- 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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What You Can Expect
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.
Art our tour guide was amazing! He was smart, funny, nice and went out of his way to make this a great experience.
Our guide was exceptional. This was a great tour!
We booked the Northern Lights and Chena Hot Spring Tour from Fairbanks. It was such an amazing and unforgettable experience. The tour guide was very kind, friendly and informative. Highly recommended!!!
Great trip to the hot springs. Our group was fortunate enough to witness the aurora borealis. Patricia was a great guide and a tremendous help with our camera settings as well.
Very nice ! Thank you Patricia : I have a very great time , and we were so lucky enough to see the northern lights
awesome. Not the trips fault, but no Northern Lights. Otherwise, extremely happy
It was a lot of fun! Our guide was informative. We caught the aurora, which was awesome! Our group was only 8 people so that was nice. However, since we went on a weekend, the ice museum was very full. The aurora viewing site is dark enough to take good night time pictures. There is a nice warm room there to wait if you don't want to hang outside to take pictures. All in all a good trip!
The hot springs were awesome......The Northern Lights did not cooperate though......Our driver Art was great and very informative!!!
Chena Hot Springs is a must visit for anyone going to Fairbanks
great trip. it was only 2 of us and the tour guide did a fantastic job in telling us about the lights and the Hot springs. The Lights could have been a little more cooperative. But we did see them and enjoyed them.