Russia: Baikal summer


In summer, Lake Baikal shines in all its beauty. The days are often sunny, the colors incredibly intense and nature awakens after the hibernation during the long and cold Siberian Winter. Maybe now it is the best time to explore the oldest and deepest freshwater lake of our planet in the heart of Siberia on a nature, diving and photographic expedition with the ship M.Y. Valeria.

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 shrimp species, 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.

The impressions above and below the water surface are manifold, the days are long, and the experiences are unforgettable.