Preparing for the Lake Baikal Ice Skating Expedition – Episode #4
Tamar Valkenier Ice Skating

Preparing for the Lake Baikal Ice Skating Expedition – Episode #4

The Arctic is not for everyone. The terrain is often barren, with few places to hide from the elements. The cold bites and can be at times quite overwhelming. Storms, white-outs, avalanches, crevasses. With -26°C as our warmest night, a group of four arctic explorers and me set out to train for the worst.
Preparing for the Lake Baikal Ice Skating Expedition – Episode #3
Tamar Valkenier Ice Skating

Preparing for the Lake Baikal Ice Skating Expedition – Episode #3

An entire winter in Swedish Lapland? Why not? Me and my expedition partner Gerard had been ice-skating and winter camping for weeks above the Arctic Circle, but still it felt like I only just got a small taste of what this remote part of Europe has to offer.
Preparing for the Lake Baikal Ice Skating Expedition – Episode #2
Expedition Tamar Valkenier Ice Skating

Preparing for the Lake Baikal Ice Skating Expedition – Episode #2

Autumn in Sápmi – better known as Lapland – can be quite spectacular. A vivid spectrum of oranges, reds and yellows breaks through the snow that is covering the surface only so slightly. Snow is falling late this year, giving us time to test our expedition kit on the frozen lakes of northern Sweden.
Frozen Lake Baikal
Skiing Tamar Valkenier

Preparing for the Lake Baikal Ice Skating Expedition – Episode #1

Most of the fun in any expedition is in the preparation. This isn’t just my opinion, it’s been proven scientifically. With this in mind, I try to extend the preparation process for our Lake Baikal (RU) traverse as much as possible. It’s too much fun!