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Amethyst Mine Lapland, Luosto

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Find a gemstone in an active mine at Amethyst Mine Lapland. A deposit of broken rocks at the top of the hill form the hunting grounds for your own piece of the purple amethyst gemstone. Purchase tickets at the Lampivaara Cafe prior to your arrival, and if there's time you can order a hot drink here. The attraction is open in all weather conditions throughout the year; however, the entrance fee is higher in the winter to cover the cost of transport, which involves a large snowplow pulling a train carriage to the mining site. If you don't have any luck treasure hunting, stop by the shop that sells gemstones from the mine, located near the Lapland Hotel outside the attraction's entrance. Plan your Amethyst Mine Lapland visit and explore what else you can see and do in Luosto using our Luosto online trip planner.
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  • Beautiful landscape. Nice learning experience. You can dig your own amethyst and take it home. Highly recommended.  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Great experience, the staff is very friendly , first a little history and what is amethyst. And after we go digging and if you're lucky you can found some amethyst. And I found some little piece .
  • The people here at the amethyst mine know their stuff and have somehow managed to find a compromise between making a profit and at the same time being completely sustainable. The tour was very interesting and entertaining, and at the end they let you bring home one piece of amethyst that you dig out yourself!
  • The history and knowledge the guide share are so interesting. You get to see stones thwy digged up and then you can go dig youself. Or not really dig, as the stones are so many that they actually lay on the top. By the stones you collect they will help you point out a nice stone and you can keep it. I had a tour with the french guy and he is so fun and a nice and calm guy.
  • We rode in Pendolino through deep snow from a parking lot to the mine. A guide told us very interesting (!) stories about the mineral, the mine and also related myths. After we digged up amethysts from the mine's surface, we returned in Pendolino the same way.
  • After joyful walk in the national park full of amazing autumn colors you arrive to the nice tiny caffe where you may get some hot drink before going to hunt your treasure. Your guide tells you a cool (also literally) story of the amethysts, the mine, Lapland and Earth. And then amethyst rush begins! You get your equipment and go digging. You have a good chance to find real treasure in the real field conditions and keep it. 😋 There is also a tiny store for lazy visitors. We really enjoyed the time.

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