When people first start thinking about visiting lake Baikal and realize that it is located in Siberia, they think that the only time they can go visit without freezing to death is summer, but, of course, this is just a misconception. Depending on what your taste is like, lake Baikal is a perfect place for a tourist all year long. Here we will talk a bit more about what every time of the year has to offer.
New Year’s and Christmas holidays
Winter holidays on lake Baikal offer a perfect combination of clean air, pristine nature, starry skies and Russian holiday traditions. New Year’s and Christmas are the the most important holidays for many Russians, so if you would like to learn more about Russian culture and holiday celebrations, opt for visiting lake Baikal during this time of year. However, keep in mind that Russian Christmas is celebrated on January 7th, not December 25th.
Ice season on lake Baikal, Siberia
Ice season on Baikal starts around 15 February and usually lasts until the end of April. During this time the ice on the lake gets so thick you can walk, ice skate and ski on it. Some other fun activities include dog sledding, ice diving, skiing in the mountains and even visiting a sauna made entirely from ice.
Visiting Baikal lake in May
In May you can enjoy a beautiful spring on the lake, watch the ice and snow slowly melt and delicate spring flowers emerge and bloom. Visiting Baikal during this month allows tourists to truly get in touch with nature and enjoy spring.
Summer tours to lake Baikal
Summer is, without doubt, the most popular time for tourists to visit lake Baikal. The weather is usually warm and sunny, you can rent a cabin and spend your days going on hikes, sunbathing and even swimming in lake Baikal. There is a huge number of tours you can take from the lake, visiting caves, islands, ravines and other picturesque lakes. There are also numerous hunting and fishing opportunities available, giving everyone in the family something to do.
Fall at lake Baikal in Russia
Fall is the time for quiet reflection and contemplation no matter where you are, but lake Baikal provides a perfect setting for this. Fall here lasts from the beginning of September until the end of October. You can expect to enjoy golden leaves, sunny and calm weather and virtually no tourists - what can be better?
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