Arrival at Irkutsk and transfer to Bol’shoye Goloustnoye. For the rest of the day, we’ll focus on preparation. Safety procedures will be explained as well as what is to be expected. We’ll check our personal clothing and collective equipment, shop for some extra food, prepare our daily food rates and learn how to pack all of this in the most efficient way.
First steps on Lake Baikal show us we need to get used to this terrain and we need to be careful at all times. Soon this uneasiness makes room for wonderment.
For 200km we enjoy the deep silence of Siberian winter. We’ll remain conscious of a multiple of factors. The temperature, the move ice beneath our feet, constantly moving and possibly creating some unexpected gaps. Or the baikalrob, a freshwater seal, coming out of the ice to catch its breath. In wintertime the females come to the ice to give birth; males stay under the ice but do pop-up sometimes through a breathing hole.
After a challenging 10-day polar expedition, this is our last day on the lake. We set foot on land again, where our driver waits for us. He takes us to a cosy hotel at the island. Visiting the island, we’ll get to know the local people and enjoy a traditional dinner.
We leave for Irkutsk in the early morning. Around noon we take a flight to Moscow and head for home.
|12/02/2020 to 24/02/2020|
I'm a Flemish polar explorer with almost twenty years of experience in polar travel. I have been to the poles on 34 occasions, for personal or guided expeditions, photo and film productions and lectures aboard polar cruises. I received the title of ‘Master Guide’ in the newly established IPGA platform (International Polar Guides Association). I'm one of only four people to have crossed the complete Arctic Ocean and the Antarctic continent.
In 2012, together with Sam Deltour, I broke the world record for the longest non-motorised expedition on the South Pole. On skis, and assisted by a kite, we travelled at least 5013km. Today, I happily share my knowledge by giving lectures and guiding aspiring polar explorers in the Arctic regions. I'm the only polar guide who can provide expedition material for twelve expedition members, in both the Arctic (Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen) and the Antarctic (Novo airbase).
Please get in touch with me if you are interested in the different tours I'm guiding. I will be happy to discuss about it with you and guide you there if you would decide to do the big step.
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