The Inari-Saariselkä region boasts two remarkable museums, which are the only ones of their kind in the world. Located in the parish village of Inari, the Siida Sami Museum and the Northern Lapland Nature Centre give you an interesting insight into the culture and life of the people of the North. There are a series of exhibitions in Siida year round, including a feature on the Northern Lights. The Tankavaara Gold Prospector Museum is the only one of its kind in Europe so the village plays an important role for those panning for gold around the world. The museums are open year-round.

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Siida, Sámi Museum and Nature Centre

Siida is a central meeting place in Inari, the heart of the Sámi Area in Finland. It is a window on Sámi culture and the diverse nature of Northern Lapland.

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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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Transport

You can choose how you want to explore the northernmost Lapland. The bus routes take you through some of the most magnificent scenery, as far as the shores of the…

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Lapland's gold

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…

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Polar Night

In the far North, winter begins in November with a mystical period of darkness, when the sun remains below the horizon. Twilight is an excellent time for observing and filming…

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Cruises

Over a six-month period from late October to early June, Lake Inarijärvi is covered by ice. In early June the cleanest lake in Finland is freed of its ice and…

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