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From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights Tour

1. 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.

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From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Day Tour

2. From Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs Day Tour

Soak in the Chena Hot Springs resort’s legendary healing mineral waters. Take a tour learning about the multifaceted renewable energy projects, working towards the full self-sustainability of the resort. Be awestruck by the glorious sculptures in the Aurora Ice Museum – open year round. You will then 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). The Chena Hot Springs resort offers a wonderful restaurant (not included in the price) and a gift shop where you can find locally-made Alaskan art.

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What people are saying about Aurora Ice Museum

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 20 reviews

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.

We had a trip to Chena hot springs through Alaska wildlife guide LLC. It was amazing. The punctuality, kindness and knowledge of our guide (Clark) is unbeatable. He works really hard to keep us entertained through the tour. We are able to spot some moose and wildlife on our way ( thanks to Clark)I would highly recommend this tour via Alaska wildlife guide LLC

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.

This was by far the best tour of our trip. Hot springs during winter are a must and our guide Brooke went far and beyond to try to make our visit the best possible. She took us to a nice place where we actually could see auroras. 1st Alaska Tours is definitely the best company to choose.

Our guide and driver from Alaska Wildlife guide was very pleasant, knowledgeable and made our visit very smooth.