Baikal in winter is magnificent. Every year I find myself returning to the lake, so I can walk over its clear ice. I take my first few faltering steps like a child, listening to the cracking noise under my feet and the excited exclamations of the people around me, resonating within the ice – this is how good old Baikal welcomes you into its domain. Only in winter do you have this unique opportunity to travel around a number of islands on Baikal, see the most incredibly shaped cliffs from up close and take a peek into some of the grottoes and caves that are made inaccessible from the water in summertime. I invite you to join me on a journey by car around Baikal, get a little closer to and experience the local beauty in winter.