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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.
  • 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
  • Witness the aurora borealis at one of the best viewing locations in the area, known for its high concentration of lights and clear skies
  • Snacks, meals, and additional beverages are available for purchase at the resort’s Aurora Café
  • Round-trip transport from Fairbanks and North Pole hotels provided
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5:00 PM

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Please arrive 1 hour 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

We can pick you up from any address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. If you are staying at the Alaska-Wildlife-Cabins-and-hostel, you can hop right onto our vans at tour begin. If you are staying outside the city limits, we can pick you up at Walmart. If you are at an address which is not specified from us, but inside the city limits, we can pick you up from there. Just leave us a comment with the address.
After evening pickup from your Fairbanks or North Pole hotel, take a leisurely 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 one of the 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Aurora Ice Museum
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chena Hot Springs Resort
After wandering through the cool museum, don your bathing suit and enjoy the resort’s legendary namesake. The revitalizing mineral water soothes muscles with its warm temperatures of 106 degrees F (41 degrees C) year-round. You can also soak under the stars in an outdoor hot tub, or indoors in the heated pool. In between, slip away to the Aurora Café or the historic Resort Restaurant, where you can purchase meals, snacks, or beverages. When ready, join your expert guide for a small-group outing to view the Aurora Borealis. Your guide will lead you through 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. Note: We can never guarantee the Northern lights sighting.
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in cold weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Please don't forget to bring bathing suits, bath towels, at least 2 quarter for each locker and a picture id for the cocktail in the ice museum. (has to be purchased separately)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The outside rock pool is only allowed for Adults 18 years and up. However, children are allowed in the inside pool.
  • Pregnant travelers are not allowed in the outside rock pool.
  • We have enough room for a foldable wheelchair. The hot springs are wheelchair accessible.
  • We can only pick you up from inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. Everyone else can be picked up at the Walmart parking lot in Fairbanks or the North Pole hotel.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Wildlife Guide LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks.

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Traveler Tips


  • "For the Ice Museum, don't forget to bring a picture ID if you’d like to purchase the cocktail inside." See review
  • "I would definitely recommend this tour Unless you rent a car, then you could do everything yourself and save a lot of money." See review

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star-3
Not worth it
Jade_U
, Nov 2021
Booked 2 tours to see the Aurora for this trip one of which was cancelled and that was the night the aurora showed up. This particular tour is a last minute thing. Not impressed. Too much waiting and wasting time from pick up to drop off. Activities were not clearly stated. Do’s and don’ts in the hot spring, what to bring etc. Dinner was reserved but not included so you can eat at the restaurant but you have to pay for it. I wish tours like this should be cancelled if Aurora forecast is not good.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Jade, we apologize for the inconveniences this caused for you. Unfortunately, we are not able to predict the Aurora in our unpredictable Alaskan weather. We do state this in the description of our tour, which you can read before booking any of our tours. We also explain this to our customers, as good as we can, if we get a phone call. Cancelations are unfortunately something what can happen with any company, due to hazardous weather, road conditions, illnesses or broken down vans and this is also something we mostly do not know until the day off, which is also stated in the tour description. We are of course trying our very best to avoid this as much as possible and we wish it would never have to come down to this, but it is sadly not fully preventable. To cancel tours are a huge loss for a tour company and not something we decide easily. If you still have anything else you would like to talk about, you can give us a call in the office at any time. We hope you still enjoyed your stay in our frozen wonderland.
star-5
Northern Lights @ Chena Springs
LNBS
, Nov 2021
What an amazing tour i reccomend it for anyone who visits Fairbanks in the winter, our guide Jacob was incredible from start to end took us to places until he successfully found the Lights. Thanks was an incredible experience.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Dennis_C
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide Lexie was amazing. She was very informative and very friendly. She really made the tour an unforgettable experience. We were determined to find the northern lights and we were successful. Lexie kept us safe driving thru what looked like challenging conditions thru icy roads. Would recommend 100% to all my friends.
star-5
We all loved our tour...
Daniela_H
, Nov 2021
We all loved our tour guide "Lexi" she was amazing. She went above and beyond in taking pictures and sacrificing herself in the cold so we could have the full Alaska experience in chasing the northern lights. She is just an amazing person and tour guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Exceptional tour and service
John_V
, Nov 2021
Everything is excellent. Lindsey ontime on pick up. Safe driver. Cool and Very informative. Chena pretty at night. Ice musuem nice. Apple martini on a ice glass a must. Dinner great ordered the curry with crab legs. Chena hot springs love it. Thought I’m gonna stay only 10mins turns out 1hr 10mins. Then the finale the Northern lights Lady Aurora was dancing. Lindsey timing and location for it was perfect. She even help is set up cameras and took excellent pictures. The whole group was so happy. All that was on the package are meet. Will recommend to friends and we’ll book to them for next year again. We book 3 tours on viator all are excellent and safe.
star-5
Don't miss this trip!
Candice_C
, Nov 2021
Lexi was our guide and she was fabulous. She was fun, energetic and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time throughout the whole trip. The ice museum was interesting, dinner was delicious (I'd recommend the salmon!) and the hot springs were relaxing. The absolute best part was the Northern Lights, though! She took us to the perfect spot and they showed up spectacularly! Lexi took tons of pictures for us, both with our camera and hers. Then she shared her pictures with us. I'm so grateful that we took this trip and that we had Lexi as our guide!
star-5
Awesome trip!
May_F
, Nov 2021
We had an amazing time and we were so lucky to have seen the Northern lights during our tour! Our guide, Shane, was very professional and delightful. He tried his best to find great spots for aurora viewing. We also enjoyed our time at the ice museum and hot springs. Thanks!
star-5
Outstanding service
Oscar_R
, Nov 2021
Our guide tour was amazing, she was really good , helpful, friendly , lovely , caring. I think the name was Lexi. She is the best. Well organised the tour.
star-5
Shane was an awesome tour...
Miriama_M
, Oct 2021
Shane was an awesome tour guide! He made our tour unforgettable! Dipping in hot springs was just soul soothing and so relaxing. Please do more tours with Shane!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for leaving us such an amazing review and we are glad that you enjoyed your tour.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
A Must!
Stephanie_B
, Oct 2021
Absolutely loved it. Lexi was THEE BEST tour guide! From the perfect watermelon martini at ice museum, calming hot springs, and to top off the night… seeing the northern lights! Great tour!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much for leaving this excellent review. We are so happy that you had a great time with Lexi and enjoyed your tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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