This is an enthralling opportunity to witness two jewels in Juneau – the graceful elegance of humpback whales and the serene beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier.
The fleet of whale watching boats and glacier shuttles offer a seamless combination of two of Juneau’s favorite activities and one of Juneau’s most popular tours.
Upon check in, you will either be escorted to a shuttle for a narrated 25 minute drive to the glacier or to the boat harbor for whale watching.
Mendenhall is the world’s only drive up glacier. You can choose to hike to Nugget Falls (1.5 hours round trip), take the Photo Point Trail (40 minutes round trip), look for wildlife along the Steep Creek trail, or stroll up the easy walk to the Visitor Center.
During your time on the water, you will be accompanied by a naturalist who explains the feeding habits of these magnificent creatures and identifies the many other kinds of wildlife that share these waters.
These whale watching boats are custom made to enhance your experience – a warm heated cabin with large viewing windows, and two decks to hurry to when the captain slows after spotting the whales. On your quest for whales, you will be on the lookout for bald eagles, seals, sea lions, black bear and more of Alaska’s wildlife. The star of the tour is the humpback whale, but always be on the lookout for the playful orcas. Once we spot a whale, the captain will slow down and allow you to go on the spacious viewing decks for a great photo opportunity.
The custom design vessels provides unrestricted viewing from inside the cabin as well as outside. Although the cabin is enclosed and heated. we recommend you dress in layers, after all it is Alaska! A bathroom is onboard. Snacks and binoculars are also provided.
INCLUDED: Round trip transportation from downtown Juneau, entrance into the Mendenhall Glacier National Park, snacks and binoculars on the whale watching boat.
RESTRICTIONS: All ages welcome.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy to Moderate. There are many trails at the Mendenhall Glacier, with different difficulty levels.
CANCELLATION: Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to date of departure in order to receive a full refund.
WHAT TO WEAR: Always be prepared for chilly and rainy weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes, rain jacket, breathable layers of synthetic fibers.
MEETING INSTRUCTIONS: The meeting point is under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tramway, on the cruise ship docks in downtown Juneau. Look for the dock representatives wearing bright blue hats. Check in 15 minutes prior to departure.