Lake Baikal. Siberia, Russia

Lake Baikal is a biggest freshwater lake located in south-central Siberia, Russia, not far from the Mongolian border. It is so huge that often is mistaken for a sea. The lake is located near a Siberian city, Irkutsk. Baikal is about 636 km long. It is 20 to 80 km wide, and it is surrounded by mountains, Taiga forest all around, forests and wild rivers, Baikal is an immense and breathtaking area of natural beauty.

Lake Baikal. Siberia, Russia. Cape Burhan and Shaman Rock on Olkhon Island at Baikal Lake

It is also the deepest lake on the Planet, at its deepest point, it is 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) deep. The Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it has over 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water. It has unique fauna and flora, that no other place in the World has, with over 1600 species of animals and plants. Among the unique sea animals the most significant are: Baikal omul fish and Baikal oil fish, nerpa, one of the world’s only freshwater species of seal.

Lake Baikal. Siberia, Russia. Lake Baikal. Summer Day

“Baikal’s is 25–30 million years old”

Baikal’s is 25–30 million years old. Which is make it one of the oldest lakes in the World. If you have a desire to visit Russia, you should also experience an unbelievable greatness of the biggest lake in the World. Lake Baikal is often described as one the most transcendent examples of a freshwater ecosystems.

Lake Baikal. Siberia, Russia. Winter baikal

The nature of Baikal is truly beautiful and incredibly gorgeous. A lot of tourists come here even in winter just to enjoy the glory of nature diversity. Great Taiga forests, high mountains, the mysteriousness of local landscapes leave no opportunity to stay indifferent for this real treasures of Russian nature.

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