TANKAVAARA GOLD VILLAGE
Amethyst Mine Visit by Snowtrain or Snowshoes
Visit the Amethyst mine to dig your own purple gemstone and gaze at the breathtaking beauty of Pyhä-Luosto National Park!
Welcome to Pyhä-Luosto National Park about 120km north of Rovaniemi. The fell chain of the Pyhä-Luosto area is 35km long and was created over 2 billion years ago. These fells are what is left of one of the oldest mountains in the world. In the wintertime this colorful northern landscape turns into the winter wonderland you have seen in all the pictures of Lapland online. Narrow trails curling around the completely snow-covered, giant trees creating a truly magical atmosphere. You have never seen so much white before!
At the end of our scenic drive from Rovaniemi, we will arrive to the bottom of the Lampivaara fell in Pyhä-Luosto. At the top of this ancient mountain stands the entrance to Europe’s only active Amethyst mine. There you will jump on the Amethyst Pendolino (a special kind of snow train), that will take you all the way up to the top on the most fascinating ride you could imagine! We will have a quick coffee break at the Lampivaara café located in the middle of the forest. Once we reach the top you will discover one of the most scenic views Lapland has to offer!
The guided tour at the Amethyst mine will take about 1,5 hours and you will learn all about Lapland’s very own gemstone and the mines core values on environment friendly mining. After the interesting tour is over you will have the chance of digging your very own purprle Amethyst gemstone and take it as a souvenir. There is also a small Amethyst Shop at the mine area where you can purchase beautiful amethyst jewelry.
During the tour we will stop by a local family restaurant for a warm lunch.
For the more extreme and action seeking adventurers we offer a great chance to hike up to the Amethyst Mine on a guided snowshoes tour. The hike through the snowy forest up to the Lampivaara café is about 2,5km long. From there you will be picked up by the Amethyst Pendolino to the mine entrance. This is a great chance to really feel the peace and silence of the Lappish nature and do some winter exercise in the fresh mountain air.
Al day event. The drive to Pyhä-Luosto from Rovaniemi is about 1,5h.
The tour is suitable for all age groups.
Snowshoes hike to the Amethyst mine age limit is 12-years-old and requires a moderate fitness level.
Hot drinks and a warm lunch will be served during the trip.
We recommend having a filling breakfast and to bring some energizing snacks.
Private guiding services
Hot drinks and small snacks
Professional equipment for the activity
What to bring?
Backpack for your valuables
The operator reserves the right to make alterations to the programs duration or execution without prior warning. This is also applied to changes in programs due to weather conditions.