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Fairbanks Northern Lights Viewing

Witness the spectacle of the Northern Lights and explore the Golden Heart City.

Tour Code: 231CTA

Tour Overview

This 3-night Northern Lights Viewing vacation during the Alaska winter includes two opportunities for nigh time Aurora borealis viewing and a guided tour of Fairbanks’ main attractions. Fairbanks is Alaska’s second largest city and a hub for winter activity. This aurora viewing getaway is great for visitors with limited time and works well in conjunction with our other winter tour itineraries.

What's Included
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Fairbanks City Tour
  • Museum of the North Admission
  • Aurora Viewing Tour
  • Roundtrip transportation from Fairbanks and admission to Chena Hot Springs
  • Tour of Ice Museum at Chena Hot Springs
  • All taxes and fees
What's Not Included

Meals, gratuities, alcoholic beverages at the ice bar in the ice museum, and towel rental at Chena Hot Springs Resort.


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 (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 2

Depart from your hotel for a 5-hour sightseeing tour of Fairbanks. During this guided tour, you will visit the University of Alaska Museum where you can marvel at the natural and cultural history of Alaska as well as discover the science behind the majestic Northern Lights. Other stops include the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Finally, you will travel to North Pole to visit the world famous Santa Claus House. You may even get to meet Kris Kringle and his reindeer! Your day tour concludes at your hotel around 3:00pm.
Late in the evening you will be picked up for an Aurora viewing tour. An approximate 45-minute drive will take you to an Aurora viewing yurt. The yurt is designed especially for viewing the Northern Lights and located away from the city lights that can hinder Aurora viewing. We recommend you dress warmly for this tour so you may view the Northern Lights from outdoor as well as the yurt. Hot beverages are provided and the yurt has an outhouse-style restroom attached. Your driver will return you to your hotel around 2:30am. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 3
Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs

This afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred about 1 1/2 hours to Chena Hot Springs Resort. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the Ice Museum. Afterwards, soak and relax in the natural hot springs. Around midnight, look for the Northern Lights dancing across the sky. Depart at about 2:00am, arriving back at your hotel around 4:00am.

Day 4
Fairbanks Departure

You may have time this morning to explore on your own, before meeting a hotel shuttle to the airport to meet your departing flight.

SPECIAL NOTE: The order of the excursions might be changed, depending on availability at time of booking. After the tour is booked and confirmed, excursions may still change due to Northern Lights activity, weather, or other considerations; if that happens, you will be consulted regarding any changes.

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Dates & Rates


Left chilly Chicago for even chillier Alaska in January. Alaska Tours made all the land arrangements. We stayed at Borealis Basecamp with its charming and warm igloos, great food, and a wonderful dog sledding experience. On the last night, we took a five hour trip to the top of... Read more  

Jane | Trip Advisor