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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

From US$175.00
  • Small-group tour of Chena Hot Springs Resort and the northern lights from Fairbanks and the North Pole
  • Explore the resort’s Aurora Ice Museum, home to intricately carved sculptures and an ice bar
  • Soak in the outdoor hot mineral springs, hot tubs or indoor pool
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
Pair aurora borealis with spa treatments and you get a northern lights experience like no other. This night trip from Fairbanks takes you to Chena Hot Springs Resort for an exciting but relaxing array of activities. Discover eye-popping sculptures at the on-site Aurora Ice Museum, and then unwind in the resort’s legendary mineral water baths. When the conditions are right, a guide takes your small group to the best locations to watch for the ethereal northern lights, with warm beverages in hand.
What to Expect
After evening pickup from your Fairbanks or North Pole hotel, enjoy a 1.5-hour drive northeast of the city, perhaps spotting a fox, beaver or moose along the way, before reaching Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Engage in a variety of activities while you wait for the sky to darken to view the northern lights. First, tour of the one of most unique museums you’ll ever visit, the Aurora Ice Museum, constructed out of over 1,000 tons of ice and snow. Marvel at ice sculptures by world-renowned carvers Steve and Heather Brice, whose work includes life-size jousters on horses and a two-level tower with a circular staircase.

Fancy a drink? Head over to the museum’s bar, settle in on a caribou fur–covered stool and purchase a cocktail poured into a martini glass carved out of ice. For food, check out the offerings at the Aurora Café or the Chena Hot Springs Resort Restaurant (own expense).

Or, put on your bathing suit and work on loosening those knots in your back. Slip into the resort’s hot springs, which swirl with lake water averaging 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius) all year. Escape to an outdoor hot tub and unwind under the stars. A heated indoor pool is also available.

Then, dress warmly and meet your guide for a small-group outing to watch for the northern lights. You’ll be taken to prime viewing locations at Chena Hot Springs, a great spot to witness the green and purple ribbons of light dazzling the sky. If you prefer to be indoors, you can see the action from inside the Aurora Café. Either way, you’ll be holding a warm drink as you gaze at the celestial wonder.

Afterward, enjoy transport back to your hotel, with a commemorative certificate of your viewing experience at Chena Hot Springs Resort.
Reviews (64)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago
amazing experience and fantastic guide

I took a tour with a friend to check out the Northern Lights and the hot springs earlier this year, and now I'm just getting around to writing the review. I'd definitely book this tour again in a heartbeat. Ricky was our guide and he...More

3  Thank connie_cml
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
northern lights

wow. Ricky was very informative, made sure we got set up in a place to view the lights. We so enjoyed the trip.

2  Thank mardi f
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing Night

What a great tour. Ricky our guide was outstanding and explained everything about how the tour would go and how to best take advantage of our time at Chena Hot Springs. The Springs is a bit of a "touristy" type place, if that's a word,...More

2  Thank donnamarkmontgator
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Awesome experience when blessed with clear skies

Ricky was our tour guide and he was so knowledgeable about the local area and Alaska in general. He made the tour entertaining and so memorable. Thank you Ricky for taking us everywhere we needed to go to get to the right spot to get...More

2  Thank nkitashima
Reviewed 3 September 2018
Check the forecast on weather and visibility because it is unlikely to view the Northern Lights

Ricky is a great guide, really knowledgeable of the area and friendly, but make sure to check the forecast as we ended up being really disappointed on the fact that we didn't see anything and we were hoping to do so (it was the purpose...More

1  Thank Happiness321864
Rainer Z, Manager at Alaska-Wildlife-Guide - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Hello from North Pole, thank you for leaving us a review. Unfortunately, we are not able to control mother nature and this is the reason why we are stating in our tour descriptions that we are not able to guarantee the Northern Lights sighting. Even...More

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