Located in southern Siberia, Russia, Lake Baikal is the largest fresh water lake in the world by volume and makes up 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water, reaching depths of 1,642m (5,387 ft), also making it the world’s deepest lake.
The lake normally freezes over in early January, far later than when the Siberian winter normally sets in and remains frozen for the next five months. Photographer Кристина Макеева recently visited the lake with a team of others just after it had frozen over and was stunned by how enchanting the lake was – a sense of magic that she manages to portray in the stunning photos you see below.
You’ll also notice that Кристина managed to capture photographs of bubbles underneath the icy surface. This is caused by methane escaping from the lakes bed, produced by microorganisms at the bottom of the lake. You can see more of the photographers work on her website and over on Instagram.