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Fennoscandia: Cu, Ni, Co, Au, PGMs, Balanced Land Use

Date: August 30 - September 8, 2023

Location: Departing from Rovaniemi, Finland, and returning to Luleå, Sweden

Leaders: Jukka-Pekka Ranta and Nils Jansson

Attendee Maximum: 18

20% of spaces are reserved for students and offered at a discounted rate.



Fennoscandia is currently one of the most active exploration areas in Europe. The field trip will emphasize the importance of balanced land use in the context of exploring for and developing the minerals essential to achieve the vision of the European Union's "Green Deal" with visits to mines and recent discoveries.

This 9-day trip will begin in Rovaniemi with a presentation by GTK on the lessons learned from the EU-funded MIREU project on balanced land use and stakeholder engagement during exploration and mining. The trip will then continue with visit to gold deposits hosted within the Peräpohja belt (PB) and Central Lapland Belt (CLB), including study of drill cores from Mawson Gold's Rompas-Rajapalot Au-Co (PB), Rupert Resources' recent Ikkari Au discovery and the Pahtavaara Au mine (CLB).

The precious metal theme will continue on Day 3 with a visit to Europe's largest gold mine at Kittila (CLB). A change of focus on Days 4 and 5 to magmatic sulfide-hosted deposits will be highlighted by study of drill core from Anglo America's Sakatti Ni-Cu-PGE deposit (CLB) and Boliden's Kevitsa Ni-Cu-PGE mine (CLB) before transferring to northern Sweden in the late afternoon. Days 6 and 7 will center in northern Norbotten, with mine visits to Boliden’s Aitik Cu and LKAB's Malmberget iron ore before transferring to the Skellefteå VMS district and a visit on Day 8 to Boliden's core store for study of representative examples of the district's mineralization. The trip will conclude on Day 9 with a visit to Critical Metals' Varuträsk Li project.

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About the Leaders


Jukka-Pekka Ranta

University of Oulu

Jukka-Pekka received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Oulu in 2018. He has a strong research background using mineralogical, mineral compositional and whole-rock geochemical information in studying the characteristics and genesis of the mineral deposits. Jukka-Pekka is a University Lecturer mineralogy and economic geology in the Oulu Mining School (University of Oulu) and holds Title of Docent (Adjunct Professorship) in "Applied mineralogy and hydrothermal ore-forming processes" in the Oulu Mining School. Jukka-Pekka is also founder of Minerale Geoconsulting Oy, providing petrography and compositional data analysis services for mineral exploration and mining companies.


Nils Jansson

Luleå University of Technology

Nils received his Ph.D. degree from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, in 2011 with a thesis entitled "The origin of iron ores and their relationship with polymetallic sulfide ores, Bergslagen, Sweden", supervised by Prof. Rodney Allen. Nils was engaged in exploration for volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits in Sweden for Boliden Mineral during 2011-2014 and has been employed as a researcher and teacher at LTU since 2014. His main research interest lies in integrating structural, stratigraphic, geochemical, and mineralogical data for unraveling the genesis of complex, metamorphosed, Proterozoic iron oxide and sulfide deposits.

Itinerary (Preliminary)

Day 1 - Wednesday, August 30

  • Day: Rovaniemi (Starting Point): Ice breaker get-together.
  • Overnight: Rovaniemi (options: e.g. Arctic City hotel, Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna)

Day 2 - Thursday, August 31

  • Day: Rovaniemi: GTK presentation MIREU project on balanced land use, stakeholder engagement during exploration and mining. Leader: Hannu Panttila. Rompas-Rajapalot Au-Co deposit drill core. Leader: Janne Kinnunen.
  • Overnight: Sodankylä (Hotel Sodankylä, Hotel Karhu)

Day 3 - Friday, September 1

  • Day: The recent Ikkari Au discovery (~4 Moz) drill core and Pahtavaara Au mine (1996 - 2014). Leader: Charlie Seabrook
  • Overnight: Sodankylä (Hotel Sodankylä, Hotel Karhu)

Day 4 - Saturday, September 2

  • Day: Kittilä Mine, (2009 - To-date; 4Moz Au reserves, 208Koz Au production 2020) Europe's largest gold mine, includes a group of six gold deposits along a 4.5-km segment of the Suurikuusikko trend. Leader: Katja Sahala.
  • Overnight: Sodankylä (Hotel Sodankylä, Hotel Karhu)

Day 5 - Sunday, September 3

  • Morning: Sakatti Ni-Cu-PGE deposit drill core, operating within a Natura 2000 designated area.
  • Evening: Sauna + barbeque (TBC) Leaders: Janne Siikaluoma and Pertti Lamberg.
  • Overnight: Sodankylä (Hotel Sodankylä, Hotel Karhu)

Day 6 - Monday, September 4

  • Morning: Kevitsa Ni-Cu-PGE open-pit (2012 - To-date; 123Mt @ 0.32% Cu, 0.23% Ni, 0.01% Co, 0.33g/t PGE, 0.09g/t Au).
  • Drive to northern Sweden. Leaders Tommi Lehtilä.
  • Overnight: Gäälivaare (e.g. Scandic Gäälivaare)

Day 7 - Tuesday, September 5

  • Day: Part of a 2-day visit to Aitik Cu mine - Sweden's largest open-pit coppermine (Reserves 2021: 1.3Bt @ 0.22% Cu, 0.15g/t Au), Malmberget - Sweden's largest underground iron ore mine (Reserves: 350Mt @ 43.8% Fe); and nearby field locaties. Leaders: Anil Chatterji, Nils Jansson, and Boliden Team.
  • Overnight: Gäälivaare (e.g. Scandic Gällivare)

Day 8 - Wednesday, September 6

  • Morning: Continue in northern Norbotten Leaders: Anil Chatterji, Nils Jansson, and Boliden Team.
  • Evening: Drive to Skellefteå/Boliden
  • Overnight: Skellefteå/Boliden (Scandic, Best Western Malmia and Stadshotellet (more exclusive: Wood hotel)

Day 9 - Thursday, September 7

  • Day: Visit to Boliden core shed +/- field. Leaders: Mac Persson and Nils Jansson.
  • Overnight: Skellefteå/Boliden (Scandic, Best Western Malmia and Stadshotellet (more exclusive: Wood hotel)

Day 10 - Friday, September 8

  • Day: Varuträsk Li mine (entrace fee) with some reindeer barbeque etc. Leader: Joel Andersson.
  • Official end of the field trip. Possible departure from either Lulea or Rovaniemi.

Hotels will be finalized by June 30, 2023. The cost of lodging during the trip is included.


Early Deadline: June 30, 2023
Regular Deadline: August 11, 2023

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