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Cold ferry in May

You touch the water, you get a year younger, you wash your face you get 5 years younger, you dip in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sam W
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Hong Kong, China
Travelled by minibus from Ulan-Ude to explore the eastern shore

Travelled to 'Turka' on the Eastern shore, apparently much less inhabited and quieter than the... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2018
WW_Traveller023
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Sydney, Australia
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Known as the Pearl of Siberia, this incredibly pure and clear freshwater lake measures one mile in depth, contains more flora and fauna than any other lake in the world, including the only existing fresh water seals, and is surrounded by high mountains, wildflower meadows and rich green forests.
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E, Russia
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Reviewed 4 days ago

You touch the water, you get a year younger, you wash your face you get 5 years younger, you dip in the lake you become a virgin again (females). That's what they say. This part of Siberia is crazy cold for May, and other times...More

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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Travelled to 'Turka' on the Eastern shore, apparently much less inhabited and quieter than the Western shore where many tourists visit the lake from Irkutsk. It was September and it was still a bit cold (We even had snow on a pass en-route to Turka)....More

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Ice-break is awesome. When you travel on the frozen lake in January - March with temperature about -15 to -25, you can see the ice-break near the islands, peninsulas, shore....Also there are ice cave in some places, we can go inside and see the ice...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

This was my first long tour in Russia. And buoy, was it one to remember! We travelled with friends for 16 days, and came away with the feeling that we're probably short by just about 6 months to fully apprehend the beauty of Baikal. Pro...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Fantastic natural wonders, incredible scenery. The Winter Baikal Lake is a must-see experience. The cold is not too bad, because this cold is "dry cold". Put this experience on bucket list!!!!

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

I stayed in Listvyanka in summer 2017 and had a wonderful time--great, quirky restaurants--Shuri Muri, Cafe Sarma and so on. Stunning views and marvellous sunsets in the summer, especially from the terrace of Shuri Muri. Visiting Olkhon Island is a must-do in summer and winter....More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

I was on Baikal lake on 1st February and crossed the lake from Tankhoy to Listvyanka on hovercraft, fully frozen lake some scenery you have not seen anywhere like a dark blue ice due to 1500 m deep water underneath. Note only that the is...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

This is a charming lake to unwind and enjoy a peaceful time with friends . I stayed there for two nights after 34 hours in a train 🚂. It is good to go with good company 👍 I will visit again during Autumn when the...More

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Reviewed 3 August 2017

The scenery is pretty decent in summer with the lake view in the north part. I also expect much in winter since the pictures of ice I see are very pretty.

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

This was one of our stops on the Tsar's Gold Train. Had a great outdoor picnic and took a dip in the icy water. A little vodka helped. It is one of the most beautiful spots in Russia. If you decide to take a dip,...More

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amputechture
15 November 2017|
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Response from Hamidrezas | Reviewed this property |
Thick ice is build up very late. normally it will be safe to cross in mid February but I crossed the lake on 1st February by hovercraft. the shore have ice much earlier.
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Response from awesome-annie1945 | Reviewed this property |
It is hard to distance yourself from crowds in May-August, because that is the high season. That being said, the areas are still pretty remote so it isn't like having to wait in lines or bulldoze your way through. The... More
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