I think it'd be cool to do some limited exploring of the Juneau Icefield but I'm not entirely sure the best way to do so. I'd prefer to go with a group because I don't have any experience with camping under those conditions and would probably get lost and die if I tried to solo it lol. ( https://www.viator.com/Juneau-attractions/Juneau-Icefield/d941-a12941?sortType=featured doesn't mention any tours of the Juneau Icefield. Not sure if that's a result of COVID-19 or if they just don't normally have any tours.

https://alaskapowder.com/terrain/ seems like they might do skiing trips on the Juneau Icefield but I don't have any experience skiing. I could certainly pursue it but I'd kinda prefer a hiking trip (well, with snow shoes or crampons) or just a helicopter tour that flies over it.

  • For those voting to close this question... I'm not asking for an itinerary. I'm asking for tour operators. In my mind this question is in the same vein as travel.stackexchange.com/q/6/4868
    – neubert
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 17:45

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I did a bit of Googling, and found I was getting some likely hits with the search terms "juneau alaska wilderness glacier excursion" - the term "excursion" gets you more involved trips than "hike," which gets you hikes near a glacier, or "tour," which gets mostly cruises and helicopter rides. Also many of the glacier activities that actually take you on top of a glacier are called "trek" or "trekking" so try putting that term into a search for more options.

Alaska.org has a list of Juneau glacier tours, including:

My experience with small-group and private tours like this, is that if you contact the tour company and tell them what you want to do, they are often willing to do a custom tour for you. It doesn't matter so much if the company has pre-scheduled tours listed on their website. Find a company or guide that does something similar to what you want to do, contact them and tell them what you're looking for. Even though most of the activities I listed didn't involve camping on the glacier, the guides that do those activities would be likely know whether and how you could do a multi-day excursion with camping on the glacier. Based on the usual activity dates on the Alaska.org page I linked above, it looks like your excursion will need to wait until May, so you have plenty of time to plan.

Regarding COVID safety, even though the actual excursion is out-doors, it likely will involve sitting in a vehicle of some sort to get there. So be sure to ask about how many people in the vehicle and ventilation and so on, and factor that into your risk assessment.

  • I wouldn't consider Mendenhall Glacier to be part of the Juneau Icefield. The Juneau Icefield is the source of the Mendenhall Glacier but I'm more interested in seeing the Juneau Icefield itself. It's like saying you've seen Florida because you've seen the Florida Keys or something idk lol
    – neubert
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 17:44
  • @neubert That seems to be a matter of opinion, since Alaska.org describes Mendenhall Glacier as "the most famous part of the mas­sive Juneau Ice­field." My advice is still to contact a tour company that does glacier treks in the area. Even if their scheduled treks are on Mendenhall, they may be able to do a custom tour onto other parts of the Icefield. Or if they can't, they can at least tell you who can.
    – csk
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 17:52

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