#AdventureShot – dog-sledding frozen Lake Baikal

Nicolas Vanier and his sled dogs explore some very cool – make that very cold – places in Siberia.
French explorer Nicolas Vanier dog sleds across Lake Baikal, Russia, during his L'Odysee Sauvage, a four-month, 8,000km trip across Siberia, Mongolia, and China
Pack work on the pack ice. © Nvanier Taiga
By Tarquin Cooper

French adventurer Nicolas Vanier has been to some amazing places – but few have been as remote and incredible as Lake Baikal in Russia, the deepest (and also seventh largest) lake in the world.

Despite its size, it freezes over entirely thanks to -50º winter temperatures, allowing him to cross with his 10 sled dogs during L'Odysee Sauvage, a four-month, 8,000km trip across Siberia, Mongolia, and China, during the previous winter.

Thanks to the cold, clean water, the ice was essentially crystal clear – meaning Vanier often felt like they were 'floating on water'. Thankfully dog-sledding is a lot faster (and warmer) than swimming.

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