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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Night Tour from Fairbanks

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Fairbanks, United States
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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


This guided night trip to Chena Hot Springs from Fairbanks gives you a bit of everything: hot, cold and the marvelous. Begin with a tour of the Fairbanks Ice Museum and marvel at its hand-sculpted ice bar and chandeliers. At a charming resort, slip into thermal pools of water that soothe your sore muscles. Relaxed, gear up for a midnight viewing of the surreal Northern Lights at one of the best locations to witness this natural phenomenon.
  • Night trip to Chena Hot Springs with Northern Lights viewing
  • Tour the Fairbanks Ice Museum
  • Unwind in hot springs at a rustic lodge resort
  • Watch for aurora borealis, a spectacular display of lights
  • Hotel transport from Fairbanks included
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Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all major hotel in Fairbanks, not Airbnb nor private residences.
All other locations we ask to meet us at one of the pick-up hotels or Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center.

Departure Time

5:00 PM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 5-year-old and older.
  • Please note the Aurora is a natural occurrence. We can NEVER guarantee that guests will see the aurora.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Chena rock lake pool only allows age 18 and older.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY 1st Alaska Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Night Tour from Fairbanks?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Night Tour from Fairbanks?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Night Tour from Fairbanks?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Tour was not as advertised.
, Dec 2021
The description says this tour comes with a guide. The fella was friendly enough but having a cab ride and a tour are two completely different services. I was under the impression by reading and calling the tour company to inquire about exactly what the cost included. I was reassured that the ride to the excursion and back was to to be filled information but instead had no commentary or any type of informative experience. I suggest driving yourself or an uber there and just paying for the ice museum and spring experience yourself.
Amazing experience
, Aug 2021
The amazing experience. Josh the tour guide was very energetic and cooperative throughout the trip. Highly recommend
Chena hot springs
, Mar 2020
Was very disappointed with Mike our driver. On the way to our destination he drove way too fast thru the perma frost bumps which took us out of our seats a few times. When we arrived we were left to our own guiding, he did not inform us that we needed to get our names on the dining list, nor did he register our group as "Alaska Wilderness Tour" did for their group. He said he wouldn be in the "activity room" reading his book the whole time. After the ice museum we had to ask other guides from"Alaska wilderness tour co" for me assistance in finding our way around cause Mike was nowhere to be found. We went to the dining restaurant and lobby and gift shop was full of people waiting to be seated, the wait list process was TERRIBLE and very unorganized, no one seemed to know what was needed to make our way into the over crowded restaurant. We waited close to 2 hours to be seated (it is the only restaurant at the property). While waiting "ALASKA WILDERNESS TOUR GUIDES" we're there to make sure all their guests with them got seated for dinner. We received more information and guidance from "Alaska wilderness tour Co" then our own guide which we had to look for after finally finishing dinner after 10:30pm in order to get our swimming attire for entering hot springs. At midnight we found Mike and he said we were heading back to our hotel, we were not going to see the Northern lights because it was snowing. Our trip was supposed to go till 2:30am. Will not be booking with 1st Alaska tour in the future, will be booking tours with"ALASKA WILDERNESS"
1 traveler found this review helpful
Waste of money. Go on your own
Vroom B
, Sep 2018
1 star and waste of money NOT because we did not see the auroras. But because of this:We were charged $200 per head for this tour. One of my friends went to the resort on his own (since he had a kid and the tour rules said no kids although the resort itself had no such rules). He paid $15 entrance fee for the museum, and $15 for the hot springs. Thats how we got to know how much everything costs ($30 plus pickup and drop cost). Our guide knew the auroras would not be visible and was convincing us to leave around 1130pm. Right since he picked us up, he knew the weather would not improve. It had been the same since the last few days. In that case, the tour should have been rescheduled or cancelled. This tour is nothing but a big SCAM. Its maybe worth 75 bucks MAX if you dont have a car to go to the location. If you do have a rental, save yourself a lot of money by going there yourself and purchasing tickets. There's nothing that you cannot do on your own including lights sighting. It will cost $30 plus gas. Nothing else is included in the tour. This review is for the tour and the company, not the guide.. not his fault.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Guide Tony did a great job!! Highly...
, Mar 2018
Guide Tony did a great job!! Highly recommend him. We enjoyed the Hot Springs. Dinner was fine. Soaking in the Hot Springs enjoyable and the visit to the Ice Museum fun. Didn't see any of the negatives previously reported. Also didn't see the Northern Lights despite excellent viewing conditions, forecast likelihood, etc. Tony did everything within his power to facilitate seeing the lights including stopping at other spots along the highway. Wasn't to be. Next night a different story - lights were very visible with the Aurora Oval passing directly over Fairbanks.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our guide was JT.......and he was...
, Jan 2018
Our guide was JT.......and he was the best. He provided us with so much interesting information it made the evening fly by. We are so glad we picked this tour. The ice museum was unbelievable and worth the trip alone. We had a great dinner at the restaurant. The hot springs certainly didnt disappoint. Then we were going to try and view the Aurora. We had a lot of cloud cover, so we didnt have high hopes. JT kept checking his Aurora app and keeping us informed. And, yes the wait was worth it. We saw the Aurora! On our way back to Fairbanks, JT pulled over and we saw the Aurora again. It was a fabulous evening.
1 traveler found this review helpful
It was a great experience! Our tour...
Zhe W
, Mar 2017
It was a great experience! Our tour guide is super nice and responsible. We all have a wonderful experience with him!
Fun experience, I wish we had more...
, Jan 2017
Fun experience, I wish we had more time with the Northern Lights. We left just as the lights were starting.
We had a wonderful time, after...
, Dec 2016
We had a wonderful time, after spending time at Chena hot springs the driver drove around chasing northern lights making sure we saw them. he was friendly and caring.
This was an awesome experience that...
, Nov 2016
This was an awesome experience that we thoroughly enjoyed. First off, our guide Randy was just awesome. He's like a walking talking Wikipedia for all things Alaska. I spent the entire hour or so each way on the road talking to him and she shared his experiences in the outdoors in and around Alaska. His knowledge of the area and history is extraordinary and he made the drive to and from Chena very enjoyable. He also facilitated all the events on the tour well, and even helped us get seated quickly at the very busy that night at least restaurant. Seriously.....Randy is an A guide for this and I give him my highest recommendation and thanks! Beyond's what to expect. You and the other guests are picked up from the area hotels around 4:30 PM. You'll take the hour or so drive up to Chena. If you're in the front seats of the van speaking with Randy or the other guides is easy. But if not, he often picked up the microphone to address the entire van on points of interests. Once there, everyone congregates in the activity center building. And then the fun begins, and there are a few highlighted events that happen in this order: 1 Tour of the Ice Museum and Ice Bar - This was pretty cool. Numerous ice sculptures, the ice bar, and you can purchase Appletinis in a souvenir ice glass for 15 a pop. You can keep the ice glass if you can figure out how to get it back home without it melting.....LOL. But you've got about an hour enjoy your drink and roam around the little ice museum. 2 Dinner at the Chena Hot Springs Resort restaurant. - Nice mid-scale restaurant with a rustic atmosphere. Most entrees on the menu are in the 20-30 range, with everything you'd expect including beef, seafood, and chicken. Salads, sandwiches and burgers are also available if you don't want to go for the full dinner. We met and got to know few other of the tourists and enjoyed a very fun filled dinner with them! 3 Dip in the outdoor Hot Springs and indoor pool if you so choose - This optional, but this is why you're encouraged to bring swim gear. I'm not usually a hot springs or pool type of guy, but this was very enjoyable. There is a locker room to store your stuff and you can hit the indoor pool if you choose. But the main attraction is the outdoor hot spring pool. It's rock lined and very natural....and it's nice and warm. It's only a 30 second walk through a covered area to the hot the cold doesn't bite you too bad before you get to the hot spring pool. And once you're's heaven. We had a bout a 10 degree night.....and we were nice and warm in the hot springs...warm enough that we stayed in for nearly an hour. You can't really enjoy the stars or Northern Lights from here though because of the steam. At least on our night. 4 Relaxation and Northern Lights Aurora Borealis viewing - By now it's about 11 pm, and you've got the next three hours to do as you please. Most of the group heads back to the activity center where there are refreshments and a small bar...and also the small indoor viewing room for the Northern Lights. Or you can head outside and set up your camera if you want to take some pictures. On this night the Lights weren't super actuve, but they did come out to play a little and I was able to capture some. My pictures were all shot with my cell phone Samsung Note 5, so here is proof the lights can be captured without a fancy camera....just get an app that allows you to manually adjust you camera settings ISO, aperature, etc. They won't be postcard material, but they will be good memories. Mine could have been even better if I would have got my tripod setup...but I didn' they're a but blurry. Regardless.....we got some nice memories captured. And that's it. You'll head back at about 2 am in the van to take all of the guests back to each hotel....and you should be back at yours somewhere around 4 am. We'll certainly do this again. Enjoy!

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