Misty Fjords Flightseeing

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    Misty Fjords Flightseeing is family-friendly and sure to be unforgettable for young ones.
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    Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you soar over muskeg bogs, old-growth forests, and lovely meadows
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    Yosemite indeed! Misty Fjords is characterized by thousand-foot-tall granite cliffs and domes!
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    The iconic DeHavilland floatplane you’ll be boarding is an Alaskan classic!
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    The one-of-a-kind New Eddystone Rock is a geologic wonder in and of itself! Zoom in for a closer look!
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    From high above, you’ll have the best possible views of gorgeous Alaskan rainforest
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    Your expert pilot will help customize this tour for you, flying in close for the features that inspire you
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    Bring your camera for the flight over Revillagigedo Island and other gorgeous isles
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    Thousand-foot moss-covered walls are but one of the natural wonders you’ll see in Misty Fjords!
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    The fun water landing remote in the wilderness area is certain to be a Misty Fjords highlight
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    Geology fans will be thrilled with what’s sometimes called the “Yosemite of the North”!
You may know by now that Ketchikan is well-known for its flightseeing options out to Misty Fjords National Monument, and this is the classic float plane option that is one of our top-choices for things to do in Ketchikan. An area that is best accessed by air, Misty Fjords is a geological paradise encompassing 2.3 million acres of glacially carved cliffs and pristine, preserved wilderness. Enjoy it all from your window seat for an unforgettable plane ride that is as adventurous as it is scenic.

What to expect and what not to expect with this Ketchikan shore excursion

With a convenient pick-up location within walking distance of the cruise ships, a quick transfer brings you over to the plane base where your pilot and float plane are awaiting your arrival. A short video orientation equips you with the info you need, then head down to the docks to load up and get settled in - everyone gets a window seat! As the pilot cranks up the ignition and begins drifting out for take-off, the excitement of a water take-off definitely starts to kick in.

  • 2 hours duration (1 hour 15 minute flight time)
  • Bird's eye view of glacially carved cliffs and designated wilderness
  • Fully narrated through noise-canceling headsets
  • Remote water landing inside of Misty Fjords

Within minutes, you're soaring over Ketchikan and the surrounding area and getting a grasp of the terrain and orientation of this landscape. Settle into the sights with narration provided via headset, as information regarding the history, geology and ecology of the area complements the scenery below. Before too long, the characteristic cliffs marking the entrance to Misty Fjords come into view, and the pilot will navigate over alpine lakes, deep fjords, past cascading waterfalls and next to unique 3,000 foot cliffs carved out by thousands of years of glacial movement.

But it's not enough to solely observe this area from the plane. As the pilot navigates through the area, you'll actually set down right in the fjords! You'll even have the opportunity to get out of the plane and get a first-hand experience of this remote wilderness, which John Muir once described as "hopelessly, over-abundantly beautiful for description." Reboard the plane for the return journey, arriving back at the base where you'll receive an Alaskan bush plane certificate - a perfect token to remember this amazing area and experience.

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.


  • Restrictions: This is a family-friendly tour and all ages are welcome. Lap children 2 and under fly for free.
  • Accessibility: This tour is rated 'Easy' in regards to activity level. There are a few steps to get in and out of the plane so a certain level of mobility is required. Please contact us in advance if you require assistance and we will do our best to accommodate!
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Including 'Flex Cancel' allows cancellations and refunds up to 24-hours before the tour. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with Flex Cancel) are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: We recommend hoping for sunshine but preparing for rain for all of our tours. Drizzles are common in this area so we recommend bringing a waterproof jacket. We typically recommend long pants and closed toed shoes for comfort. And don't forget your camera! The air temperature will be a bit cooler than on the ground, so we recommend bringing a jacket along.
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  • Passenger Rate: $249.00
  • Infant Rate: Free (up to 2 years)
  • + 6.5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Will we make it back to the ship in time? What if we don't?
We've never left anyone behind and only schedule tours that work well with your cruise ship's itinerary. We leave plenty of cushion so you can confidently book your trips independently.
Q:Do the flights ever get canceled due to weather?
Yes, safety is a number one priority so weather conditions are taken into account each day. In certain cases, the weather can lift and a slight delay will still allow the flight to continue. However, if a flight is canceled completely due to weather circumstances, you will always receive a full refund.
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?
It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases, we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.
Q:What should we wear and bring?
For comfort, we typically recommend long pants, closed-toed shoes and a jacket, as the air temperature will be a few degrees cooler than the ground temperature. Since there is an opportunity to get out of the plane, a rain jacket is advisable as well.
Q:Can you see wildlife from the plane?
If you have sharp eyes, it's certainly possible to see wildlife on the mountains below. The plane flies low enough to distinguish individual animals, but of course the pilots have to respect local wildlife so it's not an objective of this tour.
Q:How big are the planes?
There are a few types of planes used for the tour, and you'll typically be in a group of 6-10 guests on the flight. Everyone gets a window seat on these flights.
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