Northern Lights And Chena Hot Springs Night Tour From Fairbanks

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 11 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    05:00 PM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all major hotel in Fairbanks, not Airbnb nor private residences.
    All other locations please contact us for meet up point.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Travel with expert guides in comfortable transportation and relax in the famous Chena Hot Springs. Be amazed by the Fairbanks Ice Museum's handcrafted chandeliers and bars, and spend the evening gazing in awe at the mysterious Northern Lights.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Your evening begins at 5pm with pickup from your lodging in Fairbanks. Head approximately 60 miles (100 km) to the Chena hot springs resort. Here you'll have a chance to cool off in the incredible Fairbanks ice museum. This building, built entirely out of ice, boasts a full ice bar and chandeliers built painstakingly out of handcrafted ice.

By 8pm, you can soak your cares away in the warm and inviting Chena Hot Springs. These hot springs were discovered by natives and early miners and are still enjoyed today. The resort makes use of the first low-temperature binary geothermal power plant built in Alaska.

By midnight, begin to look out for the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights is one of the most spectacular natural phenomenons on the planet, and on this night tour, you will have the chance to see this marvel of nature for yourself. This natural light display is caused by the collision of charged particles with atoms high in the atmosphere, and the result is a breathtaking display of light that can be bright enough to read a newspaper by!

Around 2:30am, depart back for Fairbanks, where you'll arrive around 4am.

Inclusions

Driver/guide

Live commentary on board

Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Entry/Admission - Chena Hot Springs Resort

Exclusions

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Gratuities

Dinner

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Minimum age is 5-year-old and older.

Please note the Aurora is a natural occurrence. We can NEVER guarantee that guests will see the aurora.

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Chena rock lake pool only allows age 18 and older.

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

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  • 16-Nov-2022

    Unfortunately we weren’t able to see the Northern lights because it was cloudy and snowing that day but nonetheless we had fun and had a very enriching experience thanks to our guide Ed. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the phenomenon and explained us in detail what are they and how they appear. Anything you need to know about Alaska and the lights, Ed is your guy! The hot springs were so good and relaxing even in cold Alaska. The Ice museum was spectacular and you can see for yourself the amazing level of craftsmanship of the ice sculptures.

  • 09-Oct-2022

    My wife and I went on this tour October 2nd. It was awesome! We stayed at an Air BnB, so we had to be picked up at a local hotel. The van was right on time and things only got better from there. I really wish I could remember our guide's name, but she was super sweet and knowledgeable. We go to the hot springs in with time to look around before going to the ice museum. Our guide also got the names of anyone that would be dining at the restaurant at that point. The ice museum was very interesting, and the appletini was great. We were then able to basically go straight into the restaurant and eat because our guide had put our names down already. After that, the hot springs we great...and the northern lights decided to show up early. We were actually sitting in the springs when they came in. We got a few pictures and then hurried to get dressed and go to a better spot to view the lights on the van. Our guide was as excited as we were. We went to a couple of spots and got great pictures of the lights. It was truly a great experience!

  • 20-Sep-2022

    We weren't sure what to expect from the Chena Hot Springs tour but we're very pleasantly surprised! The ice house looks a bit odd from the outside, but inside was a very cold 22 degree wonderland filled with magical ice sculptures and all the colors of the aurora. The apple martini in the ice goblet was very fun! We had dinner next at the restaurant on site and our party of 8 were exceedingly happy with their choices. The spring rolls with homemade peanut sauce were excellent, and others raved about the salmon bacon and sweet scallops. Next we went off to relax in the hot mineral springs. Our weather was in the 40's with a light drizzle and it did not affect our enjoyment of the soft, warm waters. It was dark and the mist coming up off the water was made otherworldly by the ever-changing lights over the pool. It was magical! The only downside was the locker rooms could have been a bit cleaner from the day's business but we really did enjoy our visit. Due to the rain and mist the aurora watching turned into visiting with our new friends.

  • 18-Sep-2022

    Joe was very personable, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. He took excellent care of us and guided us every step of the tour.

  • 09-Sep-2022

    We were disappointed that it was cloudy the whole time. No aurora We really enjoyed the hot springs. It was a pleasure getting to know Linus Platt our guide. Bravo Linus.

  • 31-Aug-2022

    Our guide Ed was awesome! We learned about the local flora and fauna. Saw a moose and a little bit of the northern lights. The Chena hot springs and ice museum was fantastic. Such a beautiful experience to soak in the hot water, and to be able to look up at a sky full of stars! Thank you Ed, the information you provided along the drive really made the it more interesting and a great way to start our Alaskan adventure!

  • 21-Mar-2022

    My friend Kim & I just returned from our Alaskan adventure. We booked several tours with 1st Alaska and were never disappointed! We did the Aurora Viewing at the yurts with Melissa our first night and saw rhe Aurora! Tatiana was our guide for the dog sledding and Jared was our musher. It was fantastic - chance to meet the dogs and then the exhilarating ride. We also did the night ice fishing with Tyson as our guide. I never fish but I caught 2 salmon. To top off the evening, the Aurora was out and we really enjoyed it- Magical. 3 of our tours were led by Josh - The Fairbanks city tour, the Arctic Circle tour and the Chena Hot Springs tour. I can not compliment Josh enough. He was informative and very helpful. Each tour was fantastic. We didn’t see the Aurora but that is in Mother Nature’s hands. We did see several moose. The Chena hot Springs tour was interrupted by a 4 car accident on the road. Josh stepped right into the situation and handled it very professionally. We all shifted around in our van to accommodate the 4 adults and 2 yr old along with their luggage and took them to Chena Hot Springs with us. No one should be stranded and Josh made sure that they had accommodations for the night and a ride to Fairbanks the next day. This is the kind of employee companies dream about. He displays the care, initiative and helpfulness we all need at times as travelers. He went above and beyond and we appreciated him! I hope that 1st Alaska does as well. Most impressive with all your guides- their full commitment to the people, community and nature of Alaska. They have an obvious love and passion for what they do and it shows in how they treat the customers. Bravo!!

  • 18-Mar-2022

    Josh was a lifesaver literally. We were stranded as a result of car accident involving many cars, and he went out of his way to rescue my family including my little toddler. There was another car blocking the way that crashed even later on, and he proceeded to tow it to the side, to prevent future accidents. He helped moved all our luggage that was stuck there and was able to take us to the nearest place at Chena springs hotel. We were very shaken up, but the entire people in the shuttle were patient and so understanding of our plight. From when I stayed in the shuttle, I could tell he is a great tour guide, but most of all an even better human being. He was kind, personable with the whole tour group, and quick to act in an emergency. Based on his character, I wouldn't hesitate to have him as a tour guide, knowing that he's a safe driver, he was reassuring, and he'll help you when you need it.

  • 12-Feb-2022

    Josh is so F-ing good at his job! He wants you to see everything and have the best experience possible and he really goes out of his way to make it happen. Literally watched the sky for us until the Auroras came out and rounded everyone up to get to the best possible viewing location. Great guide and great guy book with confidence!

  • 11-Feb-2022

    When I read the other reviews, I’m honestly confused. People are talking about having a guide. What guide? We were picked up at our hotel 40 minutes late and made a stop at another hotel to pick up other guests. We also. picked up about a dozen people from the airport. Two hours later, we were let out at the entrance to the hotel- no directions, still no guide, no group of other people waiting for the same tour that we had paid over $400 for two people to take. After asking, we were told to go to the activity center where the tours began but since we were so late getting there, we missed our 5:00 ice museum tour. The next tour was at 7:00 pm. This meant that we would have 75 minutes for the hot springs (including dressing, drying, redressing), and to eat dinner before our meeting time of 9:15 for the top of the mountain for the northern light part. When I made a comment about the timing, the guy at the activity counter said, “well, I guess you have a choice between the hot springs and eating. If it were me, I’d choose to do the hot springs.” There was a gal who walked a bunch of us - hotel guests and other random people that had decided to do the tour, but not part of the northern lights package we paid for, to the ice museum. After telling us about all the broken stuff (ice chess board, ice stairs to a tower, and a bear who used to pour cola) we were allowed to wander around and look at the ice sculptures in the room on our own. There were some fun things to see. We drank our included in the price, apple martini, and headed over to the hot springs dressing area. It, along with the restrooms we had already experienced at the activity center, was filthy. Stuffed up toilets, broken doors, and poop. The hot springs themselves were enjoyable. (Although I did read that it’s just heated lake water, not sure if that’s true or not) In any event, the water was warm, and in the dark, the lights and steam gave it a cozy vibe. Looking at the ice crystals in our hair was fun too. After drying off and redressing, we hurried back to the activity center for our dinner of Doritos and coke (because vending machine food was all we had time for), and for our trip to the top of the mountain. I did talk to one other couple who had been on our bus up from Fairbanks, and were signed up for the same tour as us. They too were expecting a guided trip with a smaller, and consistent group of people. We all loaded into the snow car things as our driver apologized that the heater and lights inside were broken. Thankfully, because they were down a vehicle, and had no heater, he hurried us to the top and we arrived quicker than the 40 minute expected trip. We were then shown where the make-shift porta-potties were - 1 for women, one for men, (which when I used it later, was stuffed to the top with toilet paper.) It was beautiful on the mountain with the trees and snow and a lovely view. We could freely wander around or wait inside a yurt type dwelling, that was heated with two small built-in propane space heaters, one on each side. Nowhere near enough heat for the 50ish people that packed inside. (Somewhere I read - review or description of tour, that we would be with a small group) We did see a quick show of lights toward the beginning of our four hours on the mountain. It was stunning. After our cold ride back down to the Chena resort hotel, we went into the gift shop and used the restrooms while waiting for the bus driver who was supposed to be waiting for us, to arrive. The restrooms were as gross in the lobby as the other areas in the resort. We waited about twenty to thirty minutes before a bus driver came to take a group of us back to various locations in Fairbanks. Our long trip back to Fairbanks was frigid. The driver had cool air blowing full blast the whole time. My window was iced up and definitely made way more uncomfortable by the chilly air blowing out at us. We were told that our ETA back to our hotel would be 3:30 am. We arrived at 4:45 am. Some may want to blame that on road conditions, however she seemed to be keeping within the speed limit. Being tardy to pick passengers up and unrealistic time estimates are the culprit. This trip was nothing like what we expected from reading the reviews. As I said, there was no guide, so it wasn’t anything like the description of the tour we signed up for. Very disappointing.

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