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Severobaikalsk

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.


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