9 The Trip to the Majestic Icy Baikal

The Trip to the Majestic Icy Baikal

Posted on July 10, 2011 by team

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This trip to the Baikal was made by several Russian men in March of this year. Many beautiful shots of the lake and its islands are inside the post.

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Day 1. The trip begins in Irkutsk.

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Day 2. The guys get a big and comfortable car from the sponsors and start off.

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Though the road to the Baikal is well acquainted to them, a navigator and a camera already adorn the windshield. In the village of Bayanday, they refuel and have lunch.

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The road is awful. Though the new Renault Logan doesn’t seem to have any problems on it. The ice road across the Small Sea Strait was passed quite easily too.

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The first destination – Olkhon Island. The travellers place themselves at one of the local estates and spend the rest of the day walking, making photographs and relaxing.

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Shamanka Rock, the main symbol of Olkhon.

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Some ships stand on ice, some are frozen in it.

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At sunset.

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A driver must be very attentive not to crash into such an obstacle.

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Zamogoy Island.

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A fresh crack. If you stand in silence, then you can hear the ice pop.

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Day 3. Cars rush to the North of the island and soon reach the bank of the Baikal.

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The following distance is covered on foot. Luckily, in winter, there is no problem in visiting any island you wish.

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After looking at the neighborhood from above and making all the necessary shots, the guys head for the island named Yedor.

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This is how it looks in winter.

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And in summer. One of its features is countless constantly screaming seagulls and independently looking at them proud black cormorants.

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There is an opportunity to inspect a cave and scare numerous birds nesting there even in winter.

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Day 4. Breakfast and quick preparation for cold weather conditions. All members of the team dress in thermal underwear and snowboard pants, scarves, caps and gloves.

A ride in a “loaf” (the car in the pic is kindly called by Russians in this way) turned out to be unforgettable experience. Shaking, the smell of cheap gasoline in the cabin and the terrible heat of the stove… The so-called “Baikal extreme”.

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The stupa on Ogoy Island is said to contain religious books, gold, weapons and letters to all mankind.

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In addition to the snow-white Buddhist shrine – small pyramids and magnificent views.

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The second biggest (after Olkhon) island on the Small Sea Strait.

The next stop is the East side of the Baikal with its beautiful and even more transparent ice.

The valley of Idiba.

In summer, the stream from the gully flows into the Baikal. Now, it can be recognized by dirty yellow ice.

Here, the high mountainous terrain is covered with forests.

The local castle.


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9 Responses to “The Trip to the Majestic Icy Baikal”

  1. popalumi says:

    Sunt impresionata de aceste imagini. Asi dori sa fiu si eu in aceste locuri.

  2. Russian Fan says:

    Wow, the ice cracking into big pieces look like broken pile of glass. Cool.

  3. Chac Mool says:

    Great pics, thanks.

  4. Akasha says:

    #27 reminds me of a painting by caspar david friedrich – the sea of ice

  5. Musa says:

    Cool Post, Thank You. :)

  6. Eric says:

    It is impossible to imagine the feeling to be had from standing atop a kilometre of water with just transparent cracked ice between you and icy doom. It has to be experienced to be understood.

  7. testicules says:

    I heard the water was so cold inBaikal that they don’t require boats to have life vest. The chances of survival are so poor if you’re in that water for very long.

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  9. Mariel says:

    Amazing photos!

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