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Afternoon to evening
24 hours
Swimming, hiking, sledding, photography, natural beauty.
May to September
3 out of 557 attractions in Irkutsk

Lake Baikal

Located in south eastern Siberian region of Russia, Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world. Besides, it is also known to be 25 million years old and around 1,700 metres deep, which makes it the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Surrounded with awe-inspiring natural beauty, the cold but freshest water of this lake is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The towering snow-clad mountains around this lake make for some of the most exciting hiking trails and wildlife tours.
Kay and I enjoyed Irkutsk and its pleasant atmosphere of a university city. But after a couple of days, we were off to Bolshoe Goludnoe, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, not far from Irkutsk. Lake Baikal is the oldest and the deepest lake in the world which contains 1/5 of all the fresh water in the entire world. Even though the weather had been hot during our Siberian adventure, the depth of that lake and the amount of water ensured that the water was constantly freezing cold. My first impression of our new Homestay was that village homes seemed more spacious than city apartments. These were actual houses rather than apartments. There was plenty of empty space outside, though, and we took advantage of being in the countryside to do some long walks – through the village, through the nearby forests, and along the shore of Lake Baikal. It felt so liberating to be out in the countryside for a while with its fresh air and wide open spaces.