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Octola Winter Adventure

For the ultimate arctic experience, intrepid travelers seeking a luxurious and memorable adventure will revel in all they discover on this tour in Finland. Hop off the beaten path and try snowshoeing in the woods, where the quiet is only broken by the soft crunch of fresh snow beneath your feet. Feed the reindeer in the private wilderness and learn about local culture as you enjoy lunch in a Lappish hut. Try ice fishing on a picturesque lake, hit the trails on a snowmobiling expedition, and take a husky sleigh ride. Soak in outdoor hot tubs surrounded by natural beauty, visit Santa himself following a reindeer sleigh ride to his secret hut, try ice karting, and learn about the indigenous Sámi people and listen to an enchanting Joik performance. Room options at OCTOLA include a two bedroom Villa, 4 bedroom lodge, six bedroom lodge, and exclusive use.



Trip Type: Adventure

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Octola Winter Adventure
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Octola Winter Adventure

Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrive in Finnish Lapland

An English speaking driver will transfer you by private vehicle from Rovaniemi Airport to OCTOLA Private Wilderness for check in.

OCTOLA lodge is a harmonious combination of a modern glass house, rustic wilderness cabin, and private luxury hotel. Your stay in OCTOLA is fully catered and comes with a selection of local experiences that let you fully immerse in the local way of life. This ultra-luxury cabin residence is set in the middle of 300 hectares of private wilderness within the Arctic Circle and has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable winter holiday. Finland is also known for having the cleanest air and purest water in the world. Lapland’s vast wilderness and low populations makes Finland on the top of the list of cleanest countries in the world year after year.

Starting Accommodation: OCTOLA Private Wilderness
Meals: Dinner


Day 2 – Finnish Lapland Activities

Suggested activities for today include:

Reindeer Feeding Experience - Private Experience

OCOTLA is surrounded by wilderness and free roaming reindeer but there is also a private enclosed area where you have an opportunity to meet and feed the strong-minded but friendly reindeer. Finnish Lapland has a reindeer population of about 200,000 which means that more reindeer than people live in Finnish Lapland. Reindeer are semidomesticated, meaning that each and every reindeer is owned by a reindeer herder. The connection between these tough animals and humans is thousands of years old and in Northern Lapland reindeer husbandry is still a major source of income for many and closely connected to Lappish life.

Ice Fishing - Private Experience

Ice fishing is one of the most common hobbies for Nordic people in Lapland there are hundreds of fresh lakes and rivers where you too can try this Nordic activity. The beauty of ice-fishing lies in its simplicity. A session of ice-fishing could almost be counted as a sort of meditation. Whilst waiting patiently for something to happen – and often nothing does – your mind clears itself unexpectedly and effortlessly. Infinity and silence are the key factors here. Catching fish is a bonus, not the purpose. The basics of ice-fishing are very simple. All you need is a lake that is frozen, even two inches of ice is enough to bare the weight of a human being. Once you’ve chosen your fishing spot, you need a core drill for making a hole in the ice and the fishing gear to catch the fish. Catching some fish is largely down to luck, although some experience can be helpful in choosing the right spot - direction of the wind and understanding how the fish behave around the year are central to this. Having a warm set of clothes is perhaps the most important thing of all when it comes to ice-fishing. During your ice fishing experience, you can also enjoy hot drinks or make a fire and BBQ some local sausages. With your host, this is the perfect experience to sit back and soak in the beauty of the surroundings and experience is suitable for everyone.

Outdoor Hot Tub and Sauna
During your stay you have access to an outdoor hot tub and sauna. Enjoy a soak in a hot tub or steam away your troubles in the sauna.

Starting Accommodation: OCTOLA Private Wilderness
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 – Finnish Lapland Activities

Suggested activities for today include:

Snowmobile Adventure - Private Snowmobile Experience

A snowmobile ride is a highlight of any Arctic adventure, and not to be missed. After a brief safety briefing and introduction to the controls of the snowmobiles, it’s time to set off on state-or-art snowmobiles for your tailor-made excursion into the wild. Through forests and over hills packed with snow, you’ll drive deep into the wilderness where not many have been. You’ll get the chance to let loose across a frozen lake and experience the speed, the freedom and the adrenaline rush that can only be had when these thrilling machines roar over the snow. While a driving license is needed to operate a snowmobile, children and those without licenses will enjoy being pulled along in a sleigh. Adults and older children can also share a snowmobile with the driver as you ride through the beautiful snowy landscapes.

Mini Skidoo Adventure - Private Experience
After having experienced the excitement of being pulled along in a sleigh, it’s time to let the children drive on a specially designated mini-skidoo track where children can try riding their own mini-skidoos. Guides will be available to ensure the safety of the little riders. This experience gives the children and young riders the chance to experience the thrill of the ride in a safe way. While the children try out driving themselves, adults can enjoy warms snacks over the campfire.

Starting Accommodation: OCTOLA Private Wilderness
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 – Finnish Lapland Activities

Suggested activities for today include:

Husky Sledding Adventure - Private Experience

Dog mushing is definitely one of the favorite ways to get around in Lapland! In this incredible experience you will meet adorable husky dogs and feel the thrill of speed as you slide through the glittering snow in the uniquely beautiful country of Finland. At the husky kennel you will meet the dogs that will be pulling your sled.  After a safety briefing and some instruction on how to drive a team of dogs, it’s time to gear up. One your passenger is safely wrapped up in warm furs in the sleigh, you set off! As you slide through the snow and into the wilderness, the barking subsides and all you can hear is the pounding of paws and the sound of the sledge on the snow. Standing on the runners, by placing your weight, the dogs turn, and you are entirely in the moment. The white and magical landscape slips by as the dogs pick up speed. Their joy at pulling the sleigh is contagious, and you see broad, happy smiles on everyone’s faces. Back at the kennels you will have time to visit the dogs and enjoy hot drinks by a camp fire in a cozy, Lappish ‘kota’ building.

Ice Karting Experience
For a totally new driving experience, try Ice Karting. Driven on an outdoor ice track with studded tyres, it's all about technical skill rather than speed, but be prepared as the icy track may still give you a spin! The Ice Karting Race has equal elements to a real formula race, but it takes place on an ice rink. This adventure is sure to be thrilling and a lot of fun.

Starting Accommodation: OCTOLA Private Wilderness
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 – Reindeer Sleigh Ride and Lunch Experience & ATV Adventure

The reindeer is an icon of Finnish Lapland, and there’s a good reason for that - the number of reindeer in the province roughly equals that of people. So, when in Rome… jump on a sleigh and ride them like Santa! This ancient Sámi way of getting around is a great way to get close to the fabled animal while enjoying the magic Lapland scenery. Warmly wrapped and tucked in the sleigh, you start journey through a forest which looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale! The reindeer will pull you through the forest, brining you to a Lappish kota where the reindeer herder is waiting for you. While you enjoy a delicious lunch cooked by an open fire, you will hear fascinating stories about Sámi culture and the life in Lapland that revolves around the reindeer.

Each year winter, and its snowy and icy conditions puts Finns’ driving skills to the test. For being such a small country, Finland has produced astonishing amount of excellent racing drivers, such as Mika Häkkinen, Kimi Räikkönen, Valtteri Bottas, Tommi Mäkinen, Juha Kankkunen, Jari-Matti Latvala… and the list just goes on. This afternoon your guide will take you to a private track where you get to try winter driving with Can-Ams. Your guide will run through a short safety briefing after which its time to get fully suited and booted with the necessary gear. Once ready, it’s time to test your winter driving skills and the capabilities of these unique ATV’s in snowy and icy conditions. You are assured that this thrilling and adrenaline filled experience will leave the heart racing.

Starting Accommodation: OCTOLA Private Wilderness
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 – Depart Finnish Lapland

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from OCTOLA Private Wilderness to Rovaniemi Airport to connect with your departing flight. Transfer time is approximately 20 minutes.

Meals: Breakfast


Pricing

Package Level: Luxury

Pricing for this package is on request. Please call a Swain Destinations Specialist to customize this journey.


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms

Details

Length:

5 Nights

Pricing:

Pricing on request

Destinations:

Lapland

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip transfers
  • 5 nights Lapland, Finland
  • Snowshoeing in the Woods
  • Reindeer Feeding Experience
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snowmobile Adventure
  • Husky Sledding Adventure
  • Reindeer Sleigh Ride and Lunch Experience
  • Joik Performance and Sami Culture
  • ATV/Buggy driving on private tracks
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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