Exploring Siberia's Frozen Lake Baikal

Exploring Siberia's Frozen Lake Baikal

Siberia is one of the world's cold-est places in winter, and it is also home to the world's deep-est lake (Note: I am fascinated by all of the world's "-est" places).  In winter this lake, Lake Baikal, freezes over and turns into a Narnia-like landscape of snow and ice. This frozen lake was the main attraction around which my travel friend Alex and I planned our trip to Siberia this past January.   

KHARANTSY ISLAND

After traveling with Alex to Antarctica in summer, I felt like I'd be prepared to brave the winter in Siberia.  To see frozen Lake Baikal, we traveling in a comfortably heated 4-wheel-drive SUV with a local driver and guide, but when we drove out on the lake at Kharantsky Island on this lovely, clear morning we were exposed to the -20°F temperature.  I worked quickly to get my drone up in the air to grab photos of this otherworldly icescape.

 
 
 

Cape Khoboy

 

Khuzhir and Shaman rock

 
 
Allianz' "World's Away" filmed in Australia

Allianz' "World's Away" filmed in Australia

RUSSIA: Winter in Siberia

RUSSIA: Winter in Siberia