Get to know our Inspirators, listen to their stories about the places they visited, people they met and experiences they had as they traveled. See their photos, and get inspired.
Andrzej Ziółkowski / BAIKAL
A traveler, a lover of nature and adventure. He is passionate about nature photography. For many years, he has been trying to reach the wildest places of our planet. He looks into where civilization has not arrived – by canoe, pontoon, horseback … as it is possible. He crossed several nice hills, not only European ones, and he was lucky to visit the rivers of Lapland, Patagonia, Siberia, Alaska and Africa. He explored several Norwegian fjords and the magical Lake Baikal by kayak. He was also able to “defeat” the Egingoł and Selenga rivers, for the first time combining the “kayak” lake of Chubsugoł Lake in Mongolia with Baikal. Last year he coordinated the first Polish traverse of Mount Everest!”
"Jest takie miejsce na Syberii, które nazwano 'Perłą Syberii'. To ogromne jezioro, leżące w południowej części tego regionu, które nosi nazwę BAJKAL.
Everything that I was able to read before and learn about it was steeped in admiration, majesty and mystery … that’s why I chose a trip by canoe through Baikal – from the end to the end.
It is a huge water reservoir, surrounded on all sides by mountain massifs. Over 600 kilometers long and up to 80 kilometers wide. The coastline is over 2000 kilometers, and the depth reaches 1637 meters, which makes it the deepest lake in the world. It is also the oldest lake, because its age is estimated at 25 million years. The mountains around Baikal are sometimes higher than our Tatra Mountains. They have 2-3 thousand meters, and rocky vertical banks fall directly into the water, creating unique landscapes.
The transparency of the Baikal waters is unbelievable. Locals claim that a kopeck can be seen at a depth of 30 meters. Scientific theories claim that this is due to a crustacean called an epizura (1.5 mm), filtering water, and occurring only in this basin. There are 460 rivers flowing directly into Baikal, and the water in the lake is very cold. The average temperature varies within 4 degrees Celsius. However, there is a duty of at least one bath, if someone saw Lake Baikal for the first time… ”
– Andrzej Ziółkowski