Scarisoara Ice Cave

Hello friends! Today I present you another beautiful and unique place that I have visited this summer. The Scarisoara Cave is located in Apuseni Mountains, Transylvania, Romania and it is the biggest ice cave in these mountains.

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To get to the cave you need to walk like 15 min in the woods, from the parking place
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The entrance of the cave

The cave is known as a glacier cave because it is formed on top of a big glacier (ice block). The cave is located at an altitude of approximately 1,150 m. The entrance shaft, gives access through metal stairs to a large chamber, the Great Hall, which includes an ice cliff nearly 18 m tall, which overlooks a pool called the Pool of Ice. The ice within the cave has an estimated volume of 75,000 cubic meters, the temperature is up to +1 °C in the summer and down to -7 °C in the winter, but in the part for tourists the average temperature is around 0 °C.

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The Great Hall

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The Church – chamber decked with ice stalagmites a few meters long

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The landscape is very unique because the external walls of the cave are covered in earth moose and wild flowers and as you go down the stairs you can feel the cold of ice and the grass gets covered in snow, even if outside are 30°C. The atmosphere is so fresh and the view is magical, like out of this world. Personally, I’ve never experienced something like this before, but to get the real feeling you have to visit this place at least ones in a lifetime.

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I hope you enjoyed this little travel story about Scarisoara Cave. I wish you a very nice week!

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Geamana Lake-an ecological disaster

This month I visited a strange and interesting place in Romania, in Apuseni Mountains. This place is called Geamana and was an old village that today lies under tones of industrial waste. You have to follow a beautiful and wild path in the forest to find this village, but when you arrive there in front of your eyes raise a giant lake. It’s an apocalyptic image of a village flooded in mud surrounded by a beautiful mountain landscape. Most people said that the place is haunted, maybe it is, but nobody died there in the period of the disaster. Maybe the place is haunted by the thoughts of hundreds people who lost there homes and cursed the ones who did this ecological disaster.

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Everything started in 1977 when dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decided to exploit a huge underground copper deposit. The wast from Rosia Poieni copper pit was discharged and the whole village was sunk and turned into a decanting lake. The process slowly progressed in time and 400 families were evacuated from Geamana and their village.

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The slurry, which continues to pour into the valley today, is a result of „froth flotation,” a process used by Rosia Poieni and most other copper mines around the world. Rock rich in copper is ground into powder, then put into baths of bubbling water. The hydrophobic copper flakes cling to air bubbles, creating a coppery froth that is skimmed off the top of the baths. The remaining slurry is discarded. It is this waste that drowned Geamana. And the lake continues to rise, climbing the walls of the valley at the rate of around 1 vertical meter each year. Along with the slurry from the mine, some sections of the runoff lake have turned red as a result of „acid mine drainage.” The acidic red water is a result of rain and springwater running through the minerals exposed by the mine. (source: http://www.rferl.org/a/romania-sinking-village).

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Today, only a few families live in this area, and they are almost completely isolated. From the Geamana village remains few house roofs and the church that can be seen in the middle of the lake.

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Apuseni Natural Park-Rezervatia Naturala Apuseni

Carpatii sunt unul dintre simbolurile principale ale Romaniei, ocupand o treime din suprafata tarii. Lantul Carpatilor are o lungime de 1000 km si poate fi asemanat cu un amfiteatru urias care cuprinde in mijloc Podisul Transilvaniei. apuseni-0489apuseni-0473Diversitatea peisajelor este legata de varietatea structurilor geologice. Coame domoale alterneaza cu peretii calcarosi si cu structurile bazaltice. Mii de lacuri glaciare, avenuri si pesteri, se afla in special in Carpatii Meridionali si Occidentali. apuseni-0477Una dintre cele mai frumoase zone a Carpatilor este reprezentata de Muntii Apuseni, care in intregime sunt o rezervatie naturala si protejata a Romaniei. Peisajele, cascadele, pesterile si traseele montane iti taie respiratia. Muntii Apuseni fac parte din putinele locuri ramase oarecum intacte, desi exista zone unde defrisarile masive au transformat natura intr-un peisaj sinistru. Sa ne bucuram totusi de salbaticia ramasa, pe care o putem salva. apuseni-0533Impresionant la aceste locuri este si modul in care oamenii traiesc, aici parca timpul s-a oprit in loc, iar obiceiurile si traditiile stravechi nu au pierit. De o parte si de alta a versantilor rasare cate o casuta de lemn, desprinsa parca din povesti. Este suficient sa te plimbi o singura data prin aceaste zone pentru a te indragosti iremediabil de natura si de viata de la munte. apuseni-0494apuseni-0484In Apuseni totul se simte altfel, totul este salbatic, verde si atemporal, iar placintele cu branza, proaspat facute in cuptor, te fac sa simti cu adevarat gustul si atmosfera ardeleneasca de la munte. Acesta este un loc in care vrei negresit sa te intorci, un loc care este mereu primitor, un loc in care energia pozitiva si prospetimea naturii te fac sa te simti ca acasa indiferent din ce colt al lumii ai sosit.apuseni-0579apuseni-0697Muntii Apuseni si obiectivele turistice din acest loc nu trebuie ratate, va recomand cu drag, Pestera Ursilor sau Pestera Scarisoara, dar si locuri mai putin cunoscute, dar care merita vizitate si anume Cascada Pisoaia, Dealul cu melci sau de ce nu, Casa Memoriala Avram Iancu. apuseni-0694apuseni-0601„Tara Motilor” are granitele deschise si va asteapta sa descoperiti magia Muntilor Apuseni si ospitalitatea ardeleneasca a localnicilor.

Adela Teban