Lemmenjoki Summer Hiking, Packrafting and Gold Panning

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Lemmenjoki Summer Hiking, Packrafting and Gold Panning


Amazingly remote multi activity week in the largest national park in Finland. Includes fell hiking, gold mining experience, packrafing and visits to the waterfall amongst other things. Full board, accommodation on tour by camping (camping gear included), and at the end of the tour in a genuine Finnish log cabin. Organisable from late May until end of September.

  • Difficulty level: 1-2/5 (suitable to anyone with moderate physical fitness, ability to swim required)
  • Solitude level: 3/5 (remote area at unbusy season)
  • Distances: up to 15km/day by hiking, 17km by rafting (downstream)
  • Guiding language: English (possibility to Finnish, French, or German speaking guide for tailored groups)

Enjoy a remote wilderness multi activity tour in the northernmost and largest national park in Finland - Lemmenjoki, a land of gold and the scenery of the biggest gold rush in Europe.

The tour takes you in the heart of natural beauty of Lappish wilderness with big rivers, old growth forests, fells, and waterfalls. During the multi activity tour you will spend a day in a real gold claiming, where you get to try your skills at gold panning, take part to the tasks at the claiming, and get to enjoy a sauna inside a tent! You will do beautiful overnight fell hiking tours with light-load backpacks and get to try packrafting when going slowly down the gentle river with no real whitewater. You will be accommodated in tents while you learn about wild camping and Finnish wilderness skills with professional guide.

This is a perfect combination of doing a multi activity while moving in different places, and it is a must tour for nature lovers. The daily distances covered are conservative (longest day hiking is 15km, and longest day packrafting down stream is 17km). The tour is suitable also for families!

At the end of the tour you get to stay in  a cozy log cabin with own sauna. All the required gear - excluding clothes - will be handed to you prior to the trip, but remember that this is a joint venture and everybody is expected to contribute in carrying his/her share.

Season 2018 guaranteed departures (organised without a minimum number of participants)

  • 2.-9.6.2018
  • 9.-16.6.2018


  • 1270€/person for guaranteed departures

Minimum group size for tailored departures: four person (or the equivalent sum paid)

Included in the price:

  • Airport transfers

  • Three meals a day while on the tour (the food needs to be carried by the customers themselves)

  • All the required camping gear (tents, backpacks, sleeping bags etc.)

  • Cooking gear

  • Packrafts and other packrafting equipment

  • Gold panning in a traditional human powered  private claiming

  • 24/7 Guiding with professional certified wilderness guide

  • all the tours in the itinerary

  • River boat ride

  • Log cabin stay at the end of the trip

You can also book this hike without prepayments by using the contact sheet below. Feel free to address Inquiries also by emailing to joose@wildhikesfinland.com or calling to +358 45 619 8260

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Day 1 (sat), arrival and boat ride to Kultahamina: Pick-up from Ivalo airport coinciding Finnair AY557 arriving 12:10 to Ivalo airport. Quick visit to the grocery shops at Ivalo for snacks, and getting to the Njurgulahti at around 3PM. Sorting out gear and boat transfer to Kultahamina, where camping and Dinner.

Day 2 (sun), 3km hike + gold mining: Taking camps down and hiking to see the first sight of gold panning in Lemmenjoki, from where the group shall be hiking to a private gold claiming where they set up the camps. At the gold claiming people will pan gold in a traditional way and doing different tasks related to operating a claiming, such as setting up fires, preparing food, panning, digging etc. At the evening there is a tent sauna to wash the dirt from the day.

Day 3 (mon), 13km fell hike by various gold claimings to Mattit ravadas: The unnecessary gear (like packrafts and extra food) is left behind at the claiming and with the lightweight gear the group shall start a one night hiking tour with tents. Lunch is prepared with stoves on the way, and at the remote Mattit Ravadas –camping place there is a nice designated fireplace to spend the evening and enjoy the solitude offered by the wilderness.

Day 4 (tue), About 15km hike back to the claiming with a view over the magnificent Ravadasköngäs waterfall on the way: Today we will hike back to the gold claiming, taking different route and seeing a magnificent Ravadasköngäs waterfall on the way. At gold claiming there is a nice chance to have a sauna after long daily tours.

Day 5 (wed) A fell tour to Morgam Viibus, 7km with about 450m ascent and 2km of packrafting: Today we pack all our gear from the gold claiming, walk back to Kultahamina and inflate our packrafts to take us on other side of the calmly running river. We have a fell tour to Morgam-Viibus fell, which is highest in the area and where in clear weather it is possible to see hundreds of kilometers away without any sign of humans. We have a lunch close to the fell top, and after the tour we raft few kilometers to the nearby camping place at Morgamniva.

Day 6 (thu), Rafting 16km down the river Lemmenjoki to Sotkajärvi: Today we paddle down the river Lemmenjoki with packrafts. Lemmenjoki is slowly running river with no technical whitewater, and few easy rapids that are also easy to portage with packrafts. Camping at Sotkajärvi camping area.

Day 7 (fri), rafting 5km to the cosy log cabins with saunas: Today we will raft to the cosy log cabins that we heat with firewood. On the way we will see interesting post-glacier Esker formations with hunting traps, and visit Kaapinjouni old fashion farm place. In the evening we have nice time to pack our gear, visit wood-heated sauna and enjoy nice concluding dinner.

Day 8 (sat) transfer back to the airport: After the breakfast (at 9AM) there will be a transfer back to the airport to meet AY557 to Helsinki departing at 14:00.

Airport transports

One airport transport back and forth from Ivalo airport is included in the price and they are scheduled to coincide with the following Finnair flights:

Arrival           AY557 Helsinki-Ivalo 10:40-12:10

Departure     AY557 Ivalo-Helsinki 12:35-15:05

Due to long distances the airport transports are expensive and hard to organise, and thus there is only one pick-up and delivery each tour. Customers wishing to book earlier arrival or later departure can wait at the airport, and passengers extending their stay can find multiple accommodation solutions from nearby Ivalo town. With private groups, the transports can be organised according to the group wishes.