Embark on a boat cruise along one of the most spectacular parts of Lake Baikal’s shoreline: the Circum-Baikal Railway. Here, the untamed splendour of nature at once contrasts and enhances one of the most astounding feats of engineering.
Set off from Listvyanka, near the torrential headwaters of Angara, and travel across the majestic clear waters of the lake. As the picturesque rocky shore steadily comes into view, you will gain a new appreciation for both its beauty and the challenges that this uneven landscape posed before the early-20th-century railway engineers.
The boat will stop by at Cape Tolsty, where you can visit one of the tunnels dug into the rock and see a piece of this marvel of human ingenuity up close. Cape Polovinniy will astonish you with its unique ferroconcrete viaduct running in parallel with an iron bridge.
All along the way you will encounter scenic sandy beaches, pleasant river valleys and awe-inspiring sheer cliffs, as well as ingeniously built tunnels, bridges and avalanche galleries. Ulanovo Station at the end of the line provides a perfect opportunity to look back at the railway and its environs as a whole and see it as a startling monument to man’s struggle with nature.