See some of the most important sights in the city and take breaks to sample some Siberian cuisine and drinks while learning about Irkutsk’s rich history!
- Ride deeply into the Siberian forest, enjoy the magic of Russian winter
- Explore the small village on the lakeshore, learn how the locals live in such extreme conditions
- Enjoy ice skating on Baikal lake, the biggest natural ice skating rink in the world!
- Eyewitness famous CO2 bubbles stuck in the layers of Baikal ice
- Have a delicious meal in a local cafe and warm up after Baikal walk
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Experience ice skating on the biggest rink in the world
- Language: English
- Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, private car with a driver, snacks on the way, ice skates rent, lunch in a local cafe
- Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide
- Duration: 8 hours
- Meeting point: Babr Monument, Irkutsk.
- Starting time: 9 am
- Ending point: Your hotel in Irkutsk
Get ready for adventure! We take a ride to a small village Bolshoe Goloustnoe on the shore of Lake Baikal, moving through the picturesque Siberian forest, crossing rivulets and leaving small settlements behind.
It takes us about 2 hours to cover the distance of 123 km (77 miles) from Irkutsk to Bolshoe Goloustnoe. On the way, we tell you interesting stories and share our personal experience about the lake, Siberia and local life.
Upon arrival, we will explore the village and step on ice. Don’t be scared, as in winter Baikal gets frozen down to 6-7 m! This place is famous for a very beautiful transparent ice covered with bubbles. Gas, going up, gets frozen inside the ice, patterning it in an intricate way. Have you ever tried ice skating on a natural ice lake? That what is expecting you! We will teach you how to ice skate, it’s going to be fun!
Fresh air and activities will make anybody hungry. A wonderful lunch in a local café will introduce you to traditional Siberian cuisine. After lunch, it’s time to go back to Irkutsk and say goodbye to the farther Baikal.