The Misty Fjords National Monument has been carved to impressive perfection by millions of years of glacial activity. On this popular flightseeing Ketchikan day tour, it will take you only the blink of an eye to appreciate nature's handiwork.
The Misty Fjords National Monument is a 2.3-million acre piece of pristine wilderness that must be viewed by floatplane to truly take in its majesty: soaring cliffs, saw-tooth ridges blanketed in trademark mists, sky-blue lakes, endless waterfalls, icy saltwater fjords and miles of glacier-carved gorges.
While you take in the enormity of the Misty Fjords National Monument from above, you will listen to information on the area, as well as appropriate music over your noise-reducing headphones. While taking you on the most scenic flight possible based on that day's weather conditions, your pilot will keep an eye open for wildlife below. While wildlife spotting is never guaranteed on the Ketchikan tour, keep scanning the scenery below, where you may see creatures big and small, from burly brown bears to agile mountain goats; from harbor seals to humpback whales. Depending on the visibility that day, your pilot usually tries to stay approximately 1000 feet above the scenery, offering you the best up-close view from a safe distance. Maximum altitude reached is approximately 4,000 feet above sea level. A water landing on a mountain lake for photos and reflection is included.
The Spectacular Misty Fjords Tour in Ketchikan is a must-see flightseeing experience that will provide a lifetime of memories.
For safety reasons, talking to the pilot during the flight is not possible. Questions can be asked while at the lake landing and after the flight.
Total flying time, including the water landing time, is approximately 1.5 hours.
Reviewer: Karen Briggs
The floatplane excursion was awesome! Our pilot, Kevin, was excellent. He's been flying in Alaska for 30+ years and loves what he does. We met our pilot, were given our seats on the aircraft - I got to sit in the co-pilots seat- given our safety brief and we were off. The takeoff was so smooth and unlike any conventional plane I've been on. Once in the air the scenery just kept getting more and more beautiful. We had perfect weather - bright blue skies with no wind. The Misty Fjords weren't misty but were so amazing! We saw waterfalls hundreds of feet tall, mountains dropping into the sea and plenty of snow capped mountains. We landed on a remote lake somewhere in the Misty Fjords and the sound of nothing but waterfalls was unreal. The beauty of this lake was remarkable. We were able to get out onto the floats to snap some pictures. If I ever return to Alaska, I will definitely do this excursion again! I highly recommend it!
Reviewer: DEBORAH BURTON
The team that took us on the flight were absolutely great. We were met promptly, and the driver was extremely courteous. The instructions for our flight were provided upon our arrival, and quite clear. The flight was GREAT! the pilot was informative, and provided us great views and photo opportunities. The flight and team were the highlight of our trip, and we saw and did a great amount. I highly recommend them.
Reviewer: Norma Hernandez
We loved, loved, loved this flightseeing excursion!!! Our pilot was AWESOME! Our pilot showed us the different sights off the beaten path, his description and the landing on one of the many lakes found in Alaska. It was amazing! We would definitely do this again!
What a great experience, really friendly and knowledgeable tour guide and pilot. I would highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Liman Lievens
It was a wonderful experience. The pilot Ralph was friendly and willing to share with us his knowledge. We saw the white-caped mountain , glaciers, cradle lakes and waterfalls.