Misty Fjords National Monument with Alaskan dungeness crab feast.
Discover magnificent Misty Fjords National Monument in an impeccably maintained DeHavilland floatplane, an authentic Alaskan bush aircraft. View some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska from the comfort of your window seat. Each participant is guaranteed a window seat and the pilot will identify points of interest en route. Enjoy a personal pilot narration with individual headsets.
Misty Fjords National Monument is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in Alaska. At 2.3 million acres, it is almost four times the area of Rhode Island. Only by air can you fully appreciate the dramatic beauty of land slowly crafted by nature over tens of thousands of years. Massive glacier action created this ice-rimmed wilderness. You will see majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls, jewel-like lakes, and abundant wildlife.
Marvel at sheer walls of granite plunging more than 3,000 feet into the fjords. Lush forests of spruce, hemlock and cedar clinging to snowcapped peaks in this land of incredible natural beauty and rugged grandeur.
Your flight route is dependent on the day’s weather. You may see New Eddystone Rock and Big Goat Lake to the south, or Neets Bay and Bell Island Hot Springs to the north. Your pilot will fly over the glacier carved fjords, beautiful river valleys, and pristine mountain lakes, identifying the scenic wonders for your viewing pleasure. The dramatic Misty Fjords terrain is home to a multitude of wildlife. You may be rewarded with sightings of brown and black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, moose and bald eagles.
Once the planes gently touches down on the waters of George Inlet Fjords, it will glide to a stop at the dock of the lodge, where your host will be waiting. Your meal will feature a fresh romaine salad, topped with mandarin oranges and tossed in homemade oriental dressing. Steaming hot Dungeness Crab paired with clarified butter follow as the main course. Savor this Alaskan delicacy that is prized for its sweet and tender meat but save room for dessert. Rich, smooth cheesecake smothered in Alaskan blueberries will be a perfect ending to this world class meal!
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 must pay an additional surcharge of $150 over the published fare direct to the tour operator. Children under the age of 2 are considered a lap child and do not require a ticket. Children ages 2 and older must have ticket purchased as per regulations.
Need to Know
3.5 hours, including transfer
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
All you can eat Dungeness Crab Feast
Surpassed what we were expecting. A great way to see bears, bald eagles and the fiords from an aerial perspective. Well worth the money.
The highlight of three weeks in Canada and Alaska!
Having travelled from Calgary to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer, then spent a week,on Vancouver Island, followed by a cruise to the Hubbard glacier and nearly back we little thought that the undoubted highlight of the trip was to be found in Ketchican.
I mean the place has 160 inches of rain a year for starters and having had the float plane rides at Juneau cancelled due to low cloud we expected the same at Ketchican.
Luckily we were wrong and put ourselves down for the Taquan Air Tours trip to the Misty Valleys. Initially down to fly on a larger float plane with a taped commentary we were part of a group of four at this the fag end of the season.
Our plane then was a De Havilland Beaver manufactured in 1956 according to Tony or Orville our pilot for the day. Tony was great, a local chap with a wealth of local knowledge. The best way to describe him would be to try and imagine a mix of Henry Fonda and Hawkeye Pearce.
After warming up the engine we were off. To say the scenery was fab would do him an injustice, it was soul searching. Scale and magnificence were there in buckets. He told us the fire service let out cabins in the woods in the area for the ultimate get away from it experience. He even landed on a mountain lake and we got some great pictures.
The time came and went all too soon, but the memory will last a lifetime.
So many thanks to the self proclaimed antique plane and antique pilot (not)!
Learning to Fly!
This was an excursion booked through Holland America Cruise Lines and our first time on a floatplane. Our pilot Jim was filling in for one of the regular pilots due to the increased demand... and now we know why: Jim's timely narration combined with an awesome music selection provided the perfect backdrop for this wonder of nature. Everyone on the plane has a perfect window view for the scenery and a headset for the audio. The take offs and landings are some of the smoothest and coolest you will ever experience. We went on a warm and sunny day, so no special clothing needed. A floatplane adventure is simply a "must do" in this area and Taquan Air is amazing.