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Misty Fjords National Monument via Seaplane Tour

Breathtaking scenery awaits you on a scenic floatplane tour to the Misty Fjords National Monument. Alaska is home to the vast Tongass National Forest...the largest, intact rainforest in America. Misty Fjords is a piece of this magnificent scenery. During your sixty minute flight, enjoy an eagle's eye view of the Misty Fjords, an area known for its natural beauty and rugged grandeur best seen from the skies.

17,000 years ago, Misty Fjords would have been covered with massive bodies of ice. As ice disbanded, it carved away gloriously long, deep fjords with cliff faces that rise for thousands of feet. Upon arrival to the float plane dock, envision 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.

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. The team is the first air carrier in Alaska to have a Safety Management System by the FAA; as you might expect, watching out for your safety is a high priority for us. We are recognized for our distinguished safety and maintenance record, something we would like to keep and continue to innovate in Southeast Alaska.

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 must pay an additional surcharge of 168 USD 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.

Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from the cruise ship terminal in downtown Ketchikan.)


  • Individual headsets to listen to the pilot's narration
  • 1 full hour of flightseeing over the Misty Fjords
  • Roundtrip transportation from the downtown cruise ship dock 


  • Guests must be comfortable walking short distances
  • Signed liability waiver
  • Minimum of 4 required to operate
  • Providing accurate passenger weights is extremely important to determine which size plane is used and to safely balance the aircraft
    • Reporting inaccurate weights may result in a canceled, non-refundable excursion
    • Guests weighing 250 lbs (clothed weight) or more must pay an additional surcharge of 168 USD on the day of the excursion

Duration: 2 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 30 minutes - transportation from the cruise terminal to the floatplane dock
  • 1 hour - flightseeing via floatplane
  • 30 minutes - transportation from the floatplane dock back to the cruise terminal

Meeting Instructions:

  • Meet at the cruise ship terminal in downtown Ketchikan. If your ship docks at Norwegian's privately owned Ward Cove Dock, you will need to take the complimentary shuttle to downtown Ketchikan unless instructed otherwise. Please see your finalized ticket voucher for details. 

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. We are unable to accommodate motorized scooters on this tour. 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 which aircraft is utilized.

Are there weight restrictions for passengers?

Passengers weighing more than 250 lbs. (clothed weight) or more must pay an additional surcharge of 168 USD on the day of the tour. 

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. As with any tour in Alaska, we suggest wearing layers and a rain jacket.

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?

There are no age restrictions for this excursion.  Children under the age of 2 are considered a lap child and do not require a ticket.  

Can I bring a backpack?

One small purse or camera bag is permitted at the pilot's discretion.  Totes will be provided at the flight terminal to store extra items.  The suitability of baggage, as to weight, size, and character, to be carried in the passenger compartment of the aircraft will be determined by the local tour operator. 

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?

Non-slip shoes, layered clothing, and water-resistant jackets are recommended.

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Duration: 2 hours

Number of Passengers *

Ages: 12+

Adult : $389.00

Child (Ages 2-11): $389.00

Infant: $0.00

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