Lake Baikal Ice Adventure

Walk on water on the oldest lake on Earth
Spring is one of the best times to experience the beauty of Baikal, when the weather is warming up but the lake is frozen solid and crystal clear

Our Lake Baikal Ice Adventure tour takes place during late February and March. The beginning of spring in the Baikal region, at this time of year, the temperature climbs above zero, but the surface of the lake is still largely frozen, covered by solid winter ice so clear you can see rocks and other objects at the bottom of the lake as far as 40m below. During spring, Baikal receives few visitors compared to the summer high season, allowing you to feel an inspiring sense of isolation and communion with undisturbed nature during this handcrafted 7-day tour. Be amazed by the frozen beauty of the world’s oldest and deepest lake and experience real-life walking on water. We’ve included a few activities exclusive to the cooler months such as ice skating snowmobiling to add a sprinkle of spills and thrills to this thoroughly enjoyable adventure.

Lake Baikal Ice Adventure Highlights:

  • Embark on an over-ice expedition on and around Olkhon Island, the largest of Lake Baikal’s islands and the centre of shamanic energy for the Buryat people. Spend three nights on the island and discover pristine beaches, craggy capes, and untouched Siberian forests
  • Enjoy over-ice hovercraft expedition to Ogoy island – one of the sacred places in the region.
  • Enjoy one of the most popular winter activities – snowmobiling and dog sledding.
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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Trip style

Irkutsk

Irkutsk

3* hotels

Winter Adventure

Duration

Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

7 days / 6 nights

     

min 2-max 8

Guaranteed Departures

Day 1:Irkutsk

Welcome to Siberia!

You'll be met at Irkutsk airport for a transfer to your centrally located hotel. Sometime after lunchtime, we will embark on a city tour of Irkutsk and its main sights. Enjoy a welcoming dinner at the cosy restaurant.

Day 2:Listvyanka village

Today is dedicated to Listvyanka village, where we explore its main sights. On the way to Listvyanka, we will visit the Taltsy open-air of wooden architecture, where we enjoy walking down the Siberian streets of 19 Century.

On arrival to Listvyanka, after a short rest at the hotel, we’ll visit the observation point (720m) – Chersky Rock, a lift-chair will take you up from there. From the observation point, you will enjoy incredible views of the source of the Angara River and Lake Baikal. 

Next, we board snowmobiles for a drive along the frozen lake (if weather permits) or though Siberian Taiga forest. Today we also get the opportunity to try dog sledding with friendly Siberian huskies.

Day 3:Transfer to Olkhon Island

For the next 4 days, you are going to travel by minivan on the frozen surface of the great Lake Baikal (*depending on the ice condition).

Your first destination is the legendary island of Olkhon. At 72 km long, Olkhon stands out among the three dozen islands of Baikal for its sheer size and the monumental grandeur of its landscapes. During the 5h drive to the island, we stop for lunch at the road cafe, where we taste traditional Buryat cuisine with a banquet of buuz-dumplings and Buryat tea. Next, we drive along the magnificent Tazheran Steppe, which once was home to the first indigenous Baikal peoples, whose petroglyphs are found at the tribal encampment sites.

Closer to the evening, we arrive at a cozy hotel in Khuzir village. After settling at the hotel, we enjoy a short stroll to the famous Shamanka Rock.

Day 4:Explore Olkhon Island

Today, we explore Olkhon. Jump into our minivan and be ready to see the frozen beauty of the biggest island. In the spring, thanks to the thick layers of ice, you can freely walk right into the grottoes and admire the beauty of the ice shapes. During our stops on the ice, you will enjoy ice grottoes and caves with amazing ice formations and Lake Baikal views. These places are very famous for the glass-clear ice, so be prepared to make a lot of photos!

Day 5:Ogoy Island

Get ready to be excited as today's transport is legendary hovercraft, similar to those James Bond was using in one of his adventures! 

Today,  we visit sacred Ogoy Island, which has never been inhabited by people and it is considered to be “a pure land”, that is free of negative energy. More than ten years ago the Stupa of Enlightenment was established here. It is considered that Buddhist stupas are meant to dissolve negative interferences in the world, favour locality and benefit to people especially to those who visit them consciously. At the southern part of the Island, we stop for a photo of the iconic Dragon Rock, which you may saw previously on the internet.

In the evening we’ll return to the hotel for a yummy dinner. Today we suggest trying a real Siberian Sauna  - "banya" to warm up after a long winter day.

Day 6:Transfer back to Irkutsk

Today we say goodbye to Olkhon island and head back to Irkutsk. On the way, we stop at the Ust-Orda ethnic park, where we will enjoy traditional Buryat cuisine and immerse ourselves in their culture and traditions.

Upon arrival to Irkutsk, relax at your hotel, take a stroll ath citie's cosy streets, before heading to the restaurant to enjoy our last dinner together.

Day 7:Departure

Time to say goodbye to the oldest and deepest lake on earth. After breakfast, transfer to the Irkutsk airport for your flight back home or to your next destination.

Inclusions

Group airport transfers

All transportation on tour according to the itinerary (minivan, hovercraft)

Hotel accommodation in Irkutsk, Listvyanka village and Olkhon Island

Breakfasts in the hotels, some lunches during day excursions, some dinners

All experiences and activities indicated in the itinerary with local professional English-speaking guide

Russian visa support document (voucher/invitation letter)

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees

Optional excursions

Individual transfers, not indicated in the itinerary

Alcohol

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
22 Feb - 28 Feb, 2020
Guaranteed Departures
AvailableUS $2,445US $350Reserve

Testimonials

Julija GlizevskajaLithuania

It was a pretty great adventure and well organised!

I enjoyed a lot! Great food (especially picnics), good accommodation. Days were planned very well, we had enough time to enjoy and made plenty of photos or just have fun. I really liked, that we were not rushed. Our guide was enthusiastic, full of energy and well acknowledged. The group was very friendly, probably that our age range was pretty small. It was also very nice to receive a small present on international women’s day.

Although it was sad to see that majority of the group didn’t speak English. It’s strange that young Russian could not understand English. Except for guide and Australian girl, there was only one more who spoke some English and could communicate with us.
Then I was a bit disappointed that it was provided too much alcohol. But even on an ice raft, when in a program was mentioned that it would be mulled wine, there was only champagne. I hope this could be taken into consideration.

And in conclusion, I would like to say thank you for a great time. I would definitely recommend it!
PS. I am also at some point would love to visit Kamchatka and Yakutia.

Regards
Julia

Oskari EskolaFinland

We really did have an amazing time at Baikal!

We had spectacular luck with the weather, being basically sunny with no wind or downwind for the days with skating, and when skiing in Mamai there was a 50cm dump of snow during the night that provided great powder runs. But we were even more impressed with the level of planning you had put into making the trip a success, from all the transports to every meal it was perfect.Having some diet issues I was very happy to see that all the food was thought through, but that it also had a local touch, since that always makes it more interesting.

I guess the only improvement would have been if our skiing guide had known a bit more English, but even now it worked out, and he did a great job overall. Our ice skating guide was fantastic - if he would want to improve, he could be a bit more proactive in describing the plan, and options etc, but that’s a minor detail.

Hendrik and Claudia LeberSwitzerland

Moscow was fascinating, we want to come back soon. And personally, I liked Siberia and Lake Baikal.

I was very happy with the tour organisation it was well planned and everything was smooth. All our needs were covered. The guides in both Moscow and lake Baikal was very good. By the way, the group was also very nice. We were happy to be in a mixed Russian-Western group with mostly young people.

4 Seasons Hotel in Moscow was outstanding, one of the best rooms in one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at. Hotel in Irkutsk was good. The hotels and guest houses on Lake Baikal itself were not up to our standards, especially regarding beds (mattress and bed cover) and bathrooms. Food was ok, but somewhat monotonous. For a week it is ok, but it is not very positive memory.

But anyway, we've enjoyed our time in Moscow and Lake Baikal very much. Moscow was fascinating, we want to come back soon. And personally, I liked Siberia and Lake Baikal. I liked the emptiness, the cold, the ice. With better hotels, I could even convince my wife to come back.

I will definitely recommend choosing the 56th Parallel for others travellers and yes, I highly recommend to travellers explore Lake Baikal, however, it is suitable only for a certain type of traveller.

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Chris WrightAustralia

Everything was wonderful!

I was very happy with the trip. The guide, Yulia, was wonderful. She was friendly, positive, knowledgeable and interesting. Alexei the driver was very good at what he does. The lake, of course, is absolutely beautiful, a wonderful place. Thank you for all of your assistance with that part of the trip too.

Sandra Thomas and Pat FarrantUK

A trip of a lifetime, many thanks!

Hi Anna, just to say "thank you" for organizing such a fantastic trip in Lake Baikal! Both Pat and I thoroughly enjoyed it and met some lovely people, the one day of -40C was a bit extreme. All went off well, both of the tour guides in Moscow and Irkutsk were really good and drivers met us all promptly, so really well organized! Thank you so much for putting up with all our enquires. Anyway a trip of a lifetime, many thanks! 

Lake Baikal winter tour

7 days
Irkutsk
from
$
2,445
USD
Make an enquiry
7 days
from
$
2,445
USD
Make an enquiry
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Day 1: Irkutsk

Welcome to Siberia!

You'll be met at Irkutsk airport for a transfer to your centrally located hotel. Sometime after lunchtime, we will embark on a city tour of Irkutsk and its main sights. Enjoy a welcoming dinner at the cosy restaurant.

Day 2: Listvyanka village

Today is dedicated to Listvyanka village, where we explore its main sights. On the way to Listvyanka, we will visit the Taltsy open-air of wooden architecture, where we enjoy walking down the Siberian streets of 19 Century.

On arrival to Listvyanka, after a short rest at the hotel, we’ll visit the observation point (720m) – Chersky Rock, a lift-chair will take you up from there. From the observation point, you will enjoy incredible views of the source of the Angara River and Lake Baikal. 

Next, we board snowmobiles for a drive along the frozen lake (if weather permits) or though Siberian Taiga forest. Today we also get the opportunity to try dog sledding with friendly Siberian huskies.

Day 3: Transfer to Olkhon Island

For the next 4 days, you are going to travel by minivan on the frozen surface of the great Lake Baikal (*depending on the ice condition).

Your first destination is the legendary island of Olkhon. At 72 km long, Olkhon stands out among the three dozen islands of Baikal for its sheer size and the monumental grandeur of its landscapes. During the 5h drive to the island, we stop for lunch at the road cafe, where we taste traditional Buryat cuisine with a banquet of buuz-dumplings and Buryat tea. Next, we drive along the magnificent Tazheran Steppe, which once was home to the first indigenous Baikal peoples, whose petroglyphs are found at the tribal encampment sites.

Closer to the evening, we arrive at a cozy hotel in Khuzir village. After settling at the hotel, we enjoy a short stroll to the famous Shamanka Rock.

Day 4: Explore Olkhon Island

Today, we explore Olkhon. Jump into our minivan and be ready to see the frozen beauty of the biggest island. In the spring, thanks to the thick layers of ice, you can freely walk right into the grottoes and admire the beauty of the ice shapes. During our stops on the ice, you will enjoy ice grottoes and caves with amazing ice formations and Lake Baikal views. These places are very famous for the glass-clear ice, so be prepared to make a lot of photos!

Day 5: Ogoy Island

Get ready to be excited as today's transport is legendary hovercraft, similar to those James Bond was using in one of his adventures! 

Today,  we visit sacred Ogoy Island, which has never been inhabited by people and it is considered to be “a pure land”, that is free of negative energy. More than ten years ago the Stupa of Enlightenment was established here. It is considered that Buddhist stupas are meant to dissolve negative interferences in the world, favour locality and benefit to people especially to those who visit them consciously. At the southern part of the Island, we stop for a photo of the iconic Dragon Rock, which you may saw previously on the internet.

In the evening we’ll return to the hotel for a yummy dinner. Today we suggest trying a real Siberian Sauna  - "banya" to warm up after a long winter day.

Day 6: Transfer back to Irkutsk

Today we say goodbye to Olkhon island and head back to Irkutsk. On the way, we stop at the Ust-Orda ethnic park, where we will enjoy traditional Buryat cuisine and immerse ourselves in their culture and traditions.

Upon arrival to Irkutsk, relax at your hotel, take a stroll ath citie's cosy streets, before heading to the restaurant to enjoy our last dinner together.

Day 7: Departure

Time to say goodbye to the oldest and deepest lake on earth. After breakfast, transfer to the Irkutsk airport for your flight back home or to your next destination.

Included

Group airport transfers

All transportation on tour according to the itinerary (minivan, hovercraft)

Hotel accommodation in Irkutsk, Listvyanka village and Olkhon Island

Breakfasts in the hotels, some lunches during day excursions, some dinners

All experiences and activities indicated in the itinerary with local professional English-speaking guide

Russian visa support document (voucher/invitation letter)

Not included

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees

Optional excursions

Individual transfers, not indicated in the itinerary

Alcohol

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