Chena Hot Springs and Northern Lights

January 19, 2017

This post it is a throw back to one of my trips while living in Alaska. It’s no secret that I’m fascinated by this state and that every time I hear someone mentioning it I go like –“OMG! I lived there, I know what  you are talking about. You should definitely visit!” When I just moved there, I heard  people saying that the wild and peace of Alaska will change me, and I will never stop missing it once I will leave it. I guess they were right because here I am, six months later, still talking about the bear country.

Last April, I visited the Chena Hot Springs, which are just an hour away from Fairbanks. This place is known not only for its thermal waters, but also for the Aurora Ice Museum. People come to see sculptures carved in ice, and to enjoy a drink offered in a glass which is crafted from ice and served on the ice bar. The carving takes a lot of time and requires special blocks of ice. Also, the maintenance of the sculptures is even more tedious than the carving process. Keeping everything at right temperatures requires a lot of attention and responsibility from the museum keepers.

Northern Lights represent another attraction that make people visit Chena Hot Springs. The location is perfect for Aurora viewing. As we went towards the end of the season our chances to see them were very limited; however, we got to watch the lights. Even though they weren’t the strongest ones they were good enough for me ?

Of course, you can as well go for dog sledding, and hiking, and experience all that winter fun while being there. Or, you can just relax in the hot water while admiring the forest around and enjoy the peaceful spirit of the land.

What do you think about this place, would you give it a try?

Victoria V. 


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  • tots2travel February 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    That is truly stunning. The ice alone is captivating, add in the northern lights and hot springs and that’s a extraordinary destination. Beautiful images.

    • Victoria February 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you.
      Yes,you are right, the destination is amazing.