Russia: Baikal spring

Gallery "Baikal Summer"

This spring expedition at lake Baikal is a real highlight for divers, nature lovers & photographers. In the spring the weather is often perfect: blue skies and little to no wind make this tour a relaxing and impressive experience for all. Start of the tour is in Irkutsk, from here it goes along the river Angara to the banks of the Baikal, where in the fishing village Listvyanka the M.Y. Valeria is waiting for us. The route of our expedition takes us on the Baikal from the south to the middle to Olkhon & Ushkany and to some of the best dive sites the lake has to offer.

Lake Baikal measures over 1,600 meters at its deepest point, making it the deepest and, with 25 million years, the oldest freshwater lake in the world. Another amazing special with this lake is the unique flora and fauna: About two-thirds of the approximately 1,500 animal and 1,000 plant species are endemic, that means they occur exclusively here. Surprisingly, many fish and shrimps, as well as sponges were also able to adapt to a life in deep water and are even to be found at a depth of 1.6 kilometers.

 

Highlights

  • Diving and nature experience in the heart of Siberia
  • Over 2,000 kilometers, largely untouched shore zone
  • Crystal clear water, amazing visibility and underwater photography
  • Stunning landscape in autumnally colors
  • Friendly and open people and culture
  • The deepest and oldest lake on earth, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Many endemic species, including Nerpa (a freshwater seal)
  • Freshwater sponges and gammarus (freshwater shrimps)
  • Explore the Baikal by ship and see areas that are hardly accessible from land
  • Reliable and professional organization on site