Legends

When talking about destinies and legeds related to gold history you can say they are as many as there have been people in the gold fields of Lapland. However, some legends have lived wider and more public than others. Few examples next:

In August 1945, Three Sámi brothers, Uula, Niilo and Veikko Ranttila left with you men’s enthusiasm for hunting, fishing and gold searching upstream of Lemmenjoki area. The brothers were from the area of River Inarijoki so Lemmenjoki area was more unknown to them. Fortunately, they had a person who to ask directions and information – a Sámi called Kaapin Jouni. This reindeer herder was familiar with Lemmenjoki area and told the brothers about his own experiences as well as what signs usually refer to auriferous ore. After they left Jouni’s place, the brothers were eagerly using gold pan in the various spots they had been told about. In September, they found about 30 grams of gold with their pan only, and among that were also two distinguishable bigger 3 and 5 gram nuggets. Brothers continued until the end of September, deciding to come back next summer and go on with prospecting in the same spot. In summer 1946 there were the brothers and already couple of other prospectors as the rumours had been going around.

A Sámi man, Annan-Kaapi aka Gabriel Aikio had built himself a log house on a flat meadow by mouth of River Appisjoki near Ivalojoki. Later, in 1930s, he moved to Lemmenjoki as the house at Appisjoki River was too close to the river shore so that floods and springy ice run were a yearly threat. What was left after he moved to Lemmenjoki, were the ruins of old house and a legend about hidden gold treasure. According to the story, Kaapi sold gold prospectors reindeer meat, other groceries and perhaps handicrafts taking the payments in gold. Just before dying, he had told the two closest ones he had hidden the gold in iron pot and placed it between two flat stones in a certain path. One of the closest ones died soon to Spanish flu but the other, Anna Paadar, found the treasure but left it in its place because she was afraid of evil spirits. The hiding place had usually been sought in the path leading from River Appisjoki mouth towards Ivalojoki Kultala. The story among the relatives tells the cache might be near the path going from River Appisjoki toward Hammasjärvi wilderness area. It has not been found so far.

Lapin Kulta is nowadays best known as beer brand but originally it was all about a gold company in 1920s, having big plans for Lappish gold fields. The company was founded in 1924 by a few industry Chief Managers in Tampere, Finland and stakeholders were ordinary people as well as well-known people with big properties. The Managers’ mutual attempt to develop mining industry at those days in Lapland is a special event in the history of Finnish industry. Oy Lapin Kulta Ab made some significant investments that profited almost nothing and within few years they faced bankruptcy. The action ended officially when big GEO and commercial councellor Rafael Haarla paid the rest of the depts in 1927. Several colorful persons worked the company, most known was probably Heikki Kivekäs who served as technical manager. He was a legendary foreman, trickster and adventurer.