In The Heart of Grand Marais
The Hjørdis & Scenic Airplane Rides
You've been skirting the shore of Lake Superior for two hours to get here. Wouldn't it be wonderful to get out on the lake? Feel what it's like to be on all that water? Reverse things and view the shoreline from the lake?
An easy way to do this is aboard the 50-foot schooner, the Hjørdis, sailing out of North House Folk School on the harbor. Schooner outings are offered daily and include an overview about sailing, a tour of the harbor, and weather permitting, a sail into the big lake. The Hjørdis sails from late May through early October and is used for sailing classes, sunset sails and full moon sails, too. Stop by North House or get details online.
Scenic Airplane Tours
For a completely different perspective, hop aboard a float plane and fly over the area. Sky Dan takes off out of the Grand Marais harbor for tours running 20 to 90 minutes. From the window of the plane you will gain a sense of the remoteness and topography of the forests and lakes that surround Grand Marais.
Let Dan know what you're interested in or ask for a recommendation. Some great options include flying up the Devil Track River canyon, over Pincushion Mountain and the village and harbor; a Lake Superior shoreline tour; his famous moose scouting flight; along Lake Superior and up the Brule River canyon and over the Devil's Kettle; over inland forests including Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota; and, a cruise along the U.S. - Canadian border.