|Misty Fjords Boat and Floatplane Adventure
Approximately 3-3/4 to 4 (2-1/2 to 2-3/4 hrs on boat; 30 min flight)
This unique tour of the Misty Fjords National Monument combines
sea and air for a complete Alaskan experience.
Your memorable journey starts when you board a luxury catamaran and speed off into the heart of the monument, one of nature's most majestic creations. Gaze in wonder as you glide past towering cliffs and astonishing 1000-foot waterfalls that plunge dramatically into the fjord's emerald waters.
The Misty Fjords are also known as the "Yosemite of the North" thanks to its similar geology. The glacial valleys are around 50 to 70 million years old and have been sculpted by glaciers that have driven deep U-shaped troughs throughout the monument. Along the way, your guide will point out an active eagle's nest, a mysterious Native pictograph and Punchbowl Cove, home to columnar basalt formations and the colorful Mossy Wall bird rookery. You will then discover New Eddystone Rock, a volcanic plug rising 237 feet from the water, illustrating the dramatic geologic forces that shaped this area six million years ago.
During this superb trip you will also be offered an assortment of food and beverages, while a naturalist provides in-depth commentary on the area's natural history. Keep ever vigilant as you may see bears, mountain goats, timber wolves, seals, sea lions and killer whales from the comfort of the cabin, or with the mist on your face on the outside deck.
Once you have arrived at the far reaches of a secluded cove, you will then transfer to an authentic Alaska floatplane. Only from the air can you truly appreciate the magnitude of this 2.3 million-acre national treasure, so prepare to delight in the sensation of soaring for 25 wonderful minutes over pristine wilderness, enjoying unspoiled forest and lakes. Returning to Ketchikan, your unique aerial view will allow you to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the city and your ship, before a water landing.
What to Bring: Since weather can be unpredictable in Southeast Alaska, we recommend dressing in layers, wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a waterproof jacket. Don't forget your camera, binoculars and sunglasses.