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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
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4:00 PM

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

We will contact you the day before your tour with your exact pickup time. Pickups will commence from 4pm (unless in North Pole where it may be earlier). We can only pick up from addresses within the Fairbanks or North Pole city limits. If you are staying outside the city limits, we can pick you up at Walmart or another hotel location. Please call our office to discuss what options are available.
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 
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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 photo 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 up from inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. For other locations, you will need to go to an agreed location (eg Walmart), please contact our office to discuss if you are staying outside the city limits.
  • 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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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
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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
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  • "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-4
A unique experience
Kaitlin_G
, Mar 2022
We didn't see the lights but had a fabulous time in the hot spring! Nothing like having your hair freeze in -15 weather while the rest of your body is toasty warm! Such a cool experience. Also loved the ice museum.
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star-5
A memorable experience
Robert_G
, Mar 2022
It was a memorable experience. The hot springs were amazing. The food was just ehhh ok, and the place itself could use a makeover - but all in all it was a great experience filled with amazing times with my family. Our tour guide (Jake) was a great guy. Very informative and knowledgeable. Took the time to stop at multiple locations and we even got lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis. I definitely recommend this trip with Alaskan Wildlife Guide.
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star-5
Recommend - memorable trip
Faye_R
, Aug 2022
Pros: Suzy was an excellent guide; knowledgeable and patient. Enjoyed the ice museum and hot springs. Pool was a nice cool down. Dinner was very good (fresh salmon). Veggies are grown on site in hot houses. Heated hut at top of trail to view aurora if very cold. We stood outside. She showed us how to do exposures to capture the images better than the naked eye. Saw the aurora splendidly on the way back. Not so pro: spa locker rooms are old, tight, crowded and zero privacy. Walk up to see the lights is steep, dark, pebbly, a bit washed while dodging horse manure. Make sure your cell is charged so you can use your flashlight to help and if it takes you longer. No seating up top.
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star-5
Absolutely loved this...
Isabel_H
, Mar 2022
Absolutely loved this experience and would recommend this to anyone! Our tour guide Jake was brilliant and hunted down the Aurora even when it didn’t look like it was going to happen. 10/10 experience!
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star-5
Totally worth it!
Shaina_G
, Mar 2022
Definitely worth it staying up all night! The Chena resort was a great experience. But the best part of course we’re the Northern Lights!! Our guide Jake was very knowledgeable, helped us adjust our cameras so we could capture the beauty and really seemed just as excited to see the Aurora as all of his guests were.
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star-5
Great tour for Aurora viewing!
Shirley_R
, Mar 2022
The tour included Chena Hot Springs which was very relaxing. The Aurora was light but we captured great views with Jake at Chena Hot Springs. Jake was a great tour guide. He had lots of local information and helped show everyome how to take great photos.
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star-4
Cool experience!
Angela_G
, Apr 2022
Loved the Hot Springs! Although they need ro clean their buildings at the resort much better! And do some updating! Otherwise, we loved it. We also loved stopping for several minutes to photograph the aurora, instead of a jump in and out and go thing!
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star-5
Chena Hot springs and the Lady Aurora
Leslie_L
, Mar 2022
Wonderful group of people to share the dining, ice museum, hot springs and viewing the lady Aurora .., with an excellent tour guide and driver ( Jake) on the ice roads💞🙏
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star-2
Overpriced letdown
Christopher_A
, Sep 2022
Unfortunately weather was bad that day so we didn't see the Aurora but really think this tour was not worth the value as I could have done the ice museum and hot springs for about $100 for 2 people. Also didn't help that our guide seemed anxious to get home and didn't provide any information about the area or the sites we were seeing. I would think for the price we'd at least get that. Overall bad experience as the whole point of booking this tour was to have someone knowledgeable about the area help you find the Aurora and provide information on the area with neither happening.
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star-5
Awesome
Angela_C
, Sep 2022
Cole and John were the best guides! Made sure we had a great time at the hot springs and made sure we had the best viewing for the Northern Lights! It was a great night!!
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Waiting for the northern...
Martin_P
, Mar 2022
Waiting for the northern lights to show up and then suddenly they explode in to view best part was that
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star-5
Great experience
Alexander_M
, Sep 2022
Our guide Jake was awesome. The highlight was definitely seeing the lights. He explained how to look for the lights and helped everyone set up their cameras. As the night went on we had a very spectacular show. The hot springs was also a great experience, very relaxing. The only thing I wish was explained was that dinner was at a nice restaurant and it was pricier than I was expecting. It was the only place around so other than bringing snacks, there were any other food options. I definitely recommend!
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star-5
Great your guide great experience
ApaAquino
, Aug 2022
Soaking in the Hotspring, under the stars in Alaska was an experience worth doing! Susi our guide was great and we even saw a moose on the way back. The aurora lights were still faint but we did got the glimpse of it
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star-5
Great Experience!
Marquita_J
, May 2022
This tour was exactly what I wanted! For my annual birthday trip, I thought about only visiting Seattle. But when I decided to include an Alaskan adventure, I found this tour! The driver and your was prompt, nice and very knowledgeable. The drive to Chema was very cool and we were able to see moose along the way. The Ice museum and martinis was a treat. The hot springs was an experience lol. And we were able to find the northern lights! Great experience!
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Aurora
Patricia_S
, Sep 2022
Learning how to take photos of Aurora. It was a little cloudy but Jake found them and helped us get good pictures.
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star-5
Thank you very much Ranier, I am very happy for this photo, if you could send me the other one and some other beautiful
Abner_P
, Mar 2022
Thank you very much for allowing me to enjoy such a nice experience, I will pass this on to my children and grandchildren and I will recommend your agency.
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star-4
Northern lights tour
Cmark_A
, Mar 2022
Our family enjoyed this fun tour. We enjoyed seeing the ice museum, hot springs and the northern lights!
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star-2
Not recommended
Anita_J
, Apr 2022
The hot springs were very nice. Facilities old and not clean. Food was cold and not tasty at all, and very expensive. Tour driver was nice. Ice museum and bar were okay but nothing exceptional. Expensive tourist trap. If not for nice driver and hot springs this place would get a 1/2! Could have spent our money on a lot more interesting Alaskan adventures.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are sorry to hear that you did not have a 5 star reviewable experience on your Chena Hot Springs tour. While we do utilize Chena Hot Springs Resort grounds for our tours, we are not responsible for the upkeep of them. We have forwarded your concerns to our contacts at the resort in hopes that they can fix these issues as soon as possible. We are glad to hear that your tour guide provided you with a great experience barring the status of the grounds themselves. Please feel free to reach out to us during normal business hours if you would like to speak further in regards to your experiences on your tour.
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star-5
Enjoyable tour
ChorFanJulia_T
, Mar 2022
Very strong and extensive northern light. The guide’s very kind in driving backward to enable us to take photos of the moose he has spotted.
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star-5
The whole experience was...
elma_m
, Mar 2022
The whole experience was excellent - I would definitely do it again and highly recommend. I finally got to see my Northern Lights
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