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Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    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
    • 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
    • Gratuities
    • Food & drinks
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Popular mentions
    My dad and I went to Fairbanks to see the Northern Lights and took this tour on Sept. 26, 2019. Our tour guide was Dave and he is a huge reason the tour was so great. Unfortunately, our group did not get to see the lights but I can tell you Dave tried his absolute BEST to try to
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    Highly recommend this tour!!! I got lucky and chose a perfect clear, high index night. Great drive to Chena Hot Springs. Saw a moose eating in a lake. Great dinner at the resort, fab time in the hot springs and saw the northern lights! Our guide Ken was great! He shared a lot
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    This tour was the highlight of our Northern Lights vacation! Ken was a wonderful guide, very passionate about Fairbanks, Alaska, about the Alaskan culture and loves the Aurora as much as we do! We enjoyed the Ice Museum and the hot springs, but seeing the Aurora was a bucket
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    Our tour guide, Grace, was prompt in picking us up at the hotel. She was very personable, telling us many interesting facts about Alaska, it’s wildlife and the culture of Alaska. The Chena Hot-Spring was relaxing, the ice house interesting. We were surprised to see a female
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    Went to Chena Hot Springs, ice Museum, and Northern Lights. I knew there was no guarantee that I would see the Northern Lights, but we did see them. A big check on my bucket list. The hot springs was good but you must do the outside one. I didn’t like the bright lights in my
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 10h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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    • Languages Offered: English
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