Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords National Monument
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This huge wilderness area includes hundreds of rivers and streams fed by melting glaciers each spring.
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adventoring
Omaha, NE44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Fjords are very beautiful but very remote. Our excursion was similar to others in that the boat ride was over 1.5 hours each way and disappointing in terms of wildlife. We saw 5 eagles at most and no whales, bears, moose, or mountain goats. If I were to do it again, I would consider plane rides to cut the transit time and get an even more spectacular view.
Read your itinerary carefully to make the best educated decision you can.
Written February 20, 2023
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SyrinxSounds
Victoria, Canada1,393 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I wish that in addition to "rate your experience" there was an option to rate the place. The place, Misty Fjords National Monument, is a superlative expanse of natural beauty ... in all the possible way that might be conceived. Easily a rank of FIVE. But the question was about my experience, and my experience was not good.

My suspicion is that my negative experience was down to the particular guide company we used, and I'll make that review elsewhere. But also, I wonder if it isn't a case that this place should simply be left alone. I wonder if it is too much for humans. Perhaps we should not come here?

What's not made clear in the guide packages is how far away from Ketchikan the Misty Fjords are. In a 4.5 hour boat package, four hours of that is transiting to and from the fjords. The transit is scenic but no more than an interstate highway, noisy with small planes overhead. Then it's a 15-minute float in and 15-minute float out of the fjord. It's not much better than a scenic overlook.

If you are going to go to the fjords, do your research and know what your package will look like. Get as much time in the fjords that you can. If you are just floating in and out, assume that the forecast for seeing any wildlife will be over blown. The fjords are beautiful, but perhaps they should just be left to themselves.
Written August 25, 2022
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Joette N
Oakdale, CA493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Such a beautiful place to visit. You can only visit areas of this beautiful Fjord by either flight plane, helicopter or boat. We did take a tour boat and were so very happy with our experience. Our stop at the Eddyrock and the granite walls and waterfalls, and watching a pod of killer whales were all opportunities that added to the joy of our experience.
Written July 13, 2022
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DWathenYoungstown_OH
Youngstown, OH291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Not much other than the boardwalk and totem area in Ketchikan but a trip to Misty Fjords is exceptional. Went to a large (100+ passenger) boat with a great crew on a sunny day. Boat was about half full with cruise passengers. Takes about 90 minutes to get to the Fjord and then you cruise around the Fjord or an hour or so. Lots of waterfalls and wildlife (deer, goats, otters, whales.) One of the most beautiful areas in Alaska. If you get the chance go. Out Holland America cruise ship made the arrangements.
Written July 17, 2023
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Flyer508688
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Whagt can I say about this place? Nothing that would do it justice. It ts yosemite valley without all of the tourists. The fishing is amazing, halibut lingcod shrimp, and crabs. Can't forget the bears!

World class destination.
Written July 4, 2021
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Kelley V
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
It was amazing! I went on a tour with Allen Marine. Good tour with great narration of the wildlife and rock formations. I was able to see orcas, humpback whales, seals, and a variety of birds. Would recommend visiting Misty Fjords to anyone!
Written August 26, 2020
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170bradr
Ketchikan, AK128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
What can you say about a place that sums it all up in its name. The most is near constant but when the sun does come out it is incredible. Finding Bear scat just outside your cantonment is thrilling in a sort of terrified reality. Didn’t see the bear. Just a steaming pile of leftovers. He’s been eating berries. Not for the weak or faint of heart but such an incredible place. You’ll go back many time in your mind.
Written March 22, 2020
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robinmnjones
Baltimore, MD45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Explored this area on a boat tour. The scenery was beautiful but we didn't see wild life. We hoped to see whales, bears and mountain goats. We did see goats but they were so far away that they looked like white dots even through binoculars. Other sights in southern Alaska were more impressive if you have to pick and choose.
Written July 3, 2022
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Budda-USA
USA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
About 6 months before leaving for our cruise to alaska, I looked up a number of companies that did the Misty Fjords tour by seaplane. We decided to go with Seawind Aviation with owners Steve and Lesley Kamm. Let me say this, these are two of the nicest and most honest people you'll ever meet. We were picked up at the cruise pier by Lesley and brought to the plane, a short ride away. Steve grew up in Alaska and he knows the area very well, and as our pilot he was excellent and very informative. We were fortunate that day because it was partly cloudy and the views from the seaplane were absolutely fabulous. Steve also landed on a lake where we seen a bear feeding. In all we had a GREAT flight and there are several things everyone should know about Seawind Aviation: 1. Steve is the only pilot and grew up in Alaska
2. Everyone on the plane has a window seat
3. Everyone on the plane has a headset to wear
This was the first time we had met Steve and Lesley, but we felt like we had known them for many years. They are very good to their customers, and we would HIGHLY recommend Seawind Aviation to anyone wanting to see the Misty Fjords
Written December 6, 2009
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Irvingtonbaby
Irvington, NJ78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
I did extensive research ahead of time looking for a better price on the tours since the cruise ships are high priced. A very informative young woman told me that the cruise ships buy up the spaces on these tours and it is almost impossible to buy your own tickets on site. I called the tour companies in Alaska. That being said book the Misty Fjords Explorer tour. You travel to the area on a high speed boat. It is 2,000,000 acres of pristine woodlands and water. Breathtaking cliffs and scenery. We were there on a rare sunny day in 2015. We also had the luck to encounter whales who breached not just once but twice. Awesome. We cancelled whale watching in Skagway because we didn't think we could match what we saw. . We saw eagles and porpoises and whales spouting and swimming not far from our boat. The guides were great and we arrived back with enough time to walk through the small downtown and in a few shops. Felt like I was on a National Geographic special.
Written February 26, 2017
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