Alaska’s Capital City, Juneau is nestled in a spectacular wilderness of mountains rising from the sea. An extraordinary population of whales and other marine mammals frolic and feed in the sea nearby, and offshore wilderness islands are everywhere, complete with their resident wildlife. High above it all is the Juneau Icefield a sea of ice covering nearly 3500 square miles! Almost anywhere you look you can catch a glimpse of one of the dozens of massive glaciers that pour from the icefield into the valleys below. It is truly the perfect base for an adventure in the Alaska wilderness!
Fortress of the Bears Kayak (6-hours)
The Pack Creek Brown Bear Sanctuary is located 30 air miles outside of Juneau on Admiralty Island. Accessed by floatplane, the native Tlingit people call this impressive island “Kootznoowoo,” meaning “Fortress of the Bear.” Indeed, Admiralty Island is home to the highest concentration of brown bears in the world; more than all the lower 48 states combined. Nearly 100 miles long, with 700 miles of saltwater shoreline that encompass its roughly one million acres, this verdant gem of old-growth rainforest graces the northern part of the Southeast Alaskan panhandle’s Inside Passage. On this excursion, you’ll enjoy the Pack Creek Brown Bear Sanctuary under the expertise of your private guide. The viewing area is approximately 60 yards from the creek, and we keep our distance to ensure true wilderness experiences going forward. Large lenses, a sense of adventure, and love of the wilderness and its amazing creatures are recommended.
On this unique Zipline Tour set in the mountains of a sub-alpine rainforest, you will experience seven ziplines and cross a 150-foot suspension bridge—approximately 40 feet off the ground—that hovers above the headwaters of a salmon spawning stream. Your Certified Green Zipline Tour will see you fly through the trees as your guides lead you through a series of themed tree houses, the highest of which is 90 feet above the ground. Once the Zipline Tour is complete, embrace your “Inner Lumberjack” and try your hand at Axe Throwing, or just purchase a locally brewed beer to sip while you watch others from your group. Relax by the fire on the deck and then watch a video presentation from the tour. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a cool sip of tea from a glass made of ice, and to take home a complimentary custom-designed aluminum water bottle. This tour is a great way to make memories with your family and friends and is fun for everyone of all ages!
Please note: Participants are required to be at least 8 years old and weigh between 70-250lbs. Guests should be comfortable with heights and walking up about 50 stairs.
Southeast Alaska is a spectacular place of islands, glaciers, and rugged mountain peaks—stunning features that cradle diverse natural habitats that are home to fascinating animals. This private exploratory journey through coastal fjords introduces you to this wilderness—and its wild inhabitants—in an intimate setting with a certified naturalist and experienced captain. You will search out humpback whales, killer whales, stellar sea lions, and Dall’s porpoise. As you watch, you can also listen to the underwater sounds of the whales through our hydrophone as you drift peacefully alongside. Bring your camera and be ready for some great shots of these gentle giants! Chances are you will also see bald eagles and ravens soaring gracefully above the treetops, and witness ducks and harbor seals near the shoreline of famed Admiralty Island National Monument—also known as “the fortress of bears.” What is certain is that you will learn more about the natural wonders of this rare and dynamic environment on this exclusive tour.
Admiralty Wildlife Kayak and Brown Bear Viewing (8-hours)
On this adventure, you’ll head to Admiralty Island via float plane and kayak—making for a journey as exciting as the bear-viewing itself. Located 30 air miles from Juneau, Admiralty Island is known to the native Tlingit people as “Kootznoowoo,” meaning “Fortress of the Bear.” Indeed, at almost 100 miles long with 700 miles of saltwater shoreline and a million acres of old-growth rainforest, it is home to the highest concentration of brown bears in the world—more than all the lower 48 states combined. Your journey begins with a 25-minute scenic float plane flight to Windfall Island. From there, board your sea kayak and paddle to the edge of either Pack Creek or Windfall Harbor, where the wildlife sanctuary provides protected habitat for brown bears while affording visitors an opportunity to view and photograph wildlife close-up. Your guide will choose the best spot to view the bears; romping in the meadows, catching salmon in secret alcoves, or swimming in the creeks, rivers, and streams. Afterwards, you’ll kayak back to Windfall Island for the float plane trip back to Juneau.
This adventure offers a spectacular helicopter flight combined with the opportunity to partake in the quintessential Alaskan experience—dog-sledding. Flying over the Juneau Ice Field to the dog camp is remarkable in its own right; soon after takeoff, glacier-carved mountains will unfold in front of your eyes. When you arrive, you will immediately meet not just your guides—all qualified Iditarod mushers—but also 80 eager Alaskan huskies. Over a kennel tour and time with your guides, you’ll learn about driving the dogs, and hear unique personal accounts of the Iditarod and other backcountry adventures. You will have ample photo opportunities and can dress up in original Iditarod Trail gear and finishing bibs. Finally, feel the excitement as the team is hooked up, and then hit the trail. Imagine yourself standing on the runners of a dog sled with a team of huskies loping across the ancient snowfields nestled among the peaks of the vast Juneau Icefield. You will learn very quickly the lure of the trail and the thrill of driving a dog team. This experience includes approximate transfer time of 25-minutes each direction from the cruise terminal and approximately 1.5-hours from lift off to landing back at the helicopter base.
Note: Due to late summer snow conditions, this tour only operates until mid to late August. Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting prior to confirmation. 6th person allowed in helicopter only if average weight of passengers is 180 lbs or less. Please bring sunglasses to protect against the glare of glacier ice. .
Taku Glacier Adventure by Air, Water and Ice (3-hours)
On this adventure, you will have the unique and compelling opportunity to see the exquisite beauty of Southeast Alaska from the air, the Taku River, and the Taku Glacier, with a landing on the glacier itself!
First, you’ll take off on your amazing helicopter flight with spectacular views of the nations’s largest national forest, ice capped mountains, hanging glaciers, and deep crevasses, en route to the tour base situated on the Taku River. Upon arrival, you will board an air boat for your experience of a lifetime. You will enjoy an energetic Taku River excursion that will provide you the opportunity for an up close and personal look at some of the most gorgeous and inaccessible country in the world, taking in panoramic views of the largest glacier of the Juneau Icefield and cascading mountains. Your experienced and knowledgeable river boat captain will regale you with insightful historical information that will enhance your adventure and your understanding of the region. Afterwards, you will re-board the helicopter and fly to your landing site on the Taku Glacier. Your pilot will escort you on a walkabout of the glacier, where key glacial features like crevasses, moulins, blue ice, and ice falls are present. The combined experience of seeing the glacier from the air and water and finally, walking on it and feeling the glacier beneath your boots, will surely be a cherished memory of your time in Alaska.
This premier fly-out trip is Alaskan fishing at its finest: world-renowned fishing in remote waters, experienced local guides, and abundant wildlife in an untouched wilderness setting. First timers are catered to with hands-on instruction, while seasoned fly casters will enjoy the challenge of Alaskan fishing and the guide interaction. Floatplane is the only way to access the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, and that’s where we go. With access to a wide array of accessible streams, your guide and pilot are able to select the best location suited to your particular group—one that offers the best fishing opportunities available on any given day. Other groups are rarely, if ever, encountered, while wildlife is seen on almost every trip. All the fishing is done on an eco-conscious catch and release basis, and fishing species include cutthroat trout, steelhead, Dolly Varden and various salmon species. All gear and equipment, plus a smoked salmon snack, are included. Whether you’re a seasoned fly fisherman, a photographer, or a discriminating traveler looking for the true wilderness experience, this trip will fit the bill.
A food or culinary tour is a perfect way to immerse yourself into the culture of a city, and Juneau is home to some of the finest eateries in Southeast Alaska. On A Tour with Taste, you will feed your belly AND your mind! As you eat your way through Alaska’s capital city, your local guide will colorfully detail some of Juneau’s history and culture as you stroll along the beautiful streets of downtown. You will enjoy a total of nine tastings of true Alaskan food, including succulent seafood, famous candies and cookies, and locally brewed beer.
This adventure involves hiking, glacier trekking, and ice climbing as you trace the path of glacial succession on the Mendenhall Glacier. It features close-up views of ice caves, streams, crevasses and other unique glacial formations, with professional guides providing expert instruction and interpretation. The trip begins with a three-mile trail hike through the rainforest and along Mendenhall Lake; with an elevation gain of 500 feet and sections that take you off the beaten path, it will take approximately two hours to reach the glacier. Once there, you will be outfitted in trekking gear. Choose to spend your time trekking on the glacier looking at the stunning glacial formations, ice climbing, or rappelling on more vertical terrain. Guides instruct you step by step on how to trek in crampons and use an ice axe on glacial terrain. With the use of ice axes on a beginner slope, they will teach you the basic techniques of climbing up and down on an ice wall. Be ready for a great adventure!
This adventure involves a helicopter ride over the Juneau Ice Field followed by a two-hour hike during which a professional mountaineering guide will teach you the basics of trekking on the icy terrain and give you an understanding of the glacier’s features. From the vantage point of the helicopter, you will immediately gain perspective on the grandeur of the Juneau Icefield and glaciers. Upon landing, you will learn the use of mountaineering gear (ice axe, hard-shell boots, crampons, harness) as your guide leads you through the icescape of the glacier. The physical activity will be interspersed with detailed explanations of the glacier environment and surrounding area. No prior experience is required, but you will need to be comfortable walking two miles over uneven, sometimes steep, always spectacular terrain.
Discover the diversity and grandeur of the Southeast Alaska landscape via helicopter and foot as you fly over the temperate rainforests and granite peaks that surround the Alaska’s capital city, then take a one-hour walk on a glacier. Your pilot will choose a landing site on one of the 36 glaciers that flow from the 1500-square-mile Juneau Icefield. During this non-strenuous interpretive walk, your guide will provide detailed descriptions of the glacier’s features and allow ample time for photo opportunities. Trekking poles and crampons provide superb balance and traction, enabling you to travel easily on the gently rolling glacial terrain. The amount of walking is moderate and covers relatively flat to rolling terrain. The views are unforgettable.
Visit an uninhabited island landscape composed of lush and vibrant temperate rainforest, exquisite snow-capped peaks and flowing glaciers glowing blue, your only neighbors the feeding humpbacks, curious sea lions, playful porpoise, and soaring eagles! Arriving at a private cove within the Channel Islands State Marine Park, you’ll explore this remote wilderness by kayak and trail, as your guide leads you on a paddle adventure and a hike through the rainforest to hidden observation points. Afterwards, relax at your island base camp and enjoy a healthy snack while taking in the magnificent scenery. From both sea and shore, you may see humpback whales, harbor seals, steller sea lions, dall’s porpoise, harbor porpoise, orca, numerous bird species including bald eagles and blue heron, and deer or river otters.
Please note: Minimum age to participate is 6 years old. Children must be in good physical condition to paddle a tandem kayak with an adult.
This astonishing Alaskan brown bear and wildlife viewing adventure takes place in the wilderness of Southeast Alaska—thanks to a spectacular floatplane ride through some of the area’s most impressive scenery. Arriving at a remote stream, you may walk for a mile or more to reach the day’s preferred bear viewing location. Guides will easily share their knowledge of Alaskan brown bears, local flora and fauna, and the history of the area while you are viewing Southeast Alaskan wildlife. Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides an amazing glimpse into the world of one of the most majestic animals of the Alaskan wild. That said, this is a true wilderness experience, which means that bear sightings are not guaranteed. However, it is the ultimate goal of the guides to provide bear viewing opportunities based on season, weather, and past experience. Photographers and nature-lovers will thrill in the wilderness experience.
On this private adventure, you’ll experience Juneau’s most scenic and historic locales. Begin your tour on downtown Juneau’s narrow streets and travel past the State Capitol, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Governor’s Mansion. Leaving downtown, continue on to view and photograph Juneau’s most popular attraction, the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier. Enjoy panoramic views, walk one of the short nature trails, or explore the Visitors’ Center, where interactive displays and U.S Forest Service interpreters offer insight into this breathtaking natural phenomenon. Next, continue north through the once-thriving Auke Indian village site to the Shrine of St. Therese, where you will explore the sacred and serene waterfront grounds. Further “out the road,” you’ll reach a secluded cove and Territorial Governor’s rustic, beach-front cabin for a picnic lunch and breathtaking views of the Chilkat Mountain Range across the Inside Passage. On your return to town, stop in at either the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery or the award-winning Alaskan Brewing Company.
This custom tour offers a variety of options for the discerning traveler looking to see Juneau with a local expert and naturalist. Explore the heart of downtown Juneau or enjoy a secluded nature walk. The level of activity is up to you, as are the stops, of course. Visit some of Juneau’s most noteworthy attractions, such as the Mendenhall Glacier, the Alaskan Brewing Company, Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and the Mt. Roberts Tram. With the personal touch of a custom trip, your tour may include a historical downtown tour; the State Capital Building, Governor’s Mansion, and Russian Orthodox Church; Douglas Island Overlook (optional picture stop); entrance to the Alaska State Museum (45 minutes recommended); Mendenhall Glacier Exploration; a gentle interpretive walk at the Mendenhall Glacier (½-mile); an interpretive stop at Brotherhood Bridge; and admission to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor’s Center or Mt. Roberts Tram.
Private Taku Glacier Lodge Flight and Feast (3.25-hours)
This unique excursion combines glacier flightseeing, a remote log cabin, wilderness trails, wildlife, and a scrumptious Wild Alaskan King Salmon feast. The adventure starts with a spectacular floatplane flight during which everyone enjoys an unrestricted window view and fully narrated experience. Taking off from the Juneau waterfront near your ship’s berth, you’ll immediately be viewing the magnificent glaciers (both advancing and receding) and deep blue crevasses of the Juneau Icefield. Snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests dot the landscape, and you’ll view five breathtaking glaciers on your way to Taku Lodge. There, the river will be your “runway,” and you’ll soon be getting cozy in this historic lodge. Built in 1923 directly across from the picturesque Hole-In-The-Wall Glacier, one of the few advancing glaciers in Alaska, it sits amid the untouched Tongass National Forest. Shortly after your arrival, the aroma of fresh Wild Alaska King Salmon tells you the feast is about to begin. Homemade side dishes complete this truly Alaskan meal presented with a perfectly rustic charm—and actual glacier ice to cool your drinks.
This five-hour eco-tour combines a unique marine exploration with an easy hike on a secluded rainforest trail—allowing you to experience the abundant wildlife of Southeast Alaska by land and by sea. Aboard our stable covered watercraft, you’ll enjoy unobstructed views through large opening panel windows, a low to the water vantage, an open stern and bow, and a hydrophone sound system that allows you to listen to the underwater sounds of nearby whales. Your captain and naturalist team will help you identify humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, sea lions, seals, sea birds, and more. On land, you will stretch your legs on a secluded trail within the Tongass National Forest. Starting under a sheltered rainforest canopy, you’ll eventually reach the glacier’s moraine, with scenic views of the Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls. Spawning salmon, hungry eagles, and black bears visit this area each summer, so keep your eyes peeled! Picnic lunch is included.
Private Dogsled Tour with Extra Glacier Landing (3.5-hours)
This very special 3.5-hour adventure begins with a spectacular helicopter flight that will see you flying over the Juneau Icefield—glacier-carved mountains unfolding in front of you—to a dog camp on the glacier. There, Sebastian Schneulle and his team from Blue Kennels will teach you about the lives of mushers and the dogs, and the experience of mushing an authentic racing team. Next, you’ll feel the excitement as the team is hooked up, and then…you’re off, riding over vast expanses of Alaskan snow, with the opportunity to actually mush the dogs yourself! Imagine standing on the runners of a dog sled with a team of huskies loping across the ancient snowfields nestled among the peaks of the vast Juneau Icefield. On the journey back, you will touch down at a lower level of the glacier to view some beautiful features of glacial movement up close; as your pilot shuts down the helicopter, enjoy the silence and a guided walkabout. This experience includes approximate transfer time of 25-minutes each direction from the cruise terminal and approximately 2-hours from lift off to landing back at the helicopter base.
Note: Due to late summer snow conditions, this tour only operates until mid to late August. Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting prior to confirmation. 6th person allowed in helicopter only if average weight of passengers is 180 lbs or less. Please bring sunglasses to protect against the glare of glacier ice.
Private Glacier Kayak Paddle & Trek (6.5 to 8-hours)
Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from a series of unparalleled vantage points with your own private guide on Southeast Alaska’s singular multi-sport glacial adventure!
Begin at the edge of Mendenhall Lake for this family-friendly adventure. After your gear outfitting, kayak orientation, and safety briefing, point your bow toward the awe-inspiring glacier ahead and paddle on this silt-rich lake with glowing blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes and reflections of the grand peaks of the Coastal Mountain Range. Mendenhall Lake offers the unique experience of paddling near icebergs, nesting cliffs, and giant waterfalls. Don’t forget to look toward the shorelines, mountains, and sky around you for possible wildlife sightings – mountain goats, black bear, porcupine, river otter, beaver, eagles, loons, and Arctic terns all inhabit this area! Upon reaching the beach landing site near the glacier’s edge, trade your paddles for trekking poles. Leave your sea legs behind and venture to the glacier and onto the ice, taking a journey through time as your expert guides help you explore accessible features such as crevasses, ice caves, moulins, melt water streams, and pools. Based on your group’s interest, pace, time restrictions, and ice conditions, top-roped ice climbing on a near-vertical face may also be a possible component of your glacier exploration! After your trek, return to your boats and paddle across the lake once more, allowing the visually stunning experience to wash over you before returning to the lake’s edge. Adventurers of all experience levels are welcome.
Includes: All transportation to and from the cruise terminal, professional guide, US Forest Service permits, tandem kayaks, all glacier gear and paddling equipment, rain jackets and pants, rubber boots, snack, and bottled water.
Note: Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Children must be in good physical condition to paddle a tandem kayak with an adult, and must wear a shoe size of 2 or larger to fit crampons.
Board a state of the art boat for unparalleled salmon fishing in the waters around Juneau, Alaska with local guides who know the ins and outs of these waters. You will get to the heart of the action quickly while enjoying the spectacular scenery. Each vessel is equipped with top notch navigation electronics that include 12-inch screens for the chart plotters, radar, gps, depth, and fish finders, as well as high quality salmon fishing tackle and Shimano reels. On the helm of each boat are complimentary snacks like chips, candy, granola bars, and fruits, and water and sodas are provided in a cooler out back under the aft deck chairs. Cabins are spacious with plenty of seating providing a comfortable and stable ride for all.
Includes: All transportation to and from the cruise ship terminal, fully outfitted charter boat, picnic lunch, and snacks, with 5-hours on site fishing.
Note: Fishing license is additional and purchased on board.
Your helicopter flight will take you over the spectacular rock formations and icefalls of the Juneau Icefield as it heads toward the Herbert, Taku, Lemon, or Norris Glacier. Your helicopter flight will be narrated by a knowledgeable pilot-guide. Upon reaching your destination your pilot-guide will shut down the helicopter and escort you on an informative, relaxing walk while describing the area that surrounds you. This experience includes approximate transfer time of 25-minutes each direction from the cruise terminal and approximately 1-hour from lift off to landing back at the helicopter base.
Included: All transportation to and from the cruise terminal and private helicopter.
Note: Please bring sunglasses to protect against the glare of glacier ice.
Step into Alaska with a naturalist photography guide. You will capture Juneau`s top sites and abundant marine wildlife on the same excursion! Your naturalist photography guide will lead you to local photo hot spots while sharing tips and techniques to help enhance your images. You’ll enjoy a professional instructional slide show in the vehicle en route to the Mendenhall Glacier. Your photo guide works to inspire and educate while leading you to explore the Trail of Time capturing the natural history of the lacier. Walk an easy permitted trail through the shelter of the forest to photograph the signs of glaciation. Your guide assists in having you step away from the crowds and capture the area`s hidden places before stopping to shoot the glacier itself. The itinerary is personalized and kept flexible in order to allow for those unexpected events that often become the highlights of an Alaskan experience.
Next you will board a safari vessel for an unforgettable journey as you learn about life and living in the waterways of Stephens Passage. These boats are designed to get you up close and personal with the environment. The sheltered cabin has large panel windows that open from within to give you unrestricted views while keeping you dry on a rainy day. Padded arm rests fold over the sills to provide a steady platform for photographing marine life and shoreline activity. These are the only crafts of their kind in Southeast Alaska, custom built specifically for marine wildlife photography; there is simply no better vantage available. On this tour the star of the show is different every day: Wildflowers in bloom, soaring eagles, spawning salmon, light on a foggy glacier, migratory birds, bubble feeding humpback whales, curious sea lions, sleek killer whales, and even lumbering black bears are possibilities. Your guide will provide photo coaching while helping you take full advantage of the opportunities each day presents. Come and learn about Juneau’s natural wonders and colorful history as you strive to capture that decisive moment in the medium worth a thousand words.
Included: All transportation to and from the cruise terminal and a deli-style picnic lunch with assorted juices and sodas. Stable boats are covered and have large windows that open up for unrestricted viewing. Boats are restroom equipped and have a hydrophone on board to listen to the underwater sounds of area whales.
Note: Regardless of skill level, your instructor works individually with each participant to ensure that everyone’s photographic abilities are improved. Your guide is with you for the entirety of the tour.
Enjoy the intimate nature of Alaska’s wilderness and wildlife at a pace that only a hike can provide. You will be safely led by a professional and knowledgeable guide who is locally trained as a naturalist. Go where the locals go and get away from the crowds on permitted Tongass trails. Perseverance National Recreational Trail—one of the most scenic and well-used trails in Juneau—is one of the three most historically significant trails in the entire state, along with the Chilkoot and Iditarod Trail.
This five-mile round-trip hike is designed to show off the unique faces of the mighty Mendenhall Glacier. Led by a naturalist guide, the tour begins with an introduction to Juneau and a narrated drive out to the trailhead. Here, you will pause to shoot glacial landscapes and floating icebergs. Beginning your hike, you will get several vantages of the glacier as you work your way up a forested path to the spur trail. As you reach the peak (an elevation gain of 300 feet)—your efforts will be rewarded as the glacier spans out magnificently below.
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