Aurora Ice Museum Tours

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Aurora Ice Museum
Made from over 1,000 tons of ice and snow, the Aurora Ice Museum is the largest year-round ice structure in the world. Completed in 2005 by world ice-art-carving champion Steve Brice and his wife, Heather, the museum features furniture, life-size knights on horseback, chandeliers shifting colors to mimic the Northern Lights, and even a bar, all made of ice. 

The Basics
Aurora Ice Museum tours are offered daily, and tickets are available at the Activity Center Desk or as part of a guided Chena Hot Springs tour from Fairbanks. On the tour, you’ll learn about the art of ice sculpting, view the impressive collection of ice art, and enjoy endless creative photo opportunities. After the tour, relax on the caribou fur–covered ice stools at the Aurora Ice Bar and warm your toes by the ice fireplace. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visit Aurora Hot Springs as part of a Chena Hot Springs tour. 
  • Bring a hat, gloves, and jacket. Parkas are available for free during your tour. 
  • Enjoy the Ice Bar’s signature cocktail, an appletini served in a martini glass carved out of ice. 
  • Don’t miss the ice outhouse in the Northern Lights room.
  • Learn to create your own ice art by booking an ice-carving class. 

How to Get There
The Aurora Ice Museum is located at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, 60 miles (97 kilometers) from downtown Fairbanks. Most visitors arrive by car or as part of a guided tour from Fairbanks or the town of North Pole. There is also a shuttle service from Fairbanks to the resort. 

When to Get There
The Aurora Ice Museum can be visited year-round and stays a cool 25°F (-7°C) inside at all times. During the summer, the museum receives more than 10,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular attractions in Fairbanks, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Tours of the museum are offered every two hours throughout the day. 

Other Attractions at Chena Hot Springs
Most visitors come to the Chena Hot Springs Resort to soak in the legendary mineral-water baths with the hopes of viewing a spectacular Northern Lights show. Chena’s dark skies and ideal geographic location make it one of the best places in Alaska to view the Northern Lights. The resort also offers a wide array of activities including hiking, fishing, biking, and horseback riding adventures during the summer months, and dog sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling during the winter. 
Address: 500 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK, USA 99701, USA
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Chena Hot Springs Tour

Discover Alaska’s natural hot springs and amazing ice sculptures on a full-day tour to Chena Hot Springs from Fairbanks. Enjoy a scenic 60-mile (95-km) drive from your Fairbanks hotel to Chena Hot Springs, where you can soak in the large outdoor pool of this legendary resort. You can also take a tour that showcases how Chena Hot Springs makes use of geothermal energy to power the resort, and check out the sculptures in the Aurora Ice Museum.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Chena Hot Springs: Aurora Night Tour from Fairbanks

Experience the famous Chena Hot Springs and Ice Museum on a full-day outing. After a convenient hotel pickup in Fairbanks, tour the Ice Museum, where you’ll see masterfully-carved ice sculptures and rooms formed from ice. Sit at an ice bar and sip an Apple Martini from a cocktail glass made of ice. Then, watch the Aurora or soak in the mineral water of the hot springs.  
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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