DAY TRIP TO LAKE BAIKAL AND LISTVYANKA

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Church of Saint Nicolas in Listvyanka Village, Russia

Listvyanka is an urban locality in Irkutsky District of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, located 70 kilometers from Irkutsk, near the point where the Angara River meets Lake Baikal. The village of wooden houses beside Lake Baikal, is the most popular tourist destination on the lake.

The main part of the village is set back from the lake in a valley, while the strip along the shoreline has largely been developed for tourism.

Getting There & Around

Private taxi is available from any hotel, or you just walk out to the street and you find few outside your hotel.

Smoked Amul Fish !
 

What to See in Listvyanka and Lake Baikal

The Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography

On the way to Listvyanka there is an open-air museum called Taltsy. This ethnographical museum is one of the largest museums of the wooden architecture in Siberia which is about 47 km from Irkutsk. It was founded on October 13, 1966. The reconstruction of museum was begun in 1970 by group of specialists. The museum includes three historical and cultural zones: the Russian, the Buryat, the Evenk. It got unique collection of historical, architectural and ethnographic monuments of 17 – 20th. centuries.

The most valuable monuments in Taltsy are the Savior’s gate tower of the strong (fort) of Ilimsk (1667) and an active Kazan Chapel (1679).

At Taltsy Museum this is one of the exhibits of Wooden Architecture brought from different part of Siberia.
Both of them, as well as the houses near the Angara Floodlands, were transferred to this place from the flooded areas of the Ust-Ilimskaya. 

Visit Baikal Museum 

Baikal museum is dedicated to collect, store and share the knowledge about lake Baikal. It has 3 main themes: 1) geology, landscapes and live creatures of the lake.

Listvaynka village, Akademithceskaya street, 1

Chersky Stone Hill Lookout Point - this should be on the top of your list

The Chersky Stone is the 755 m hill top, from where you could enjoy stunning view of the Southern part of Baikal, port Baikal, Khamar-Daban mountain range.

You need to drive uphill about 2 km then get on the cable car to get to the top, the ride is quite scenic. The short walk to the lookout is easy and at the top you have a spectacular view over Lake Baikal to Port Baikal.

A beautiful view of the Port Baikal, the lake and the mountain range in the horizon.
There is a cafe with a terrace at the top, if you are interested to relax and spend some time up there.

Listvyanka Trip Is not Complete Without Visiting the Local Fish market and souvenirs

Located in Listvyanka village by the Lake Baikal. The local market by the lake was interesting. It was fun to see people selling smoke fish, dried and steam fish special the local catch from the lake baikal called Omul fish that can be found only in Lake Baikal. So I did not hesitate to spend much time but to try all kind of Omul delicacy offered by the locals.

Trying out the local smoked Omul fish – was amazing

A restaurant located next to Podlemorie Hotel is Sval Restaurant known for its great fish menu. During the summer people can seat outside and there is even a sauna, so you can have a drink there after the relaxing banya sauna time.

Lake Baikal beach from the railway track

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The Omul fish soup looks very simple but the taste was unbelievably delicious. I enjoyed every drop of it. By the way they are so busy don’t even have time for you to pay any special service or attention so before you start to order just make up your mind exactly what you really want otherwise you are inviting discomfort.

A boat excursion in the lake and around Listvyanka

At the main peer, you can rent private boats or use regular public boats to visit Bolshie Koty (18km, 30 min one way) and Sandy Bay – Bukhta Peschannaya (90km, 2 hr one way) or visit port Baikal (25 min one way)

The ferry to Port Baikal (departs from the Baikal Museum peer, Listvyanka) is also available for a scenic ride.

A stunning view while following the Circum-Baikal Railway track towards Port Baikal
We rented a speed boat to move around.

Get Close to Shaman Rock where Angara river meets Lake Baikal

Shamon-rock is a subject of many popular legends and myths about Baikal Lake and Angara river, besides it is one of the main symbols of Baikal Lake. according to one legend furious Baikal threw this rock after his daughter (the Angara River) to prevent her from running away without his permit to her beloved Enisey River

Visit Saint Nicolas Church in Listvyanka

Listvyanka’s small mid-19th-century timber Church of St. Nicholas was built by Russian merchant, Ksenofont Serebryakov. Less than a mile away from the lake may be a spot you should not miss. A legend says that he had nearly drowned during a heavy storm on Lake Baikal and decided to build a church in honour of St. Nicholas, the patron and defender of sailors and fishermen.

At the lookout - on the top of the hill

Hiking Along the Circum-Baikal railway Track

Hiking along the Baikal lake following the railway track was interesting and fun. It was a 5 km stretch and on the way encounter lot of wonderful scenic view. We started our speedboat journey from Listvyanka and were dropped off by the southern shore of Lake Baikal at about 5 -6 km towards Slyudyanka (a lake side village). Then we started our hiking along the Cicum-Baikal railway track 

While walking along the railway track we went through few tunnels and those flies did not stop following us until we reached Port Baikal. I got few bites but hey it was part of our adventure.

Where Did I Stay in Listvyanka

Hotel Krestovaya Pad, Listvyanka, Irkutsk Oblast

Overlooking Lake Baikal, this rustic hotel complex is an 11-minute walk from the Business Information Center of Baikal National Park, 2.

Visitors are amazed by experiencing the Beautiful view from the lookout.
4 km from Baikal Museum and 7 km from Baikal train station.

Port Baikal

Just the other side of the Angara river you could get to by ferry or by renting a private speed boat. It’s beautiful to spend some time there. The railway museum is one of the attraction in Port Baikal.

HORSCHECK says:
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starship1 says:
Great review and photos! Congratulations on it being a featured blog!!
Posted on: Mar 31, 2017
simsing says:
Congrats on the feature! This is one of my dream destinations too :)
Posted on: Mar 31, 2017
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Church of Saint Nicolas in Listvya…
Church of Saint Nicolas in Listvy…
Smoked Amul Fish !
Smoked Amul Fish !
At Taltsy Museum this is one of th…
At Taltsy Museum this is one of t…
A beautiful view of the Port Baika…
A beautiful view of the Port Baik…
Lake Baikal beach from the railway…
Lake Baikal beach from the railwa…
A stunning view while following th…
A stunning view while following t…
At the lookout - on the top of the…
At the lookout - on the top of th…
Visitors are amazed by experiencin…
Visitors are amazed by experienci…
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A view from the hilltop - soon we…
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The road that goes along the Lake…
The road that goes along the Lake …
The road that goes along the Lake…
Her specialty is Omul Smoked Fish …
Her specialty is Omul Smoked Fish…
Different kind of fish from Lake B…
Different kind of fish from Lake …
Local fish market in Listvyanka
Local fish market in Listvyanka
Local fish market in Listvyanka
Local fish market in Listvyanka
Local fish market in Listvyanka
Local fish market in Listvyanka
Try one of those smoked Omul and d…
Try one of those smoked Omul and …
Smoke Fish in the local market
Smoke Fish in the local market
Village of Listvyanka while drivin…
Village of Listvyanka while drivi…
This place gets really crowded dur…
This place gets really crowded du…
I wanted to have some vegetable al…
I wanted to have some vegetable a…
The local delicacy Omul Fish Soup
The local delicacy Omul Fish Soup
The Restaurant known for its great…
The Restaurant known for its grea…
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For a moment we were in a darknes…
At Taltsy Museum this is one of th…
At Taltsy Museum this is one of t…
Railway museum nice place to visit…
Railway museum nice place to visi…
Cable car to to the top to the vie…
Cable car to to the top to the vi…
Fishing boats at Port Baikal
Fishing boats at Port Baikal
Beautiful view of Lake Baikal
Beautiful view of Lake Baikal
Beautiful view of Lake Baikal
Beautiful view of Lake Baikal
If you are tired of walking you co…
If you are tired of walking you c…
Who else !!!!
Who else !!!!
Just look at the view – it took …
Just look at the view – it took…
If you are tired of walking you co…
If you are tired of walking you c…
Hiking along the Picturesque Circu…
Hiking along the Picturesque Circ…
Boat that brings visitors from Lis…
Boat that brings visitors from Li…
Spotted one of these by the railwa…
Spotted one of these by the railw…
Wild flowers in Lake Bikal, Siberia
Wild flowers in Lake Bikal, Siberia
Yellow bird on way back to Port Ba…
Yellow bird on way back to Port B…
Going through the tunnel while Hik…
Going through the tunnel while Hi…
Water of Lake Baikal was unbelieva…
Water of Lake Baikal was unbeliev…
Water of Lake Baikal was unbelieva…
Water of Lake Baikal was unbeliev…
Lake side village in Listvyanka
Lake side village in Listvyanka
Lake side village in Listvyanka
Lake side village in Listvyanka
A view from the Lake Baikal
A view from the Lake Baikal
Port Baikal from the boat
Port Baikal from the boat
The sandy beach in Port Baikal
The sandy beach in Port Baikal
Shaman Rock in between Angara rive…
Shaman Rock in between Angara riv…
At Taltsy Museum this is one of th…
At Taltsy Museum this is one of t…
At Taltsy Museum this is one of th…
At Taltsy Museum this is one of t…
At Taltsy Museum this is one of th…
At Taltsy Museum this is one of t…
The fort of Ilimsk, 1667
The fort of Ilimsk, 1667
Listvyanka
photo by: cimtech