• Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

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.

Customer Reviews

Ihn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A guide, William is an expert for this trip. During winter do not rent a car unless you are living snow and ice country,

Qiaoyi H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I love the Chena hot spring very much, since I had little chances to experience such superb outdoor hot springs in the US. Ricky was a great tour guide, he had a lot of interesting stories to share on the car, and he led us to encounter some lovely wildlifies, such as Moises.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great time. The lights came out while we were in the hot springs and we rushed out to set cameras up! The ice sculptures were beautiful but we couldnt get camera settings right for good pictures. One especially nice thing our guide did was had us all sit together when we went to restaurant...we met very nice people and were able to share our experiences.

Ondreya W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Loved this tour company. Loved Chena Hot Springs and the Northern Lights. I would advise to become familiar with your camera at night before you try to photograph the Northern lights as most cell phones won't capture it. I have a regular camera but there were many disappointed people unable to capture the lights because they couldn't get their phone to work in the dark without downloading an app first.

Tod M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had a great evening! The Ice Museum and the Hot Springs were both very enjoyable. Our guide Larry was most helpful. He took his time to teach another guest how to use her camera. He also knew of a great location to see the aurora on the way back to Fairbanks. Highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Larry our tour guide was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and very accommodating to everyone's need. Help with camera settings that enabled me to take Northern Lights pictures. Wonderful memories were created. Would highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Clark was a great guide, knowledgeable, friendly and great Aurora-hunter. We had fun at Chena Hot Springs. We did the ice museum and had a delicious duck salad at the restaurant and then relaxed in the hot springs. When we couldn't see the Aurora he took us to another location and there it was!

Linda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Absolutely amazing. Indescribable. Didn't actually do the hot springs part. I ate dinner and watched the sky!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

another great day jeff was our driver again,the hot springs were amazing the water temp out side was hot as ex spected, the ice house was an amazing expeirence how they make the skulptures inside the house is mind blowing,again dissapointed did not see the northern lights to many cloads in the sky, but still a great trip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Our guide, Renee was great and early to pick me up at the hotel. He was very accommodating and knowledgeable about the local area and the moose. We saw 5 moose on the way to the hot springs, he drove slower and stopped at every moose sighting so we could take pictures/videos. The other people on the tour were so nice as well.

- Arrived on time for the Ice museum tour: really cool sculptures, great experience, and had a martini at the ice bar in a ice glass. We were able to take it outside with us.
- Hot springs was amazing! I stayed in the outdoor one. It was said usually there's a lot of people there, but we lucked out and was pretty empty. I got to lay out on the rocks, it was very peaceful - careful though from the extreme change in temperatures of the hot spring and weather.
- Our guide kept an eye out and was tracking the Aurora the whole time, it was supposed to be very cloudy with low chances of showing, but we lucked out and it was gorgeous! There's also an indoor viewing room so you can stay there and recover from the cold.

Overall, great trip!

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