Severobaikalsk is a prosperous and resourceful town, ringed by
roadless 2000+m mountains and facing the north end of Lake Baikal, the
world's deepest, purest and ecologically most diverse freshwater lake.
Severobaikalsk is the capital of the northen end of Lake Baikal on the
BAM railway. It is an unrivalled base for outdoor adventure. You can
explore bays, islands, mountains, hot springs, nature preserves,
indigenous villages and GULAGs; swim, sail, canoe and cruise in the
summer; ski, skate and ride the ice in winter; hike, trek and
mountaineer; photograph the unic birds and seals; and catch and taste
the native fish. It is probably the most popular destination on the
BAM, yet fewer than 200 Western tourists a year visit.
Severobaikalsk has a population of 27 500 and grew out of the virgin
taiga with the arrival of the BAM constructors in 1974.