Day trip

Northern Lights & Chena Hot Springs Tour

4.4 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: Alaska Wildlife Guide LLC
Day trip

Northern Lights & Chena Hot Springs Tour

Activity provider: Alaska Wildlife Guide LLC

From US$ 195 per person

Join one of the most requested tours to the famous Chena Hot Springs Resort and the Aurora Ice Museum. Spend an evening in healing mineral waters on a cool winter night.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 14 participants


  • Visit the Ice Museum tour, built with over 1000 tons of ice and snow
  • Relax in the healing waters of the Chena Hot Springs
  • Get the chance to marvel at the sight of the northern lights
Full description

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.

  • Pickup is from hotels within the Fairbanks or North Pole city limits
  • Admission to the Hot Springs
  • Admission to the Aurora Ice Museum
  • Cocktails at the Aurora Ice Museum
  • Food and drinks at the resort bar and restaurant
  • Towels (available for $5)
  • Locker access in the hot springs ($0.50)
  • Tips

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Driver's license
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Seeing the northern lights cannot be guaranteed
  • Children under 18 are not permitted to access the outdoor hot springs, but they can use the indoor pool
  • Pickup is not provided from the airport
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
  • Service
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Our guide was AWESOME!!! Laura ALWAYS went the extra mile for us!!! She was extremely talented and knowledgeable!!! I don’t think our experience would have been what it was without her!! We had a very good time, the food (dinner) was fair. The hot spring itself was great and we enjoyed the is museum tour! The night was capped off with viewing the Earth’s magnetic protective shield and bits of the Northern Lights!! We enjoyed our fellow travelers as well!!!

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March 12, 2023

Our guide Lauren was awesome. We were picked up at our hotel and driven safely to Chena. We got to enjoy a nice soak in the hot springs and dinner at the restaurant located there. Afterwards we drove around looking for the auroras but unfortunately luck was not on our side. Great experience for our first time out visiting Alaska.

February 5, 2023

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

November 18, 2022

Product ID: 68318