This trip focuses on two great wintertime experiences: Northern Lights viewing and ice sculpting! Because Fairbanks is closer to the highly active area over the Arctic—and because winter nights here are longer than they are to the south—the light show is often much brighter and more reliable than over other areas of Alaska. And with three nights based out of the Chena Hot Springs Resort, you’ll have three different opportunities to watch “the show”—beautiful and mysterious curtains of color ranging from green to red to purple (intensity varies from night to night). Other trip highlights include visiting a sled dog kennel and learning all about mushing, visiting the Aurora Ice Museum (and Ice Bar!), and attending the World Ice Art Championships. At night, relax in natural hot springs or in front of a roaring fire.
*Note: The World Ice Art Championships are held during the first three weeks of March, annually.
Upon your arrival at the airport in Fairbanks, you will be picked up for the scenic transfer to your hotel. Arriving in time to meet the famous Chena Snow Coach, you’ll be whisked to the top of the hill for your first viewing of the Northern Lights. Accommodations are at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, in a Moose Lodge Room.
Talk with an experienced musher at the Chena Sled Dog Kennel, learn all about the sport, and meet some amazing Alaskan Huskies. Later, experience a real dogsled tour along a beautiful winter trail. The evening offers another Aurora snow coach adventure. Accommodations are at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, in a Moose Lodge Room.
Tour the Aurora Ice Museum, which features amazing ice sculptures created by a 13-time world champion ice carver. After the tour, relax at the Stolichnaya (Stoli) Ice Bar with a martini served in a martini glass carved out of ice. The evening offers another Aurora snow coach adventure. Accommodations are at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, in a Moose Lodge Room.
En route to Fairbanks, stop to check out the World Ice Art Championships, an international ice sculpting event featuring over 180 sculptures—one of the largest ice art competitions and exhibitions in the world. Accommodations are at the Fairbanks Springhill Suites Marriott, in a Suite.
The hotel’s courtesy shuttle will transport you the short distance to the Fairbanks airport in time for your return flight. Safe travels!