Photo Courtesy: All About Lapland

What do you say about a trip to a Finnish nature park in Lapland during winter? Someplace that paints the picture of an ideal winter wonderland! I say hell yes!! 

As you scale heights in a packed Snowcat moving at 20-25 km speed en route to amethyst mine, you get to watch the brutally beautiful landscapes of Pyhä-Luosto National Park in Finnish Lapland – a top winter destination in the world. 

Lapland, Finland’s northernmost province is unmistakably the place on earth to be during the winter months. The charm of winter in Lapland is unparalleled, with magical nature phenomenons, exciting outdoor winter activities, and all the snowy landscapes around. And the tours here aren’t merely touristic activities per se, but it is like experiencing a way of life locals have been leading for centuries.

Snow giants near Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

Photo Courtesy: All About Lapland

Pyhä-Luosto National Park in Finnish Lapland and forests and frozen lakes turn unbearably cold at the peak of winter. In -30 degree something conditions, Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Pyha-Luosto National Park makes for an excellent full-day activity totally worth experiencing during your trip to Rovaniemi beyond the Arctic Circle Line.

Luosto Amethyst Mines is a 1.5-hour trip from Rovaniemi in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park and is open to the public throughout the year.

Amethyst Mine Lapland (Luosto) – All You Need to Know

Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

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Also known as Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, this spectacular nature wonder was formed about 2000 million years ago in the core of ancient mountains. Currently, the amethyst mine on Lampivaara hilltop act acts as a major tourist attraction. The Amethyst Mine in Luosto has sustained for hundreds of years and is believed to stay for quite long. During a tour of the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland, visitors are permitted to dig their gemstones.

Snow giants near Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

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What’s more there? From the top of Lampivaara hill, you can behold the most beautiful landscape of the national park area.

Details of the Luosto Amethyst Mine tour

Amethyst mine in Luosto near Rovaniemi

During wintertime, the entire trail from parking to the top of the hill is buried under tons of snow, making hiking an onerous task. So there’s a Snow-cat to haul you to the hilltop. And it is a one-of-its-kind experience. Snow-cat is a winter-specific vehicle that can effortlessly cruise through heaps of snow. Soon after getting down from the Snow-cat, the visitors are seated in the museum for briefing.

Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

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The museum is a warm wooden cabin embellished with fancy antiques, varieties of rocks found in the region and other interesting facts related to the national park environment. The mine authorities serve warm berry juice to the visitors upon arrival, narrate facts and stories related to the mine and amethyst, and answer any doubts whatsoever should anyone has one.

Eventually, every visitor can search and dig their amethyst stone and take it with them as a souvenir. Tourists are provided special digging equipment with a proper introduction to carry out the whole procedure. There is a shop next to the mine selling various jewellery and souvenirs made of amethyst which anyone can buy.

Amethyst Mine Tour duration: 6-7 hours

Prices

Luosto centre 11:10 – 86 €/adult, 42 €/child (3-15 years)

Ukkoluosto parking lot 11:30 and 14:30 – 68€/adult and 32€/child (3-15 years)

Lampivaara café 12:00 and 15:00 – 35€/adult and 17€/child (3-15 years)

Contact information: Luostontie 4, 99555 LUOSTO

E-mail: visit@amethystmine.fi

Phone: +358 (0)16 624 334

How to reach Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

Aerial view of Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

Photo Courtesy: All About Lapland

Lampivaara Amethyst Mine is 120 km to the northeast of Rovaniemi, connected by the E75 motorway. You can book the tour straight from the official website of Lampivaara Amethyst Mine. It is easily possible to rent a car from Rovaniemi city and drive to Amethyst mine 1.5 hours away. Details related to parking and pickup in the snowcat can be found on their website, or you can call them eventually. Tickets can also be bought on the spot at Lampivaara café. I advise you to check and book beforehand to avoid any last-minute hassle during the winter months.

Amethyst Mine in Lapland Map

Photo Courtesy: Amethyst Mine

Details related to parking and pickup in the snowcat can be found on their website or you can call them eventually. Tickets can also be bought on the spot at Lampivaara café. I would advise you to check and book beforehand to avoid any last-minute hassle during the winter months.

If you don’t want the hassle of arranging the transport and visit all by yourself, you can find a bunch of tour operators in the Rovaniemi City Center that organise a guided tour of the amethyst mine. Once you book with a tour operator in Rovaniemi, you get inclusions after paying a certain amount.

Please make sure that you check for hours, price, and other season-specific announcements on their official website before you start planning the trip!

Amethyst Mine Tour Inclusions (Not for DIY trips essentially but mostly useful!)

1. Departure from Rovaniemi

Aerial view of Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

Photo Courtesy: All About Lapland

Depending on your stay and the distance of the accommodation from the city centre, the tourists’ pick-up is arranged by the tour operating company and the tour guide will drive you to the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Pyha-Luosto National Park. 

3. Lift up by Snow-cat

Snowcat at Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

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From the parking area, the Snow-cat transfers you to the Amethyst Mine which includes a pitstop at Cafe Lampivaara or Uksakka.

A quick stopover at Uksakka

Cafe Uksakka near Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

Photo Courtesy: All About Lapland

Here you can ease up a bit, get around to take pictures of the snow-clad outdoors, and even savour some delicious Lappish delicacy. Eventually, the Snow-cat will transfer you to the top of Lampivaara Hill, where the Amethyst Museum and Mine awaits you.

4. Tour of the mine

Amethyst at Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

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A tour of the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine includes a visit to the museum, warm drinks, entry to the mine where you can dig up an amethyst for yourself, and eventually to the shop from where you can buy yourself a souvenir.

5. Descent back on the snowcat

Finally, you hop on the same Snow-cat to get back to the parking and be on your way back to Rovaniemi.

6. Lappish barbecue at a Kota in Lappish wilderness & Northern Light watching

Northern Lights at Lampivaara Amethyst Mine in Lapland

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Of many other things, Lapland is also famed for Kota – the open fireplace in the woods and wilderness. You can stop by at one of these huts to make a fire and barbecue. Optionally, if you have more time to spare and aren’t freezing already, you can check the Aurora forecast and settle down under a clear sky. Wait for the Northern Lights to appear! Since it gets cold and pretty dark during winter months, sometimes Auroras can appear even around 7-8 pm. 

What could be possibly better than enjoying Finnish fish soup, reindeer meat sandwich and sausages and rye bread under the magnificent northern lights in Rovaniemi?

Protip: Isokuru Gorge is 220 m deep and one of the largest in Finland. The gorge is lined with rocks on both sides with a stunning waterfall at the end. Expect the waterfall to be completely frozen during winter in Lapland.  Hundreds of meters of stairs and plenty of magical landscape await you as you find your way out of the gorge. You can plan a trip to Isokuru Gorge if you’re travelling on your own, have a makeshift tent or live in a nearby location. 

That’s everything I got on the Luosto Amethyst Mine Tour. I have shared photos from All About Lapland & Amethyst Mine after seeking their due permission. Should you have any queries regarding this trip or need my help with planning a trip to Lapland, feel free to reach out. Let’s connect on Facebook/Instagram @whistlinghound.

Further read: 12 Handpicked Winter Activities For A Quintessential Lapland Itinerary

One thought on “Luosto Amethyst Mine Tour – Best of Rovaniemi In Winter

  1. Thanks for all your info regarding this tour! Its very detailed & informative! We are thinking of going there next month (2nd week) and I just wanna know if the road from rovaniemi to luosto centre is drivable during winter coz we are thinking of just renting a car and drive there..
    Pls advice.
    Thanks!!

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