A frozen worldBy Johnny Haglund, Monday March 13, 2017
It’s spring in Europe… but not in Siberia, at least not along the shores of Baikal. The whole lake is still frozen and the roads are made on the ice. In some places we have measured the ice and found it to be more than two metres thick; still accidents can happen quite often. Like when there are weak areas on the ice and cars – in many cases driven by drunk drivers – fall into them.
I have been on the ice for about two weeks now, driving from the far south of Baikal to the far north of Baikal. So far, we have experienced minus 30 degrees Celsius on only two days. Mostly it’s been around minus 15 to 25 degrees.
As a photographer, it’s not very difficult to enjoy a trip like this. There are massive ice sculptures in many places as well as high mountains covered with snow and pine trees along the shores and several small villages, some of which abandoned.
One of the most popular places among the surprisingly high amount of tourists – who are mainly Chinese and Russian – is Olkhon Island where these photos were taken.