Scărișoara Cave – A Glacier You Can Touch

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

As part of my 4-day car trip around Romania, I visited the glacier from Scărișoara Cave, of which I’ve heard so many times before.

Scărișoara is the name of a cave in Romania, of which I’ve heard many times, but had no idea what it’s so great about it. Actually, I had no idea how Scărișoara Cave looks like. I’ve never thought about the name either. Scărișoara means “the little ladder” in Romanian.

I was so so frustrated to have missed till now, that I made it part of my 4-day trip around Romania. Great choice. Cold one too.

 

How to get to  Scărișoara Cave?

Scărișoara Cave is in Alba county, in Apuseni Natural Park of Romania, in the centre-west part of the country.It’s about 16 km before reaching the village with the same name. Although I think the name of the cave comes from the huge staircase that is at the entrance of the cave and which is used to get into the cave.

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania road

There are touristic marks, showing the way towards the cave. And at some point, it will show up towards the mountain on the steepest road, and yes, that is the way. I was so sure that cannot be right and went on driving and after reaching the next village, I realised that was the way.

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Reaching a small touristic spot, with a few improvised parking lots on the unpaved land, with the locals trying to make some money out of it, and some traditional homemade pies and pancakes, you will know you got to the right place.

From that place, after parking, you will have to walk a bit uphill, through the woods, just follow the people.

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

 

Visiting Scărișoara Cave

 

Reaching the entrance to the cave, is a gate which is closed while awaiting its next round of tourists. On the other side is the touristic office, where the guide will sell you the ticket to get in.

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

Unfortunately, there is no English tour, but there is a brochure in English. The tour is nice, but even if you don’t understand what the guy is saying, you will be impressed by the experience.

The tour starts after a group of around 30 tourists have gathered. Or each hour, not sure, the info wasn’t so clear on that.

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

One of the most spectacular parts of this experience is getting down to the cave, on a narrow and steep staircase. And the second spectacular thing, is the glacier of the cave.

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

To get into the cave, you have to get to the impressive entrance, hidden in the forest that surrounds the cave. There is a narrow path, sculpted in the rock, where the metallic steps make it easier to go through the 48 meters down to the entrance.

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

 

The inside of Scărișoara Cave

Once you get inside the cave, you will feel cold. The floor is made of a thick layer of ice. In the middle of the cave is an enormous block of ice. That’s why is cold inside, and most people put on a jacket before going inside, even though it was summer at the time. The temperature was around 0ºC  degrees. Or less.

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

To the far right end, as you will enter the cave, an area which is called The Church and has stalagmites, is the most photographed place.

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

Keep your batteries for this one, because the rest of the cave has poor lighting and your batteries levels will be depleted fast, in such cold conditions.

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When the weather gets warmer, the ice starts to melt and loses some of its volume, from the bottom and the upper part. But in the winter, a new layer of ice gets to settle on the top.

Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

By far the most photographed part of this cave, is the entrance, the stairs leading towards the entrance. I would say that they are old, and you can still see the remaining of the steps which were caring tourists before this staircase was used. Scarisoara Cave, the glacier of Romania

The oldest ice is on the bottom of the glacier and is 4000 of years old. This very old parts of ice can help research many historical facts, like how the weather was on each of these last 4000 years, or how much gold were the Dacians mining.

Scărișoara Cave stairs pin

 

3 Replies to “Scărișoara Cave – A Glacier You Can Touch”

  1. Fun read. You have a way of getting your readers to see what you saw. The nice photos helped too.
    Will be coming back for the future posts for sure! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I am very happy you’ve enjoyed my post! More to come!

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