Posted on 18/12/2019
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From Rovaniemi: Wintertime Amethyst Mine Visit Tour

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Overview

Visit a mountaintop amethyst mine and try your hand at finding some stones on this unusual tour from Rovaniemi. Enjoy stunning views of Lappish nature at the top of the hill and enjoy your lunch at the open fire before your return to Rovaniemi via snow train.

◾ Become an explorer and dig for amethyst in a mountain mine, keep what you find
◾ Learn from your guide on amethyst mining history
◾ Enjoy a snow bonfire and meal of salmon soup, reindeer sandwich and sausages

About this experience

TOUR DURATION: 6-7 hours
MEETING POINT: At your hotel within 10km of Rovaniemi city center
LANGUAGE/S: English (other languages available on request: Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese)
STARTING TIME: 9:30 (Departure may adjust according to different seasons)
OPENING SEASONS: November to April
WHO CAN COME: This Amethyst Mine Visit tour is suitable for all

Description - What to expect

The sustainable Lampivaara Amethyst mine is possibly the only gemstone mine in the world that welcomes visitors. The Amethyst mine is located on the top of the hill. The owner tells the story about mine and describes the process of mining. After the introduction, you will go upper to dig up the lucky amethyst for yourself, that has waited 2000 million years to be found. Of course, you will be provided with special equipment and snow-cat lift you on the hill. During the midwinter time, when a veil of darkness covers Lapland, you may even see the Northern Lights in the middle of the day.

After the pick up from your hotel and 1.5 hours trip you will hop on to the snow-cat, a large snow vehicle, to the Lampivaara Amethyst mine. You will get the tools and guidance to dig out your very own rare, hidden gemstones. Before and after your search for the amethyst with the support of your professional guides, you can have a panoramic view of the surrounding snow-covered Lappish landscapes.

Descending back down with the snowcat, you will warm yourself up around a bonfire, and prepare for lunch in the Lappish style. Delight in tasting the Finnish fish soup, reindeer meat sandwich and sausages. Head back to the town with your own amethysts in your hands if it fits in your closed first.

What's included, what's not

✔ Hotel pick-up/drop-off service in Rovaniemi or Kemi
✔ English speaking guide
✔ Amethyst mine excavation tools
✔ Amethyst mine entry
✔ Snow bonfire barbecue salmon soup, reindeer sandwich and sausages
✔ Snow train return transport
✔ Any amethyst you find (that fits in your closed fist)

Cutoff time before activity

  • 24 hours

Prepare for the experience - Important information

◾ Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
◾ Please be ready and wait in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pickup time
◾ Infant under 4 is complimentary