The first gold rush took place on the River Ivalojoki in 1869-1900. The Tankavaara goldfield was discovered by Aleksanteri Peltovuoma, also known as Sauva-Aslakki, back in 1936. On the River Lemmenjoki, panning for gold became par for the course in 1945. The largest nugget ever found in Finland weighed 393 grams. It was found by Evert Kiviniemi in 1935. According to him, the discovery site was near Laanila, at the source of River Luttojoki.
The gold deposits in the River Ivalojoki and Saariselkä region are the result of millions of years of formation. Gold-diggers still reside in the area today and you also have an opportunity to experience the thrill of panning for gold in a series of guided expeditions. Did you know that you get to keep any gold you find?
Thousands of stories tell of the famous rivers or gold and the gold diggers. Gold is still actively panned for today. Every now and then some lucky chap finds a nugget or two.