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15 Days - Pearl of Siberia - photo workshop - Lake Baikal and Siberian villages


Pearl of Siberia | Russia

Adventure travel photo workshop | Photo Adventure Vacations

Russia, Southern Siberia |  Towns and Villages & Lake Baikal

15 days | June 08 - 23, 2019

Small group 


The 2019 Pearl is Siberia workshop is now open for booking. Limited places available.

Pearl of Siberia, Russia | Adventure travel Photo workshop

A truly unique adventure travel photo workshop passing through Southern Siberian settlements, villages, towns and Lake Baikal (dubbed the “Blue Pearl of Siberia”) at the Northern- and the Southern shore during a 15 day round-tour photo workshop to southern Siberia.

The starting place of this photo adventure workshop is Irkutsk, which was dubbed by Anton Chekov as the “Paris of Siberia”. From here, we will take a variety of historical train lines, the Trans Siberian Railway as well as the Baikal Amur Mainline (BAM), which will bring us on a journey of a lifetime. Passing through Siberian towns, villages and settlements such as Ulan Ude, Chita, Never, Tynda, Severobaikalsk, Bratsk and Tayshet, we will make numerous day stops that will give us the possibility to see and capture a magnificent part of Russia while engaging with the friendly Siberian population. A route, which is seldom traveled by foreigners - a magical journey through places with many distinct cultures that have not be unduly compromised by globalisation.

This round trip is an opportunity to immerse yourself in documenting the natural beauty and social fabric found along this timeless and less travelled path. Our adventure travel photo workshops are designed for those photographers, from every level, who with an independent and inquisitive mind, are seeking a more immersive learning experience while enjoying exploring what’s hidden around the next corner. Non-photographers are also welcome. While this travel is not physically demanding, the participants should be in good health and ready to walk and explore.

You will further your photographic skills and expression, while at the same time making a once in a lifetime journey and engaging with, through photography, the daily lives of the welcoming people in villages and towns of Southern Siberia.

We will have individual and group discussions and we will select images which you will be proud off, your own photographic essay in your own unique visual voice, while you will improve your photographic skills in general.

You will become knowledgeable in photographing with natural light, low light situations, in portrait photography and you will become comfortable photographing strangers no matter where you will go.


Group Size

8-12 Guests / Participants


Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and pro-photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras. Visit the What Gear to bring page.

Moderate schedule

Travel by train, car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Host

Harald Claessen  | June 8-23, 2019

Born in the Netherlands, Harald is a Social Documentary and Portrait Photographer who explores Russia since 2004. He previously lived and worked in Russia for four years and although he is now based in Cyprus, he still maintains a residence in Russia to search for visually interesting moments.


Weather | Sun

June - Temps Min. 7C/45F, Max. 25C/73F, Average 15C/59F | Sunrise 04:42 | Sunset 21:22 | Daylight 16:40



  • Social Documentary, Travel Photography, Street Photography, Landscape Photography, Portraits
  • Professional photographer | host
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size
  • Hotels / Accommodations
  • Breakfasts
  • Local transportation, Train, Car, Minibus
  • Advice on visa arrangements for Russia
  • Ebook "For the Right Reasons"  - Becoming comfortable photographing strangers



Hotels, Guesthouses, Overnight trains


Travel Information 

Arrival & Departure Airport: International Airport Irkutsk (IKT) - Transfer time to hotel 30min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on Saturday, the first day, and ends in the evening of the last Saturday day. The last Sunday is early departure day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Contact your local Russian Consulate to find out.




15-day | Photo Travel Adventure | June 8-23, 2019

To book your space, please send us an e-mail to join HERE to receive registration details.

Pearl of Siberia route 7.jpeg

Pearl of Siberia

Photography workshop through breathtaking Southern Siberian Villages - Lake Baikal

Advise on which photo gear to bring

Please visit our page Gear Advise This page will be regularly updated.



Extend your travel to visit Moscow and Saint Petersburg.


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Photo: Harald Claessen
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Photo: Harald Claessen, 2017 Siberia
Harald Claessen Siberian Village washing with dog