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Misty Fjords Flightseeing

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1 ¾ Hour Duration
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55 minute flight time
A Birds-Eye View
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Over glacially carved towering cliffs
In-Flight Narration
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Through noise-cancelling headsets
National Monument
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Untouched by humans

Description

Ketchikan is well-known for its flightseeing tours 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.

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 lining up, the excitement of a water take-off definitely starts to kick in.

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.

Get a first-hand experience of this remote wilderness that John Muir once described as "hopelessly, over-abundantly beautiful for description." Once back at the base, you'll receive an Alaskan bush plane certificate - a perfect token to remember this amazing area and experience.


*With respect for full transparency, we want to let our guests know that there have been tragic fatal accidents on the Misty Fjords flight in years past. While small aircraft is the main mode of transportation in Alaska, there will always be risks. Our operating partner, Taquan Air, takes every precaution to make the most informed decision about flight conditions for that day and will cancel the tour if weather poses any threat. Their pilots are extensively trained, monitor weather conditions closely, and fly with at least 4 miles of visibility. The company has also voluntarily adopted safety practices beyond those required by federal standards. *


What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgable Guides
In-Flight Narration
Guide Gratuities
Food & Drinks

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I 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!
Do the flights ever get canceled due to weather?
Yes, safety is the number one priority so weather conditions are taken into account for each departure. 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 receive a refund less any non-refundable fees.
What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
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, then you will receive a refund, less any non-refundable fees.
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.
How big are the planes?
There are a couple different 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.
Is the misty fjords flight safe?
With respect for full transparency, we want to let our guests know that there have been tragic fatal accidents on the Misty Fjords flight in years past. While small aircraft is the main mode of transportation in Alaska, there will always be risks. Our operating partner, Taquan Air, takes every precaution to make the most informed decision about flight conditions for that day and will cancel the tour if weather poses any threat. Their pilots are extensively trained, monitor weather conditions closely, and fly with at least 4 miles of visibility. The company has also voluntarily adopted safety practices beyond those required by federal standards.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to join this tour
There are a couple different 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.
Guests weighing 250 lbs. (clothed weight) or more may be required to pay an additional surcharge of $150.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts

City
Ketchikan

Duration
1h 45min

Guest Rate
$389

Infant Rate
$0


Itinerary • 1h 45min • 4 activities

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Your tour begins with a convenient pick-up from Berth 2 in downtown Ketchikan for transfer to the waterfront floatplane base.

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15 minutes
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Once you reach the base, you'll go through a brief safety orientation & flight preparation with your guides before heading down to the docks to load up in your DeHavilland Beaver or Otter, each holding 6-10 guests.

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15 minutes
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Your guides will take to the skies to explore the breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument, including a remote water landing that will allow you to step out of the plane if conditions permit.

Duration
1 hour 15 minutes
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At the conclusion of your flight, you will hop back in the vans for return transportation to Berth 2, where you can head to your cruise ship or explore the historic downtown area.

Duration
15 minutes