Juneau is a fascinating city, surrounded by vast mountains and glaciers on all sides. It is the most frequently visited city in Alaska and is located in a stunning location on a narrow salt water channel. Virtually all of the cruises to Alaska will stop off in Juneau, so we have put together a guide on the Top 3 Shore Excursions on offer to all cruisers visiting this brilliant city.
1. The Mount Roberts Tramway
The Mount Roberts Tramway, despite being one of the cheapest options, is one of the most exciting shore excursions in the whole of Alaska. As you depart your cruise ship, you will be collected by a tram close to the docks before being whisked high up into the amazing mountains that overlook the city! Here you will have a chance to follow one of the various hiking trails and take in the fantastic views and scenery. Suitable for people of all hiking abilities and experience, this wonderful excursion is sure to live long in the memory.
2. Mendenhall Glacier River Rafting
The Medenhall Glacier River Rafting is an ideal excursion for those of you who are heavily into incredible wildlife and amazing scenery. Visitors are always promised an unforgettable experience, whether you are a beginner or an experienced river rafter! After departing the cruise docks, you will be taken on a very short bus ride to the base of the immense Medenhall Glacier, via the visitor’s centre. Upon boarding your river raft, you will set off on a trip down the Medenhall River and travel past the amazing face of the Glacier!
3. Helicopter Flightseeing and Glacier Trek
The fantastic Juneau Helicopter Flightseeing and Glacier Trek is suitable for people of all experience levels. Beginners are always welcome, with an orientation session that teaches all of the required skills provided before you start. Before being allowed to spend time on top of a glacier, exploring it up-close, you will first be taken on an aerial tour of all of the Glaciers, looking down on them from a helicopter. After this you will be provided with full ice-climbing equipment and an ice axe for your hands on, breathtaking Glacier experience!