The Bukovynka cave inside
The Bykovynka cave is located 1.5km South-West of Stalnivtsi village, Novoselytsia District, Chernivtsi Oblast. It was discovered in 1976 in the wall of an abandoned plaster quarry explored by Chernivtsi speleologists. Today there are two caves, Bukovynka-1 and Bukovynka-2. These caves have separate entrances, own passages but have hydrodynamic connection as they rest in the same sinkhole mass.
The cave is a three-storied labyrinth with the total length over 5km. The lower level is fully flooded. The middle level plays the main role with the average width of 2-3m and height ranging between 1,5 and 5m and is flooded from time to time. This is the place where the first Bukovynian stalactites were found. The cave has both scientific and recreation significance, this is also important for speleotourism. The formation is protected by law enjoying the status of a geological natural monument of national significance.
Traveling from Chernivtsi by car, you'll cover some 65 km of good highway.
The abandoned quarry and entrance to the cave
The entrance, a closer look
The entrance from inside
Inside the cave
An underground labyrinth
The entrance to the Bukovynka cave on Google Maps