Posted on: 2018-10-17 13:48:05
Situated in the Apuseni Mountains, about 40 km from Campeni town, Scarisoara Cave is the largest ice cave in our country that hosts the second largest underground glacier in Southeastern Europe.
The cave is located at an altitude of 1165 m, having a length of 720 m and a depth of 105 m, belonging to the karst system Ghetar - Ocoale - Dobresti. The Scarisoara Glacier has a volume of 75,000 cubic meters and a thickness of more than 15 m. The ice inside the cave is not here due to cold climatic conditions, but thanks to a special ventilation regime, that determines an underground glacial topoclimate.
It is not known exactly when the Scarisoara Glacier was discovered, but the first tourist mention date back to 1847, in a book written by A. Szirtfi.
Declared natural monument and cave reservation, Scarisoara Cave can be visited today, tourists having at their disposal a 250m viewable section, divided into several sectors.
Immediately after entering the cave, there is the Great Hall, which makes the passage to the Church, where tourists can admire more than 100 stalagmite ice formations. The Cathedral and the Palace of Sanziana are two sections of the cave without ice.
Several legends have been woven around Scarisoara Cave. One of them says that if a person kneels, with his or her head uncovered, drinks the water directly from the two water basins, behind the La Brazi formation and makes a wish, it will be fulfilled. The condition for the wish to be fulfilled is not to be disclosed to anyone.
The road to the cave was recently rehabilitated and it can be traveled by any type of car. If we made you curious, do not hesitate and go visit the Scarisoara Cave!