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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: Riverboat Cruise and Local Village Tour

2. Fairbanks: Riverboat Cruise and Local Village Tour

Enjoy a riverboat cruise along the Chena river. Discover the beauty of Alaska from the river and make multiple stops to truly understand the Alaskan way of life. You'll visit a local village, visit a dog-sledding kennel, and watch a bush pilot take off and land right in front of the boat. Be immersed in frontier living firsthand with a guided walking tour of an Athabascan village. You’ll see an Athabascan village with cabins made of spruce logs, a cache used for storing supplies, a primitive spruce bark hut, and fur pelts. Your guides will explain how the wolf, fox, martin, and beaver were used to provide food and protection in the harsh Arctic climate. They will also share how the Athabascans skillfully survived for over 10,000 years and how they adapted to village life and Western culture in the past century. At the end of your guided tour, you will have time to explore the village on your own, interact with your guides and visit dogs from Susan Butcher’s Trail Breaker Kennel. You'll also get the chance to see an Alaskan bush pilot take off and land right next to the boat. The pilot will share his stories of village life and explain the vital role planes play in remote Alaska. Finally, visit the home and kennel of the late four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher as you pass Trail Breaker Kennel along the Chena River. Learn firsthand about kennel life and the challenges that go into making a champion dogsled team. Hear stories of life on the trails as puppies play in anticipation of joining the team. Keep your cameras ready; you will not want to miss the dog mushing demonstration. If you are hungry, stop by the Captain's Corner located inside Steamboat Landing. There you'll find freshly made sandwiches, wraps, and salads ready each day. Enjoy your lunch on the beautiful outdoor deck as you soak in the sun and enjoy views of the Chena River. Beer, wine, and snacks are also available for sale aboard Discovery III.

Fairbanks: Dog Sledding and Mushing Experience

3. Fairbanks: Dog Sledding and Mushing Experience

Enjoy an unforgettable experience of dog sledding Alaskan Huskies in Fairbanks. Listen to a local guide and musher talk about their four-legged family members, who are raised as puppies and cared for by this elite team. Take in the beautiful scenery while gliding across the snowy Alaskan landscape and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Fairbanks: Gold Dredge 8 Historic Train Tour

4. Fairbanks: Gold Dredge 8 Historic Train Tour

Embark on a captivating Gold Dredge 8 guided tour in Fairbanks, a fascinating two-hour journey that transports you back to the exhilarating gold rush era. Experience the heart of the gold fields in the Tanana Valley, where the rich history of the gold rush era truly comes alive. Begin your adventure by boarding the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad. Sit back and relax as the train traverses the captivating gold fields, providing stunning views along the way. Feel the excitement build as you approach the historic gold mining site. Glide along the tracks whilst your conductor regales you with tales of Alaska's exhilarating gold mining history, ensuring an engaging and educational ride. Stop at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, an 800-mile oil channel that runs right through the Gold Dredge 8 mining district. Pause in front of the Gold Drege 8 and see firsthand how the dredge worked the gold fields. Discover traditional mining equipment like gold pans and sluice boxes and gain a deeper understanding of the innovative techniques and technologies employed during the gold rush era. Learn about the challenges and triumphs of the miners who sought their fortunes in this rugged wilderness. Roll up your sleeves and try your luck at gold panning. Embrace your inner prospector and sift through the dirt in search of glimmering flakes. Feel the rush of anticipation as you swish and swirl your pan, hoping to uncover a hidden treasure. Listen to your guide's captivating stories and anecdotes, bringing the history of the gold rush era to life. Immerse yourself in the tales of fortune and hardship, as well as the remarkable achievements of those who shaped this region's history. Before concluding your journey, make sure to visit the gift shop, where you'll find a wide array of unique gold-related souvenirs and memorabilia. Take home a piece of this remarkable experience to cherish for years to come.

Fairbanks: 1-Hour Alaskan Winter Dog Sledding Adventure

5. Fairbanks: 1-Hour Alaskan Winter Dog Sledding Adventure

Your 1-hour dog mushing adventure begins right at your hotel in the town of Fairbanks. You don't need to plan how to get here, as you can get picked up and dropped off at your Fairbanks hotel. Today it is a fascinating sport and hobby. But it was once the only means of transportation through the snowy lands of old-time Alaska. Break away and mush into the twilight of the Alaskan wilderness. Experience the thrill, enjoy the landscape and feel those dogs work as they whisk you at surprising speeds, pulling on the leash of the dog sled.

From Fairbanks: Arctic Circle Northern Lights Full-Day Trip

6. From Fairbanks: Arctic Circle Northern Lights Full-Day Trip

Alaska is a land of constant change. On this full day tour, you will have the chance to experience some of the best and most unique things that make your Alaska trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Beginning at 1 PM, get picked up from your hotel and venture up to the Arctic Circle (66.5622°) north of the Equator, where you can have your pictures taken and receive a "Cross the Circle-Certificate." It is here that explorers have been venturing for centuries, drawn by the power the planet has to offer. As you continue your day, pass the Trans-Alaska-Pipeline. Here you can glance one of the world's largest pipelines, which stretches over 800 miles (1,287km). It is a crude oil pipeline privately owned by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, and here you will learn the engineering and building process of this epic land-crawling beast. Judge for yourself its impact on the landscape around it. After the pipeline, head straight for the banks of the mighty Yukon River. Walk right up to the edge of its banks, where you will gaze out over the beauty in front of you. From here, head to the high plateau of Finger Mountain, where you will hopefully see moose, fox, bears, and perhaps even a mysterious lynx if you're lucky! Up on the mountain, snack on sandwiches, sweets and hot drinks. Through the night, travel back to Fairbanks. Soon, if we're lucky, the Aurora Borealis appears. 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! Drive through the night, gazing up at the spectacular Northern Lights, before arriving back in Fairbanks around 3 AM.

Fairbanks: Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour

7. 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: Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Tour

8. From Fairbanks: Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Tour

Experience Alaska like you have never seen it before while enjoying a scenic drive and narration from your expert guide. Travel along the famous and rugged Dalton Highway (well-known from the TV show Ice Road Truckers) to the Arctic Circle. Hear about how the summer nights are white and the winter dark. Take a selfie or have your photo taken with your certificate to mark your crossing of the Arctic Circle. Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience comfortable transportation and personalized service. Enjoy a flexible travel itinerary to ensure guests can take advantage of unique photo opportunities. The tour will incorporate many stops for your viewing pleasure. Please note that seeing wildlife or the Northern Lights is not guaranteed.

Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner & Northern Lights

9. Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner & Northern Lights

Experience the beauty and wild side of Alaska. Yanking on their lines and ready to run, your dog team will be anxious to carry you away from your Fairbanks accommodation to this spectacular viewing of the Northern Lights.  Most of the sled ride takes place in an open area so should the Aurora begin early you will have a thrilling view of the sky from the dog sled. The Aurora Borealis is one of the planet's most breathtaking phenomena. In Alaska, a land that stays dark for most of the winter, these spectacular lights bring the sky to life with other-worldly colors that shimmer and dance across the sky. The yurt is only a short drive from Fairbanks but far from the obstructing glare of city lights. Be treated to a hearty midnight dinner in an off-the-grid yurt.  Stay warm with a late salmon dinner and lively conversation in the comfort of your yurt while waiting for the Aurora. The large north-facing windows of your yurt offer the perfect Aurora viewing opportunity. However, should you decide to go outside for photographs or a full view of the sky, you will need to dress in warm layers.

From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Fairbanks

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

What an incredible experience! The mushers were super friendly and knowledgable and patient. They offered hot cocoa, coffee and snacks in a warm yurt afterwards. fun 30-40 min. ride with ability to play with the dogs while they were putting them into the harnesses on each sled. they also offered to take lots of photos of us and the sled and the dogs!

We have a daughter in a wheelchair and it is difficult to find things that she can participate in. The staff here was over the top in accommodating her special needs. Our musher, Matt was super kind and patient. She LOVED the experience and laughed the entire time!

We had such a wonderful time! All of the cold weather gear was provided and we were comfortable and warm...the guides were amazing and the dogs were so friendly...I would HIGHLY recommend this is truly once in a lifetime!

Extrordinary experience! Thank you to the awesome staff, the awesome dogs and the beautiful landscape of the alaskan winter. My wife and I will do this again and again.

Torsten is a great driver. Good luck with your team at the next Yukon 1000!