Snow over the Transfagarasan Roadfrom
Regardless the season, the Fagaras mountains are amazing but in wintertime they are absolutely majestic!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Group Size Medium Group
Fagaras Mountains, the Balea Valley and the Transfagarasan highway are stunning regardless the season. Sometimes, when the weather is not very gentle with us they seem impressive, quite a bit frightening…
But in wintertime, they are special… The snow covers the mountains entirely, sometimes it reaches 3-4 m layer. Imagine the tall majestic rocky peaks covered the a pure white powder, then imagine the immense blue line of the sky…. Heavenly!
A part of the road is, indeed, closed for traffic from November 1st till July 1st because of the snow (it is the part between Balea Waterfall and Balea Lake). This is why we’ll take the drive just till Balea Lake and from there till the top will take the cable car for about 15 minutes. The cable car ride itself is a real adventure, we’ll rise up above the waterfall, above the rallest fir trees and, suddenly the whole valley opens in front of us. The road is totally covered in snow and from time to time we might even spot an avalanche… There is so much to immortalize with our cameras…
Up, at Balea lake we’ll have a walk thorugh the snow, we’ll walk even on the frozen lake, we can make a snowman, we take as many pictures as we can, we can go for a sleigh ride or snowmobile ride. I, personally, love the Transfagarasan highway and the Fagarasan mountains in wintertime – they are so calm, celestial…
On our way back we can visit the former cistercian abbey from Carta (with a bit of luck meet the funny dog guardians Moritz and Max), we can also visit the Clay Castle, Cisnadioara fortress or the glass manufacture in Avrig. There are plenty of things to do!
The tour includes:
- Visit till Balea Lake
- Visit at the Hotel of Ice/ Igloo area
- Visit at Carta Abbey
- Visit at the Clay Castle/ Saxon fortress/ Glass manufacture
The tour doesn’t include but we are glad to:
- stop for a lunch break at eh lovely Albota trout farm
- Location 1 Cable Car Adventure
- Location 2 Balea Lake
Hotel of Ice/ Igloo Area
In December the water of the glaciar lake from Balea becomes a big ice hotel – not through magic but through the amazing hands of some talented people. It is a big hotel with several rooms and an ice bar totally built in ice.
Unfortunately, climate change really is a big issue felt even in our region, in the Carpathian mountains. In 2019-2020, because the weather was warmer than usual, the lake didn’t freeze in time for the hotel of ice to be built. Instead, some little, lovely igloos were built – the ice sculpture details are splendid. The visit will be fascinating!
Let’s hope that next year the weather conditions will be better and temperatures normal for winter. Unluckily, climate change seems to be a sad reality!
- Location 4 Carta Cistercian Abbey
We advise you to do this tour if the weather is sunny and not very windy. Of course, we can go up to Balea Lake also if it snows, it all depends on how much you enjoy snow and cold weather. Either way, you need warm clothes and winter boots…. If sunny, don’t forget your sunglasses!
Transfagarasan road is one of my favourite tours! The perfect combination of white and blue, the calm of the mountains, the celestial view, the altitude, the horizon, I love everything and I’m sure you’d love it, too.
Let us know when you’d like to go to Balea Lake. We’ll check the weather forecast and tailor the tour so that you can enjoy and take advantage of your stay here. Be ready to take pictures… and selfies:)
Sometimes, in wintertime, weather up there at Balea Lake can be warmer than in Sibiu… Nevertheless, bring warm clothes, good boots, a hat and sunglasses!
Of course! They will love the snow and can have lots of fun. We can even bring a sledge for them.
In general, even if the weather can be unpredictable in the mountains, we usually know the forecast in advance and can decide if it is possible to go or not. Very rare are the situations of extreme fog or storms.