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Finnish Lapland / Octola Private Wilderness

Immersed in forests and folklore, the vast estate of Octola Private Wilderness takes you away from the crowds for a mesmerising treat as enchanting as any child – or any grown-up for that matter – could wish for.

A bucket-lister’s dream with royalty and celebrities among its adoring posse, Octola is one of the most private of private homes. It’s where inspiration, relaxation and complete wonder collide with access to every conceivable exclusive service and comfort imaginable. You won’t find anywhere else in the world that does well-being, adventure and quality time quite like it. And with a landscape this spectacular, you won’t mind when asked to keep its location to yourself.

 

Hotel highlights:

  • Exclusive use of the estate and 12 bedrooms sleeping up to 38; or shared options available
  • 25 minutes from Rovaniemi airport by car
  • A year-round lodge, spring and summer experiences include kayaking, horse riding, local farm visits, herb and berry foraging and Nordic cooking lessons
  • Octola has a carbon negative footprint and makes a generous donation on behalf of each guest to Private Wilderness Fund to protect Arctic animals
  • Private filmmaker to capture the most memorable moments during the stay is available on request
  • Owned by a Rovaniemi resident passionate about preserving the local environment; eco-credentials include wind-generated electricity, water from the estate’s own spring and locally-sourced ingredients

from £81,000 per group

Price is based on 12 sharing the 6 bedroom wing, including flights with fast track service, 3 nights accommodation with chef prepared meals, butler service, selected excursions listed below and private transfers.

Prices for smaller groups occupying the 4 bedroom wing or the 2 bedroom villa, or exclusive use (10 bedroom main lodge and 2 bedroom villa), available on request.

Excursions include snowmobiling, snowshoeing, off-road skiing, sledding and sauna and frozen lake experience in winter. Plus nature walks and foraging, aurora hunting (August - April), E-fat biking and private reindeer feeding.

 

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A sense of place

300 hectares of reindeer-roamed reserve surround this exclusive 10-bedroom Lapland lodge and its two-bedroom villa. There's limited ways to access this neck of the woods, one being by helicopter, another by boat during the summer months. But the favourite is by Mercedes-Benz 4x4, optionally ending in a reindeer drawn sleigh to the door. Inside, industrial metals meet fleecy Fair Isle behind the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto nothing but a blanket of pines pointing heavenward to the Aurora. 

In pursuit of...

...the experience of a lifetime. The been-there-done-that-ers have their work cut out with this one. One week, an elf comes knocking with gingerbread at the ready for the whole family; the next sees a group getting crafty with shed reindeer antlers and husky sledding; while the daring duo that arrive after them take over the intimate villa, partaking in the blood-pumping Nordic tradition of moving between a sweltering sauna and a dip in the icy waters of the natural spring. With every stay here being completely bespoke, the sky is the technicolour limit.

"It’s where inspiration, relaxation and complete wonder collide with access to every conceivable exclusive service and comfort imaginable. You won’t find anywhere else in the world that does well-being, adventure and quality time quite like it."

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Beyond family-friendly

Children grow up fast, so Octola knows how important it is to share in experiences that can be firmly locked away in the great-time-memory-bank. Think zipping across the frosty landscape in a fleet of custom built snowmobiles (or mini-skidoos) and taming the outdoors on a luxury survival camp. And if you wish hard enough, you might, just might, find Father Christmas waiting in his hidden wooden workshop in the forest.

Wake up here

Sleeping up to 38 when combined, traditional Lapp and Sámi architecture inspired the design of the 10 bedroom lodge and two bedroom villa; with the arrow head shape deriving from the Lapp ‘laavu’ buildings used as shelters for Nordic nomads. Smaller groups opt for either the six- or four-bedroom wing of the main lodge separately, while the villa makes for a snowy sojourn for up to four with its own wellness area; and booking out the whole estate makes room for the whole pack.

On location

We don’t know about Santa, but Octola’s dedicated team are truly magical. Cuisine is cooked by Michelin-starred chefs and served by a private butler, either in the lodge or in a beautiful wooden hut out in the forest (our personal favourite). There are wilderness guides on hand too, ready to tailor the day’s activities based on mood; but the whole team are local, so titbits around the area’s history and wildlife are always about.

A Carrier curation

In a place like this, it isn’t easy to pick just one experience that surpasses the rest. But when the day is done and there’s a chill in your bones, a night reserved for two counting the stars beneath the dome of a glass igloo swaddled in blankets comes pretty close.

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