Finland/Vihanti-Pyhäsalmi VMS District

Location 65 km south of Pyhäsalmi base metal mine and flotation plant
Ownership  In 49%-held Akkerman Finland Oy (AFOy)
Size 600 km2
Deposit Type VMS
Exploration Stage Basic exploration work
Status  Drilling at the Kangasjärvi license planned


  • Four Copper-Zinc massive sulfide projects located in the active Pyhasälmi Mining District.
  • Includes two historic resource estimates at Säviä and at Kangasjärvi (non-compliant NI43-101 reporting) and at least 10 other massive sulfide prospects located within project areas.


During 2023, Avrupa’s 49%-held Akkerman Finland Oy (AFOy) continued to advance the exploration program in the Vihanti-Pyhäsalmi VMS District of central Finland.  The joint venture now holds two exploration permits covering known massive sulfide deposits (Kangasjärvi and Hallaperä), an application over a massive sulfide deposit (Rauhala), and an exploration permit covering a massive sulfide target (Kolima) that has been approved by the mining bureau, but not yet issued due to appeals court handling of the process.

Basic exploration work, continued review of historic core and geophysical data, and modeling of SkyTEM data from the Kangasjärvi license suggest an outstanding un-drilled target close to the old Kangasjärvi Mine.  The joint venture is making plans for drilling at the target in 2024.  There are further SkyTEM anomalies that may rate drilling after planned exploration work during the up-coming field season.

AFOy officially acquired the Hallaperä exploration license in the past year.  The license covers a known massive sulfide deposit discovered by Outokumpu in 1967.  The deposit is 1,500 meters long and ranges from two to 18 meters thick.  It remains open at depth below 200 meters from the surface.  The most recent drilling, in 1990, cut 1.85 meters @ 1.72% Cu, 1.7 g/t Au, and 44 g/t Ag, with no further work completed since that time.

The Finnish mining bureau recently awarded an exploration permit to AFOy for another license covering a massive sulfide deposit near the historic Vihanti Mine.  The Rauhala deposit was discovered in 1985 by the Finnish Geological Survey (GTK), and later worked by Outokumpu Oy.  It measures nearly 600 meters long and 350 meters wide and averages about 2 meters thick, as presently known.  Virtually no work on the deposit has been completed in the past 20-25 years.