Lapland has a rich history with gold panning, and the region was taken over by several gold rushes in the 19th and 20th centuries. The tradition of gold panning is still alive and well, especially in Tankavaara in northern Sodankylä.
The Tankavaara area, located right by the Urho Kekkonen National Park, is the go-to place for all things gold in Lapland. At the Gold Museum, you can learn about the history of gold panning in Lapland and the gold history of the world, and the premises feature authentic huts housed by panners in the past. The Tankavaara Gold Village offers gold experiences, as well as accommodation and restaurant services. Gold panning can be practiced at the Gold Museum and the Gold Village, and both locations are happy to assist productions with gold panning props and artefacts.
The national championships of gold panning are held in Tankavaara every summer, and the the world championships have taken place there several times.
The Tankavaara Gold Village offers accommodation, and you can find cabins and a wilderness hotel in the nearby village of Kakslauttanen (20 min by car). There are additional accommodation options in the Sodankylä town center (1 h 10 min by car), including hotels.
Restaurants & Catering
You can find restaurant services in Tankavaara, as well as the village of Kakslauttanen. The Sodankylä town center features a handful of restaurants and lunch cafés, as well as a couple of fast food eateries.
Some additional local services that may be useful when filming in Tankavaara include:
- Conference services
- Wilderness equipment rentals
- Guide services
- Transportation services
But this is just to name a few. For more information on the services available in the area, visit the Sodankylä travel site.
Lapland is the most connected wilderness in the Arctic. Thanks to its five airports, vast and well-maintained road network and efficient public transportation, getting around is effortless throughout the year.
The nearest international airports are in Ivalo in Inari (40 min by car), Kittilä (2 h 15 min) and Rovaniemi (2 h 30 min). The Sodankylä Airfield (1 h 15 min) is available for general aviation flights.
You can travel to Tankavaara by bus from Sodankylä and Inari. For timetables and tickets for buses, visit Matkahuolto.
As all of Lapland, Tankavaara is easy to reach by car. There are multiple options for car rentals across the region.