In search of the world’s purest gold – the one found in northern Lapland

Thousands of stories tell of the famous golden rivers and the legendary gold diggers of the North. The first gold rush took place on the River Ivalojoki in 1869 and the rush to Lemmenjoki started in 1945, as men returning from the war were tempted to try their luck in the goldfields. Gold-diggers still reside in the area, and every now and then some lucky chap finds a nugget or two.

Pay a visit to the Gold Prospector Museum in Tankavaara, which is the only international museum in the World displaying past and present of gold panning and prospecting. You also have an opportunity to experience the excitement of panning for gold in a series of guided trips in Saariselkä and Lemmenjoki areas. Did you know that you get to keep any gold you find?

Browse through the selection of cultural gold excursions below and learn more of the fascinating gold history.

Activities in northernmost Lapland

Enjoy the purity of the arctic nature and the silence of the vast wilderness. Explore snow, polar night and the magical dance of the Northern Lights, or fall in love with the cleanest air, breath-taking landscapes and midnight sun. Love carefree moments, learn something new and discover the vibrant local culture! There are plenty of interesting and unique activities in northernmost Lapland to explore.

There is plenty to do and see year-round, with something for everyone. You can try out different nature sports, explore the intriguing local lifestyle, learn from the arctic nature or simply enjoy the silence and just be. Northernmost Lapland offers an authentic setting for you and your family to enjoy your holiday. See the selection of different experiences and easily choose the right adventures for you!

You can browse the activities in Lapland North Destinations by filtering your preferred location and chosen season. You can also select a specific activity category and quickly book your activities online.