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Fairbanks: Aurora Ice Museum Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Fairbanks: Aurora Ice Museum Ticket and Guided Tour

Step into a winter wonderland, no matter the season with this guided tour of the Aurora Ice Museum. Admire stunning ice-sculptures and stay warm with the use of a cozy parka. Have the option to select a tour with or without a tasty appletini that is served in an ice glass. Meet your guide at the Chena Hot Springs and head over to the museum to begin your chilly adventure. Step into environment that is kept continually at a cool 25° Fahrenheit (-7° Celsius) by a special absorption chiller. Go over some of the iconic ice sculptures and interesting facts about the museum with your guide before having the chance to free roam and take pictures of the fantastical ice shapes that are vibrantly lit.

Fairbanks: Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour

2. Fairbanks: Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour

Start your evening off with a guided tour of the amazing sculptures and carvings at the Fairbanks Ice Museum. See champion ice carvers in action. Then, sit back and relax as you are transported the 60 scenic miles to the Chena Hot Springs Resort. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant that offers locally cultivated vegetables and wild caught Alaskan salmon (not included in price and dining is optional). Afterward, soak in the Chena Hot Springs' legendary healing mineral waters. Take a short stroll outside to watch the beautiful and breathtaking Aurora Borealis dance overhead in the dark nights (appearance of northern lights not guaranteed). The activity center is a great location to warm up while waiting for the northern lights. There will be plenty of time for photography to ensure you will not forget this experience. At the end of the night, you will regroup and head back to Fairbanks. If the lights are out, your guide may make multiple stops on the way back to let you view the lights. Approximate return time to hotels is between 2am and 3am, depending on location.

From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

3. 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.

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.

Half Day Tour to Chena Hot Springs from Fairbanks

5. Half Day Tour to Chena Hot Springs from Fairbanks

We will take you on a beautiful 60-mile scenic ride to the famous Chena Hot Springs where you can soak in its natural healing water. You will also visit the Aurora Ice Museum and be amazed by the beautiful hand-carved ice sculptures. You can also purchase an Appletini that is served in an ice glass at the Ice bar. The tour includes transportations from/to hotel, and entrance fees for Hot Springs.

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What people are saying about Aurora Ice Museum

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 51 reviews

We enjoyed the Hot Springs very much. Not so much for the locker rooms. They were too crowded. There was no dry areas to get dressed in, or benches to assist in changing clothes. At least they could put perforated rubber Mats down so the water could drain away from the changing area. There are showers and towels are available for a charge. They did have small lockers that take two quarters. There is a change machine at the check in counter. We ate at the restaurant which had a nice selection on the menu, and the food was descent. They grow their greens in a greenhouse in site. Plan on waiting for up to two hours for a table, depending on when you go and how many tour groups are there. Check on when the kitchen closes, it was 10 p.m. for us. They also had a full bar. There is an ice sculpture display and geothermal plant tour. They have a heated viewing room for the Northern Lights and a large area outside. The Lights we're great the night we were there. Gift shop on site.

Our tour guide Ed was excellent! Very knowledgeable and responsive. The tour to the resort was well worth the price and we got to see the Auroras!

easy, friendly and overall great fun! Aurora John was the best! we felt safe and well tended to. And the sky! What a show!

Claire was really nice and lovely Thank you for everything it was amazing

Don’t miss out on this experience. It was awesome.