Lake Baikal is the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the World: 636km long and 27 to 80km wide. It’s volume is equivalent to 22% of the World’s fresh water resource. If it were in the UK it would stretch from Lands End to Liverpool or from Bristol to Glasgow. It has 26000 endemic species of animals.
We took a bus to Lisvjanka, a popular settlement on the Lake. At the Baikal Museum I learnt that the Lake is frozen over for nearly six months of the year. The ice did not completely clear until the end of June.
In the morning the weather was grey and dull and the shoreline was deserted. The village came to life as the weather brightened in the early afternoon.. here are some black and white snaps of the scene.
Later in the afternoon we visited an ethnographic museum of Siberian log-built architecture. Many of the buildings were original and had been dismantled in their original location and moved to the open air museum.