Lake Baikal

Cape Dragon on Lake Baikal's Ogoy Island

Join Muench Workshops pro Kevin Lisota and local pro Vladimir Kushnarev on this amazing photographic journey through some of Russia’s most pristine arctic landscapes and culture. The mountain peaks are covered with snow, and the shallow waters of Lake Baikal are gradually forming ice. The winds from the Baikal and Primorye mountain ridges sweep all the snow to the eastern part of the Lake Baikal, while the severe Siberian frosts keep growing the thick ice cover. By the middle of February the ice is nearly one meter thick. As the winter sun shines on the ice surface, the Baikal ice shell becomes a finely polished mirror. 

The end of winter is the perfect time to experience the bright sun, fantastic ice statues, and beautiful formations of ice. With the sun shining brightly, the daytime temperature will rise above freezing almost every day—but the ice on Baikal is still hard and clear. We will have morning and night photo sessions in crystal hummocks by the most beautiful islands of the lake, capturing loads of unforgettable photos as we travel along half of the winter Baikal Lake. 

We will visit Olkhon Island, photographing on Shamanka Cliff and in the ice grottos of Cape Hoboy. We will cook fish soup with Baikal omul right on the ice of Baikal. You can even skate on this beautiful lake.

This workshop has an extension, to the Nenets Reindeer Herders.

Muench Workshops COVID-19 Workshop Protocols


Irkutsk, Russia




Feb 17, 2022 - Feb 26, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate - Cold temperatures, snow and ice.

Your Pros

Kevin Lisota, Vladimir Kushnarev

Group Size

Limited to 8 Guests
Open for Registration