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Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner, & Northern Lights

1. 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 dogsled. 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 hot drinks 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

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 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.

From Fairbanks: Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Tour

3. 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, where 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. With exceptional guides, comfortable transportation and personalized service, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The travel itinerary is flexible 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: Aurora Ice Museum Ticket and Guided Tour

4. 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.

From Fairbanks: Arctic Circle Full-Day Guided Trip

5. From Fairbanks: Arctic Circle Full-Day Guided Trip

Experience Alaska like you've never seen it before on a guided trip. Take a scenic drive along the famous and rugged Dalton Highway (well-known from the TV show Ice Road Truckers) to the Arctic Circle, where the summer nights are white and the winters dark. With exceptional guides, comfortable transportation, and personalized service, you'll have a once-in-a-lifetime experience on this Alaskan trip. The travel itinerary is flexible to ensure you can take advantage of unique photo opportunities. The tour will incorporate many stops for your viewing pleasure. By the end of the tour, you can take a selfie or have your photo taken with your certificate stating that you have crossed the Arctic Circle. Seeing the Northern Lights is possible, but not guaranteed. Snacks (chips and granola bar) and bottled water are provided as part of this tour. You're welcome to bring your own lunch and drink items or you can spend 30 minutes (max) at a local grocery store along the way to grab any foods or drinks (costs not included).

Northern Lights & Chena Hot Springs Tour

6. Northern Lights & Chena Hot Springs Tour

Located 60 scenic miles from downtown Fairbanks, experience the Aurora Ice Museum and the Chena Hot Springs Resort on a guided tour. Get the chance to spot the famed northern lights. Start your trip with a guided tour through the Aurora Ice Museum, displaying magnificent ice sculptures that will leave you amazed. Enjoy a cocktail in a glass made of ice (optional and not included in price). Then, head over to the resort. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant that offers locally cultivated vegetables and Alaska caught wild salmon (not included in price and dining is optional). Afterward, soak in the Chena Hot Springs' legendary healing mineral waters. Take a short stroll up to the Aurorium to watch the beautiful and breathtaking Aurora Borealis dance overhead in the dark nights (visibility 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.

From Fairbanks: Northern Lights & Murphy Dome Tour

7. From Fairbanks: Northern Lights & Murphy Dome Tour

Your Murphy Dome/Aurora Borealis night begins with pickup at your Fairbanks accommodation. This tour provides you with the best northern lights viewing near Fairbanks. One of the highest peaks in the area, Murphy Dome is the perfect location to visit and watch the night sky. Its wide open spaces away from the city lights ensure a perfect view at Alaska's winter sky. This 360 degree horizon sets the stage for a phenomenal northern lights show. Stay warm with hot drinks and a seat in a 15-passenger van while waiting for the dancing northern lights. Join this tour for the experience of a life time!

The Best of Fairbanks: Half-Day City Highlights Tour

8. The Best of Fairbanks: Half-Day City Highlights Tour

Your Fairbanks Highlight Tour begins with a pick-up from your Fairbanks accommodation, so you can skip the hassle of transportation and taxi costs. Start your exploration of Fairbanks at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor's Center. Here you will receive a great introduction to the culture and history of Fairbanks and Alaska. Next, make your way to the Trans Alaska Pipeline. The pipeline viewpoint is the perfect spot to explain the astonishing engineering of the pipeline, the oil field in Prudhoe Bay, and the Alaska oil industry. You'll also visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Dramatic architecture and new exhibit galleries make this museum an extraordinary destination. Here you'll discover fascinating stories about Alaska’s cultures, places, and wildlife. Finally, head to the Santa Claus House. Visit Santa at his home in the North Pole and maybe get a chance to have your picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The Santa Claus House has plenty of souvenirs available for purchase if you would like to take a small piece of Alaska home with you! You'll be taken back your hotel after your tour.

Fairbanks: Dog Sledding and Mushing Experience

9. 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.

From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Day Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Fairbanks

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 206 reviews

Our guide was Josh. He picked us up on time from our hotel. He told us his story about how he landed in Fairbanks and the remoteness of his house. He drove us to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center and gave us a personal tour. He then took us to the Museum of the North where we had plenty of time to explore on our own. Our last stop was at the North Pole and again had plenty of time to explore on our own. He kept the tour entertaining by telling us the history and landmarks as we were passing them. There is no set time for lunch so make sure you eat the Museum of the North or grab a milk shake, ice cream or fudge at the North Pole.

Our guide, Jack, was nice, informative, and funny. The trip was long, but enjoyable. I’m so glad we did it!

Our guide was personable and well versed on all of our stops. Great job

Bruce was a great guide, he showed us things we would not have seen.

Great tour. The tour guide Joe was very interesting.