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Réserve Lena

Réserve Lena (Russia)

Practical information about Réserve Lena

  • Relaxation
  • Romantic
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Lake
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
4hr drive from Irkoutsk
When to go
From July to October
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Réserve Lena

Marc Sigala Travel writer
67 travel articles

The Lena Reserve, or Baïkal-Léna, stretches across more than 6,000 km2 and is home to River Lena's source and the shores of Lake Baïkal.

My suggestion:
It's a sprawling landscape and quite difficult for visitors to reach. Make sure you organise your trip in advance, particularly with regards to lodgings and permits required. 
Summary:

If, during your trip to Russia, you want to explore vast, open spaces, then I can highly recommend this reserve , which will plunge you into a wilder side of the country. I arrived from Irkoutsk to the southwest via the only road that accesses the reserve.

I then hopped on a boat so as to get deeper into the reserve and I have to say I loved it! Crossing Lake Baïkal reminded me of a sea crossing, due to its immense size. It's isolated and feels like the world's end. For several days I marvelled at its incredible purity - a savage paradise if ever there was. You can rent little wooden chalets if you plan to stay for a while - a great idea if you hope to fully immerse yourself in the Lena Reserve!

Lake Baïkal, as seen from the reserve