Northern Lights And Chena Hot Springs Tour From Fairbanks

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Discover the ethereal beauty of Alaskas famous celestial display, impressive ice sculptures and the states ancient healing waters on an evening trip from Fairbanks. Throughout the night, admire the artwork inside Aurora Ice Museum and a dip into Chena Hot Spring Resorts outdoor mineral water baths before chasing the lights. Your guide will lead your small group out to ideal northern lights viewing locations, where youll wait with warm beverages for a chance at glimpsing the multicolored display in the sky. Round-trip transport from Fairbanks or North Pole hotels is included.

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Dress in warm winter layers before being picked up from your Fairbanks or North Pole hotel and transported to Chena Hot Springs Resort, located roughly 60 miles (97 kilometers) northeast of Fairbanks. On your 1.5-hour drive, keep your eyes peeled on the passing landscape for wildlife that might include a moose, beaver or fox.

Once you arrive at Chena Hot Springs Resort, enjoy an array of activities as you wait for the prime time to view the northern lights. First, follow your guide to the Aurora Ice Museum, which is crafted from more than 1,000 tons of ice and snow. Kept at a cool 25 degrees F (-7 degrees C), the museum houses intricate ice sculptures created by world- champion ice carvers Steve and Heather Brice. Their two-story observation tower includes a circular staircase, life-size jousters on horseback, an ice outhouse and more. If youd like, purchase a drink served in an ice-carved martini glass inside the museums bar, where you can relax on caribou furcovered stools and warm your hands by the ice fireplace.

After wandering through the cool museum, don your bathing suit and enjoy entrance to the resorts legendary namesake hot springs. The revitalizing mineral water lake soothes muscles with its warm temperatures, which averages 106 degrees F (41 degrees C) year-round. You can also soak under the stars in an outdoor hot tub, or head indoors for the heated pool. Between your evening activities, you can always slip away to the Aurora Caf or the historic Chena Hot Springs Resort Restaurant, where you can purchase meals, snacks or beverages.

When the conditions are right, bundle up and join your expert guide for a small-group outing to view the aurora borealis. Your guide leads the small group around Chena Hot Springs, one of the best places on earth to witness the green and purple illuminations loop across the night sky. Wait and witness the celestial wonder with hot beverages in the late evening, when viewing opportunities are the highest. The lights are also visible inside the cafe's Aurora room, which serves as a comfortable and warm location for viewings.

After taking in the northern lights, your guide will return you to your hotel along with a personalized certificate commemorating your viewing experience and time at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Inclusions for Northern Lights And Chena Hot Springs Tour From Fairbanks

  • Local Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission to Aurora Ice Museum
  • Access to Chena Hot Springs Resorts' hot springs, hot tubs and swimming area

Exclusions for Northern Lights And Chena Hot Springs Tour From Fairbanks

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food & drinks

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Operates in cold weather conditions; please dress appropriately

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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  • Nothing much to shout about the hot springs in Chena as compared to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland or I couldn't have seen much as I only arrived after sunset at approximately 1815hrs, total darkness.

    Mediocre changing facilities but it was relatively affordable, only cost a quarter per use and a new quarter got to be inserted after each opening.

    However, the facilities provided for the watching of aurora was excellent with 2 indoor waiting areas, an activity room and an aurora watching room besides the outdoor, and was an excellent night when I visited on November 17th, managed to see it twice in one night, simply awesome.

    The tour price paid was inclusive of admission to the Ice Museum and the hot springs, excluding the Appletini served in ice glass at the Aurora Bar in the former. The Appletini would have cost USD 15.

    The restaurant served good food with efficient service.

    Unfortunately, didn't manage to visit the Dog Kennel as it was closed at 1600hrs.

  • Spellbound Aurora
    Nothing much to shout about the hot springs in Chena as compared to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland or I couldn't have seen much as I only arrived after sunset at approximately 1815hrs, total darkness.

    Mediocre changing facilities but it was relatively affordable, only cost a quarter per use and a new quarter got to be inserted after each opening.

    However, the facilities provided for the watching of aurora was excellent with 2 indoor waiting areas, an activity room and an aurora watching room besides the outdoor, and was an excellent night when I visited on November 17th, managed to see it twice in one night, simply awesome.

    The tour price paid was inclusive of admission to the Ice Museum and the hot springs, excluding the Appletini served in ice glass at the Aurora Bar in the former. The Appletini would have cost USD 15.

    The restaurant served good food with efficient service.

    Unfortunately, didn't manage to visit the Dog Kennel as it was closed at 1600hrs.

  • A guide, William is an expert for this trip. During winter do not rent a car unless you are living snow and ice country,

  • I love the Chena hot spring very much, since I had little chances to experience such superb outdoor hot springs in the US. Ricky was a great tour guide, he had a lot of interesting stories to share on the car, and he led us to encounter some lovely wildlifies, such as Moises.

  • Overpriced for what you get. The van was old and uncomfortable. The Chena Hot Springs and Ice Museum were nice but those two combined are 30.00. If you have a car, go by yourself, just be careful while driving, as always.
    As far as the Aurora viewing, you are stuck in the uncomfortable van for hours driving around trying to find them. No snacks, no drinks, no warm place to sit and wait. The other tours were so awesome that this one is a huge disappointment.

  • We had a great time. The lights came out while we were in the hot springs and we rushed out to set cameras up! The ice sculptures were beautiful but we couldnt get camera settings right for good pictures. One especially nice thing our guide did was had us all sit together when we went to restaurant...we met very nice people and were able to share our experiences.

  • Loved this tour company. Loved Chena Hot Springs and the Northern Lights. I would advise to become familiar with your camera at night before you try to photograph the Northern lights as most cell phones won't capture it. I have a regular camera but there were many disappointed people unable to capture the lights because they couldn't get their phone to work in the dark without downloading an app first.

  • We went on this tour to see the lights and did see some faint ones so are looking forward to our other nights here in Fairbanks to see more. Our guide Dave was very good and lots of fun. The Ice Museum at Chena Hot Springs was beautiful and the apple martinis were great. The resort itself is only so - so glad we did not stay there - it is a two hour drive each way from Fairbanks and more like a summer camp than a spa - nothing there but the resort. The food in the restaurant was only ok. The Hot Springs is a wonderful place to float around and relax but if you have children up to 18 they can't go in so they can only go in the inside pool which is nothing special. I'm glad we saw the ice museum and 1st Alaska did a great tour for us but wouldn't go to the resort again.

  • Our driver was on time for our pickup and very friendly. The hot springs was a great experience. The food at the restaurant was good. I feel that the set up for watching the Aurora Borialis was not that good because of light pollution from the resort and the annoying light coming from the activity center.

  • We had a great evening! The Ice Museum and the Hot Springs were both very enjoyable. Our guide Larry was most helpful. He took his time to teach another guest how to use her camera. He also knew of a great location to see the aurora on the way back to Fairbanks. Highly recommend!

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