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Fairbanks: Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour

1. Fairbanks: Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour

After being picked up, sit back, relax and enjoy the 60 mile (97 kms) journey out to Chena Hot Springs Resort. Keep a lookout for wildlife that might include a moose, beaver or fox. Upon arrival, you’ll be given a guided tour of the Aurora Ice Museum, constructed of over 1000 tons of ice and snow. Marvel at magnificent ice-sculptures created by world-renowned ice carvers, sit at the ice bar on a caribou-hide covered bar stool or indulge in an appletini served in a hand-carved ice glass (optional-not included in price). You will then be shown to our table in the restaurant where you can enjoy some dinner and hot or cold beverages (optional and not included in price). Enjoy a hot or cold beverage at the bar or don your bathing suit and head to the hot springs. The revitalizing mineral water soothes muscles with its warm temperatures of 106 degrees F (41 degrees C) year-round. You can soak under the stars in an outdoor hot tub, or indoors in the heated pool. Chena Hot Springs is a great spot to witness the green and purple ribbons of light dancing in the sky. If you prefer to be indoors, you can grab a warm beverage to wrap your hands around and view the action from inside the Aurora Café. Rejoin your group a little after midnight and head back to Fairbanks. Your guide may make a few stops along the way for further aurora viewing if it is active. Please note the aurora is an act of nature and it's appearance cannot be guaranteed. Approximate return time to hotels is between 2am and 3am, depending on location.

From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

2. From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

The Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet and on this night tour, you will have the chance to see these marvels of nature for yourself. Your evening begins between 4~5pm when you will be collected from your hotel in Fairbanks and head approximately 60 miles (100 kilometers) to the Chena Resort. Here you will first have a chance to cool off (before heating up) in the spectacular Ice Museum. This building, built entirely out of ice, boasts a full Ice Bar and chandeliers built painstakingly out of hand-crafted ice.  At 8pm, you can soak your cares away in the warm and inviting Chena Hot Springs. You'll be pleased to know that the resort makes use of the first low-temperature binary geothermal power plant built in Alaska and is working on several alternative energy projects, including the production and use of hydrogen and vegetable oil for fuel. The resort is conducting collaborative experiments in greenhouse production of vegetables with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. All in all, the resort is absolutely beautiful and you can soak in its natural springs for at least two hours. By 12:00 midnight, you can begin to look out for the Northern Lights. Soon, if you are lucky, the Aurora Borealis will appear. This natural light display is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms high in the atmosphere. The result is a breathtaking display of light that can be bright enough to read a newspaper by. Around 2:00 AM, depart back to Fairbanks and arrive around 3~4am. The night will surely be one you will never forget.

Full Day Ice Museum and Chena Hot Springs Tour

3. Full Day Ice Museum and Chena Hot Springs Tour

Your worries slip away as you step into the warm and calming pools of Chena Hot Springs. On this rejuvenating day trip from Fairbanks, your senses will be reawakened by a day of rest and relaxation at the Chena River State Recreation Area. Chena Hot Springs are not your ordinary hot springs. The resort makes use of the first low-temperature binary geothermal power plant built in Alaska, and you will be comforted to know that the area provides several alternative energy projects to those big oil pipelines you've seen sprawled out around the state. The warming waters will soothe your body and soul with its powerful effects. The day begins around 11 AM in Fairbanks, where you will be driven first to an Ice Museum, complete with an ice bar and chandeliers made entirely of ice! Here you will have a guided tour of the museum before venturing on to the Geothermal springs of Chena. Before slipping into the pools, enjoy another guided tour and learn about all the possibilities of Geothermal Energy. You're now ready to slip into the waters, where you'll have several hours to lounge and relax before we depart back for Fairbanks. If you're hungry, make sure to stop by the local restaurant for some food and drink. Your drive back is a calming one, and along the way we almost always spot moose, so keep your eyes open! We arrive back in Fairbanks around 6:30 PM.

From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Day Tour

4. From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Day Tour

Enjoy a guided tour through the Aurora Ice Museum, which was built with over 1,000 tons of ice and snow and is kept year-round at a temperature of 25F (-7C). Take a tour learning about the multifaceted renewable energy projects, working towards the full self-sustainability of the resort. Soak in the Chena Hot Springs resort’s legendary healing mineral waters. The Chena Hot Springs resort offers the option of eating at their wonderful restaurant (optional and not included in the price) and you can also visit the resort's gift shop for locally made Alaskan art.

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4.2
(44 reviews)

Unfortunately the lights were unpredictable. We saw it but for only a brief moment. But the tour itself was organized. Pick up was on time, they called before to let you know when they were coming. They reserved spots for the museum, spa, and dining. It was just enough time to do it all before going out to chase the lights. A very fun experience!

Honestly, I thought this would be a tame night of driving around looking at the sky, but this was by far the best experience we had in Fairbanks. The guides were AMAZING, professional, kind, and fun. They went above and beyond to have a great experience. We did this as part of our honeymoon and it was worth every penny and more.

We had a great guide, he offered us drinks gave us a brief explanation. When we arrived he accompanied us to get the tickets for musuem and then to the hot springs. The spring it self was amazing, the musuem honestly expected more. Was much smaller.

Very clear info, enjoyable and glad we didn't have to drive! Guide was interactive and helpful and made sure people had what they needed. Bonus points for the lights being out!

The guide made the experience fun, but the whole thing was over priced.