Ketchikan Misty Fjords Flightseeing Tour | Same Day

Excursion Overview

Soar through the remarkable Misty Fjords National Monument!

Over two million acres of remote, wilderness region awaits you. Board an authentic De Havilland floatplane to visit one of Ketchikan's most notable highlights. The Misty Fjords National Monument is the second largest wilderness region in the United States.

Fly over sheer granite cliffs, plunging 1000 foot waterfalls, and crystalline glacial lakes. Keep your eyes peeled from your guaranteed window seat for Alaskan wildlife. Eagles, mountain goats, whales, and sea lions could be among the wildlife spotted from the skies.

Equipped with digital sound systems and individual passenger noise-cancelling headsets to hear the narrative and choreographed music. All flight paths are weather dependent. The adventures could you lead you South where you may see New Eddystone Rock and Big Goat Lake or North past Neets Bay and Bell Island Hot Springs. Flights cancelled due to inclement weather are fully refundable.

Please Report Accurate Weights of each Passenger

Accurate weights are needed to determine the correct size plane for this excursion to fit the balance and weight profile of your aircraft. Reporting inaccurate weights could result in a canceled excursion not eligible for a refund.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the Ketchikan Visitor Center (Berth 2 downtown Ketchikan)
  • Window seat
  • Noise-cancelling headsets to hear the narrative and choreographed music during the flight


  • Guests must be comfortable walking short distances and getting on and off the aircraft with minimal assistance. Please advise, the dock can be a steep incline depending on the tide.
  • Accurate weights are needed to determine the correct size plane for this excursion to fit the balance and weight profile of your aircraft. Reporting inaccurate weights could result in a canceled excursion not eligible for a refund.

Duration: 1.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 10 minutes - transportation from the Visitor's Center (Berth 2) to the floatplane dock
  • 1 hour - flightseeing in the Misty Fjords
  • 10 minutes - transportation from the floatplane dock back to downtown Ketchikan

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Liquid Sunshine Rain Gauge outside of the Ketchikan Visitor's Center. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers. If your ship docks at Ward Cove, you must take a complimentary shuttle do downtown Ketchikan.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility 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 you plan to bring accessibility equipment on this excursion.

Refund Policy:

  • Same Day Tours are non-refundable unless the tour is canceled by the tour operator for any reason.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend suitable waterproof outerwear and comfortable footwear for this excursion. Sunglasses are a must!

If you are particularly prone to motion sickness, taking a precautionary anti-motion sickness medication is a good idea. However, flights are very smooth and turns are slow and gentle. This is a professional scenic tour, not a thrill ride. Most people do not experience motion sickness and do not need anti-motion sickness medication.

Everyone enjoys a (panoramic view) window seat.

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.

Expect the unexpected! We have experienced “typical” summer days ranging from 50 degrees and raining to 85 degrees and sunny. It is always smart to plan for anything in Alaska.

The Tongass National Forest is a 17 million-acre rainforest that makes up much of Southeast Alaska. We Alaskans have learned to appreciate the rain and never let it spoil a good time. If it is otherwise safe and quality flying weather, we will fly in the rain. A little-known fact is that the weather in Ketchikan and Misty Fjords can often be very different. Ketchikan is on an island located very close to the open ocean as Misty Fjords is located on the mainland 40 miles in the opposite direction. Misty Fjords experiences less rain than our coastal area near Ketchikan.

The Seaplane Captains are experts in the decision-making process when it comes to weather. The safety of passengers is the number one priority. The tour will not fly if it is not safe. The second priority is tour quality, and flights will not go out if tour quality is poor. If the flight is cancelled due to weather you will receive a full refund.

As far as the best time of the day for a Misty Fjords tour, you should primarily consider your personal schedule. Most of the summer month, Ketchikan is blessed with beautiful flying weather, and the time of day whether it is in the morning or in the afternoon will make no difference.

Fjords are formed when a glacier cuts a U-shaped valley by abrasion of the surrounding bedrock. Glacial melting is accompanied by rebound of Earth’s crust as the ice load and eroded sediment is removed in some cases this rebound is faster than sea level rise. Most fjords are deeper than the adjacent sea. Fjords generally have a sill or rise at their mouth caused by the previous glacier’s terminal moraine, in many cases causing extreme currents and large saltwater rapids.

There are no road systems that extend to the Misty Fjords. Access is strictly by floatplane or small boat.

A floatplane is an aircraft that utilizes water as its runway with the use of floats or pontoons instead of wheels. This is a popular mode of transportation throughout Southeast Alaska for access to remote locations or communities without a land-based runway.

The DeHavilland Turbine Otter can accommodate up to 10 passengers. Depending on the group size, the DeHavilland Beaver can accommodate up to 6 passengers and the Cessna 185 is the most intimate experience with just 2-3 passengers.


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Duration: 1.5 hours

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Duration: 1.5 hours

Adult (13+): $350.00

Child (2-12): $350.00

Infant (Under 2): $0.00