Moment explorer tiptoes across ice covering world’s deepest lake

Moment explorer tiptoes across ice covering world’s deepest lake

An explorer has filmed himself walking across the world’s deepest lake after it froze over in January weather.

Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest lake and the biggest reservoir of fresh water on Earth.

One man carried a camera on a selfie stick as he walked, at first tentatively, across the huge crystal clear block of ice.

As the footage starts he is seen kneeling on the water and smashing hard with his fist to make sure it was safe to walk on.

The unnamed explorer said: "It felt like I was standing on the water or walking on a very fragile glass.

"Despite this, I knew it’s safe to be there as the thickness of the ice is about 15cm."

He added: "I could clearly see the bottom of the lake, stones, and fish.

"All of this made me feel like I was looking at a fairyland."

Lake Baikal is located in the mountainous Russian region of Siberia, north of the Mongolian border.

It contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

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