Scărișoara Cave, located in Ariesul Mare valey, is a unique place in our country. The first mention of it dates back in 1847.
Scărişoara hosts the largest underground glacier in Romania and the second largest glacier in the world after the one in Slovakia, Dobsina.
It is situated at 1,165 meters altitude, it measures 750 meters long and 110 meters in depth. The Glacier has existed for about 4,000 years, with an area of 5,500 square meters, 80.000 cubic meters in volume.
The legend says that a dragon named Solomat lived in this cave.
This dragon descended in the villages on the mountain twice a year, before the Fair on Mount Gaina and before New Year’s Eve, and each time, kidnapping the most beautiful virgin from the village and taking with him in the cave, the ice castle.
So tired of living alone, the dragon decided to find a virgin to love him and to break the spell, of living alone.
The girls, once kidnapped, terrified by the ugly dragon and not knowing the story, refused to fall into the arms of death. But one day, a girl, disappointed of an unfulfilled love, after a long time spent in the ice palace began, slowly, to love him and later after she saw the sadness of a noble soul, fell in love hopelessly and forever with the fierce dragon. With sincere love the curse would be broken and the two became ordinary human beings but a witch predicted their death. They were caught by the evil witch and when the dragon was embracing his beautiful wife they were turned into a huge piece of ice, a mountain of ice, trapped forever in the cave. Drops of water draining from the glacier melting, represent the body of the dragon, and the girl’s tears with fulfilled love.
Today the Glacier Scarisoara annually attracts thousands of tourists who come here to admire this special phenomenon and to enjoy the wonderful landscape of the Apuseni Mountains.