Tourist guide

Baikal Lake is one of the most amazing destinations in Russia. The biggest and the deepest freshwater lake in the world is located in the Eastern Siberia among the beautiful taiga forests and Nordic steppes.  Summer is a perfect season to see the beautiful forests of the lake and even to rest on the beautiful beaches. Visiting Baikal in the summer, it is almost impossible to imagine that for five months of the year the lake is covered by metres of ice. But winter Baikal is also a beautiful place to visit.
In this section we will tell how to make a great trip to lake Baikal and which places of the lake are must see.

 

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How to Plan a Travel to Lake Baikal
This article is meant for those who are going to visit Baikal lands with a tent as so-called “unorganized tourists” who prefer “more democratic recreation options” and for those who want to go to the lake on their own.
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We Spin the Pedals: a Bicycle Route from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal
The very convenient location of Irkutsk gives all city residents and tourists an opportunity to go on exciting cycling excursions, from “weekend” trips to several-day trips. You can reach Lake Baikal through absolutely different routes, including the one that can rightfully be called the most popular: Irkutsk - Olkhon.
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Baikal at a Walking Distance: Slyudyanka, Kultuk, Angasolka
If you want to get acquainted with the Circumbaikal railway, but you don’t know where to start, start with the most obvious things. Follow the route Slyudyanka-Kultuk-Angasolka. The first of the three railway stations are not only easy to reach. They can also show you a lot of interesting stuff...
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The Routes of Lake Baikal at Any Season and for Any Tourist
Baikal attracts thousands of tourists from around the world every year. Any traveler will find adventure of his or her type: whether you prefer a walk to the Teplye Lakes or climbing the snow-capped peaks of Khamar-Daban.
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Lake Baikal: places to visit
As it was reported by the Federal State Statistics Service, Irkutsk Oblast is annually visited by 80,000 -150,000 tourists. The majority of people go to Lake Baikal. Today we will tell you about the favorite places of travelers, discuss means of transportation and sightseeing attractions.
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Winter Diving on Baikal
Ice diving on Baikal is quite a special activity. The ice diving season lasts until early spring, so any winter month is a good time to come, but the perfect time for ice diving is late February and early March.
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Skiing at Baikal
The area of the Baikal Mountains in winter receives around 5-6 meters of snowfall, so skiing is one of the favorite tourist activities this time of year.
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The Island of Yarki: the Fragile Paradise of Northern Baikal
There is a strip of land distinguished by its unique beauty in the extreme north of Lake Baikal, in the most inaccessible place of the lake. This beauty can disappear soon. We are speaking about the island of Yarki.
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Museums Dedicated to Summer: Where to Make a Stop on You Way to Lake Baikal
Summer is the time for travels. This time of year is perfect for visiting open-air museums, parks and gardens. This article of the “Key to Baikal” website has collected a selection of such places in Irkutsk Oblast and the Republic of Buryatia that should be visited before going to Baikal.
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Baikal Maldives: the Best Beaches for Spending a Vacation as “Savages”
You can have a rest on Baikal in summer in different ways: fans of comfort and good service can book hotels. Those wishing to improve their health choose health resorts and tourist centres. But if you want to have a real summer adventure, then travel with a tent. This way of traveling will not only save money, but will also enable you to discover amazing places untouched by civilization. So get ready with your backpack and go! We present the 10 most beautiful and clean beaches of Lake Baikal to you.
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Lakes on the Lake: Baikal’s Younger Brothers
Baikal was formed as a result of tectonic shifts, so due to the movement of the Earth’s crust in its vicinity, other lakes emerged. Each of them is interesting in its own way: here you can find the landscapes of Alpine meadows and rare plants, as well as the abundance of underwater fauna. Let’s talk about the junior relatives of the Great Baikal Lake.
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Where Do the Locals Have Rest at Baikal?
Local residents, unlike visitors, know their native region and can tell you what to see and where better to have rest without any guide book. This is especially characteristic of Lake Baikal that stretches for an area of 31 thousand square kilometers. Sometimes it is difficult to choose: what part of this natural giant to visit going on vacation, holiday or just during the weekend.
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Things to Bring Home from Lake Baikal
Самое главное, что вы можете привезти с Байкала это, конечно же, ваши воспоминания и то особенное чувство гармонии, которое непременно настигает всех, кто приезжает на это волшебное озеро.
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Baikal for Children
Baikal is a wonderful place for the whole family to visit. Breathe in pure mountain air, take a dip in the Small Sea, or if you are traveling in winter, ride a sled down the snowy hills of Russia.
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Spining the Pedals: a Bicycle Tour of Olkhon
Olkhon is a unique island, and those who want to travel through it by bike, as commonplace as it may sound, will get unforgettable impressions.
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Zoological and Ecological Monuments of Baikal
Baikal and its surroundings present an inexhaustible treasury for those who seek new impressions. In addition to well-known tourist places, there are very special places: ecological monuments where you can meet unique plants and animals see fantastic landscapes and get a warm in thermal springs.
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Going to Baikal during Holidays: a Weekend Itinerary
Where should you go if you have only several days for staying at Lake Baikal? We’ll tell you about the places you must visit at Lake Baikal and that are perfect for a short trip during weekend or holidays.
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The Island of Olkhon: 300 Days of Sun and Wind
Olkhon is not only the largest island of Baikal. It is also rightly considered the heart of the Great Lake.
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Wild Ski Trails: How to Conquer the Baikal Peaks
How to make the extreme sports lover happy? Send him or her to Baikal! This article tells about the unprepared trails, their characteristics and the ways they can be overcome by tourists.
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Secrets of Winter Fishing on Lake Baikal
Winter on Lake Baikal is a time when you can enjoy a quiet vacation without the crowds of tourists and feel, at last, the real magic of the lake.
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Sights of Baikal in Winter
The winter weather at Baikal may seem harsh to many, but not everyone knows that during the summer months, the lake has time to warm up enough that the accumulated heat makes Baikal winters mild and pleasant for walking and traveling.