Living Backwoods

Be part of the Sompio events.

In Sompio’s living backwoods, something is happening every season. The event year starts during the still snowy spring, with the Gold Rush Run dog sled race. In the early summer, you can listen to live music under the midnight sun at Taiga festival, and in the middle of the summer the gold prospectors go up against each other at the National Gold Panning Championships. In the summer of 2019, the International Gold Panning championships will take place at Tankavaara!  During the glow of autumn colour, we enjoy the fruits of northern nature at Sompio’s Harvest Market. At the beginning of the polar night, everyone heads to the Gold Village to hear live music again at The Northernstar Rock’s Roll & Blues nights event.

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Gold Panning World Championships

5-10 August 2019 in the Tankavaara Gold Village The World Gold Panning Championships started in Tankavaara in 1977 and have been since held on five continents. The competition returns to Tankavaara in 2019 which marks the 150th anniversary of the first gold discovery...

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Finnish Open Gold Panning Championships

Watch the competition in covered stalls. There is entertainment that is both informative and fun. There are booths where you can buy gold merchandise. And, of course food and drinks are available. The Gold Prospector Museum offers its own programme. Organiser: Team...

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Gold Rush Run

Next race: 29.3. – 31.3.2019 Sled dog race held every spring in Tankavaara. The race headquarters are in the Tankavaara Gold Village and the racing route passes by places that are historically significant in terms of gold. The winner is awarded genuine...

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Sompio’s Harvest Market

Come and soak up the atmosphere of Sompio’s Harvest Market and dances in Vuotso in the autumn! At Sompio’s Harvest Market, you can buy top quality local goods, watch interesting work demonstrations, listen to live music and get to know local producers. The venue is...

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The North Cape Kultamölkky

Mölkky is a Finnish game where you throw wooden pins. The North Cape Championships are in Tankavaara every summer. The prizes of this yearly competition are pure gold! Organiser: Team Deadwood ry, Tankavaara Gold Village Read more

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Taiga festival

A festival for the whole family in the Tankavaara Gold Village in early June. Music, suopunki throwing (Lappish lasso) and a children's Saturday with for example theatre performances and workshops. Organiser: Vuotson Hurjat ry, Tankavaara Gold Village and...

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