Frozen Lake Baikal, Russia

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Lake Baikal situated near Irkutsk in Russia, is the perfect stopover on the transiberian railway. We opted to take a trip and stay on Olkhon island which is easily accessible from Irkutsk, in order to see the greatest fresh water lake in the world. It was declared a world heritage site back in 1996, and is certainly worth a visit in both summer and winter. Apparently in summer, swimming can give you vertigo due to the depth of the lake.
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