Tuntsa is a fabulous wilderness area in eastern Lapland, an uninhabited paradise for all outdoor people. When I was a small boy, I heard a lot of stories at home about Tuntsa, where my father had been during the time of the Second World War. After the war, there were generally two kinds of men: those who never spoke a word about their experiences and those who spoke a lot. My father was something in between; at least every time that the veterans in our village gathered together, someone started to tell war stories, which we young lads listened to very excitedly. My old man often told about his adventures in Tuntsa. I especially remember his commanding officer, Captain Hannila, a hard drinker who my dad appreciated a lot. Anyhow, the unique nature of Tuntsa made such an impression on him that his lifetime dream was once to go back there, but he never managed to do it.
His son had better luck. The Tuntsa area was one of the targets of the Archean project of GTK in the early 2000s, but had not yet been discussed in the project report (Hölttä 2012). However, Tiia Kivisaari from the University of Helsinki wrote her MSc thesis on Tuntsa, in which she described in detail the metamorphism of the area (Kivisaari 2008). Eventually, a paper based on her thesis was published last year in the open access journal Minerals, but also including a lot of new isotopic and mineral analytical data (Hölttä et al. 2020).