Today we cruise Lake Baikal by hovercraft, we will see how easy it is to traverse an impressive distance over the ice. Speed of the craft depends on the weather, wind and ice condition. We will make our way to the village of Bolshoe Goloustnye, which began as a settlement in the 17th century. It’s history is largely associated with trade routes between Russia and China. We will stop here for lunch.
Today you have the chance to experience the thrill of dog-sledding or if ice-skating is more to your taste, lace-up your skates and glide over the deepest ice-skating rink in the world! In some places the ice is incredibly smooth and transparent, take a peek at the stones and fish under the thick layer of ice!
We also have the chance to stop at the beautiful nook of Peschannaya Bay to see the “walking trees”. This is a wonder of Lake Baikal, where sand erosion has exposed much of a tree’s delicate root structure to give the impression of it walking on stilts. When we arrive in the hunting center of Buguldeika village, we’ll have a short ride to Talovskoye hotel where we’ll sleep in cozy wooden houses. It is likely we’ll enjoy deer for dinner.