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Pyha-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine by Car from Ivalo provided by Lapland Welcome Inari - Saariselka

Pyha-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine by Car from Ivalo

Pyha-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine by Car from Ivalo
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Experience the magnificent landscape, beautiful natural features and peace of Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Pyhä-Luosto National Park is a superb destination for day trips year around.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • The basic zone of the National Park is formed of Finland’s most southern fell chain. The area has many functions; it is for conserving nature, preserving indigenous people’s culture and serving as a destination for hiking and tourism. The National Park consists of Pyhätunturi National Park which is established in 1938 and of the Luosto area northwest of Pyhätunturi Fell. These were combined at the beginning of 2005 to form a new National Park. In southwest areas of Ukko-Luosto Fell and Lampivaara Hill forests have not been logged and some trees are as old as 400 years. The Luosto area is known for its majestic old-growth pine forests and Pyhätunturi for its geology and Sámi history. The fell chain is a collage of treeless peaks and deep ravines. Lush forests, some of them herb-rich forests, flourish in the area’s valleys and along brook banks. The Lampivaara Amethyst Mine is a sectioned off area within Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Quartz is the most common mineral in the earth’s crust after feldspar. Amethyst a rare violet coloured see-through form of quartz has been found at Lampivaara in Luosto. The clearest parts of the amethyst found at Lampivaara are classified as a gem and is often used in jewellery. Gathering amethyst gems from the National Park is forbidden except from the Amethyst mine.On the top of Lampivaara fell there is the only operative amethyst mine in Europe. It may be the only gem mine in whole world that welcomes visitors. In warm cosy Lappish hut the mine visitors hear the fascinating stories of amethyst, how it was formed 2 000 000 millions of years ago, how the place was found and how the mine is run on permanent progress principle, how people in all cultures have believed in the mystical powers of amethyst and other interesting tales found in ancient legends. We will reach the top of Lampivaara fell by a special snow car that can take many passengers at the same time. We will listen to the stories about the amethyst mine in a comfortable hut where we can also see samples of amethyst stones found from the area.  After stories the visitors are guided to the mine and each will dig and find a personal lucky amethyst for keeps. You will also see and experience amazing winter view and snowy trees on the top of the fell so this trip is very suitable for photographing as well. Light lunch is included. We will be back in town at about 17:00.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • The basic zone of the National Park is formed of Finland’s most southern fell chain. The area has many functions; it is for conserving nature, preserving indigenous people’s culture and serving as a destination for hiking and tourism. The National Park consists of Pyhätunturi National Park which is established in 1938 and of the Luosto area northwest of Pyhätunturi Fell. These were combined at the beginning of 2005 to form a new National Park. In southwest areas of Ukko-Luosto Fell and Lampivaara Hill forests have not been logged and some trees are as old as 400 years. The Luosto area is known for its majestic old-growth pine forests and Pyhätunturi for its geology and Sámi history. The fell chain is a collage of treeless peaks and deep ravines. Lush forests, some of them herb-rich forests, flourish in the area’s valleys and along brook banks. The Lampivaara Amethyst Mine is a sectioned off area within Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Quartz is the most common mineral in the earth’s crust after feldspar. Amethyst a rare violet coloured see-through form of quartz has been found at Lampivaara in Luosto. The clearest parts of the amethyst found at Lampivaara are classified as a gem and is often used in jewellery. Gathering amethyst gems from the National Park is forbidden except from the Amethyst mine.On the top of Lampivaara fell there is the only operative amethyst mine in Europe. It may be the only gem mine in whole world that welcomes visitors. In warm cosy Lappish hut the mine visitors hear the fascinating stories of amethyst, how it was formed 2 000 000 millions of years ago, how the place was found and how the mine is run on permanent progress principle, how people in all cultures have believed in the mystical powers of amethyst and other interesting tales found in ancient legends. We will reach the top of Lampivaara fell by a special snow car that can take many passengers at the same time. We will listen to the stories about the amethyst mine in a comfortable hut where we can also see samples of amethyst stones found from the area.  After stories the visitors are guided to the mine and each will dig and find a personal lucky amethyst for keeps. You will also see and experience amazing winter view and snowy trees on the top of the fell so this trip is very suitable for photographing as well. Light lunch is included. We will be back in town at about 17:00.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Transportation
  • Guidance services
  • Snacks and meals mentioned
  • Organizer's liability insurance
  • Safari desk support
  • Lunch
Exclusions
  • Private tours available for additional charge
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We will confirm the exact pick up time upon booking.
  • Lapland Welcome, Kelotie 1, 99800 Saariselkä, Finland Lapland Welcome Saariselka Office (Kelotie 1 Siula-House, Saariselka 99800)
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • In case of special diets or allergies, please inform us in the booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please contact us if you wish to have a guide in other language
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Transportation
  • Guidance services
  • Snacks and meals mentioned
  • Organizer's liability insurance
  • Safari desk support
  • Lunch
Exclusions
  • Private tours available for additional charge
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We will confirm the exact pick up time upon booking.
  • Lapland Welcome, Kelotie 1, 99800 Saariselkä, Finland Lapland Welcome Saariselka Office (Kelotie 1 Siula-House, Saariselka 99800)
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • In case of special diets or allergies, please inform us in the booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please contact us if you wish to have a guide in other language
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers

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CMSoon
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia114 contributions
Worth the Long walk.
Oct 2018
It is about 2.0-2.5 hours drive from Ivalo and the car cannot enter to the mine area because is a National park. The car park is about 2.6 km away from the Amethyst mine and takes about another 100 meters by wooden board steps up to the mine. So the whole return journey to the car park is about 5-6km walk on a gentle uphill slope pathway. However, they had devised an interesting quiz along the route having about 10 questions about the national park about every 200 meters there is a question tagged to the tree. If you get all correct you get a prize.

Also note and check that the entry to the mine has scheduled time and is closed on one of the days which l had forgotten. We went on one of the days that was closed and had to make another trip.

It is a small mine and there is no commercial mining activity, it is still done through manual conventional mining of chiselling with spikes and hammer since it is now a national park. The guide will explain about the amethyst and visitors at the end are given a chance to dig amethyst themselves. If you could find one that could be covered by your fingers when you close your palm, then you can take away that piece. Anyway dont expect to get big piece.

There is also a store where they sell their Amethyst but is not cheap for a good one. The Biggest piece of Amethyst that was dug out in this mine is in ARTIKUM museum in Rovaniemi which we went to see also.

Would certainly recommend to visit this site and then head on to put a night in Rovaniemi to visit Santa Village before driving back to Ivalo which takes 3.0-3.5 hours drive the next day.
Written 15 November 2018
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