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
A must do once in your lifetime. Really gives a perspective of the Fjords and the Alaskan Wilderness. Trip logistics were great and Taquan Air was very professional. My wife is afraid of flying in small planes but she really enjoyed it. Especially enjoyed getting out on the pontoons and smelling the fresh Alaskan air and looking out over the water. Pilot was excellent and it was fun flying in the Beaver. Takeoff and landing was very smooth. Narration was excellent and the plane was very well maintained.
The only glitch was that our party had tall people and the seats behind the pilot had less visibility of the horizon due to the lower windows. We had to sit there due to weight balancing and safety. My wife's view in the 3rd row was much better. However, it was still an incredible experience.
Weather was great, which provided a smooth ride. Loved the majestic views around every corner from our 6 seater seaplane, piloted by Harry, who was very personable and knowledgeable. We had never been in a small plane like this. It was a bit confining, so may not be a comfortable ride for a very tall or large person. We did have to disclose our weight and our party of 6 was split up between 2 planes to even out the load between planes, although they did keep couples together. Taquan Air was very accommodating, bringing a ramp to board the plane for my husband who wears a prosthetic leg. They also provided a golf cart ride for him back and forth to the plane, as it is a bit of a walk on inclined ramps, etc. Halfway through, we landed in the middle of the water and travelers could step out onto the pontoon! We thought it was worth the money and was a once in a lifetime type of excursion!!
Great overview of region
This was the first excursion we did in Alaska and I thought it was a great way to start our Alaska experience. Our pilot Harry was great, very interesting and thoughtful for our comfort and safety.