Trip to Luosto Amethyst Mine
Get ready for a complete experience of the Pyhä-Luosto fells! This excursion starts in Rovaniemi. You will be offered professional Winter clothing and Winter boots to make sure that you will never get cold. Remember to dress appropriately though as, in Lapland, temperatures may drop as down as -30C!
Your guide will then drive you to Pyhä-Luosto national Park, the oldest national park in Finland. During this 1h30 drive, you may already enjoy the snowy scenery of Lapland forests and, if you are lucky, spot some local animals such as reindeer along the road. Once arrived in the national park, your guide will give you safety instructions and teach you the basic techniques how to use snowshoes.
You will make your own way through the forests of the national park, snowshoeing in the deep snow and exploring the arctic nature. Your guide will always be leading you and will be happy to share their knowledge about the surrounding nature, Lapland, its history and its culture and life in the Arctic. The snowshoeing excursion takes around one hour (2,5 km) until you reach the bottom of Lampivaara, the hill of the amethyst mine. A typical Finnish snack with hot drinks will be cooked over an open fire. This is the perfect opportunity for your guide to show you their fire making skills, in the traditional way - without any match or lighter!
After this nice BBQ snack, you will be transported by "snow train" (the so-called pendolino) to the top of the hill into the amethyst mine. As you go up the hill, you can enjoy the view, the horizon line in the distance, the other fells and the Taiga forest spreading all around you. The guided visit of the amethyst mine lasts around one hour. You will be explained about the geology and nature of the area, the formation of amethyst crystals 2000 million years ago and beliefs associated to this purple gemstone. At the end of the visit, you will get the chance to dig the ground to find your own jewel (and you can even keep it!).
You will then snowshoe back through the forests, trying a different route or - if you are too tired - follow the beaten track. You will be back to Rovaniemi around 16:00, with plenty of memories and fun!
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What is included
- Hotel pick-up/drop-off for accommodations outside the city center
- Equipment, professional Winter clothing, Winter shoes, snowshoes
- Professional guide
- Snack, sausages and hot drinks
- Transportation from Rovaniemi to Pyhä-Luosto National Park
- Entrance ticket to the mine and guided visit
- Dig you own jewel and keep it!
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
Hot drinks and snacks will be served, but we recommend to take with you a bottle of water and extra snacks for the snowshoe hikes if you feel the need to.
Cold weather clothing is provided but we always recommend to dress appropriately as it may be very cold.
This tour is not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions. A certain amount of walking is involved.
Hotel pickups commence between 5 and 30 minutes prior to the start time mentioned. Pick up time will be confirmed by email at least one day prior to departure.
COVID-19 : Your safety is our priority! Because of the Covid-19, we have taken additional measures to limit the risks of contagion and similar risks during our tours. Now more than ever, it makes even more sense for us to keep our philosophy of small group tours and to refuse mass tourism. Check our sanitary policy here.