Winter is a great time to catch Olkhon Island’s dazzling ice caves, frosty cliffs, frozen waterfalls and giant cracks that can run for several km on the surface of Lake Baikal. Admire the shaman’s rock from the shore and the frozen lake from your ice-skates. Winter on Olkhon is cold and sunny with a little snow. In summer, the island tends to get invaded by tourists, but in winter you can still enjoy the calm serenity of solitude on Lake Baikal.
Generally, from mid-February to the end of March, an ice road appears on the lake. Called “zimnik” (winter road in Russian), it connects the shore and Olkhon over a distance of just 12 km. Outside of this period, from December to February and April to May, the island can only be accessed by hydrofoil. Make your journey complete with a trip into the Tazheransky Steppe or spend a night in a weather station maintained by the Ussov family at the northernmost point of the island.