Ice Shards of Baikal
Deep in south-east Siberia lies the oldest lake in the world, 3.15-million-ha of pure fresh water which adds up to 20% of the world's total unfrozen freshwater reserve in the summer. In the heart of winter though it completely freezes over to form a winter paradise of Ice and wonder. Travelling across the frozen ice is done via stout UAZ vans and skilled local fisherman as drivers and guides.
As the temperatures drop over night the ice expands and moves causing itself to shatter against the lake banks and Islands. Known as the 'Galapagos of Russia', its age and isolation have produced one of the world's richest and most unusual freshwater faunas, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science.