5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

Lake Baikal in south Siberia stands out from all other lakes on earth: it’s the deepest and the oldest lake in the world. The lake’s biggest island, Olkhon, stands out as well. Shrouded in lore and legend, the island has been spiritually important to the people of the region for hundreds of years and is incredibly beautiful, too. Set in a peculiar rain shadow, it has more sunny days than the Black Sea coast. Here are five of our favorite ways to experience the outstanding natural and cultural beauty of Olkhon Island. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

I first made it to Siberia’s Lake Baikal in the 1980s, when it was even more of a sparsely-populated backwater than it is today. I’ve seen it in all seasons, and I enjoy finding fun and challenging things to do whenever I touch down on either side of the deepest, oldest lake on earth. With a list that includes dog-sledding, ice-fishing, hiking the Great Baikal Trail, and barbecuing on the lake shore, my favorite things can be duplicated by any MIR traveler who wants to experience the best of Siberia. Read More


Happy New Year (of the Dog): How to Celebrate like a Buryat

Happy New Year (of the Dog): How to Celebrate like a Buryat

Around the shores of great Lake Baikal in south central Siberia, the indigenous Buryat people enjoy a New Year’s celebration that lasts an entire month. Called Sagaalgan, “White Month,” the holiday is a hybrid of shamanist and Buddhist traditions, and it begins just before the Lunar New Year. Read More


Frolic on a Frozen Lake Baikal: Dog Sleds, Ice-Fishing, Hovercrafts and More

Frolic on a Frozen Lake Baikal: Dog Sleds, Ice-Fishing, Hovercrafts and More

When you think of Siberia, you may think of punishment and exile, of barren tundra and vast expanses of nothingness - of a place of no return. But that's comparable to thinking that everybody in Alaska lives in igloos. Read More


UNESCO Spotlight: Siberia’s Legendary Lake Baikal

UNESCO Spotlight: Siberia’s Legendary Lake Baikal

Dubbed "Pearl of Siberia," no wonder Lake Baikal is on so many travelers’ bucket lists of places to go before they die. It's hands-down superlative: the oldest and deepest lake in the world. It's also considered an ancient holy and sacred place. Read More