Tankavaara is a village in Sodankylä, Finnish Lapland. It features a gold prospecting museum and a company called Gold Village offering services for travellers and locals. The former visitor centre is now part of The Gold Village: Tankavaara Wild conference centre, offering nature activities and services.
From Tankavaara village there's an easy access to some trails and nature paths of Urho Kekkonen National Park.
Tankavaara is famous for its gold prospecting, which started in the 1930s. Since the 1970s, the village has been a tourist attraction including hotel, restaurant and the gold prospector museum.
phone: +358 40 570 7002address: Tankavaarantie 11 BExhibitions, films, activities, information on the park and the wilderness area (former visitor centre). Available for conferences and for a private or public events. Guided exhibition tours are available on request. Accessible with wheelchair.
phone: +358 16 626-171address: Tankavaarantie 11 CA museum dedicated to gold prospection in Lapland and internationally. Large collection of geological samples. Also outdoors museum with several historic buildings.
German Schutzwall military postRemnants of military post from the Lapland War (fought during World War II). There are repaired constructions along the "Urpiaispolku" nature trail and by the village.
phone: +358 16 626-158address: Tankavaarantie 31
Gold panning in the wildFrom short family adventures to week-long backwood camps.
phone: +358 16-626-158address: Tankavaarantie 31Hiking, canoeing in the summertime and Northern light tours and snowshoeing in the wintertime.
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Urho Kekkonen National ParkThe second largest national park in Finland, with mires, deep forests and ranges of treeless fells. In the western parts there are good services, while most of the park is wilderness. The adjacent Sompio strict nature reserve includes the same habitats in a smaller scale.
Geological trail7 km trail in the national park, can be combined with the Tankavaara nature trail to a slightly longer route. Check whether the information posters are in English also.
Nature trailsNature trails in the national park (1km/3km/6km; as snowshoe routes in winter), with bird and landscape observation towers. The short trail is accessible with wheelchair in summer, if assisted.
Sompiojärventie–Nalijoki–Tankavaara trailThrough Sompio Strict Nature Reserve, 17–20 km, from the conference centre to road, 9 km east of the village Vuotso at E75. Features the Pyhä-Nattanen fell and most biotops of the national park. You can continue to or (see Saariselkä) by the 35 km Ruija trail, the trailhead of which is by the same road. The trails can be walked either way, check transport to/from Sompionjärventie if you want to start/end your hike there.
- World Gold Panning Championships in August 2019. Held each year in August somewhere around the world and 2019 in Finland, Tankavaara.
- Gold Rush Run Sled Dog Race. Held each year in March.
- Souvenirs etc. from the visitor centre and from the Gold village and the Miners Market shopping bus.
K-extra Sieppiphone: +358 400-214-655address: Säpikästie 3Small grocery store.
phone: +358 16 626-158
Wild West Saloon
phone: +358 16 626-158address: Tankavaarantie 31"Corundum" rooms with modern standard, cottages "in the spirit of gold rush times" with shared kitchen and showers in separate building, and camping. The "Kultaränni" standard hotel twin rooms with shower built in 2018 (12 twin rooms).
Free Wi-Fi in the Prospectors Restaurant