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Ketchikan Deluxe Misty Fjords Tour

What can we say about the Misty Fjords? Between 2.3 Million Acres... it's never the same. It's beautiful in full bright sunlight, when it is really misty, and at all the stages in between. Waterfalls, shear granite cliffs, trees growing everywhere, even out of shear rock. A true wonderland formed through the millennium out of fire (volcanoes) and ice (glaciers), where you will see wondrous scenery and have a chance to see nature at it's finest. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, bear, deer, mountain goats, seals, or maybe even whales.

Your flight starts in Ketchikan and flies through the Tongass National Forest to The Misty Fjords National Monument. This tour lasts for 1.5 hours and includes flightseeing through the Monument and a shore stop for 20 minutes on a wilderness Fjord. Enjoy a personal pilot narration with individual headsets on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Massive glacier action created this ice-rimmed wilderness. See majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls, jewel-like lakes, and abundant wildlife during your flightseeing exploration. Marvel at sheer walls of granite plunging over 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.

The dramatic Misty Fjords terrain is home to a multitude of wildlife. The astute observer may be rewarded with sightings of brown and black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, moose, and bald eagles, as your expert bush pilot flies over this paradise. Visible only from the air, see the splendid 1,000-foot waterfall flowing from Big Goat Lake, which was named for the region's concentration of mountain goat. Colonies of these marvelous high mountain creatures can be spotted and photographed from the air.

Duration: 2 hours (70-minute flightseeing via floatplane )


  • Individual headsets to listen to the pilot's narration
  • Shore stop along a wilderness fjord
  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship dock 
  • Bottled water


  • Minimum of 2 participants required for this tour (If one adult and one child, two adult priced tickets must be purchased)
  • Minimum age: 4 years old
  • Guests must be comfortable walking short distances
  • Signed liability waiver

Duration: 2 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 30 minutes - roundtrip transportation from the Visitor's Center to the floatplane dock (guest's docking at Ward Cove will need to budget extra time to take the shuttle to downtown Ketchikan)
  • 1.20 hours - flightseeing via floatplane
  • 20 minutes - ground stop in Misty Fjords

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Bronze Statue on the north side of the Visitor's Center. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.  All guests docking at WARD COVE will need to take the shuttle to downtown Ketchikan.  Please allow for extra time. 

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility and wheelchair accessible.  Guests must be able to get on and off the aircraft with minimal assistance.  There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers.  Motorized scooters cannot be taken on the airplane and would need to be left at the dock.  Please leave a comment during checkout if ADA accommodations will be required on tour.

How many passengers ride in the floatplane together?

There is a maximum of either 4 or 6 passengers per floatplane depending on weight. 

What is the temperature in the floatplane?

The temperature during flight is roughly similar to the ground temperature, and each plane is equipped with heaters if necessary.

Will I get a window seat on the plane?

Yes, all seats on the floatplane have a window view.

Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.

Are there any age restrictions for children?

The minimum age for this tour is 4 years old.  Purchase of a child's ticket must be accompanied by two adult tickets. 

Can I bring a backpack?

Small bags may be brought along but must be stored in the rear cargo area of the floatplane.

Can I bring my own food or drink?

Non-alcoholic beverages in closeable containers and snacks are allowed on tour.

Are food and drink included?

Bottled water is provided. 

Are there any physical requirements for this tour?

Guests must be comfortable walking short distances and getting on and off the aircraft with minimal assistance. 

What type of clothing should I wear?

Layered clothing and water resistant jackets are recommended.

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Duration: 2 hours

Number of Passengers *

Age: 12+

Adult: $319.00

Child ticket must be accompanied by two adult tickets.

Child (4-11): $269.00

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