The clear blue waters of Lake Baikal in Russia attract visitors who want an adventurous sailing trip with breathtaking views of tree-covered mountains.
As the world’s deepest lake, Baikal contains around one-fifth of Earth’s unfrozen fresh water and is drinkably pure.
The weather system in this part of Russia, bordering Siberia, creates an interesting mix during most sailing tours. Bright, sunny days alternate with spooky fog that makes the mountains look like floating phantoms in the distance.
To see this lake, book a tour with one of the Lake Baikal cruise operators, such as Irkutsk. For around $600 USD per day, visitors can board a multi-day cruise that takes them around the lake for an unforgettably beautiful experience during the summer or winter.
Activities around Lake Baikal continue year round. During the summer, visitors can go horseback riding, hiking or even search for gold at the ancient gold mines of this area. The winter brings opportunities for skiing, ice fishing and relaxing in a Russian sauna.
Photo source: Sergey Gabdurakhmanov