OUR STORY

Having hunted for the right place to accommodate the discerning guests of our Luxury Action travel company, I eventually realised the the right property did not exists in the right location. That’s when I decided the only option was to build our very own log chalet. Traditionally, we have managed or rented private chalets in various locations around Lapland, then refurnished them to meet the individual standards of our guests. As fun and instructive this concept has been, implementing interior design on a one-by-one basis fis costly and time consuming. In addition, regardless of our efforts to upgrade the existing chalets in Lapland, although of excellent quality, tend to have very small rooms and only a few properties have en-suite bedrooms with shower and toilet. I felt it was time for a revolutional change to provide exclusive accommodation in the Arctic that meets the needs of our experiential guests.

In this project, colleagues from the world’s leading luxury travel companies have helped us with contributions to design and ideas. OCTOLA was built for frequent, global travellers accustomed to luxurious five star hotels. Being accommodated in a wooden chalet is the essence of Lapland, providing the most authentic stay in the Arctic. We offer total privacy in our own secluded wilderness area and all the exciting outdoor Arctic activities are on your doorstep. Our wilderness guides, chef and butler ensure that all your requirements and wishes are attended to.

“Leave the stress behind of the day to day world and
savour the healing qualities of Lapland’s stunningly beautiful natural environment.”
JANNE HONKANEN
FOUNDER OCTOLA / CEO, FOUNDER LUXURY ACTION

At OCTOLA I want you to feel relaxed and in touch with pure nature. I’m offering guests a unique kind of health spa for the spirit, where you can leave behind the stress of the day to day world, and savour the healing qualities of Lapland’s stunningly beautiful natural environment.

I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to your Lapland home-from-home, passionately conceived and realised according to the style of Lapp and Sámi tradition. From the beginning I wanted the contribution of a Sámi architect, who understood my philosophy of ”new luxury”. OCTOLA’s shape is derived from traditional Lapp ’laavu’ buildings, that in the past used to provide a shelter for the people living the nomadic lifestyle.

Part of my philosophy of luxury in Lapland is to be secluded, far from the crowds, and to be at one with nature, but with access to every conceivable private service and comfort. It is in such a place that I find inspiration and relaxation. It is my wish that this is where you will find them also.

The name OCTOLA is derived from the magical number 8:

  • The latitude 66’ North, the Arctic Circle, crosses all eight Arctic countries
  • We have eight seasons in Lapland
  • There’s eight points of the compass
  • The biggest wave in the sea is the seventh, but eight is the new beginning

With our dedicated chefs we have created an eight-course North Pole menu to honour the versatile Arctic cuisine. This is presented in our own richly illustrated gourmet book, ‘8 Arctic Seasons: discover - taste -experience’, launched at the North Pole in 2016. The book was nominated as the best cookbook in the world in spring 2017, and won the best Scandinavian cook book award.

We serve Nordic Cuisine in our chalet, and prefer local ingredients naturally growing in our region. Our discerning chef selects all the ingredients and controls the preparation process to make sure OCTOLA guests can appreciate both food and presentation. If you have any special requests or preferences in your diet, just let us know. Our goal and commitment is to create an ideal match in taste and serving for whatever our guests may wish.

OCTOLA lodge is a harmonious combination of a modern glass house, rustic wilderness cabin, and private luxury hotel. Our aim is not to offer you simply accommodation, but a tranquil sensation of being one with the surrounding wilderness. What we have created is a new, next generation private travel concept, letting you to linger in utmost privacy. Stay in OCTOLA, the most exclusive lodge in the Nordic region, is fully catered and comes with a selection of local experiences that let you fully immerse in the local way of life.

The property, accessible by helicopter, snowmobile or car, is located on private land of more than 300 hectares, in the cul-de-sac of a private road, surrounded by silent wilderness and freely roaming reindeer. The log walls present the most ecological and traditional building style in the region, while our wood burning sauna and geothermal heating ensures you will stay in warmth and comfort even in the coldest time of the year.

Your stay in OCTOLA includes:

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Meals prepared by our own chefs
  • Selected beverages
  • Butler service
  • Wilderness hotel manager
  • Wilderness guide
  • Snowshoeing
  • Offroad Skiing
  • Tobogganing / sledding
  • Nature walks, including foraging in the summer and autumn time
  • Northern Lights viewing
  • Private reindeer enclosed area with an opportunity to feed the reindeer
  • Sauna experience
  • Airport transfers on Mercedes vans
  • Protective outer clothing (there’s also possibility to purchase thermal underwear locally from our shop)
  • From the behalf of each guest, a generous donation will be made to the Private Wilderness Fund to protect Arctic animals

Your stay with us will be fully tailored to your needs, and against and extra charge we can add various additional experiences to your stay, such as ice driving, fat bikes, down hill skiing, reindeer sledding, horse back riding, husky sledding - simply contact us for more information. To create you more adventurous stay, do enquire about the options or arriving to Octola by helicopter or snowmobile, or staying a night in our wilderness teepee camp.

OCTOLA options for stay
The lodge consists cosy common areas, dining room, sauna, and ten bedrooms with en-suite facilities, that can accommodate up to 4 people each. You can choose from fully-serviced options of renting the entire property, one of the 4 or 6 bedrooms wings, or simply just one of the ten rooms:

  • Private wing - 6 rooms or 4 rooms
  • Entire property - 10 rooms

Your stay includes all listed services and activities. The activities during your stay are private.

OCTOLA,
LOCATED AT THE ARCTIC CIRCLE,
IN FINNISH LAPLAND




Octola - Rovaniemi International Airport = 20 min.
PRIVATE HELIPAD IS AVAILABLE

ESTIMATED FLIGHT TIMES:

MOSCOW - RVN = 2.15 HOURS
LONDON - RVN = 3 HOURS
ZURICH - RVN = 3.20 HOURS
NICE - RVN = 3.40 HOURS
DUBAI - RVN = 6.30 HOURS
NEW YORK - RVN = 8 HOURS
SHANGHAI - RVN = 9 HOURS
* RVN = ROVANIEMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FINLAND