02 Mar 2022 | 4 mins

A New Spa Has Opened In The Arctic—And It Looks Incredible

A New Spa Has Opened In The Arctic—And It Looks Incredible

Octola, the five-star private wilderness retreat in Finnish Lapland, has recently opened the Arctic region’s first luxury spa with pools, saunas and treatment rooms.

Set within 300 hectares of privately owned pine forest in the northernmost reaches of Finland, Octola Private Wilderness—under the ownership of pioneering private Arctic and Nordic travel experts Luxury Action—is unlike anything else in Lapland. It’s completely remote and completely sustainable (with a negative carbon footprint), but it’s also completely luxurious—now even more so, thanks to the addition of a sleek new spa, which opened in January 2022.

Billed as the “first private spa in the Arctic” by Luxury Action’s Founder and CEO, Janne Honkanen, the new spa has three different pools, including a cool pool, which simulates the experience of jumping into frozen water; a custom-crafted swimming pool, complete with resistance currents and floor-to-ceiling windows; and an outdoor hot tub.

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Octola's new swimming pool JUHA KAUPPINEN

There are two new sauna options too: One is a Nordic-chic log-lined indoor facility and the other is an outdoor outfit, crafted from ice blocks. Plus, there is a separate spa cabin for yoga sessions and relaxation, complete with wood-burning fire.

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A sauna made of ice at Octola JUHA KAUPPINEN

“I’m a firm believer in the physical and spiritual healing power of nature,” says Honkanen in a recent press release. “Octola has been designed to provide the inspiration and relaxation that this unique wilderness location can provide…A top-class spa was always a key aspect of my vision.”

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The new indoor spa at Octola JUHA KAUPPINEN

Like the rest of Octola Private Wilderness, the new spa was influenced by local Lapp and indigenous Sami cultural traditions and crafted with sustainability in mind. The property uses wind-generated electricity; geothermal heating; and drinking water sourced directly from an on-site spring. Throughout the 12-key property, interiors are modern and thoughtful, with neutrals, timber and stone. Gourmet food is sourced locally (expect to try bear and reindeer), and activities include salmon fishing, snowmobiling and reindeer herding.

Octola Private Wilderness can be reached via Rovaniemi airport, a two-hour direct flight from Helsinki. Rovaniemi is a 20-minute drive away from Octola Private Wilderness. There’s also a helipad available.

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Octola's new spa JUHA KAUPPINEN