Get a thrilling, bird’s-eye view of Alaska’s snow-capped peaks, mountain lakes, waterfalls, and more on an unforgettable helicopter flightseeing tour from Ketchikan.

Pilot stands by their red helicopter that is landed on a rocky beach with mountains in the background.

Add a landing at a remote mountain lake to your flightseeing tour.

Lift Off

You’ll lift off from Ketchikan for a spectacular tour. The steep terrain in this area makes for perfect flightseeing in a helicopter, where you can get closer to scenery than you could in a fixed-wing aircraft—and you can even touch down on a stunning mountain or at the base of a waterfall. As you take it all in, your experienced pilot will be telling you about what you’re seeing in a narration that’s customized to your interests. Want the highlights or want to know it all? Just ask! Plus, even the longest tour is just 90 minutes, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy another excursion that same day.

The Tours

  • Mahoney Falls Tour: This 20-minute tour goes over the shimmering Ketchikan Lakes and through the mountains right behind Ketchikan. Fly over the top of John Mountain, where you may see mountain goats, and past a stunning waterfall before heading back.
  • Top of the World: This 40-minute tour crosses over Tongass Narrows and lands on an exclusive helipad built by the company atop a 2,000-foot mountain. You’ll have about 15-20 minutes to enjoy the amazing view among the solitude of the Alaskan wilderness, with the Canadian Rockies one direction and Prince of Wales Island the other. Total flight time is 20 minutes.
  • Combo Tour: This 45-minute tour starts off with dramatic Mahoney Falls, comes down George Inlet along the coast, and lands on a 2,000-foot mountain (where Helicopter Air Alaska built an exclusive helipad). The helicopter will shut down and you’ll have about 15 minutes to enjoy the spectacular view, with the Canadian Rockies in one direction and Prince of Wales Island in the other. Total flight time is 30 minutes.
  • Ketchikan Roundabout: Whet your appetite for helicopter flightseeing with this breathtaking 10-minute tour around the quaint town. Get a bird’s-eye view of cruise ships and the gorgeous Tongass Narrows.
  • Mountain Lake Tour: This 30-minute tour takes you over Ketchikan Lakes, John Mountain, and a temperate rainforest where you can look for mountain goats and black bears. You fly along George Inlet and see mountain lakes along the way. Add a landing at a lake, the mouth of a river, or the base of a waterfall (for an additional $50 per person), and—with the helicopter shut down—experience the serenity of Alaska’s wilderness.
  • Herring Cove: This 20-minute flight takes you out along the coast, rather than up and over the mountains. Your destination is gorgeous Herring Cove; here, when the salmon are running, you may see one of Alaska’s most iconic sights—black bears fishing at the mouth of the cove.

Customized & Special Occasion Tours

Is there something you especially want to see? Just ask: Most trips can be customized, or the company can create a trip just for you. They can also help if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, whether it’s bringing along a bottle of champagne for a proposal or a full-blown remote wedding. On a limited basis they also offer a VIP Boat Tour. They’ll fly you out to a remote cove where a boat will be waiting, and you’ll spend some time on the boat enjoying coffee or tea and refreshments before flying back.

What to Bring

  • Heat and air vents in helicopter to regulate temperature. Wear comfortable layers.
  • Camera

Getting There

1515 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901

Shuttle service will pick guests up (from hotel or cruise ship); within walking distance of ship berths.

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season May 1 - Sept 30
Duration 10+ mins
Rates Mahoney Falls Tour // $169 per person | 20 minutes
Top of the World Tour // $189 per person | 40 minutes
Combo Tour (Mahoney + Top of the World) // $289 per person | 45 minutes
Mountain Lake Tour // $249 per person | 30 minutes
Herring Cove Tour // $169 per person | 20 minutes
Ketchikan Roundabout // $115 per person | 10 minutes
Scorpius VIP Fjord Tour // $289 per person | 45 minutes
Rate Notes Children under 2 can sit on lap at no cost on any tour
Call for availability outside of season dates

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