Tankavaara Gold Museum is located adjacent to the Gold Village. It was built to the authentic environment, near one of the Lapland Gold rush sites. Actually there’s still regular gold panning going on in the area.
The museum is well made and contains a lot of old gold panning equipment and some video performances as well. The admission is not expensive (12 euros for an adult and 6 euros for a kid and 27 euros for a family in 2021). The museum is open from 10 am until 5 pm during the summer and until 4 pm during the winter.
From the museum shop you can buy some gold rush related souvenirs. The gold village is also within walking distance from the museum and you can plan your visit to include both of these sites.
The museum is located just next to the main road 4 (E75) and it’s located about 100 km north from the town of Sodankyla and 30 km south from Saariselka winter sports resort.
If you plan to hike a little in the UKK National Park, some paths (Tankavaara geological path) starts from there and you can park your car there for free.
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Have you ever wished to visit a Klondike-style village and feel the gold rush? Well, if you’re not going to Canada but Finland instead, you can go to Tankavaara Gold Village.
The basic idea is the same. There was a gold rush and the village is there to celebrate that. Actually there still is gold panning going on in the region. But the village is there mainly for tourists.
I have to say that the Tankavaara Gold Village is tiny. It’s definitely not suitable for a full day visit but if you visit the gold museum just next to the village, you can probably stay half a day.
What’s interesting, there are some very nice little houses made of beer bottles. Those are definitely worth seeing. There are also some shops and a chance to try gold panning yourself (with guaranteed results) if you want.
The village is located just next to the main road 4 in Tankavaara, some 80 km north of the town of Sodankyla and about 30 km south from Saariselka winter sports resort.
There are UKK National Park trails that start from there. Maybe you could also go hiking?
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