Alaska Glaciers, Hot Springs and Northern Lights

Walk on a glacier, soak in hot springs and watch for the northern lights - experience it all!

Trip Code: 229CTA
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Accommodation: 6 nights
  • Starting at: $1329 / per person
  • Availability: January, February, March, April, September, October, November, December
  • Highlights: Start your adventure with a glacier trek from Anchorage, then continue your journey north to Fairbanks with the Alaska Railroad. Finally, conclude your trip with a stay at Chena Hot Springs, where you can soak in hot springs and watch for the northern lights!

Tour Overview

Do it all on this great week-long winter adventure in Alaska! Explore an amazing glacier on foot, soak in warm hot springs then search for the Northern Lights! You’ll start out exploring Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, the city offers an abundance of shopping and a great variety of restaurants. Then, take a scenic trip north to the massive Matanuska Glacier, where an experienced glacier guide will lead you on a walk over ancient blue ice, while you look for towering ice spires and stunning ice caves along the way. Next, continue your winter journey north to Fairbanks aboard the Alaska Railroad. You’ll be welcomed at Chena Hot Springs Resort, known for its natural mineral hot springs and a prime location for viewing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In addition to world-class Aurora viewing, this Alaska resort near Fairbanks offers guests lots of outdoor fun including cross-country skiing, dog sledding tours, snowmobiling, and more. Guests can relax and rejuvenate in the resort’s hot springs and warm pools or by enjoying a professional massage. With a wide variety of winter activities, Chena Hot Springs provides travelers with a highly memorable Alaska winter adventure

What's Included

  • 4 nights accommodation in moderate class hotel
  • 8-hour Matanuska Glacier Adventure including lunch
  • Train from Anchorage to Fairbanks
  • 2 nights at Chena Hot Springs Resort in the Moose Lodge building
  • Round trip transfers from Fairbanks
  • 2 days pool passes for Chena Hot Springs
  • 4-hour Aurora Viewing Expedition tour at Chena Hot Springs (weather conditions permitting)
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Meals, optional excursions and gratuity.

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Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Arrival in Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and the rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy Alaska's largest city.

Overnight in Anchorage.

Day
2

Anchorage - Matanuska Glacier Adventure

Today’s adventures begin with a pick up from your Anchorage hotel. Your Glacier Guide will narrate points of interest during the scenic 100-mile drive north through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley on your way to the mighty Matanuska Glacier. Photo stops will be made along the way so that you can capture the stunning valley and mountain peaks.

Once you have arrived at Matanuska Glacier, your experienced Glacier Guide will outfit each person with ice cleats, walking sticks, and helmets for their safety. NOTE: Additional warm supplemental winter outerwear can be requested at the time of booking. This fully guided glacier experience on foot will allow you to meander along the surface of ancient blue ice while you explore towering ice spires and gorgeous ice caves. Your time on the glacier will be from 2 to 3 hours. A lunch is included either before or after your glacier hike.

Overnight in Anchorage.

Day
3

Anchorage to Fairbanks

In the morning, you'll take the hotel courtesy shuttle to the Anchorage train station. Here you will board the famous Alaska Railroad and travel through beautiful Alaska's winter landscape to Fairbanks. During the train ride, enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska Range and possibly even the mountain of Denali (weather permitting). You will arrive in Fairbanks in the evening and transfer to the hotel via hotel courtesy shuttle.

Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day
4

Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs Resort: Mineral Springs and Northern Lights Viewing

Sleep in this morning, then, around mid-day, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Chena Hot Springs Resort, 90 minutes east of Fairbanks. This comfortable resort offers large, well appointed rooms with private baths. Chena Hot Springs hosts mineral spring-fed hot tubs and a warm indoor swimming pool, providing guests with total relaxation. Combined with numerous outdoor activities, Chena Hot Springs offers a first rate Alaskan winter experience. This evening, enjoy a 4-hour Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) Expedition tour. You can also add an optional Ice Museum Tour.

Overnight at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Day
5

Chena Hot Springs Resort Fun: Dogsledding, Snowmobiling, Cross Country Skiing, Massages

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 professional massages. Winter gear can be rented at the resort for a fee.

Overnight at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Day
6

Chena Hot Springs Resort to Fairbanks

This morning, you will be transferred back to Fairbanks. The afternoon is free for you go enjoy optional Fairbanks city tours and visit local attractions.

Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day
7

Departure from Fairbanks

Take the hotel shuttle to the airport for your departure or start an additional winter tour.


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Browse Dates & Rates


Minimum age for this tour is 8 years due to the included activities.

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.


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