Listvyanka is an excellent destination for a first brief encounter with Lake Baikal. It is just 1 hour away from Irkutsk. At the Baikal Museum and Aquarium, you can see freshwater seals called “nerpa”, sturgeon and omul as well as a relief map of Baikal. Atop Chersky Rock, you can admire the delta of the Angara River and the magical blue tints of the lake surrounded by mountains. Listvyanka village is the departure point for boat excursions towards the Circumbaikal railroad as well as kayaking, horse-riding, hiking and more.