World Gold Panning Championships 2019
Tankavaara Finland 5.-10.8.2019
Gold Panning World Championships invite gold panners to Finnish Lapland in August 2019!
The World Gold Panning Championships began in Tankavaara, in the magical landscape of Finnish Lapland in 1977. This summer the gold rush of Lapland will turn 150 years old as the World Championships return to their roots by bringing together gold panning competitors from 26 countries. The Gold Panning World Championships Festival will take place in Tankavaara Gold Village, Sodankylä on 5th – 10th of August.
The World Championships in Lapland are a great experience for the whole family, whether they come to compete or to watch. Before the World Championships, the Finnish Open Gold Panning Championships also happens there, on the August 2nd– 3rd. The whole week consists of different competitions, entertainment and activities. During the championships you can experience the magical endless day of the Arctic summer, which is very special with its 24/7 sunlight. See The event program for more information.
There is also a category for beginner gold panners, so if you haven’t tried it before, you can still take part in the competition: but others are pro-panners, naturally! The rules of the competition are quite easy: the winner is the one who finds all the hidden gold nuggets the fastest! Both Championships will be organized in cooperation with the Gold Prospectors Association of Finnish Lapland together with Tankavaara Gold Village.
The Gold Prospector Museum, Lapin Kullankaivajain Liitto, Visit Sompio, Visit Sodankylä, JBus oy, Suomen Kaivosyrittäjät ry, Lapin Kullan Ystävät ry, Kultaperinne ry, Hartwall, Team Deadwood ry.