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Lake Baikal. 13-19.02.2019

Ice And Flame.


After the wild autumn storms, when mountain peaks are totally covered with snow fur hats and severe Siberian frosts are getting close to the last remains of summer warmth, the shallow lake waters are gradually being covered with steady firm ice and the winter Lake Baikal comes into the stage of freeze-up. The ice-cold winds from the Baikal and Primorye mountain ridges swoop their powerful and heavy strikes on Lake Baikal sweeping all the snow from the ice cover to the eastern part of the lake, and the severe Siberian frosts keep growing the thick ice cover. By the middle of February ice gets almost 1 metre wide. After that, the shy winter sun starts to shine on the ice surface getting stronger and stronger with the growing day, and Baikal ice shell, with no snow at all, turns into a fine polished mirror.
We suggest that you should leave the dull grey cities, squelching with the dirty snow custard, and set out for the sunny Baikal, to the kingdom of purity, the bright sun, fantastic ice statues, and gorgeously beautiful compositions made of icicles and splashes of ice. The end of winter is perfect to see the wonders of the winter Baikal from the ice. The sun is shining brightly like in the spring, and the day temperature rises above zero almost every day. But the ice on Baikal is still hard and clear!
We guarantee loads of unforgettable impressions as the participants of our tour will be able to travel along half of the winter Baikal Lake, we shall have morning and night photo sessions in crystal hummocks by the most beautiful islands of the lake, we are going to visit Olkhon Island and take pictures on Shamanka Cliff and in the ice grottos of Cape Hoboy, cook fish soup with Baikal omul right on the ice of Baikal. And for those who like active leisure we can offer skating on Baikal (as for the skates, we are going to bring them there for you). Are you still hesitating?

Then you'll have to watch the VIDEO about our Baikal photo tour made in March, 2016.


Day 1. We meet 9 AM (local time) at airport of Irkutsk (IKT). Trannsfer to Olkhon Island. It usually takes 4 hours. Breakfast in a cafe of Buryat cuisine on our way. Сhecking in our hotel in Khuzhir village. Evening and night (depending on the sky condition and the moon phase) photo session on Shamanka Cliff.
Day 2. Early start out for Uzury. Sunrise in ice grottos. After breakfast we are leaving for Cape Hoboy. During February one can see the most beautiful ice there, of tender blueish tint, and ice hummocks build up wonderful conglomerations of crystal ice blocks. We are going to spend a few hours there hunting for masterpieces. A night photo session in the basin of the Maloe Sea or in ice grottos.
Day 3-4. A morning photo session near the island of Ogoy. We are going to explore and to take pictures of the coast and the islands of the Maloe Sea Strait.  An evening and maybe a night photo session in the grottos of Kharantsovsky Island or in the grottos of the Maloe Sea.

Day 5. Extra and spare day for the weather when we can repeat shooting at the most interesting locations.(B/L/D)

Day 6. Meeting dawn in the grottos of the Maloe Sea as one visit to those places is never enough. In the afternoon after the lunch we are going to Irkutsk. Checking in the hotel at Irkutsk.
Day 7. Transfer to the airport.
Our unforgettable journey is over. We depart for Moscow or for other airport at 7AM or later (local time).


PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY Mostly Beginner. Good mobility is required, but there will be no difficult climbing or hikes.

Double room accommodation. Each 2 participants will share a room in a comfortable hotel. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners according to the program. Professional photography guidance by 2 award-winning landscape photographers;
Post-processing workshop when possible;
Activities according to the program.

International airfare to and from Irkutsk (IKT);
Dinners and lunches (12-15 euro/per day);
Visa fee if applicable;
Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
Travel Insurance;
Single accomodation 350 Euro;
Alcoholic drinks;
Non-meal-time snacks;
Non-meal-time soft drinks.

GROUP LIMIT 12 guests maximum

Your deposit of Euro1000 will hold your place in this workshop. Further payment of EURO 990 is due by 13 November, 2018. All payments are non-refundable. In case of impossibility of your participation in this tour, we will refund all payments minus the fee for the transfer of money if there is a replacement for your spot.

Photography Equipment
A digital camera, preferably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
A sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
Recommended: an ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
A camera remote.

WEAR Waterproof and windproof down jacket (consider the average temperatures is -15-25C)
Waterproof pants

. Casual clothes for dinners and lunches; Ice Crampons

GUIDE OF THE TOUR Vladimir Kushnarev. Professional photographer, guide. In addition to photography and travel, Vladimir conducts professional workshops on post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom editors, panoramic photography, night landscape photography.
Spending a lot of time travelling, he still manages to take part in some contests.
Here are a few of his latest achievements and awards:
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest in “night landscape” section;
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest “Planet Summer”;
- First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
- Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards  2016;
- Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards  2017.



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