Baikal, the largest freshwater reservoir on the planet, is aptly nicknamed the “Pearl of Siberia“, so it is not surprising that images worldwide are willing to brave harsh conditions to capture the magic lake.
The same happened in the case of Andrey Nekrasov, a talented photographer from Odessa, who wanted to capture the turquoise ice from another perspective, the underwater. The result is truly remarkable, images are magnificent.
Fascinating is turquoise ice, which is laid as the eye can see. The phenomenon is a reflection of sunlight, which in this unique place on the planet creates a surreal effect.
Besides being recognized as the place where shamans gather and legends circulating on the account to make the Lake Baikal an irresistible attraction for lovers of thrills. In 1996 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Olhon Island, the largest of the Baikal, it attracts tourists, although it’s not really a cinch to get there. From Irkutsk to the island are almost 400 kilometers. After about 170 km of asphalt, start a rustic road and easily accessible.
Locals say that shamans prohibit asphalting, because there is the belief that once paved road, shamans dead souls could no longer reach the lake to drink.
Legends of the deepest lake in the world still retain the days of Genghis Khan, and people do not deviate from them because “the fierce snake” do not get angry. Because of the depth, the lake can suddenly appear huge waves that can kill even the most experienced fishermen.