Misty Fjords National Monument Tours

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Just 22 miles (35 kilometers) outside of Ketchikan lies the vast and remote Misty Fjords National Monument—a collection of sea cliffs, deep-cut fjords, glacial valleys, thick rainforests, and roaring waterfalls. Accessible only by boat or floatplane, Misty Fjords is an outdoor playground for hikers, kayakers, and day cruisers.

The Basics
As the second largest wilderness in the National Forest System, Misty Fjords National Monument is an ideal day trip from the nearby city of Ketchikan. Its remote location leaves visitors with two options for experiencing the national monument: boat, or plane. Flightseeing tours by seaplane are a popular option, especially for those pressed for time, and there’s nothing like seeing the wilderness from above to get a sense of its sheer size. Visitors can cruise over the waters of Behm Canal, Walker Cove, Punchbowl Cove, and Rudyerd Bay— ideal locations for spotting bears, bald eagles, Sitka deer, mountain goats, killer whales, and Dall porpoises. For the full Alaskan experience, combine a flight tour with a feast of sweet Dungeness crab.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many seaplane tours include a guaranteed window seat for plenty of photo ops.
  • Flightseeing tours from Ketchikan often last several hours. 
  • Many tours to Misty Fjords National Monument include hotel pickup and drop-off in Ketchikan. 
  • The area receives lots of rainfall, so be sure to dress accordingly.

How to Get There
Many of points of interest within the national monument can be accessed via Behm Canal, the main waterway through the heart of the wilderness area. Most visitors arrive by cruise ship or fly over the monument in seaplanes from Ketchikan or Juneau, Alaska. 

When to Get There
Most guided tours to Misty Fjords National Monument operate only during the summer months (May through September).

Shore Excursions from Ketchikan
Misty Fjords is one of the most popular shore excursions for cruise ship passengers who arrive at Ketchikan. These tours often include a seaplane flyover and landing at one of the park’s lakes or fjords, and give travelers peace of mind with a guaranteed on-time return to their cruise ship.
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Address: 3031 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan 99901, USA
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Misty Fjords Tour via Air

Fly over the Misty Fjords National Monument on this 1.5-hour sightseeing tour by plane from Ketchikan. Fly over spectacular wild scenery including glaciers, lakes, and fjords, while listening to your guide's commentary on a headset. Round-trip transportation from Ketchikan hotels or the cruise port included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$250.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour from Ketchikan

The wild landscapes of the Misty Fjords National Monument are some of the most impressive in Alaska—jagged peaks, icy lakes, and dramatic glacier valleys. On this tour, enjoy unbeatable aerial views as you soar overhead in a seaplane. Listen to live commentary from your guide as you fly over mountains and waterfalls, touch down to experience the fjords up close, and enjoy plenty of opportunities to take photos.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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US$280.00
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Misty Fjords Flight Tour

Soar above the glacier-carved granite cliffs and waterfall-studded forests of Misty Fjords National Monument on an unforgettable flight tour from Ketchikan. With guaranteed window seating for all passengers in a fixed-wing Alaskan bush plane, you won't miss a thing as you coast over lush mountaintops and hillsides where wild goats and black bears roam. Learn about the ancient geologic history and wildlife of this spectacular landscape through via live narration from the pilot during the 1.5-hour flight.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$249.00
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour from Ketchikan

Glassy blue lakes, waterfalls and snowcapped peaks — Misty Fjords National Monument offers 2 million acres of Alaskan beauty that you admire from the skies on this seaplane tour from Ketchikan. Enjoy bird’s-eye views of varied landscapes and spot eagles, bears and plenty of other wildlife. But that’s not all — your aerial adventure, limited to just six people per plane, includes landing on a lake or fjord.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$269.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Flight and Crab Feast from Ketchikan

Enjoy two of Alaska's top activities that includes a scenic flight from Ketchikan followed by a crab and smoked salmon feast at George Inlet Lodge. During your flight, your pilot helps you spot native wildlife like bears and mountain goat. Land at a secluded lodge where you get an all-you-can-eat meal with fresh Dungeness crab and more. Then explore the grounds on your own before returning by car to Ketchikan. Includes scenic flight, lunch, and transportation.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$269.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Misty Fjords Scenic Flight and Crab Feast From Ketchikan

Combine a scenic flight over Misty Fjords National Monument with a crab feast at the George Inlet Lodge during this half-day tour from Ketchikan. From the small plane, look for native animals, and gaze over towering granite mountains and pristine Alaskan wilderness. Then land at a remote Alaskan lodge for a feast that features unlimited Dungeness crab along with smoked salmon and other specialties. Have time to stroll around the grounds before the narrated drive back to Ketchikan. Includes scenic flight, lunch, and transportation.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$360.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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