Lampivaara Amethyst Mine Tours
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Created more than 200 million years ago, the Amethyst Fell of Lampivaara is one of Finnish Lapland’s most unique tourist attractions and the only active amethyst mine in Europe.
The journey to the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine is as spectacular as the destination, with visitors hiking or boarding a snowmobile and climbing through the snow-blanketed forests of the Pyhä-Luosto National Park to reach the hilltop mine. Here, visitors not only have the chance to learn about the history of the semi-precious gemstone and traditional mining techniques, but can even dig for amethysts within the mine itself. Best of all, if you find one of the semi-precious stones (provided it’s no bigger than your palm), you can keep it as a souvenir.
The Lampivaara Amethyst Mine is located in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park in Finnish Lapland, about 70 miles (115 km) northeast of Rovaniemi. The mine is open year-round Monday through Saturday and can be visited by guided tour.
Address: Vaunutie 1, Sodankylä 99555, Finland
Hours: Typically Tue-Sat 11am-3pm; varies by season
Admission: Adults: 14.50, children 3-12: 8
8 Tours and Activities to Experience Lampivaara Amethyst Mine
Experience excavating or mining your own amethyst gem and learn about all the stone’s mythical and magical properties of the Shamans. Located about 120km away from Rovaniemi city, Lampivaara is also within the Arctic Circle and has its own unique scenery with its primitive virgin forest. A place also known to the locals as a ski destination. You will ride the big snow pendolino (snow train) onto the top of Lampivaara to enter the Amethyst mine. Expect to hear real stories such as history, legends of the crystal and the ancient mountain from the Amethyst mine tour. On the way back to Rovaniemi we will stop by in the traditional hut and grill some sausages around the fire surrounded by the beautiful scenery surrounding Pyhä-Luosto national park.
The Lampivaara Amethyst Mine is Europe’s only active amethyst mine and lies amid the snow-covered forests of the Pyhä-Luosto national park. On this tour, ride the snow train (depending on the season) up to the hilltop mine and learn all about the semi-precious gems on a guided tour of the mine. Plus, have chance to dig for your own amethysts and take home a purple gemstone as a souvenir.
Experience the magnificent landscape, beautiful natural features and peace of Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Pyhä-Luosto National Park is a superb destination for day trips year around.
The Pyha-Luosto National Park and its forests, valleys, and rivers lies north of Rovaniemi. With this tour, enjoy a guided hike through the reserve—lush in summer and snowy in winter—without having to arrange transport, and with a guide to share background you’d miss independently. Plus, visit the park’s hillside amethyst mine to learn about and dig for one of the gemstones, and relax over a barbecue lunch.
The village of Luosto is home to a unique attraction: Amethyst Mine Lapland, where deposits of semi-precious gems formed over 20 million years. It’s tricky to reach by public transport, especially in summer, but this small-group package makes it easy, with a guide and 2-way transfers from central Rovaniemi hotels. Learn how to dig your own amethyst and take home a handful of gems, then enjoy a traditional campfire barbecue.
Experience excavating or mining your own amethyst gem and learn about all the stone’s mythical and magical properties of the Shamans. Located about 120km away from Rovaniemi city, Lampivaara is also within the Arctic Circle and has its own unique scenery with its primitive virgin forest. You will get onto the top of Lampivaara to enter the Amethyst mine. The view from the mine are breath taking. Expect to hear real stories such as history, legends of the crystal and the ancient mountain from the Amethyst mine tour. On the way back to Rovaniemi we will stop by in the traditional hut and grill some sausages around the fire surrounded by the beautiful scenery surrounding Pyhä-Luosto national park.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
During the visit to Amethyst mine, the local professionals will delight you with interesting stories and legends about mining. You will have a chance to dig for your own, lucky amethyst stone, which will be yours to keep! Our guide will be with you throughout the whole tour. The amethyst of Lampivaara, located in Pyhä-Luosto Lapland, Finland, was formed about 2 000 million years ago in the bowels of the ancient mountains. There is now a special gem mine on the top of the hill that will sustain for the hundreds of years. Visitors are welcome! Dig your own gem stone of Lapland, purple amethyst, during your visit to Amethyst Mine! On the top of Lampivaara hill you can admire maybe the most beautiful landscape of the area.During the storytelling moment you will learn about this fascinating stone. Afterwards everyone may search and dig own amethyst stone and take it with as a memento!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Lampivaara Amethyst Mine hours of operation?
Lampivaara Amethyst Mine hours of operation: Typically Tue-Sat 11am-3pm; varies by season. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Lampivaara Amethyst Mine?
The best ways to experience Lampivaara Amethyst Mine are:
- Lapland Jewels & Pendolino Snow Train Ride - Winter Amethyst Mine Trip
- Jewels Of Lapland: Visit to Amethyst Mine in Luosto
- Pyha-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine by Car from Ivalo
- Trip to Pyhä-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine
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