Discover more about Lapland’s gold at TankavaaraAt Tankavaara there are two places where you can find out about the world of Lapland’s gold: Gold Prospector Museum and Tankavaara Gold Village. Furthermore, Kasper von Wuthenau, who is a familiar face to many visitors of the area, guides groups in the museum, on Tankavaara’s gold claims, and also on nature excursions.
In Tankavaara’s Gold Village you can sleep, eat and search for gold. Cafe Restaurant Wanha Waskoolimies offers tasty food with flavours from Lapland. In the same complex, there is a small gift shop, indoor panning pool and Wild West Saloon. Comfortable accommodation is provided in their Korundi apartments or in their more rustic gold digger cabins. You can also book a variety of guided tours in the surrounding nature or rent a spot to dig on an existing gold claim.
Tankavaara Gold Village hosts the yearly Finnish Open Gold Panning Championships and in 2019, the Gold Panning World Championships will take place there. Even beginners can take part in the competition and the audience participate for free. It’s worth travelling from afar for the competition. At that time there is a real sense of market hustle and bustle, with live bands and things to do for the whole family!
The world’s only international gold prospector museum tells us about the gold rush and gold digging history from over 20 countries. Take a guided tour around the museum’s displays and have a go at gold panning for minerals as well as gold. There’s is also a souvenir shop in the museum that sells genuine Lappish gold.
Only a few steps away from each other, both The Gold Village and The Gold Prospector Museum can be found along the side of the Route 4/E75 road, easy to reach by car and by bus.