Welcome to Tankavaara Goldvillage



Tankavaara Gold Village, the gate of Lapland's gold fields, is located directly at the road E75, 30 km south of Saariselkä. More than 40 years gold diggers teach visitors to pan their own gold and precious stones from the rich gravels of Hopiaoja-creek.



At the authentic café-restaurant 'Wanha Waskoolimies' (Old Gold Miner) and the Wild West Saloon you can pay with gold - this is no joke!


Cozy gold miner's cabins and a mini-hotel offer peaceful nights close to nature.




GOLDPANNING for travelers  

  Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Travelling along the E 4 - road to North Cape, You find about 200 km north of polar circle TANKAVAARA, the gate of Lapland's gold fields.


40 years of GOLD RUSH

Since 1974, visitors are able to pan for gold nuggets under guidance of skilled gold diggers. By the time, a small and cozy visitor center developed from the old gold mine. Today, TANKAVAARA offers a wide range of services for single travelers as well as for groups.

·        GOLD PANNING from one hour to several days in our own facilities            or in surrounding claims. Guest keeps all gold!

·        International GOLD MUSEUM

·        UKK NATIONAL PARK with exhibition and various hiking trails

·        Cozy, fully licensed BAR-CAFE-RESTAURANT

·        HOTEL rooms, goldpanner's CABINS, CAMPER and TENT space

·        small GOLDSMITH workshop



·        seasonal THEME EXCURSIONS into the surrounding nature

Further information on our website tankavaara.fi (still under construction after change of management) and kultamuseo.fi

On Facebook: TANKA VAARI We figure out individual offers (single traveler / groups) on request. Our new team would be glad to cooperate with You for satisfied guests. We speak English, Finnish, Russian, German, French, Estonian and some Spanish.




                 tel: +358-16-626158

 fax: +358-16-626261

 Tankavaaran Kultakylä, Tankavaarantie 11A, 99695  Tankavaara, Finland