Need to know
10, including one two-bedroom villa.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
The number eight plays a big part in Octola’s mythology, and resonates deeply with this corner of the world. Eight countries border the Arctic circle, all 88 constellations can be seen on a clear night (rooms, you’ll find are also named after them) and in sailing, while the seventh wave is the biggest, the eighth represents new beginnings.
At the hotel
Finnish sauna, spa, outdoor and indoor pool, hot tubs, fire pits, bespoke catering, rustic wooden bar, gym, 78 seasonal activities (snowshoeing, skiing, tobogganing…). In rooms: Aromatherapy bath products, bathrobes and slippers, forest-framing glass walls.
Our favourite rooms
All Lodge rooms are interconnecting with cosy contemporary design. Burnt-orange carpets, dark-wood cladding and slate bathrooms are combined with glass walls that frame the forest beyond. For couples looking to dial the romance up to 11, the two-bedroom villa has its own wood-burning sauna, indoor/outdoor hot tub with retractable glass walls and fully-equipped chef’s kitchen for intimate date night dinners.
You’ll find a heated pool in the spa with meditative underwater lights that change colour as you paddle, mimicking the aurora borealis that fortunate swimmers can admire from the floor-to-ceiling windows. There are in-built turbines should you fancy a more strenuous water workout and for a typically Finnish thermal experience, hop between the hot tub and the temperature-adjustable ice bath – it’s good for you, apparently.
In between your thermal-hopping, enjoy a deep-tissue massage or firming facial before retiring to the spa’s log-lined Finnish sauna (named, curiously, after the prince of Monaco) where wooden walls are axe-carved the traditional way, and the minibar is piled high with Karhu beer. Yes, not as detoxifying as you’d expect, but who are we to argue with tradition? The spa also has a separate relaxation room for yoga, pilates, or simply dozing fireside on a pillow-y lounger to the soundtrack of your favourite crooners – just link your phone to the in-house sound system.
Your wishlist, of course – you never know what kind of bearded philanthropist you’ll bump into around these parts.
The resort is wheelchair accessible and safe for youngsters, all set across a single level with slopes rather than stairs. And, a word of warning for the Instagram inclined: though photos are absolutely allowed, geo-tagging is strictly forbidden.
Very welcome. In fact, Octola was built for families, and cots and extra beds can be added for free.
Children aged two and above.
The Villa is ideal for small families, a self-contained residence with a guest room for little ones and a master bedroom for mum and dad. Large families and groups are better served by the four- or six-bedroom wing, each with interconnecting rooms.
How long have you got? Meet and greet the estate’s resident flock of reindeers, get speedy on a snowmobile or take a husky-led sleigh through the forest. And make sure they get in Santa's good books (and on the 'nice' list) with a spell at elf school.
Kids are welcome in the outdoor hot tubs, when accompanied by an adult.
The kitchen staff in Octola are more than happy to cater for fussy tots. But let’s see how fussy they are when the ice cream rolls out. Funny, that.
No need to pack
Baby monitors can be provided on request and the hotel has you covered for games and snow-gear with a depot of everything imaginable, including child-size snowsuits and boots.
Are your kids keen to try their hand at snowmobiling? You’re in safe hands – before founding Octola, Janne ran his own snowmobile school for kids.
You could say Octola Private Wilderness are eco experts. With all infrastructure built from scratch, electricity is wind generated, heating geothermal, and all water is filtered straight from the property’s own natural spring. Operations are closely monitored to create as little environmental impact as possible, and it seems to be paying off – in 2021 Octola was identified as having a negative carbon footprint.