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 you’d like, purchase a drink served in an ice-carved martini glass inside the museum’s bar, where you can relax on caribou fur–covered stools and warm your hands by the ice fireplace.

After wandering through the cool museum, don your bathing suit and enjoy entrance to the resort’s 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 Café 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

Additional Info

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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  • 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!

  • Larry our tour guide was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and very accommodating to everyone's need. Help with camera settings that enabled me to take Northern Lights pictures. Wonderful memories were created. Would highly recommend.

  • Clark was a great guide, knowledgeable, friendly and great Aurora-hunter. We had fun at Chena Hot Springs. We did the ice museum and had a delicious duck salad at the restaurant and then relaxed in the hot springs. When we couldn't see the Aurora he took us to another location and there it was!

  • Absolutely amazing. Indescribable. Didn't actually do the hot springs part. I ate dinner and watched the sky!

  • Tour was great! We were picked up promptly at our scheduled time from our hotel and taken the 60 miles by van to the Chena Hot Springs Resort by our tour guide, Clark. We were admitted to the 7:00pm tour of the Ice Museum which was fantastic!!! So excited we got to see this. The Appletini's were delicious and the ice sculptures were stunning. Our guide for this portion of the tour, Kathryn, was great! She was very energetic, super funny, and made sure we all had a good time. Next we ate dinner at the restaurant which was good and took a dip in the hot springs. It was a little crowded so we only spent about 45 mins here but it was still a cool experience. This is the only thing I would knock 1 star off for I appreciated that we didn't have to stay with our group and we could do our own thing but we didn't have a set meeting time to find our guide after the springs so we walked the grounds quite a bit in the dark to locate him and the rest of the group. But no big deal really, we still had a great time. After that we all met at the van and looked for the lights.. didn't take long, about 11:00pm we could see some faint green color forming behind the trees and then steadily get brighter. We were so fortunate to see them this early in the season! We saw the green lights dance and move for about 40 mins or so before it got cloudy but it was more than enough time to catch some really great photos! So excited we can check this off our bucket list!! The clouds rolled in and other members of our group were ready to make the drive back, which was fine, so we headed back a little early. Clark agreed to stop if we saw the clouds clear up and he made a couple stops on the way back which I really appreciated. He genuinely cared about us catching the lights. This tour was definitely worth the money! We have so amazing photos and memories to take back with us!

  • The trip was good. Our guide's commentary was valuable and helped us understand the town better. He set the right expectations for us as far as what to expect from the northern lights. There are few things that the company could possible consider, given the of the trip.
    Guide should have a camera that can capture the northern lights and possible get the group a picture against it. For the price, i think this would have been a nice memorabilia.

    If you choose to do the Chena hot springs yourself and chase the lights on your own, you may save yourself some . we preferred to go with the tour, since we did not want to drive so late in the night and also wanted to catch a snooze inbetween rides. After the hot springs, you really will want to..lol

  • another great day jeff was our driver again,the hot springs were amazing the water temp out side was hot as ex spected, the ice house was an amazing expeirence how they make the skulptures inside the house is mind blowing,again dissapointed did not see the northern lights to many cloads in the sky, but still a great trip

  • Our guide, Renee was great and early to pick me up at the hotel. He was very accommodating and knowledgeable about the local area and the moose. We saw 5 moose on the way to the hot springs, he drove slower and stopped at every moose sighting so we could take pictures/videos. The other people on the tour were so nice as well.

    - Arrived on time for the Ice museum tour: really cool sculptures, great experience, and had a martini at the ice bar in a ice glass. We were able to take it outside with us.
    - Hot springs was amazing! I stayed in the outdoor one. It was said usually there's a lot of people there, but we lucked out and was pretty empty. I got to lay out on the rocks, it was very peaceful - careful though from the extreme change in temperatures of the hot spring and weather.
    - Our guide kept an eye out and was tracking the Aurora the whole time, it was supposed to be very cloudy with low chances of showing, but we lucked out and it was gorgeous! There's also an indoor viewing room so you can stay there and recover from the cold.

    Overall, great trip!

  • The food was nothing special, but the dog sled portion of the night was great. We only had a few good sightings of the NorthernLights due to the weather. A B or at most a B.

  • Dave is our tour guide and he is awesome!! On our way to the hot springs we asked him if there would be a chance to see any wildlife. Thus, he did several u-turns just to show us the Moses on the way. Really wonderful experience.

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