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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

From US$175.00
Highlights
  • 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
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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
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Overview
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 (65)
1 - 5 of 22 reviews
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile
Amazing night

Last night was probably one of the best nights of our lives . Our guide Ricky was amazing. Words cant describe my happiness. Came up here yesterday first trip booked chena hot spring that water was so relaxing and warm and then waiting for the...More

2  Thank Kimberley M
Reviewed 11 October 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
5  Thank connie_cml
Rainer Z, Manager at Alaska-Wildlife-Guide - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Hello from North Pole, thank you so much for leaving our company such a great review. We and of course Ricky, do really appreciate it. We are very glad that you had a lot of fun and even got to see the Northern Lights. Kind...More

Reviewed 25 September 2018
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank mardi f
Rainer Z, Manager at Alaska-Wildlife-Guide - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Dear Mardi, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review. Our company and Ricky of course, do really appreciate it. We also hope that you had a great overall visit to Fairbanks Alaska. Kind regards, Sylvia

Reviewed 21 September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank donnamarkmontgator
Rainer Z, Manager at Alaska-Wildlife-Guide - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Hello from North Pole, thank you so much for leaving us such a great review. We all really appreciate it. We are also very glad that you had such a great time and even got to see a wonderful light show. Greetings from Alaska, Sylvia

Reviewed 13 September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank nkitashima
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