Amethyst Mine Lapland

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Luosto: Address, Phone Number, Amethyst Mine Lapland Reviews: 4/5

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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In the middle of Pyhä-Luosto national park on top of Lampivaara fell in Lapland Finland is a sustainable amethyst mine where visitors hear fascinating stories and dig their personal lucky amethyst.
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chispa78
Hong Kong, China51 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Kids friendly and funny, you will have the opportunity to dig amethyst stones and bring back the one of your choice. A unique experience.
Written 31 December 2021
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Sunny M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
Dec 2019
Beautiful landscape. Nice learning experience. You can dig your own amethyst and take it home. Highly recommended.
Written 20 February 2020
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Vs L
4 contributions
Jun 2019
An easy 30 - 45 min walk up a gentle 1.5 km slope from the base brings you to the mine during summer. You have the option of going up slope in a snow vehicle but only during winter. A guide explained the history of the amethyst.

You then get to go to the open mine and try to pick the stones as your free souvenir. There are millions of amethyst stones (and ordinary stones) around, some more valuable than others. But they have a strange policy of allowing you to keep ONLY ONE stone as your personal souvenir. The guide claims it is to conserve the mine.
Written 10 December 2019
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MadButterfly
Hong Kong, China450 contributions
Oct 2019
Gentle walk uphill to the mines before you get a briefing about the only mine left in Europe. We went with a tour and didnt have to walk in the national park. It is already a snowy winter wonderland here unlike other parts of Rovaniemi.

The digging itself was fun and we felt like kids playing in the sand again. But I wish they would have given us more time to dig. There is a cafe where you can pick up some snacks and hot drinks.

We also had fun luring birds (jays) with our bread just outside the cafe. Our guide also brought us to a nearby shopping mall where we bought a proper amethyst stone ring.

Fun and great experience.
Written 29 October 2019
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OutInTheNature
Finland136 contributions
Aug 2019
Lampivaara is located in the middle of Pyhä-Luosto national park. Driving your own car in the national park is forbidden, so you cannot therefore reach the mine by car, you must walk or ski there (or book transportation). The distance from the parking lot to the mine is approximately 2,5 km. The mine is situated at the top of Lampivaara hill and there are some stairs involved. Tickets to the mine and tours are booked from the cafe at the bottom of the hill, where restrooms are also located. We had water bottles and some snacks with us, but we were not able to resist freshly baked donuts in this cafe (the scent was incredible!). Just ask for the traditional rinkilämunkki in Finnish, when you feel tempted. The views from the top of Lampivaara are almost as spectacular as rinkilämunkki at the bottom of the hill. Guided tours that start every hour are informative and available also in fluent English.
Written 16 October 2019
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Angyvo
Montreal, Canada171 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Learn about Lapland's gem and the history around it. Experience the digging with tool that encourage sustainability.
You can also keep what you find if it fits in you hand closed.
Written 14 October 2019
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arnaud452
Brussels, Belgium4 contributions
Jul 2019
Nice walk to get there, and beautiful view from the mine. The guide was entertaining and interesting, and the dig itself was really cool... And yes, you do find amethysts!
Written 29 September 2019
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sachiesachie
109 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
A lovely stop while driving in the Lapland countryside. Nice chance to take in the beauty of the Pyhä-Luosto National Park while you walk the 2.5km from the car park to the mine. The track is winding and has a lot of loose rocks so if you have mobility issues you might want to consider phoning ahead to avoid the wall. Also, keep in mind you need to be able to climb 150 stairs to the top of the mine hill and then another 50 or so on the other side to reach the digging site. Tours start on the hour so you can grab a coffee and doughnut at the cafe/ticket office while you wait. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun digging for amethyst. You get to take home one piece of amethyst that you find and we spent a good deal of the 2.5km walk back to the car park comparing our pieces and mining techniques!
Written 11 September 2019
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Geert A
9 contributions
Aug 2019
This visit was an "open item" during our stay in Luosto, but it is also almost the only thing to do in this "town" during summer (except from hiking). But nevertheless : a very nice experience, good guides (all fluent in English), with a nice surprise at the end !
Written 4 September 2019
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juno_usa
Nashville, TN190 contributions
Aug 2019
We visited the mine in the summer and it was such a great experience, one of my bests in Finland! We left the car in the dedicated parking area and had a short and easy hike to Lampivaara Café (took 30-35 minutes) - it is a good place offering some drink&food included tasty gluten-free cakes, too. Tours start from the café in every hour. Our tour guide (could not recall his name, a big French guy) was knowledgeable and had a really great sense of humour, too. He provided us much interesting formation about amethyst and mining, then we could dig our own gems, he also helped us. According to him, every visitor will dig at least one but rather many pieces and everybody can take one piece of amethyst to home. Possibly we were just really lucky but we found several pieces within minutes, even beautiful tricolor ones with a size of couple of centimeters plus a very big one (almost palm-sized which seems rare for him, too). Tours are available during the winter, too. I highly recommended this experience, worth the price!
Written 27 August 2019
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