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.
Wondering what to do in Ketchikan? We’ll fly you up and over the most breathtaking Alaska scenery you may ever see. During your 55 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.
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. 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.
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
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.
Misty Fjords Seaplane Excursion – Fantastic Experience
We booked very last minute through our cruise ship (Norwegian) because we hadn't really planned anything for Ketchikan and boy are we glad we did!
In reading the reviews I see a lot of complaints about waiting for the bus. I'll be honest and say that the tour had a "meetup" time of 10:30am, but the bus didn't show up until 10:45 or maybe even closer to 11, but I assumed that was deliberate to allow for stragglers/late-comers to make the pickup.
Once we got to the docks it was a pretty quick and efficient process. We were broken up into groups and assigned a pilot and then loaded onto the planes within 15-30 minutes. Our pilot had been flying for 40 years and provided both music and commentary as he flew us from Ketchikan through the mountains to their floating dock. We had a solid 15 minutes to admire the view and snap photos and then we loaded up and flew back.
My husband and I have both spent time in small planes working on our private pilot licenses and the pilot was quick to notice and offer us the front seat (one on the way out, one on the way back). Even though the plane is only rated for VFR, the pilot had the "glass cockpit" terrain/attitude and a collision avoidance TCAS (or something similar) displays as well which made me feel really good about the company's commitment to safety especially when flying so close to the terrain and with so much competing air traffic (there were 2 other planes that took off at the same time and another 2 to 4 in the area on our flight out).
The Havilland Beaver is the perfect aircraft for these sorts of tours given its capacity and they use the modified versions which include additional trapezoidal windows behind the rear windows so that everyone has a view. Such an incredible experience, hauntingly beautiful and very professional/safe. I recommend it!
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!
Misty Fjords flightseeing
We booked this as a shore excursion on our Alaska cruise. The meeting instructions were clear and not far from the ship. Ketchikan has loads of jewelry shops and it is easy to be detained in one....luckily we kept our eye on the time. There were 4 passengers in our flight, the views were amazing, the plane landed in the lake briefly.....the whole thing flew by. Well it was our most expensive excursion but it created memories never to be forgotten