5 Juneau Tours Not for the Weak of Heart

Rafting past the thrilling sight of melting glaciers or taking a breathtaking ride on an aerial tramway above the rainforest and mountains are some of the exciting Juneau Tours to check out in Alaska. Let BBOnline guide you to the best adventures.

Mount Roberts Tramway
490 South Franklin
Juneau, Alaska 99801
(888) 820-2628
www.goldbelttours.com

In the "tramway gondola," you'll enjoy spectacular views of the rainforest, the mountains, the harbor and the sea–unobstructed by intermediate towers that are typical of such transportation systems. Once you reach the summit of the mountain at 3,000 feet, you can grab a bite at the Mountain House surrounded by towering spruce and sub-alpine wildflowers. The Raptor Center Bald Eagle Display where they tend injured birds is a short walk away, or you can hike one of the scenic trails in the Mount Roberts Trail System.

There's plenty of wildlife to spot on these trails such as bears and bald eagles, while Juneau spreads out below you. Summer is the best time for this hike. Don't miss the touching movie included in the package about the native Tlingits, "Seeing Daylight," which is screened in the Mountain House complex. The tramway operates May through September. It's one of the Juneau Tours that's sure to tempt you to leave the cozy confines of your Juneau Bed and Breakfast.

Dog Sledding Expedition
P.O. Box 20438
Juneau, Alaska 99802
(907) 586-1887
www.juneausportfishing.com


Alaska is synonymous with dog sledding, and sledding across the world famous Mendenhall Glacier is an experience you'll never forget. But before you get there, you'll fly over exotic rainforests, deep blue crevasses in the ice and peaks sculpted by glaciers. You can either be part of the sled driving team (they'll teach you) or just sit back and enjoy the thrilling ride and amazing scenery as Alaskan dogs pull you across fields of ice. This tour takes about 1½ hours.

Glacier Flightseeing Adventure
P.O. Box 20438
Juneau, Alaska 99802
(907) 586-1887
www.juneausportfishing.com

Fly across 75 breathtaking miles of alpine wildflower meadows and rainforests in a floatplane on one of the most exciting Juneau Tours. Marvel at the pristine beauty of the 1,500-mile Juneau Icefield with its pure blue expanses and the Mendenhall Glacier which flows from it. Hold your breath as you fly past towers of ice and thousand-foot icefalls before landing on the glacier itself.

Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip
9085 Glacier Highway, Suite 301
Juneau, Alaska 99801
(800) 323-5757
www.bestofalaskatravel.com

This tour will get your adrenaline flowing. You raft past the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier, towering mountains, forests and huge chunks of ice crashing into the water. You can be part of the paddle-raft team if you're feeling a little more adventurous. This six-mile route features exciting whitewater, icebergs floating past and interesting lessons on the natural history of the river. Nesting bald eagles, otters, seals and black bears are a common sight. During season, you can watch schools of spawning salmon.

Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure
9085 Glacier Highway, Suite 301
Juneau, Alaska 99801
(800) 323-5757
www.bestofalaskatravel.com

Your Juneau Tours itinerary must include this trip meant for a selected few, and it's not just because it's too thrilling for the weak of heart. Only a limited number of participants can get so close to the gigantic Mendenhall Glacier, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Plus, you'll paddle past the powerful Nugget Falls in a traditional Tlingit canoe. It's an adventure you shouldn't miss during your Juneau Inn stay.