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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.

North Pole: 1-Hour Snowmobile Tour

2. North Pole: 1-Hour Snowmobile Tour

Your 1-hour snowmobile tour will begin at our headquarters in North Pole with a brief safety orientation and a cup of hot chocolate, tea or coffee. Then, you’ll be whisked off to explore the local breathtaking surroundings by snowmobile, through a beautiful winter wonderland. Cross frozen lakes and rivers, see scenic mountains, endless remote trails and hopefully some wildlife along the way. Look out for moose, foxes and snowshoe hares. The Chena Lakes Recreation area offers a variety of beautiful and well-maintained trails, lakes and rivers ensuring that you have the adventure of a lifetime. This area is easily accessible and great for beginner riders but also far enough out of the city to give the sense of the Alaskan wilderness. 

1-Hour Winter Dog Mushing & Sledding in Alaska

3. 1-Hour Winter Dog Mushing & Sledding in Alaska

Your 1-hour dog mushing adventure begins right at your Fairbanks accommodation. You don't need to plan how to get here; get picked up and dropped off at your Fairbanks hotel. Today it is a fascinating sport and hobby. But it was once the only means of transportation through the snowy lands of old time Alaska. Break away and mush into the twilight of the Alaskan wilderness. Experience the thrill, enjoy the landscape and feel those dogs work as they whisk you at surprising speeds, pulling on the leash of the dog sled.

From Fairbanks: Half-Day River Fishing Excursion

4. From Fairbanks: Half-Day River Fishing Excursion

Treat yourself to something special while in the Fairbanks area. Head off on a float trip and do some good old-fashioned fishing. Bring the whole family along for a half-day on the Chena River with a guide. All equipment is provided. Your guided fishing trip day begins right at your Fairbanks hotel in town, so you don’t need to plan your route to the meeting point or worry about taxi fare. Head out on the water for a half-day of great fun for the whole family with an excellent fishing opportunity. Become an expert angler on the Chena River. Keep your eyes peeled and throw in a line for Northern pike and arctic grayling while cruising around on a scenic guided tour. Savor a tasty light lunch. Your experienced fishing guide will show you the best spots to insure the most success possible. This half-day tour includes 3.5 hours of fishing with fly or spinning rods. Get dropped off at your hotel after an amazing day out on the water.

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What people are saying about Fairbanks

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.

So much fun! A must do while visiting Fairbanks. Friendly mushers, and friendly dogs. Can’t forget the beautiful scenery.

Excellent!! Our guides were so awesome! Great day! Bucket list ✔ Must do!!!

Excellent and a must do with brooks who helped us with pictures as well

Don’t miss out on this experience. It was awesome.