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.

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Gold Prospector Museum

Tankavaara is home for the only international museum in the World displaying past and present of gold panning and prospecting.

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Holiday Village Valkeaporo

Holiday Village Valkeaporo is a family based accommodation and program service company located in Lemmenjoki, Lapland – We are specialized to take You to explore Lemmenjoki National Park areas.

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Tankavaara Gold Village

Tankavaara Gold Village, the gate of Lapland’s gold fields, is located directly at the road E75, 30 km south of Saariselkä.

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The wealth of taxis in the region serve the visitor in a variety of ways. You may book a taxi to pick you up at the airport. The taxi driver…

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Summer equipment rental

Local companies hire out mountain bikes and camping equipment like backpacks and walking poles. For paddlers there are canoes, kayaks and other paddling equipment as well as transportation services.

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The explosion of colours across the sky delights visitors from autumn until late winter. This typical phenomenon of the polar region occurs when the particles accelerated by the magnetic field…

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