On Saturday we left Irkutsk for Listvyanka and our base camp for the next 10 days, which is located just on the shore of Lake Baikal. We stopped off on the way in order to buy our provisions for our stay and any other essentials for fieldwork. The drive took us all along the Angara River, driving upstream until we reached the mouth of the river.
The dramatic change between the flowing waters and the lake water body was clear to see by the sheet of ice that distinguished between the two.
Our colleagues informed us that the ice was currently at 80 cm thickness, which was reassuring news as we took a sharp right from the main road that led into Listvyanka, down the shore line and onto the lake itself!
From our Kunks, in the distance, we can see the Neutrino Base Camp, which we headed to the next morning, for our first site for coring and water sampling.