Ledenika Cave gave its name to Ledenika Peak on
Graham Land of Antarctica. This is a well suitable name since in
Bulgarian it literally means "ice" peak.
Ledenika Cave Lodging
Ledenika hut is situated near the entrance to the
cave. Hotel has about 50 beds and a restaurant. If you want to spend
more time exploring the cave or simply want to wander around its
pristine mountainous surroundings of Vrachanski Balkan Natural Park
you might consider staying here.
The name "Ledenika" in Bulgarian means "icy" cave. Ledenika Cave
takes its name from crystal icicles that line the walls of the cave, its
stalactites and stalagmites giving it a magnificent look. This effect is
present in the first chamber of the cave however or Antechamber. This part of the cave sees
fluctuation of temperature through
the year between 15 C to 7 C. Most of the underground system of Ledenika
Cave however keeps
the temperature at about 7- 8 C, which is still pretty cool so if you travel
there in summer don't forget to brings something warm. Give it a full hour
to explore its 350 meters of underground tunnels that are open to the
public. There are 53 species of various animals and plants that live in the
Ledenika Cave. Many of these are endemic and are considered threatened so be
careful not to touch anything.
Ledenika Cave is made up of several
chambers covered by stalagmites, stalactites and massive columns. A total
route will cover about 350 meters. From Antechamber you will pass through
Plaznyata passage that is quiet narrow for some people. Eventually you will
found yourself in the Large Concert Hall. It is named so obviously due to
concerts that are held here from May 24th- June 2nd. It is known locally as
The Days of Botev after Bulgarian poet and revolutionary Hristo Botev (1848-
1876) who was killed during patriotic uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
Several figures are given strange international names like the House of Baba
Yaga from Russian folklore, Santa Clause from the Western tradition, the
Head of the Giant, Crocodile and etc. Don't be upset if you don't see the
character in a geologic formation. Most people have troubles doing so.
Once you pass a large abyss and Curtains
corridor you will get get to the White Hall or White Chamber of Ledenika
Cave. Here you again
will encounter figures that guides try to convince you will look like the
Wife of a Giant, the Elephant, the Bathing Girl, Mother-in-Law's Tongue and
etc. It leaves you wondering how stoned were the first tourists that visited
Ledenika Cave then it was opened to the public in 1961. Well designed
pathway will eventually take you all the way to the Seventh Sky chamber in
the end of the walkway. Now you might think it is a common sense, but people
often disregard prohibition of vandalizing walls and collecting of local
fauna. The cave along with its inhabitants are protected by the law and you
certainly don't want to get into trouble with cops in a foreign lands. Some
of the most prominent residents of the Ledenika Cave are obviously bats, but also
includes cave spiders, cave beetles and even wood lice.