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The coolest music in the world

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

At the time of writing the thermometer displays -13°C but, a gentle wind and a humidity rate of almost 85% make you feel like -20°C. The sun rose at 9AM and will set down at 5PM today. 5000km away from there, Moscow, the Russian capital, is still waiting for the winter to come, but, we are in January, and the winter is already well in power above the Baikal Lake.

The Baikal Lake, the oldest existing freshwater lake on Earth (20 million–25 million years old), the deepest one (1,620 meters or 5 Eiffel Towers), one of the biggest by its surface, reveals in winter the largest ice rink in the world. 32000 square kilometers of pure, transparent, immobile frozen water. It is also the world’s largest continental body of water by volume, containing about one-fifth of the freshwater on Earth’s surface (23,000 cubic km).

Into Lake Baikal flow more than 330 rivers and streams and stand around 30 islands. World records are numerous surrounding this magical, mystical and mesmerizing place. But, there is one record that only a very few are aware of…….the Baikal Lake is home to the coolest music in the world. Yes, you well understood…..the coolest. With a temperature of -20 degree Celsius, the music played by a group of Siberian ice drummers using frozen water of Lake Baikal as a musical instrument is just stunning. Link to the video of their accomplishment below.

The group uses the frozen waves of the lake to make an unusual melody. Actually they realised the musical potential of Lake Baikal only by accident after the wife of one of their drummer's fell over the ice while walking on it. “She made a very musical 'booooooom' sound - so nice and deep that her husband, who has a very good ear, said 'Hold on, what was it? How did you make that noise?'' narrates Natalya Vlasevskaya, one of the members of the group. “I will always remember the first feeling. I felt like we were playing on the drums that Nature has left out for us, alone under the sun on the frozen waters of the world's most magnificent lake”, she added.

This sound, created out of a natural temporary instrument, is one among thousands of jewels offered by mother nature at Baikal Lake. This always moving and changing environment, frozen 6 months a year, won’t stop to surprise and amaze its visitors. Unique animals and species, stunning landscapes, genuine traditions and people will undoubtedly leave an unforgettable memory to everyone embracing its beauty.

Seduced by wide and wild natural reserves? Want to experience the Baikal soul? Not a second to waste, visit our website and discover all the authentic, immersive and out-of-the-beaten-track experiences we have to offer. Immersion In Russia is a young Franco-Russian team dedicated to design unforgettable trips in this infinite land. Join us and live the experience of a lifetime.

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