Ledenika Cave

Ledenika Cave



Location: 6 km away from Vratsa Map

Open: Summer: 8:30am- 12:30am and 1:30pm-  6:00pm

Winter: 8:30am- 4:00pm

Interesting Fact

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.

Another possibility is staying in Vratsa. Site


Description of Ledenika Cave

Ledenika Cave is a natural geologic formation situated 6 km away from Vrats in Bulgaria. It lies in the Northwest part of Vratsa mountains, which are part of the Stara Planina (Old Mountain) range. 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.