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Amethyst Mine Lapland
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Luosto
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Owner description: 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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Love it!”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We visited it during summer. It is a nice walk to the cafe and then up to the mine, it's open pit mine. The guide was great, we heard a lots of stories, and then had great fun digging up the amethysts. They are not the best quality but still a great souvenir! Personally I do think they can be used in the jewellery :)

Visited June 2013
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Rovaniemi, Finland
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“Not as exciting as expected”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

I am so sad to write this review but this trip was really "too touristic" and not worth it. As some travelers already wrote it, I was also expecting to go deeper into the mine and visit the current real digging area but instead of that we went to a small yard to dig and (try to) find our perfect amethyst. Before that, you enter in a traditional log hut to enjoy a berry juice while listening to interesting facts about the mine and amethyst. The staff was hospitable and views on top of the mountain beautiful but for paying 15e for the visit, I was expecting something more exciting.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Just do it.”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

If staying in Luosto, you simply must visit this place. The views alone from the top of Luosto fell make it worth it. Take your camera. The mine is not undeground, the area the visitors go to is rather covered with a timber roof. It's a large area with lots of rough wooden steps, so not for those that aren't so agile.

You get to dig your own amethysts, and are practically guaranteed to find some. They won't be great quality that you can use in jewellery, though. We enjoyed our visit thoroughly, and the guides (at least in 3 languages) were knowledgeable and provided us with a wealth of info.

Visited January 2013
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Sodankyla, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good views, interesting story and nice amethysts (seasonal)”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

During winter, you'll have a nice winter views, similarly summer offers stunning views. But late autumn when there is neither is just not good time.

If you like the idea of digging your own amethyst, summer offers better possibilities (wider selection of areas where to dig).

I've visited place 4-5 times, mostly with business associates. There are not that many places for such occasions, especially in summer in the area. The mine is a must, for such occasions.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Fun with stunning views”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We got there from Luosto in a sleigh pulled by a snowmobile which was really enjoyable. The views when we got there were absolutely stunning and well worth the trip alone. Wrap up well as it was windy and cold. The shapes of the frozen snow on the trees and bushes were amazing.
We were given a talk while drinking hot berry juice about amethysts and the mine which was interesting and then we were taken down into the mine and given a pick to mine for our own amethysts. You then got to keep the best one you found for yourself - a good bit of fun.
Then another fabulous trip back to Luosto in the sleigh.
It was something completely different to do and we all enjoyed it.

Visited February 2013
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