Lake Baikal, Siberia – a natural wonder

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If you’ve always imagined Russian Siberia as a cold, deserted place with not much to see except for forests that stretch for tens of thousands of kilometers, we’re about to break this stereotype. The region has numerous cities, towns and villages, but in addition to this, it is filled with natural wonders that any tourist would be lucky to visit. One such location in lake Baikal, which is gorgeous all year long, with winter being one of the busiest times for tourists here. The lake is often called “The Diamond of the Planet” or even “The Holy Sea” for its immense natural beauty.

Where is lake Baikal located?

As mentioned previously, lake Baikal is located in Siberia in Russia, but more specifically, it lies on the border between the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia. 

How to plan a trip to lake Baikal?

Since the lake is located very far from Moscow and St. Petersburg – the two main locations tourists visit in Russia, it makes sense to pair your tour to lake Baikal with a trip to one or two other locations in the region. Additionally, since the lake is so huge, you need to choose which part you’re going to visit. There are three options for planning your lake Baikal tour depending on what you want to see the most. 

Starting your trip to the lake in Ulan-Ude will give you a chance to swim in the warm waters of lake Baikal if you’re visiting in warmer months, see the city of Ulan-Ude and the many sights near it, including the “Yasnaya Polyana” museum and Ivilginski temple. Plus, you will be able to see the gorgeous landscapes of the East Coast, which include the Warm Lake, Maksimikha, Barguzin Valley and more. 

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Starting your lake Baikal trip in Irkutsk will grant you an opportunity to see Maloye More, Arshan, the city of Irkutsk, Tunkinskaya valley and more in addition to seeing the Southern Baikal. 

If you would like to pair your trip to lake Baikal with fishing or skiing, start the visit from Severobaikalsk. Here, you can swim in the numerous hot springs located in the region, ski on Davan pass, or take a trip to the singing Turali Dunes in addition to seeing stunning Lake Baikal.

When to visit lake Baikal in Siberia?

Lake Baikal is stunning all year long, so the time you choose for visiting depends only on your preferences. Summer is the most popular time for visiting this sight mostly because you can see lots of other attractions in the region, go on hikes, swim in the lake, or take a cruise and see all the beauty of lake Baikal from water. 

If you love to take pictures, try to visit the lake in the fall. In early fall, the weather is still warm and sunny, but it’s also calm and windless. Plus, there are fewer tourists, so you can really enjoy the beauty of fall in Siberia. 

Winter is, perhaps, the most fun time for a trip to lake Baikal, as you can take rides on snowmobiles and in dog sleds, ice skate and ski on the lake, swim in hot springs and even go ice diving if the weather is right!

Spring on lake Baikal is truly a dream come true for anyone who loves nature and flowers. The forests around the lake turn purple in spring because of all the wild rosemary blooming in them, plus, you can enjoy the look of blooming primroses and fresh green foliage on the trees.

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