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Ice Queen of Kungur

Visit off-limit areas in Russia’s most stunning glacier cave

Kungur Ice Cave in Russia is one of the world’s most beautiful buried treasures. The ‘Pearl of Kungur’ has long fascinated European royalty and still delights scientists and tourists today. Situated in the Ural Mountains, it is home to dazzling ice crystals, grottos, and underwater lakes.

 Members of an RTD film crew uncover the cave’s secrets and bring you rare underwater footage as they shadow cavers, biologists, and divers in the restricted part of the site. An above-ground tour of the town reveals the impact of karst, a geological phenomenon that causes sinkholes to appear on the surface as the caves erode below, with surprising consequences for the local landscape.