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About The Living Fire Ice Cave

The Living Fire ice cave (Ghetarul Focul Viu), contains the third largest permanent underground fossil ice block in the country (after the Scarisoara ice cave and Bortig pothole, also situated in the Apuseni Nature Park), having a volume of approximately 25.000 m3.

The visiting of the site is permitted until the wooden balcony at the entrance, allowing the observer to see all the above described phenomena.

The Galbena valley acts like a drainage path for the majority of waters coming from the Padis Basin in their way toward the Beius depression. The upstream sector is the most spectacular, between the Galbena karst spring and the confluence with Luncsoara valley, resulting in a narrow canyon, with over 100 m vertical walls.

The Bortig Pothole, with a 35 m diameter entrance. At the basis of the vertical entrance (of -38 m deep), there is a large block of permanent ice, 16 m deep. The ice block is estimated to have about 30 000 m3 in volume, being the second largest in the country, after the Scarisoara ice cave, also situated in the Apuseni Natural Park.

Contact and information:


Address: Natural Park Apuseni, Bihor, Romania

From Padis chalet located on the 783 county road, that crosses the Apuseni Nature Park, follow the trail marked with yellow dot (the Galbena Circuit): the Padis cabin - Ponor glade - Bortig pothole - Galbena karst spring - Galbena canyon - Florilor glade - the Living Fire ice cave - <deviation to Galbena rock> - Glavoi camping - Padis cabin; Length 19 km; Duration 10 hours.

Opening hours:

Summer: Daily
Winter: Closed

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