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Price Per Person$290
DatesNovember 27 - April 12 (Mondays, Thursdays)
Time(s)3PM - 3AM (the following morning)
Join your local Salmon Berry guide for your chance to warm up at the famous Chena Hot Springs before chasing the Northern Lights! This small group tour begins in Fairbanks and makes the wintery drive to Chena Hot Spring Resort. Here, we'll visit the Aurora Ice Museum, relax in the Chena Hot Springs mineral water rock pools, hunt the elusive Aurora Borealis, and enjoy an Alaskan dinner. During your tour, your local Alaskan guide will be there to direct you through each activity.
At Chena Hot Springs we will tour the world-class Aurora Ice Museum where you'll walk through the gallery of ice art sculptures created and maintained for over 10 years! While in the Aurora Ice Museum, guests 21 years and older have time to purchase a cocktail that is served in real ice “glassware” at the Aurora Ice Bar which has caribou fur covered stools by the ice fireplace! Please note that the ice martini is not included in the cost of the tour and is approximately $15 per person.
After the Ice Museum, we'll eat dinner at the Chena Hot Springs Restaurant which boasts greenhouse to table dining featuring “Chena Fresh” lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and herbs grown in the local greenhouses at Chena Hot Springs. Don't worry, this plated dinner of an Alaskan catch, fresh seasonal vegetables, and a dessert at the restaurant is included in your tour!
Following dinner, soak in the healing waters of Chena Hot Springs' mineral water rock pools. This outside geothermal hot spring is for ages 18 years and older, but you can also take advantage of the indoor pool and hot tubs that have chlorinated geothermal water! Don't forget to bring your swimsuit and a towel from your hotel on this tour and quarters for the lockers. If weather permits, you may witness the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of the Hot Springs!
Extending our hunt for the Aurora, we'll drive to a private aurora viewing yurt at the remote Last Frontier Mushing Co-Op property, located within a popular Aurora viewing location! Here, you'll be able to sit back and relax inside the traditional yurt or spend your evening outside playing in the snow while looking for the Northern Lights! The Northern Lights facility will be heated for your comfort. Additionally, you'll have access to a clean and private outhouse for a genuine Alaskan experience, lounge area with seating and tables, and complimentary hot beverages, treats, and instant ramen noodles!
Once we're done chasing the Northern Lights, we will then make our return drive to Fairbanks in the early hours of the morning while making additional stops for Aurora viewing on the way. If mother nature gives us a good show, our approximate arrival back into Fairbanks is between 2:30am and 3:30am the following morning. Complimentary snacks and bottled glacier wellness water are available onboard the sprinter van.
A note about the Aurora: The Aurora is a beautiful thing! She has many variables... ones we can control, ones we cannot control. The variables of aurora viewing we cannot control include the weather, & the solar activity/aurora activity. What we can do to try to control these "uncontrollables" is to provide guests a chance to see the aurora multiple nights. The Fairbanks Visitors Center published a finding that if you spend 3 or more nights in the Fairbanks area, it will increase your chance of seeing the aurora over 90%! So to control this uncontrollable, we provide guests one night Fairbanks Aurora tours with the option to accompany us for a multi-day Aurora package!
Factors we can control? The number of nights you stay, the amount of time you spend aurora viewing and when to aurora view. The Aurora Viewing Season is from August 21 to April 21. We book our aurora viewing tours within this season because it is dark enough here in Alaska to see lady aurora! The number of nights aurora viewing - we like to start with the Northern Lights Overnight then from there continue to Fairbanks (see: Northern Lights Getaway Package). Lastly, the amount of time you spend aurora viewing is easy because we have you go on tour. It is very difficult to fall asleep on a guided tour so you have LOTS of time to aurora view because you are staying up to looking for them. When you are here - use the Geophysical Institute's Aurora Forecast to see what the solar activity/ aurora activity is predicted for each night you are here! http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast
How can we help you find the Aurora? Check out our two premier Alaska travel packages highlighting the aurora borealis here - Northern Lights Getaway from Anchorage or the Northern Lights Getaway from Fairbanks. Please don't hesitate to call our team of local Alaskans to chat!
Local Alaskan Guide (English Speaking)
Fully Narrated Tour
Round Trip Transportation from Fairbanks
Soak Pass for Outdoor Hot Spring (18+ Years Only)
Swim Pass for Indoor Pool (All Ages)
Admission into Aurora Ice Museum
Aurora Ice Museum Tour
Private Aurora Viewing Facility with Restroom
Aurora Walking Gear (Snowshoes)
Northern Lights Related Talks & Activities
Dinner at a Resort Restaurant
Hot Beverages, Ramen, & Booked Goods at Aurora Viewing Facility
Snacks & Water in the Touring Van
Quarters for Locker Use in Locker Room
Towels for Hot Springs
Adult Beverages at Ice Bar
Adult Beverages at Resort Restaurant
Multi-Day Itinerary Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to start the booking process. Remainder is due 60 days prior to travel. Cancellations must be made in writing (email, fax, or mail). Processing fee of $100 per guest applies for cancellations more than 60 days before travel, or 50% of total if received less than 60 days from travel. No refund applies if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to travel.
Day Tour Cancellation Policy: For cancellations outside of 14 days before the first day of your tour, a 10% fee will be withheld. For cancellations inside of 14 days, no refund applies.
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