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Chena Hot Springs and Northern Lights

Immerse in healing waters of natural hot springs and be inspired by the spectacle of the Northern Lights.

Tour Code: 232CTA

Tour Overview

Visit Chena Hot Springs to see the Northern Lights on a rustic Alaska getaway to the perfect spot for seeing aurora borealis. These historic hot springs in Alaska were discovered in 1905 by two gold miners, and are now the location of a year-round resort easily reached by road just 65 miles northeast of Fairbanks. Chena Hot Springs Resort is internationally known for its natural mineral hot springs and is also a prime location for viewing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In addition to world class Aurora viewing, this rustic Alaska resort near Fairbanks offers guests numerous outdoor activities, such as cross-country skiing, dog sledding tours, snowmobiling, and more. Visitors can relax and rejuvenate in the hot springs and pools or with a specialty massage. With a wide variety of winter outdoor activities, Chena Hot Springs provides a highly memorable Alaska experience!

Note: March is a great month for visiting Chena Hot Springs.

What's Included
  • 3 nights accommodations, including 1 night in moderate class hotel in Fairbanks and 2 nights at Chena Hot Springs Resort (room in Moose Lodge buildings with private bath)
  • Round trip transfers from Fairbanks
  • 2 days pool passes for Chena Hot Springs
  • All taxes and fees
  • 4 to 5 hour Aurora Viewing Expedition tour on day 2
 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Fairbanks Arrival

Arrive into Fairbanks and transfer from the airport by hotel shuttle or on your own. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for optional activities, such as a tour over the Arctic Circle or dog sledding. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 2
Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs Resort

Around mid-day, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Chena Hot Springs Resort, 90 minutes east of Fairbanks. While the facilities of the resort can be considered rustic and may not be up to date, the location of the resort offers great possibilities for Northern Lights viewing.  In the mineral spring area, hot tubs and a warm indoor swimming pool provide a relaxing environment. Combined with numerous outdoor activities, Chena Hot Springs offers a great Alaskan winter experience. This evening, enjoy a 4 to 5 hour Aurora Expedition tour. The Aurora tour takes place on a tracked, military style Small Unit Support Vehicle*. You can also add an optional Ice Museum Tour. Overnight Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Day 3
Chena Hot Springs Resort

The day is at your leisure to enjoy all the resort has to offer. Optional activities include dog sled rides, snow machine tours, or cross country skiing, and massage. Winter gear can be rented at the resort for a fee. Overnight at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Day 4
Chena Hot Springs Resort to Fairbanks

This morning, you will be transferred to Fairbanks (drop off available at Fairbanks hotel or airport). Tour concludes.

 

Important Note: If you are departing Fairbanks after your stay at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, provide us with your flight departure information at time of booking, so that we can schedule your transfer from Chena Hot Springs to Fairbanks correctly.

* Please note that during the tour you will be sitting in a small confined space with other people.

Tour Map

 

Dates & Rates


*Child prices are valid for children 11 years and younger, sharing a room with at least 2 full paying adults with the existing bedding. Maximum of 4 people per room.

Our Standard Program Includes:

2 and 3 star hotel accommodations.

The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.

Standard train car seating on all rail services (reserved seats).

If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.

Our Upgraded Program Includes:

* 3 and 4 star hotels (best available) wherever possible.

The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.

Deluxe dome train car seating between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks, or Anchorage and Seward.

All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.

Important Note: If you are departing Fairbanks after your stay at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, provide us with your flight departure information at time of booking, so that we can schedule your transfer from Chena Hot Springs to Fairbanks correctly.

 

We had such a good time in August and everything was perfect (just like you all said it would be). We will definitely arrange another tour with Alaska Tours in the coming years. Thanks again.

Norma | Virginia