Maxim Milyutin, traveller and tour operator based in Irkutsk near Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia, Russia

Hi there! My name is Maxim Milyutin. I am based in Irkutsk, Russia's Siberia.

Traveller, organizer of local travel talks, and owner of Irkutsk hostel Nerpa Backpackers. Travel for me is not necessary movement to some place far away from home, it's a state of soul. That's why I like to travel around my home region and and abroad as well. I'm happy to share my knowledge about Baikal with everybody!

Feel free to ask me about Lake Baikal via the contact form

Tatiana Baksheeva, our previous blog runner, remains with us as a contributor.

The King of Iced Seas… continued)

Here are some more beautiful Lake Baikal ice panoramas… You know. these pics really make me thinking about hiking on frozen Lake Baikal… What about you?

Scientists predict that Baikal will exist even when the face of our planet will change beyond recognition - and it's many thousands of years.

Locals call Lake Baikal – the Sea. Its length is 636 kilometers and its width is only 80

At the dawn, crystal clear ice hummocks are filled with a mysterious golden glow

On the lake ice thickness varies from 70 to 113 centimeters, with an identified pattern: the more snow, the thinner ice.

One form of ice freezing – sokuyi. They appear on coastal rocks, jetties, rocks. They can reach 10 meters in height.

Ice breaks may be up to 10-30 kilometers when frost strengthens. The width of these cracks can reach several meters.

Water is so clean that visibility under ice can reach 40 meters.

Baikal is the deepest lake in the world

When internal pressure reaches a critical level, the ice breaks up.

From a distance, the ice seems to be smooth as a mirror, but when you come closer you will see the meandering cracks, hummocky fields, and snow drifts

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