Lake Baikal is big and diverse and a perfect place to spend your holiday if you are a true nature lover. The area surrounding Baikal is unique and many of its plants and animals exist only in his area.
You are sure to become mesmerized and impressed by the grandeur, size and unusual might of this Siberian miracle of nature.
List Of Places Tourists Can Visit
Baikal Limnological museum
The first Baikal Limnological museum was opened in Listvyanka in 1928 and from this base in 1961 the Limnological institute was created. In 1993, the museum acquired its status. About 50,000 visitors come here every year . It is the only place where you can find Baikal’s flora and fauna. The aquariums have a unique system of water supply and water cycle which takes water from a depth of 500 metres. The living conditions are arranged so as to be similar to the natural lake biocoenosis. The flora consists of 284 types of tracheal plants from 212 kinds, which represent 63 families. There are about 259 types of medicinal herbs. This place is a must visit for the tourists.
It is the fourth largest lake bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia. Much of the land is still covered by forests and the amount of precipitation is extremely low—about 240 mm per year.
Circum Baikal Railway
A picturesque railway along the Southern Baikal shore, built about a century ago. This area is great for trekking, meeting Russian backpackers, villages along the way and of course you will be mesmerised by the beauty of this place.
It is located to the north of Listvyanka on Olkhon Island. Legend says that a furious Lake Baikal threw this rock at his daughter to prevent her from running off to her beloved Yenisei River. Criminals were brought here to test their fate against the cold nights brought on by the Gods. If they survived, they were granted mercy and set free. Shamans take oaths and pray at 13 poles take oaths and pray at 13 poles erected on top of the hill nearby, believing in its miraculous power.
Hot thermal spring in Khakasy
Another Siberian phenomenon in Lake Baikalis its hot springs. The place is surrounded by beautiful forest full of cedars, therapeutic Khakasy hot springs rarely get crowded, but in order to get into hot water, supplied by an underground source you will experience your own five minutes of freezing hell while getting from locker room to shared bath.
Sunset on Lake Baikal will surely be a visual treat to the eyes. Tourists must watch the sunset at the magnificent port of the Angara River or for the adventurous, scale the 2 km trail up to Cherny cliff for immaculate views out over Lake Baikal from the observation platform.
Winter is probably the best time of the year to go and discover the spirit of Lake Baikal. This is especially true in February and March when the lake surface is frozen solid and the temperatures are below zero degree. At the same time the air is dry and skies are surprisingly sunny.
The ice of Baikal, whose thickness can reach 1.5 metres, does not have a uniformly even surface. It is always extraordinarily pure and transparent.
Baikal in winter is also a wonderful natural ice rink with a slippery and uniform surface . For ice skating and other winter sports, tourists usually go to Listvyanka where the ice is smoothed over along the shore. Get ready for an absolutely unique Siberian adventure!