Lake Baikal is one of the world’s oldest and deepest lake located in southern Siberia, Russia. Photographer Kristina Makeeva recently walked on the frozen lake for a set of incredible photographs.
This freshwater lake reaches depths of 5,387 feet (1,642 meters) and freezes over to a thickness of 5 to 6.5 feet. It’s a lake that has historically been walked over during the winter, including by the Russian army in 1920 during the Great Siberian Ice March. Today, people flock to Lake Baikal, some even setting up tents to marvel at the clear ice.
Makeeva travelled to the area with friends, where she was pulled toward the lake by its enchanting beauty. The photographer describes her experience on Bored Panda: “In some parts ice is slippery like the mirror. You can shoot ideal reflections. A lot of travellers are moving about on skates, bicycles or sledges. Some of them are walking for several hundreds of kilometres and are sleeping in the tents on ice. Marvellous place. Very atmospheric.
“Ice is cracking all the time. When the frost is very heavy, cracks divide ice different areas. The length of these cracks is 6-8 miles (10-30 kilometres), and the width is 1-2 feet (2-3 meters). Cracks happen every year, approximately at the same areas of the lake. They are followed by a loud crack that is reminiscent of thunder or a gun shot. Thanks to the cracks, the fish in the lake don’t die from the lack of oxygen. Generally, the ice of Baikal carries a lot of enigmas, the majority of formations provokes the interest of scientists.”