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  • Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
Discover the spectacular scenery of Misty Fjords National Monument from the air on an aerial tour from Ketchikan aboard a floatplane. Home to more than 2 million acres (900,000 hectares) of alpine wilderness, Misty Fjords makes up part of the Tongass National Forest. Cover as much of it as you can from the air as a professional pilot takes you over lakes, sheer cliffs and waterfalls and helps you watch for bears, eagles and other wildlife. Plus, enjoy a water landing on one of the lakes or fjords!

Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Ketchikan to Misty Fjords National Monument
  • See one of Alaska’s top wilderness regions from the air
  • Fly over alpine lakes, fjords, waterfalls and cliffs, watching for local wildlife
  • Land on a fjord or lake to get a look at the scenery from the water
  • Listen to interesting commentary from an experienced pilot

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What You Can Expect

Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour from Ketchikan

Misty Fjords Flightseeing

Spanning 2.3 million acres (930,000 hectares), Misty Fjords National Monument is best experienced from the air. Your Alaskan adventure starts at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau across from the port. After meeting your experienced pilot and boarding your six-passenger floatplane, take off from the Tongass Narrows, the Y-shaped body of water between Ketchikan and Gravina Island.

Rising up in the air, gaze down on Ketchikan from your window seat, and marvel at the views of Tongass National Forest and the surrounding mountains as you fly over Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords National Monument, about 40 miles (64 km) east of town. During the ride, you’ll hear your pilot loud and clear via your headset, which also provides a musical soundtrack to your journey.

Soar over Rudyard Bay to see New Eddystone Rock, a basalt remnant of the area’s early volcanic activity. Continue your flight to admire waterfalls, lakes, fjords, cliffs through the low-hanging mist that gives the area its name. Your pilot will also help you look for wildlife such as bears, deer, wolves, mountain goats and eagles that live within the forest of cedar, spruce and hemlock trees.

The aerial views aren't the only thing that will take your breath away. A dramatic water landing on one of the fjords or lakes, depending on weather conditions, puts you right in the middle of a tranquil forest. Hop out on one of the plane’s pontoons with your pilot to take in the incredible scenery before returning to Ketchikan, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

awesome!!!! very nice pilot. smooth landings. a must do!!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was awesome. Our pilot was great and informative. We had a great time. I highly recommend this float plane excursion.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Spectacular scenery. Everyone who goes to Ketchikan should take this tour. The Park is like a cross between Glacier National Park and Yosemite National Park. I had no idea that this existed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a brilliant tour and something none of us had ever done before. Landing on the fjord and then standing on the floats was a bonus.
The organisation was excellent and all the staff very helpful and friendly.
I would not have missed it for the world.

Robert B
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Well worth the money, staff was excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Was an excellent informative tour - amazing scenery. Would definitely do it again

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Our pilot gave us a great tour of the Fjords. The entire tour from start to finish was amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Misty Fjord was absolutely beautiful. The narration was great and the plane was super fast. The water landing was amazing too! You don't pull up to a dock, but it is amazing to step out on the pontoon in the middle of the water with the mountains all around you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great views. Saw things that you would normally not get to see. Great landings and much smoother than we thought.

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