Today is a nice day, in the 50’s, but we are going into the Aurora Ice Museum at Chena Hot Springs, near Fairbanks, Alaska. Chena Hot Springs, located 60 miles from Fairbanks, is a year round destination. Today we will show you the Aurora Ice Museum.
Made of over 1,000 tons of ice and snow, all havested at the resort, the Aurora Ice Museum opened in January 2005 and is still frozen. You can visit with a guide only and the inside temperature is 25 degrees F (-7 degrees C). For much of the year, inside the Aurora Ice Museum is warmer than the outside temperature. Our guide opened the door, admitting us and our group to a small room. Here we put on parkas, free for our visit inside. Opening the next door, we are ready to go inside.
There are many ice sculptures.
Most of them are lit, colors reminding us of the Aurora, or Northern Lights, visible only in the winter. The lights in the sky are not visible in the summer, as it does not get dark enough. The interior ice walls are also carved.
The walls, everything within the museum and the museum itself are all made of ice. There are many ice sculptures.
Jousting forms in ice here. Face of ice.
Inside the ice museum are a few bedrooms to rent.
Let’s enter one of the rooms. Intricate bed.
Yes, that really is a bed made of ice. Lots of furs and blankets needed to sleep here.
And another room.
Let’s see this bed without the effect of colored lights. We loved seeing this place, but we don’t want to sleep here. It could be exciting, but we think it might be too cold for small ducks. Heading back toward the entrance, we stop at the ice bar.
Of course the bar is of ice. The bar stools also are ice, but with fur cushions for more comfortable sitting. Appletinis are available from the bar. They are served in these ice glasses.
You purchase the drink and the glass is yours. To leave, we must be escorted back to the small room where we return our parkas, and then out the front door. The Aurora Ice Museum is fascinating, but pretty cold. The doors must be kept locked at all times to insure the proper temperature to preserve the ice. There are world recognized ice sculpturers on staff here. They are usually making new sculptures and also making many ice glasses. You really should see this when you are in the area. This is a great Alaska place to see.