Misty Fjords National Monument. A new high in discovering Alaska scenery.
Fly through the Misty Fjords National Monument on a once-in-a-lifetime floatplane adventure with a water landing in the heart of the fjords.
Wondering what to do in Ketchikan? We’ll fly you up and over the most breathtaking Alaska scenery you may ever see. During your 60 minute flight you’ll have an eagle’s eye view of Misty Fjords National Monument, a land of awesome natural beauty and rugged grandeur that’s best seen by air.
From your window seat you can follow your route with a detailed map. All the while you’ll hear commentary in your headset describing where you are and what you’re seeing.
What it’s really like to see the Misty Fjords by air.
Here’s how your Misty Fjords floatplane tour will look and feel. Imagine yourself in a flawlessly maintained DeHavilland Beaver or Otter. A highly trained, experienced bush pilot is at the controls. You are on top of the world, with the Misty Fjords National Monument sparkling below. This ice-rimmed wilderness was slowly carved out by massive glaciers tens of thousands of years ago. You’ll see cascading waterfalls, jewel-like lakes, and abundant wildlife. Lock your eyes on sheer walls of granite plunging over 3,000 feet into the fjords, lush forests of spruce, hemlock and cedar clinging to snowcapped peaks.
As part of your Misty Fjords excursion, your floatplane will land in the heart of the fjords.
Your pilot will set you down gently for a water landing, lending a hand as you step out of the aircraft onto the pontoons or onto our private dock in the Misty Fjords. Viewing this magnificent national treasure from the water offers a completely different perspective and this will be the moment your experience opens to all your senses. You’ll breathe in the fresh mountain air, and may hear eagle calls, while you take in the breathtaking scenery all around you.
All in all, flightseeing over this pristine wilderness may be the highlight of your trip.
Please note: The weather is always part of your flight plan. You may see New Eddystone Rock and Big Goat Lake to the South or Neets Bay and Bell Island Hot Springs to the North, depending on how the weather alters your route. As you might expect, this is another aspect of watching out for your safety. We are a Five Star Medallion Shield carrier. Without going into too much detail, let’s just say we are recognized for our distinguished safety and maintenance record.
Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting. To ensure aircraft weight and balance is within operating parameters, guests weighing 250 lbs. (clothed weight) or more may be required to pay an additional surcharge of $150 over the published fare direct to the tour operator. Pilot will determine whether guests will have the opportunity to exit the plane after water landing in consideration of environmental conditions and safety. Time spent on the water may vary due to weather conditions. A no-bag policy applies; however, if you have medical needs that require a carry-on bag, please see the Shore Excursion office on board. All other bags brought to our terminal will be stored until you return from your flight.
Taquan Air operates this tour under a special use permit issued by the United States Forest Service. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Need to Know
Non-slip shoes, layered clothing and rain gear recommended
Aircraft weight/balance may require guests 250 lbs or more to pay surcharge
Shopping opportunities will be available at Taquan Air's terminal
This experience includes walking for short distances over relatively level terrain and several steps. Participants should be able to move into and out of buses or vans and into and out of confined spaces, such as small aircraft.
Our Misty Fjords flight was a thrill of a lifetime!
My husband and I always wanted to take this tour, and it was on our bucket list. While visiting family in Ketchikan, we were able to take this flight. The pilot, Clark Hassle, was friendly, knowledgeable, and highly skilled. His piloting skills were the best we ever experienced. We hardly felt the plane land on the glassy, glacier lake. The scenery was totally breathtaking. This flight is worth every penny as you will see the beauty of Alaska from a viewpoint you cannot get any other way but by flight. Taking a float plane is a fun experience as well. My husband and I highly recommend this flight for all ages. However, be sure you book with Taquan Air as they have the best safety record and best pilots in Ketchikan.
Magnificent Misty Fjords Seaplane
We did this excursion while in Ketchikan on a cruise on the Norwegian Pearl. This excursion was a splurge for us, but it was the highlight of our cruise. It was just our family (my aunt & uncle, and my husband, 9-year-old, and me) in the plane. Our pilot was fantastic, allowing us to take in the views put providing some commentary about what we were seeing. Enough commentary to be interesting, but not a steady stream, which allowed us to take in the beautiful scenery. We landed in Misty Fjords National Park and stepped out onto the skids/floats to further experience the beauty of the region. We loved every minute of this special trip and Taquan Air gave us an unforgettable experience. We highly recommend this tour!
The Misty Fjords and Killer Music with Jim
Our family. three generations ranging in age from 10 to 75, spent an amazing couple of hours with our pilot, Jim, flying over the Misty Fjords, seeing breathtaking sites and learning much about the creation of the fjords and their history. Our pilot, Jim, was both knowledgeable and entertaining, interspersing his informative narratives with an outstanding music selection. In fact, it is worth noting, that despite the unparalleled beauty of the Misty Fjords from aloft, Jim's selection of tunes runs a very, very close second and really added to the intensity of the excursion. Many thanks to Jim for his expert flying, his knowledge of the history, geology, and geography of the fjords and choices of MUSIC. A memorable experience it was, to say the least.
FANTASTIC SEAPLANE TOUR OF THE MISTY’S
Experienced a fantastic tour of the Misty Fjords. Loved the Beaver aircraft! Pilot Larry is a terrific pilot. Good, trustworthy people at Taquan and a solid organization. Thanks for a great and memory lasting experience!!
TAQUAN AIR SEAPLANE TOUR OF MISTY FJORDS
This excursion was the highlight of our week long Alaska cruise! Our pilot, Adam, was both entertaining and knowledgeable. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking, and the flight was exhilarating. We take a lot of photos and videos on trips, but eventually, we put down the cameras. We wanted to take in the beautiful sights and we knew that pictures and videos could only capture a fraction of what we were seeing. If you ever have opportunity to fly with Taquan Air and take this tour, DO IT!
FLOAT PLANE SCENIC FLIGHT TO MISTY FJORDS WITH LANDING
This tour was really one of the best I have been on. Chuck (the pilot) was exceptionally friendly and interacted well with the passengers. We flew in an otter de havilland float plane to Rudyard Bay in Misty Fjords. The views were just amazing and the plane was roomy. After landing in the bay, we took a boat back to Ketchikan. This is a must do tour. And I would ask to fly with Chuck again.