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Visit Kungurskaya Ice Cave
January 11, 2015 02:13



Ice, stalactites and stalagmites, uncreated sculptures, mysterious caves and underground lakes. Kungurskaya ice cave is a unique monument of nature. The grottoes of Kungurskaya ice cave surprise with their beauty and diversity. Brilliantovy Grotto (“Diamond Grotto”) will amaze you with iridescent ice patterns.

Polyarny Grotto (“Polar Grotto”) has a column resembling a frozen waterfall. The name of Sklep Grotto (“Tomb Grotto”) is attributed to the shelter built of stones found in a neighboring cave. A wooden cross was once found in Krestovoy Grotto (“Cross Grotto”). Uncreated sculptures of a turtle and a crocodile can be found in Ruiny Pompei Grotto (“Ruins of Pompei Grotto”) among heaps of stones. Skulpturny Grotto (“Sculpture Grotto”) can boast of a stone Frog Princess created by nature. The spotlight skillfully pointed in Meteorny Grotto (”Meteor Grotto”) allows the visitors to admire the “meteor”.

Important things. If you are going to visit Kungurskaya cave in summer, do not forget to bring warm clothes - you go for a walk into the empire of eternal winter. In winter and early spring you will already have the necessary equipment with you.

Local features. You can get into Kungurskaya ice cave every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tourist groups enter the cave every two hours (10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.). If a group of 10 people or more is gathered, the intervals are reduced (every 15-20 minutes). The length of a walk through the cave makes up about 1.5 hours. Souvenir stalls selling mainly decorative articles made of minerals stand at the entrance to the cave.


Many legends are associated with Kungurskaya ice cave. They say that Ermak wintered in these places in XVI century before heading to Siberia. Icons, crosses and a stone tomb-house were found in the grottoes.

Maybe, the Old Believers hid there after the church reform by Patriarch Nikon. In order to get to the Tsentralny Grotto (“Central Grotto”) you need to climb a difficult ascent – the steps called “Damskie Slyozki” (“Women’s Tears”). A story of a little Louise is associated with them (a daughter of the Princess Victoria von Battenberg).

According to legend, Louise wounded her knee on these steps. However, the troubles of childhood did not stop her from marrying the King of Sweden and becoming a Queen some time later. It is believed that if a girl wounds her knee on these steps, she is sure to meet her prince. In addition, women throw jewelry and coins in the water of Bolshoe Lake in order to attract luck. There are rumors that people with a bad conscience see a silhouette of the mysterious White Caver in the dark of Meteorny Grotto. 



Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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