Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake. Because of the unequal pressure under the surface of the ice, the surface of the lake cracks and fragments, leaving jagged shards exposed. The deep water makes the ice appear turquoise. Lake Baikal is also thought to be the world’s oldest lake, at 25 million years.
The lake is home to 1700 species of plants and animals; about two-thirds of them cannot be found anywhere else on earth. The Baikal seal, one of the few seals to be found exclusively in fresh water, is endemic to the area. The Baikal grayling, a fish closely related to salmon, is a favorite of anglers in the area.
Because of its remote location, few tourists go to see Lake Baikal. But, if you wish to see this geological treasure, you can travel there on the scenic Trans-Siberian Railroad. There is also an airport in Irkutsk, which is about 2 hours’ drive from the lake. Many of those who visit stay at the popular resort in the village of Listvyanka, on the lake’s shores.
A journey to Lake Baikal, whether during summer or winter, is bound to be an unforgettable trip. Still looking for a special lady to share it with? Log on now to meet eligible Russian and Ukrainian ladies.