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“Digging for amethyst”

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.
Reviewed October 25, 2013

The guide was very informative and it was interesting to hear the history of amethysts and the way in which the mine owners are working in order to keep the mine open for a number of years to come. Yes, it is a bit touristy but then it is a "tourist attraction". "Digging" for amethysts was OK, but you don't need to dig very far as they are lying all over the small area you are taken too! You get to keep the first amethyst you find - it is deemed to be your "lucky amethyst" but you do have to show the guide any others you find and pay him directly. Only a small charge - I paid 1 euro for my second, small, piece, others paid 5 euros for a little handful of smaller amethyst chips. We didn't go into the café. Nice views from the top of the mine, and the fire at the top is a welcome feature.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

I was the only person on the tour. The guide was very friendly and informative. It's an absolute blast to get to dig for your own amethysts. The beautiful views from the top of the mountain are worth the price of the tour alone. It is difficult to find and to reach if you don't have a car. Public transportation is not available.

Thank Kelly H
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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 :)

Thank strega1612
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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.

Thank Marion F
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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.

Thank J0hnDoh
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