Octola Lodge, Finnish Lapland

The review:

Octola Lodge

Experience a scenic wilderness in Finnish Lapland, dusted with snow and lit up by the aurora borealis.

Overlooking mile-upon-mile of isolated snow-sprinkled landscapes, luxuriously private Octola lodge is set among hundreds of hectares of Nordic wilderness within the Arctic Circle.

"Magical Octola is all about experiencing immersive Nordic nature together, coming home to your luxe hilltop retreat for delicious dinners, spa time and aurora borealis gazing"

Things to do

Getting out in nature is the main draw here – from husky sledding through the silent, snowy forests to ice fishing for salmon or cross-country skiing. Thrill seekers will be entertained by tobogganing, ice-car racing or skiddooing at speed across the powdery landscapes. Evenings are for sinking into deep sofas by the fire, enjoying a chef-prepared dinner before popping out on to the balcony or into the hot tub to witness one of nature’s most miraculous sights: the Northern Lights.


With a total of 12 bedrooms between the main lodge and the two-bedroomed villa, Octola is a versatile space that can be taken as a whole group for a memorable get-together; equally, if you’re a smaller group you can take over a six-bed wing or a couple or family can enjoy the two-bed villa. What is consistent across the board is a high level of comfort – beds you’ll sink into after a day in the elements on a snow safari, open fires, bathtubs and extras like hot tubs and saunas.

Food & Drink

Here the world is your oyster. But we’d recommend tucking into the hearty, local food – you’ll need it after a day out cross-country skiing or exploring the snow-laden landscapes by snowshoe. Rich soups, homemade bread, reindeer and berries are traditional Nordic fare, and you’ll enjoy finely crafted dishes chosen by you and your chef. Despite your remote location, you won’t want for anything. Wine and cocktails are readily available whenever you desire.

What Stands Out

Aside from the hugely original nature of this kind of holiday – which will see you immersed in the pastimes of the Sami people – ice fishing, show skiing and husky sledding – we think the biggest privilege of all is the opportunity to see the aurora borealis from your balcony. There is a high chance of seeing the Northern Lights at Octola with its dark skies and zero light pollution – you won’t even need to move from the lodge, it’s as if the lights come directly to you. Absolutely magical.

Best For

We think this would make a truly incredible Christmas or post Christmas family gathering with extended family and friends. Imagine young children enjoying a white Christmas, meeting Santa and his reindeer and having snowball fights, while older children enjoy the thrills of snowmobiling. Adults meanwhile will enjoy mesmerising views, appreciate fine food and explore the wild of the Arctic Circle.

The Verdict

This is the kind of holiday that you won’t ever forget. Firstly, the landscape is just so ethereally beautiful – utterly peaceful, no light pollution and no other habitation. It’s yours to carve out the holiday you want – aided of course by a full compliment of staff who’ll take you out on memorable adventures in the snow. Then to have the opportunity to see the aurelia borealis from your balcony is surely the biggest privilege of all.

Sarah Ward Hedges

Personal Travel Designer

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