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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

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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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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick you up from any address inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole.
If you are staying at the Alaska-Wildlife-Cabins-and-hostel, you can hop right onto our vans at tour begin.

If you are staying outside the city limits, we can pick you up at Walmart.

If you are at an address which is not specified from us, but inside the city limits, we can pick you up from there. Just leave us a comment with the address.

Departure Time

5:00 PM

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

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.
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 
Admission Ticket Included
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 picture 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 you up from inside the city limits of Fairbanks or North Pole. Everyone else can be picked up at the Walmart parking lot in Fairbanks or the North Pole hotel.
  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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Traveler Tips

  • "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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, Jan 2022
This was a terrible experience. I thought it was a rip off. I understand Northern lights are not guaranteed but for the price and what we got it was ridiculous. Charging us that much money and then still we have to pay for our meal in an expensive restaurant that we have no choice in is not right. Too much downtime. Charging for an apple martini. These things should all have been included in the price. Directions of the itinerary warrant consistent or clear. . It was obvious we weren’t going to see the lights but we still had to stay there till midnight before we could leave. Terrible . The guide was OK
Don't use Alaska Wildlife Guide LLC
, Jan 2022
Terrible experience with ,Alaska Wildlife Guide LLC, we felt uncomfortable all the time with the person that was in charge of the tour, we arrived late, no organization or guidance.
Don't go or go on your own!
, Jan 2022
Bad tour ! We left late and guide was lost. I believe the guide has potential to become a good guide but it was definetely not fair to put the group with someone with no experience in the northern lights or touristic tours. Ice museum is really bad for the price. Hot springs are dirty. Restaurant wasn't booked. Tour should offer to cancel if aurora forecast is not good. I really don't think it's worth the price.
Fairbanks Adventure
, Jan 2022
Jake was a great tour guide! He shared information about the area and answered questions as they came up. We had a wonderful time at Chena Hot Springs - the ice museum, dinner with those in our group, and the hot springs. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the northern lights due to weather, but had fun trying! We would recommend this tour and tour guide.
Bucket List check item
, Jan 2022
I didn't know hot spring was 60 miles outside Fairbanks. Van was warm enough and guide was lively and fun. We saw a couple of moose on the way; one on the road and we had to brake for. At the Ice Museum, a sculptor made ice glasses from which we drank...Impressed by his quick creation. We enjoyed the outdoor heated spring pool surrounded by snow-covered rocks for hours. However, outside was -20 degrees. It's a shock when you walk from the indoor pool area to the outside down the walkway/ramp until you enter the heated spring. Witnessed Northern Lights!
Magical experience in the ice museum
, Dec 2021
We had a wonderful dinner with our tour group of 10. The smoked salmon penne pasta was good and cheesy!
, Dec 2021
Jake knows his business. Thanks to him, we were able to admire the Norther lights right above us! Perfect timing, perfect picked locations and great photographer!
Not worth it
, Nov 2021
Booked 2 tours to see the Aurora for this trip one of which was cancelled and that was the night the aurora showed up. This particular tour is a last minute thing. Not impressed. Too much waiting and wasting time from pick up to drop off. Activities were not clearly stated. Do’s and don’ts in the hot spring, what to bring etc. Dinner was reserved but not included so you can eat at the restaurant but you have to pay for it. I wish tours like this should be cancelled if Aurora forecast is not good.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Jade, we apologize for the inconveniences this caused for you. Unfortunately, we are not able to predict the Aurora in our unpredictable Alaskan weather. We do state this in the description of our tour, which you can read before booking any of our tours. We also explain this to our customers, as good as we can, if we get a phone call. Cancelations are unfortunately something what can happen with any company, due to hazardous weather, road conditions, illnesses or broken down vans and this is also something we mostly do not know until the day off, which is also stated in the tour description. We are of course trying our very best to avoid this as much as possible and we wish it would never have to come down to this, but it is sadly not fully preventable. To cancel tours are a huge loss for a tour company and not something we decide easily. If you still have anything else you would like to talk about, you can give us a call in the office at any time. We hope you still enjoyed your stay in our frozen wonderland.
Northern Lights @ Chena Springs
, Nov 2021
What an amazing tour i reccomend it for anyone who visits Fairbanks in the winter, our guide Jacob was incredible from start to end took us to places until he successfully found the Lights. Thanks was an incredible experience.
Amazing Experience
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide Lexie was amazing. She was very informative and very friendly. She really made the tour an unforgettable experience. We were determined to find the northern lights and we were successful. Lexie kept us safe driving thru what looked like challenging conditions thru icy roads. Would recommend 100% to all my friends.

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