Northern Lights Holidays to Harriniva

Harriniva refers to the small area where the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel can be found, some 150km north of the Arctic Circle. Dating back to 1973 this remote and rustic family-run centre has long been a popular resting spot for adventurers, travellers, skiers, fisherman and tourists.

The Pietikainen family run the hotel and have been making use of their wilderness knowledge and experience here for years, creating and running winter activity holidays that are amongst some of the best in this remote region.

As well as these exciting and varied winter adventures, visitors can be sure that they have come to the right place to seek out a potential Northern Lights display as the remote location and fell viewpoints will no doubt increase your chances. The hotel lies close to the Pallas-Yllas National Park, which encapsulates the beautiful untouched fell and forest scenery of Western Lapland

The hotel resides around 4km from the nearest municipality of Muonio, which has a population of around 600 and is home to a handful of shops and local amenities. This municipality is known for having one of the longest snow seasons in Finland and is also a famed local region for cross-country skiing, hosting many competitive events.

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Harriniva Wilderness Hotel also resides on the banks of the Muonio River which effectively separates Finland from the Northern Norbotten County in Sweden. Indeed, cross the river and you will find yourself in a different country, so we would recommend taking a walk over just for the novelty!

The hotel is one of the oldest wilderness hotels in Lapland and grew from a small activity company to the successful hotel that it is today. It is one of the few hotels in the region that operates all of their own activities as well as the accommodation.

The activities they offer are a real highlight of any trip and they excel hugely in husky safari based activities, being home to some 400 eager and enthusiastic dogs.  Visitors can enjoy safaris lasting from one hour to seven days. These husky safaris will take you all around this stunning frozen vista, from the nearby fells and forests to the borders of the National Park and Norway. Other activities on offer at this Arctic adventure land include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and much more.

Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

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The Aurora Zone was born out of our love of all things wintery. We were already regular visitors to the likes of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland thanks to a fascination with winter activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling and the Scandinavian way of life. Many of our visits coincided with sightings of the Northern Lights and The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with as many people as possible. We have all been held in the Aurora’s thrall and our mission is to do our very best to ensure that our clients can experience that magical moment on their Northern Lights holiday.

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