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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. 

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