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From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

Activity provider: 1st Alaska Tours

From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

Activity provider: 1st Alaska Tours
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From US$ 226 per person

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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.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from hotels in Fairbanks but is not available from AirBnBs and private residences.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Relax in the famous Chena Hot Springs, discovered by natives and early miners
  • 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 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 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.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in town
  • Entrance fee to the Ice Museum
  • Entrance fee to the pool
  • Food or drinks
  • Towels
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • 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
  • Pickup and drop-off service is available for all major hotels in town, but not for Airbnbs or private residences
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 19 reviews

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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.

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February 22, 2022

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

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