Scarisoara Ice Cave
Scarisoara Ice Cave
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space w
20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We came to the Ice Cave's because of people's reviews, and we were disappointed at this cave.
It was not clearly marked that you had to guess which way it was.
When we climbed down the stairs to the cave (not ideal for those with mobility issues), the wooden walkway around the cave had seen better days.
There was litter around the cave people who just threw on the floor, nobody has bothered to pick it up. This why I gave it 2 stars
Written 26 July 2023
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Dragos
Cluj-Napoca, Romania106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Inside this cave there is a huge glacier. The way inside the cave is a bit difficult to pass meaning that you have to climb down several meters to the entrance. Also the walk from the parking lot to the ticket office is through the forest and you must follow the signs on the trees not to get lost. Overall it's worth visiting at least once.
Written 18 March 2022
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UrbanLady
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Area is amazing, you can get by car until very close to actual entrance. I would not recommend the place for people with small kids or with low mobility, as there are many stairs and no elevator available
Written 8 September 2021
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edysch
Bistrita, Romania500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The underground ice mass is some 35 m thick and thousands of years old. Only a part of the ice cave is open for visitors, while the rest is a closed scientific reserve. After a stroll through the forest you reach the gated entrance to the pit that descends to the cave. There are some interesting ice formations on the ice surface or hanging from the ceiling.
Written 12 August 2021
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Jan T
Leidschendam, The Netherlands1,411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
It was a 1km walk over the paved road from the Scărișoara hostel and 500m over a path to ticket counter of the ice cave. We were let in just before 10 AM as the first tourist, just the two of us. Mid-September is not the best time of the year to visit an ice cave but there was still ice inside the cave and a bit on the stairs. They did a good job with the lightning; not too much, with a bit of color. We did see ice caves before (Iceland and Croatia) and this one different enough to be impressed.
When we did leave the cave other tourist entered and on the way up a large group was coming down.
Written 3 October 2019
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Justine_Sade
Prague, Czech Republic227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The biggest ice cave in Romania is an unique place to visit especially if you are around the area.

Leaving the details aside the entrance to the cave is 13 lei per person.
Usually you get it each hour in groups of maximum 50 people. So depending on how busy it is you can wait just a few minutes or even an hour.

You get down on the iron stairs around 48 meters in the cave and on a wooden bridge. Basically you are sitting on the glacier and the small peaks you see are part of the overall glacier which is deep as a 10 story building.

The guide will tell you a few details to which point he will let you continue to the small formation in the back that it's called the "church". And then back again on the stairs up.
Overall it takes around an hour to get down, hear the details, take pictures and come back.

Be aware that inside is cold and I mean really cold as basically you are entering an ice cave. Also the last steps are a bit tricky as you go in the cave as they are covered with ice and might get slippery.
I have seen people with sandals and other type of summer shoes but I would recommend if you have to get some proper trekking shoes and a hoody on just not to be extremely cold.

There is a paid parking outside the cave for 5 lei per day. From the parking the sign says 10 minutes walk but it is far less than that.
On the road there are people selling forest fruit, honey and sirop so if you want to get also a different type of souvenir better take cash. Also take cash for the entrance as you cannot pay by card.

Overall an interesting site to visit and a very beautiful ride up the mountains to get to the cave.
Written 29 July 2019
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Zvika
Israel87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Ice cave deep in the ground very beautiful , located in Apuseni NP . Access is not easy .The locales like the tourists and try to be polite
Written 17 July 2019
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,828 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
When it comes down to beautiful places Romania has a lot of those. Here is why this is special:
- location - Garda de Sus - very close to the Ice Cave you can park - 5 lei / day is the parking (like 1 euro). You will have a nice stroll through the woods on a clear path - along the path you will find souvenir shops so if you are keen on having a memory it will be easy to acquire it. The Cave itself has an entrance - and you will visit it in groups - so you go by the cashier get your ticket - a little shy of 15 lei (like 3 euros).
- prepare - inside the cave is like 0 - 1 C allround the year - so get dressed properly it can get cold down there.
Put on some good hiking boots - you will make your descent on metal an wooden stairs that are usually wet and you will have to climb back. So given this I would say no sandals and other inappropriate footwear.
- it is physically demanding - especially on the way up - is several hundred stairs you need to climb - so just you know is not a regular hike.
-once you reached the cave itself is spectacular - like 80K cubic meters of ice inside the cave - biggest in Europe if I'm not mistaking - an entrapped glacier inside a cave. The area open for visiting is fairly small but still spectacular - the melting ice and the water dripping through plus the yearly change of seasons are shaping and reshaping constantly the ice to create unique "sculptures". It is very spectacular and definitely a must see.
It is a very unique and interesting place to visit. I recommend, if you are in the area take the trip to the Ice Cave of Scarisoara while is still there (you have to know is shrinking by the year - when I've been here more than 15 years ago it was much more ice inside the cave open for visiting).
So make trip it is worth it.
Written 2 December 2018
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Xdmat
Targu Mures, Romania359 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
The ice cave is speeckless. Especially the big room. Worth it to visit the ice cave of you are in Apuseni mountains area.
There are also some things to improve: the old stairs where not took out and the image is not pleasant, there are missing some build lights which make imposibile to see normal the entrance room.
At the cash desk area you will be inform about the ice cave which is nice for the visit moment.
Overall is worth it to see such a great beauty of nature.
Written 12 November 2018
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Cristi
Cluj-Napoca, Romania75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
Everything absolutely super. A wonder of Nature. The
road the way up is good even for smal cars. After you park the car, you must go 20 minutes to forest and you have arrived at the tickets.
From there you have to go down the stairs into the cave.
Super.
Written 4 November 2018
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