absolutely wonderful, especially the forest
Cold water, so not the ideal beach resort
Lake Baikal, you must include in your "bucket list"
The spectacular dance ofice and snow make for infinite permutations laid out like sculptures as far asthe eye can see. The perfectly transparent ice near the shores gives a window into the inner depths of Baikal. This is a great opportunity for nature lovers and photographers to observe the unique endemic Baikal seals - nerpa - in their natural...more
We found a fantastic russian banya facility in a hotel/guesthouse in Listvianka. It was about 20 USD each for 1 hour. Listvianka is rather spread out, along the south western shore of Lake Baikal. Coming from the south, when you reach the first valley, turn left up the dirt road incline, past the ARGO. Continue for about 200 m. You will see a hotel...more
If you're around Lake Baikal and have some days, definitely go for Olkhon Island. You can arrange tours at Greenexpress in Irkutsk or Listvyanka. They also have rentable tents if you don't want to bring your own. The island offers a beautiful landscape, nice camping sites, beautiful beaches and some wildlife. You might even get the chance to ride a...more
Another fantastic way to experience the Lake Baikal region in the winter time is to rent a landyacht. The speed experience on ice is obviously much higher then those reached on sand. The lake experience strong winds quite constantly, thus making it the perfect playground for this type of activity.more
Minibuses and normal buses play. The trip is 2 hours, through wonderful scenery. If there is a group of you (6 or more), consider chartering a minibus, sometimes can be cheaper. The buses leave from the bus station, take tram 1 or 2 from the train station and change for tram 4 at the city center.Price: 50-120 Rubelsmore
Twice a week in summertime a tourist train travel from Sludyanka up till Port Baikal, coming back next day. The 94 km on the Circumbaikal is 8 hours:) Sometimes the train take passangers till Irkutsk. It is possible to flag down the train, but to play it safe, wait it at one of the stations (from Baikal: Ulanovo 26 km, Maritui 47 km, Sharyjalgai 66...more
Sludyanka – Irkutsk:Dozens of trains every day. Every Trans-Siberian train stops in Sludyanka. These are much more expensive but faster then the local elektricka trains Price: Normal trains, third class: 280 RUR, elektricka 30 RURTravel time: 2.5 hours on normal trains, 4-5 hours on elektrickamore
During the end of the winter the sun hits the Ice, and breaks it it what seems millions of little needles. From above the ice seems like it is going to give away under your foot. But since the ice layer gets around 1 meter thick, walking is usually quite safe.
During the transsib journey, you can buy your food and drinks for very cheap prices on small markets. They also sell in some regions fruits and vegetables only.
Lake Baikal is a magic place that amazed my heart and soul long time ago. Every year I'm traveling around this wonderfull place and invite everyone join our company.
The next trip I plan from July 23 till 6 August 2011. Welcome!!
Equipment: Tracking boots, tents, backpacks and good company :)
We (I and my husband) dreamed to visit Baikal Lake. And we did it two weeks ago!! We stayed on Olkhon Island for four days. It was so beautiful!!! Baikal is very fine place for travel and it is so various. We had many interesting excursions by the automobile and hiking trail on Olkhon Island. It place give feeling for the beautiful))))). But Olkhon...more