the Mendenhall river, over a few rapids, winding through back yards of homes... and we even got to see a high school football stadium ! Great ! We paid all this money to go through a residential area and past a high school ! Just what I was hoping for on my trip to Alaska ! The lake we were on was very calm, the day was very nice. Why didn't we go towards the glacier as advertised in your promotional material ? Also... the bus was late picking us up. The guide had to wave down some random bus to take us back to the docks. Tour guide did a good job, but I would avoid this excursion.
Guides were great!...
Taylor_F, Sep 2023
Guides were great! Overall fun experience! Easy accommodations to and from port site. Would recommend
Great boating fun. Great guide
Matthew_S, Sep 2023
Excellent experience. Well organized shuttle from tram area to boats. Jason was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and great humor. Provided a lot of information about the recent flood that Juneau had. Boating experience was fun for our kids ranging from 12 to 17. Overall highly recommend
Isaac Made the Trip for Us
Tom_R, Aug 2023
We had Isaac as our Boat Captain and he was phenomenal. Very personal, knowledgeable and very experienced with the boat. It was a very enjoyable trip with fun but easy rapids
Kimbal was a great guide...
Katherine_T, Aug 2023
Kimbal was a great guide and David was a great bus driver. Both were very entertaining and fun. The flood unfortunately made the rapids not as enjoyable.
Not an exciting rafting trip
Mary_O, Aug 2023
Guide was great, but those were hardly rapids! It wasn’t a very exciting trip, and not much to see (except houses) once we passed the glacier. I was hoping we’d be more out in the wilderness, not cruising past houses on the bank. Disappointing for the price.
Fun from start to finish.
Melinda_H, Aug 2023
Our guide, Kimball, made an effort to get to know our group and make the float personal for us. He recommended things to do in Juneau. Excellent experience!
This Experience didn't Disappoint!!
Marilyn_S, Jul 2023
Can someone say "breathtaking"?! From the minute that I interacted with the young lady who checked me in to the snacks at the end! But wait, let's talk about the spiritual experience of being with Lance out on Mendenhall Glacier Lake and River. First things first, they are serious about safety, from telling you how to put on your waders, boots, and lifevest, to how to get onto the float boat! Then the magic began! I was a paddler so I paddled on the third row right in front of Lance, our guide. He took control as we got as close as was allowed to the Glacier and then there were the rapids! You will get wet but that made the Glacier experience even more profound! As we paddled pass the Glacier, across the lake and down the river, Lance kept us entertained with knowledge, jokes and wild life sightings. We saw two eagles at different points. They just stood at the edge of the river as we went by. There were lots of salmon jumping and building nests to spawn! This was a bucketlist experience for me and a part of my birthday trip! It did not disappoint!
Wonderful experience with spectacular views
Marilyn_M, Jul 2023
Going over the rapids, putting on the weighters and boots. Lots of laughs!~ Had my family in stitches getting in the raft!!
Got soaked
Henie_F, Jul 2023
Our grandsons addled over the river rapids and had a memorable experience. No bear sightings and barely saw the glacier. Better views when went fishing.
Tour canceled
Terry_B, Jun 2023
The tour was canceled at the last minute, but gave a complete refund. We had to scramble to get a replacement.
Float trip
Barbara_H, Aug 2022
Tour company forgot to pick up our group. Started about 45 min late. Gear was wet and moldy smelling. Guide was nice. Only plus of the trip. Snacks and drinks were supposed to be included and there was nothing of the sort when we finished our float trip. I wouldn’t recommend this tour company at all.
Robynn_M, Aug 2021
We enjoyed the staff from Dan who picked us up from the port to Sean who was our guide. However, we weren’t that excited by the experience. My 21 year old twin sons and I were hoping for more. We saw the Mendenhall glacier from a distance which was a disappointment. We were hoping for a more close up view. The raft ride was pretty boring except for the few minutes where we experienced some waves. All in all, the excursion was not one that we would recommend unless you just wanted a relatively boring boat ride.
Excellent Trip
Brenda_K, Jul 2021
Skylar was great! Definitely will recommend to others, as this was worth the cost. Beautiful sights and very informative.
Riveting River Ride w/ Momentous Mountain & Glacier Views
Jason_D, Jul 2021
Stunning views. Adrian was the best guide! He guided us on his birthday. He made everything fun and kept us entertained and informed as we went along. We saw lots of bald eagles, even a nest. Features class 3 rapids in places along the way. Family friendly adventure!
Fun trip with a great guide!
Denise_R, Jun 2019
Loved this excursion! The scenery was beautiful and we had a wonderful guide. Cade, was so energetic and enthusiastic sharing stories and while safely guiding us down the river.

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