I am getting close to the end of my Alaskan cruise series and plan on calling the series a wrap sometime in November. I do have a few more things to share with you however over the next month. Today is going to be all about the Misty Fjords National Monument. Our visit to the Misty Fjords was our last excursion while aboard the Disney Wonder on our Alaskan cruise.
Ketchikan is the place to catch a float plane to the Misty Fjords. I have heard that you can also make arrangements for this trip in Juneau as well. We boarded a sea plane that sat about 8 people and spent a couple hours flying in the misty clouds. It was definitely misting that day so I can see why this area is called the Misty Fjords.
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This area of Alaska is often referred to as the “Yosemite of the North” due to the similar geography. According to Wikipedia: President Jimmy Carter designated the Misty Fjords as a national monument and wilderness area administered by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Tongass National Forest. Misty Fiords is about 40 miles (64 km) east of Ketchikan, Alaska, along the Inside Passage coast in extreme southeastern Alaska, comprising 2,294,343 acres (928,488 ha) of Tongass National Forest in Alaska’s Panhandle.
Most visitors simply visit it through the air-viewing the glaciers and u-shaped valleys below – from inside an airplane. There are some boat tours as well. It is also possible to kayak or camp in the area if you are looking for rugged adventure.
We chose Island Wings and we were very happy with our pilot Michelle. She is very knowledgeable & explained to us details of the entire area including the lifestyle of the people who live in and around Ketchikan. She shared with us the many hats she wears as an Alaskan pilot. In addition to hauling cruise ship tourists around she also helps the forestry service track tagged wildlife. My husband and I found this fascinating since we are such animal lovers. I felt very safe in the plane. 🙂
The highlight of the trip was landing the float plane in the middle of a glacial alpine lake. We were all then able to get out and explore just a bit and take photos of course!
I highly recommend this excursion – it is rated the #3 thing to see and do in Ketchikan and I would probably place it as #1. According to Trip Advisor the #1 thing to do is a ferry trip and if you are traveling on a cruise ship it would not be necessary to do the ferry, in my opinion. The #2 thing was kayaking and that is not my cup of tea!
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