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Feel the excitement of gold fever, pan for gold in Tankavaara

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Tankavaara Gold Village
Finland   Panning for gold in Lapland under the midnight sun

Just 30km south of the Lappish resort town of Saariselkä, 230km north of Rovaniemi, Tankavaara Gold Village is a unique destination where you can prospect for - gold.

Founded by Finnish gold prospectors almost 50 years ago, Tankavaara Gold Village is a full-service destination with a range of activities, attractions and accommodation that make it ideal for day trips or overnight stays.

At Tankavaara Gold Village guests can feel the excitement of gold fever while panning for gold, dine on Lappish delicacies in the Wanha Waskoolimies Restaurant, enjoy the atmosphere in the Wild West Saloon, and visit the unique museum dedicated to gold panning and prospecting.

In Tankavaara Gold Village, guests can try their hand at gold panning with the guidance and help of their experienced, professional guides.

All the necessary equipment is provided, and guests get to keep all the gold they find. Even in the harsh cold of winter it is possible to do some panning, in an indoor are specially designed for that purpose.

Throughout the year, Tankavaara Gold Village is host to a number of special events.

Of these, the oldest is the World Gold Panning Championships which have been held annually since 1973, and which attracts competitors from all over the globe – in 2017 Canada, USA, South Africa, and New Zealand were among the countries represented!

The Gold Village also hosts a Mölkky competition which awards prizes in gold.


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