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Kayaking in a glacier cave at Mendenhall Glacier Lake in Juneau, Alaska

Alaska

Discover the Mendenhall Glacier

By: Eliza Bray

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The Mendenhall Glacier is roughly 19 kilometers long

Alaska

Discover the Mendenhall Glacier

By: Eliza Bray

2 of 2
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    Alaska

The dazzling Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska is quite a sight. 

Less than 20 kilometers northeast of Juneau, this long "river of ice" can be found in the temperate Tongass National Forest, home to black bears, eagles and a wide variety of other animals. 

Get a Close-Up Look

We stopped to chat with Barbara Lindh, a naturalist for the U.S Forest Service, and John Neary, the director of the Glacier Visitor Center, both of whom work to educate people about the glacier and its ephemeral beauty, and why you should come visit now.

Gathering to view Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls

Gathering to view Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls
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The iconic hue of the Aurora Borealis

Destination

Fairbanks

Surreal view surrounding a kayaker navigating through a cave at Mendenhall Glacier Lake
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Destination

Juneau