NPL photographer Olga Kamenskaya has spent many years exploring and photographing Lake Baikal in Siberia, the world’s oldest and deepest lake and also the largest by volume of water.

Man looking through transparent ice (1m thick) on lake surface to see diver below. Lake Baikal, Russia, March 2008. ©Olga Kamenskaya / naturepl.com
Man looking through transparent ice (1m thick) on lake surface to see diver below. Lake Baikal, Russia, March 2008. ©Olga Kamenskaya / naturepl.com

Baikal possesses many unique and endemic species, including the world’s only freshwater seal and sponges that have lived there for 10 million years. The waters of Lake Baikal are exceptionally clear and in winter they freeze to a depth of two metres, but it’s still possible to see into the depths below. The low temperatures and strong winds of Siberian winters create fields of brash ice and amazing ice sculptures in the caves that line the shores of the lake.

To discover more about the mysteries of Lake Baikal, view a gallery of Olga’s images here or download a pdf to read the full story.

Discover Lake Baikal with NPL photographer Olga Kamenskaya