Lake Baikal Photography Expedition

With its enchanted ice caves, dazzling winter sun and dramatic landscapes, winter is without a doubt the most spectacular time to photograph frozen Lake Baikal.

Lake Baikal Photography Expedition has the well-deserved honour of highlighting Siberia’s most famous frozen landscapes. Summer sees the bulk of tourist activity in the area, but it’s in winter that the most devoted photographers make the pilgrimage, hoping to capture once-in-a-lifetime images of the natural world at its most powerful and surreal.

Under deep freeze conditions, Lake Baikal is an astonishing sight, with its transparent layer of ice blanketing staggeringly clear water plunging over 1000 metres into the abyss. Exploring the lake’s numerous islands will reveal hidden grottoes and frozen caves where intricate ice formations make for otherworldly photo subjects. The Baikal Photo Safari caters for camera buffs of all skill levels, with an expert photographer on hand to give you advice on shooting techniques. Amateur photographers will enjoy workshops on mastering equipment, building the right composition and using filters. Seasoned photographers will learn more about shooting panoramas, focus stacking and night photography. Travelling with a professional team including a guide, translator and drivers, you’ll visit the most visually breathtaking destinations in the Baikal region. You won’t go home without a gallery’s worth of stunning pictures, guaranteed!

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Mixed (hotel, wooden cabins)


Action rating

Group size

10 days / 9 nights


4-10 people

Itinerary View map

DAY 1:Arrival to Irkutsk and transfer to Olkhon island

Meet in the town of Irkutsk, north of Lake Baikal. Travel to Olkhon Island, crossing the ice road from the mainland. We will drive through the snow-covered fields and mounts covered with Taiga woods towards to Lake Baikal.

DAYS 2-8:Landscape photography around Olkhon

Over the next 8 days we will visit the most picturesque destinations in and around Olkhon including the ice grottos of Kharantsy Island, the ice mounds of Khoboy Cape, the Buddhist stupa on Ogoy Island, the tiny settlement of Uzury and the steppe landscapes on the southern part of Olkhon and Tashkinei Fold.

DAY 9:Return to Irkutsk

Our expedition complete, we transfer back to Irkutsk to spend the evening relaxing, celebrating and sharing favourite photos and memories.

DAY 10:Departure

Final morning in Irkutsk, with transport provided to the airport ready for the journey home.



Wooden cabins accommodation on Olkhon Island (8 nights)

Hotel accommodation in Irkutsk (1 night)


Breakfast, lunches and dinners while on Olkhon Island


Group arrival and departure airport transfers

Transportation on tour according to the itinerary (4WD cars)


Professional photographer guide

Local English-speaking tour leader

Experienced drivers

Activities and sights

All sights indicated int he itinerary, depending on the weather


Russian visa support documents

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
10 Feb - 19 Feb 2018
Guaranteed Departures
Limited spaces US $3,870 US $400 Reserve
Your own group at any dates
Private Tour
Available US $3,870 US $400 Reserve

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