For those dreaming of a secluded (but opulent) wilderness vacation, Scandinavia has the market cornered when it comes to bringing luxury into far-north forested lands. Octola Villa, in Finnish Lapland, opened this month on Octola’s 740 acres and is going for €79,254 (approximately $99,000) for seven nights in the winter.
The newly built villa, essentially an ultra-mod chalet within Octola, has an outdoor jacuzzi, sauna, two suites (a master bedroom and a second, ensuite bedroom), and two expansive terraces. Even seeing the exterior is a design marvel; the chalet features floor-to-ceiling glass walls, juxtaposed against the elevated log cabin aesthetics on the rest of the Octola property, marrying the classically Finnish build with modern architectural influence. And, of course, Octola Villa’s al fresco terraces and glass walls perfectly set the scene for a northern lights viewing experience.
Octola was founded by CEO of Luxury Action Janne Honkanen, who already specializes in curating once-in-a-lifetime Scandinavian adventures that bring luxury travelers to rarely explored parts of the Arctic. Octola, which has 10 rooms and is already touted as the “most exclusive lodge in Lapland,” is upping its luxury clout with the addition of the Octola Villa. Honkanen is foraying even further into the world of rare luxury with this new space, where butler service, all meals prepared by private Octola chefs, a wilderness guide, and access to a private reindeer enclosure are a given.
The beauty of the new villa is that it really can transform into any experiential enclave its four guests are seeking. The second bedroom can become a wellness facility with scenic spaces for yoga and spa treatments, a perfect complement for guests keen on plunging into the property’s icy waters, then warming in their private sauna for a traditional Scandinavia wellness experience.
The foodie-inclined traveler will appreciate the exclusive private dining in Octola Villa, while the more adventurous traveler will see the villa as a jumping-off point for Arctic Circle exploration, working with private guides to orchestrate hiking and biking expeditions through the forest.