- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Discover the ethereal beauty of Alaska’s famous celestial display, impressive ice sculptures and the state’s ancient healing waters on an evening trip from Fairbanks. Throughout the night, admire the artwork inside Aurora Ice Museum and a dip into Chena Hot Spring Resort’s outdoor mineral water baths before chasing the lights. Your guide will lead your small group out to ideal northern lights viewing locations, where you’ll wait with warm beverages for a chance at glimpsing the multicolored display in the sky. Round-trip transport from Fairbanks or North Pole hotels is included.
- Local Guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Access to Chena Hot Springs Resorts' hot springs, hot tubs and swimming area
- Entry/Admission - Aurora Ice Museum
- Entry/Admission - Chena Hot Springs Resort
- Food & drinks
Traveler pickup is offered
This is a typical itinerary for this product
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
Stop At: Chena Hot Springs Resort, Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
After wandering through the cool museum, don your bathing suit and enjoy entrance to the resort’s legendary namesake hot springs. The revitalizing mineral water lake soothes muscles with its warm temperatures, which averages 106 degrees F (41 degrees C) year-round. You can also soak under the stars in an outdoor hot tub, or head indoors for the heated pool. Between your evening activities, you can always slip away to the Aurora Café or the historic Chena Hot Springs Resort Restaurant, where you can purchase meals, snacks or beverages.
When the conditions are right, bundle up and join your expert guide for a small-group outing to view the aurora borealis. Your guide leads the small group around Chena Hot Springs, 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.
After taking in the northern lights, your guide will return you to your hotel. Note: We can never guarantee the Northern lights sighting. It is a natural phenomena and cannot be controlled.
Duration: 9 hours
- 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
- Stroller accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- 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 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
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
We booked the ‘Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks’ through Viator and had a great experience. My husband and I flew into Fairbanks for a quick weekend get-away in January and wanted to do as much as possible, with the Chena Hot Springs and viewing of the Northern Lights being on our list. We don’t have any experience driving in the snow so this tour was perfect since it includes hotel pick-up and drop-off. The tour is owned and operated by Alaska-Wildlife-Guide and Ricky was our tour guide. He is retired from the military, have lived in Fairbanks for some time, and had a plethora of knowledge and stories about Fairbanks. Upon booking the tour, I read that it may not run if there weren’t enough people in the group. When Ricky arrived at our hotel, he informed us that we were the only two on the tour so we had a nice private tour. We’re so grateful that the tour still went on since we only had 48 hours there. Ricky provided us with all of the details and tips about the Aurora Ice Museum and Chena Hot Springs. While we were enjoying our time at the resort, Ricky was tracking the Northern Light activity so he could alert us when they appeared. After we toured the Ice Museum, had dinner, and enjoyed the hot springs, Ricky took us to the best viewing spots to see the Northern Lights. The forecast predicted above average northern light activity and we were able to see some lights. The lights weren’t as bright as we hoped but if we were to stay up until 3AM with Ricky, we would’ve probably seen more vivid lights. We were very sleep deprived so we called it an early night (headed back around 1:30AM). We had an amazing time and highly recommend this tour for those on a time crunch. We cannot thank Ricky enough for the great experience! Tips for the hot springs: The store at the hot spring sells bathing suits for men and women, slippers, and towels (we forgot to bring our bathing suits). Also, don't forget to bring bath towels, shower slippers, 50 cents for each locker (in quarters). For the Ice Museum, don't forget to bring a picture ID if you’d like to purchase the cocktail inside.
Suzy was an awesome guide: tons of info and lots of laughter. Magical New Yers Eve: ice museum and appletinis in ice glasses, snowing outside, over to excellent dinner, hot springs were amazing e with the fireworks timed perfectly, finished with three amazing stops on the tour van ohoto auroas. Suzy helped all of us with our various cameras and did some heart stopping shots herself, which she shared. A fabulous trip. And, Viator reps on the phone were personable and knowledgeable. Very impressed over all.
Clark, our tour guide, very informative on the area, assisted and answered all of our inquiries. We lucked out with a great night of viewing the Northern Lights. The Hot springs was well worth it as well.
A great evening at Chena Hot Springs! We visited the reindeer on the property, went into the Ice Museum had an appletini- yum, dinner at the restaurant, and a dip in the hot springs. The water was hotter than I expected, so could only stay in for about 15 minutes. Our tour guide, Ricky, was great. He provided lots of information on the area and wildlife. It was a cloudy night so we were not able to see the aurora but Ricky made many stops along the way back just in case the lights were visible. Thank you for a great evening!
This tour is awesome, particularly the hot springs! The ice museum is pretty neat, although it's rather small. The on-site restaurant serves a really good meal too. Our driver was super friendly and even joined our group for dinner at the restaurant.
A guide, William is an expert for this trip. During winter do not rent a car unless you are living snow and ice country,
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Absolutely amazing. Indescribable. Didn't actually do the hot springs part. I ate dinner and watched the sky!
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
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!
Dave is our tour guide and he is awesome!! On our way to the hot springs we asked him if there would be a chance to see any wildlife. Thus, he did several u-turns just to show us the Moses on the way. Really wonderful experience.
Great experience in hot springs, ice museum, and watching northern lights!
The tour guide Dave is very friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed the tour and the hot spring in Chena Hot Spring resort. Dave brought us to see the northern light and it's so amazing. Thank you Dave for giving me such a wonderful tour!
The experience was amazing ... the aurora was spectacular .The food at the restaurant excelent.The hot water relax your body!
I will do it again !!