Guided tour

From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

3.8 / 5

11 reviews

From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

From US$ 175 per person

Relax in the Chena Hot Springs, enjoy a visit to the famous Ice Museum, and witness the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) on this spectacular evening adventure.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up from your lodgings in Fairbanks. Provide your hotel name and address.


  • Relax in the famous Chena Hot Springs -- discovered by natives and early miners -- and still enjoyed today!
  • Be amazed by the Ice Museum's hand crafted chandeliers and bars!
  • Gaze in awe at the world famous Northern Lights
  • Travel with expert guides in comfortable transportation
Full description
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 at 5:00 PM when you will be collected from your accommodation 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 10:00 PM, 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 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 will soak in its natural springs for 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 4:00 AM. The night will surely be one you will never forget.
  • Transportation in town
  • Entrance fee to the Ice Museum
  • Entrance fee to the pool
  • Food or drink
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a natural phenomenon so cannot be guaranteed and you will not be entitled to a refund if you do not see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
  • You must be at least 18 years old to visit the rock lake pool
  • There is a restaurant bar at the hot springs where you can purchase food and beverages
  • Please bring a swimsuit, flip-flops, and a towel
  • Pickup and drop-off service is available for all major hotels in town, but not for Airbnb or private residences.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 11 reviews

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The hot springs felt good. The ice hotel was fun to see. Getting the appletini drink took almost the whole hour as there was one person making drinks and a VERY LARGE crowd that was scheduled for the tour. The atmosphere of the activity center, which is where the night sky viewing room is, was like that of a basic ski center or camp type situation. There was a long wait in the main dining room so we ended up buying soup in a bowl to heat in the microwave at the activity center.

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September 27, 2021

Our tour guide Joe was very good! The ice house/hotel was extraordinary with the best appletini! The hot springs were the best! We were able to see the lights in a favorite spot of Joe’s. It sure was nice having a warm van to stay in. The only problem we had was there was a two hour wait for dinner at the resort. The food was good. Service too. Just a long wait with little seating. Would highly recommend this tour.

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March 20, 2021

Excellent tour and tour guide

Ken, our tour guide was excellent and explained the plants and animals on the way to Chena. We could see Moose in a lake. It was a wonderfull tour reaching all highlights. The Ice hotel is amazing and not to be missed. At the end we were lucky to see the Northern lights, a wonderfull experience.

August 26, 2014

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