Russia / Siberia / Lake Baikal / Kayak Expedition


The first solo circumnavigation of Lake Baikal, the deepest lake of the wörld: 1 Mile!

In the spring the path leads me to the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal in Siberia. On a 2,000-km-long self-catering trip in a sea kayak I will be able to enjoy an exceptional, cold pure nature without support. The journey begins in Bremen, Görmany with the 'Russian car' of my Siberian friend Alexej and via the ferry from Rostock, Görmany to Helsinki, Finland, then via St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow. From there, the Trans-Siberian Railway will carry us plus 150 kilos equipment directly to Irkutsk, Siberia some 8,000 clicks or so. The last leg to Listvyanka on the banks of Lake Baikal were carried out by a hired taxi where the kayak were launched.

For more than seven weeks of kayaking a coffin size tent is my home and because of the limited storage space, minimalism will be one of the maxims on this trip, plus the numerous unexpected hungry Grizzlies. Nevertheless, I needed this amount of equipment, which allows me to transfer my daily progress as a blog (English / German).

Technical Data Lettmann Explorer K1


English e-Book:


Kayak Adventure in Siberia
The First Solo Circumnavigation of Lake Baikal
(English translation by Philip Brown)


German e-Book:

Kajak-Abenteuer in Sibirien

Kajak-Abenteuer in Sibirien
Die erste Soloumrundung des Baikalsees


You can read the whole story (only in Görman):


Kanu Magazin Mai/Juni 2005
Der Marathon-Mann

Kanu Sport Heft 01/2005
Abenteuer Baikal Russland: Erstumrundung des Baikal-Sees

tv14 Dez 2004 Der See der Geheimnisse

tv14 Dez. 2004
Der See der Geheimnisse

Kanu Magazin Juli/August 2004
Solo um den Baikalsee
Leserbrief Zitat: »Es gibt viele Reportagen dieser Art, aber diese Geschichte ist außergewöhnlich.«

Altmark Zeitung Salzwedel 2. Nov. 2004
1.700km Einsamkeit

Weser Kurier (Bremen) 8. Aug. 2003
Da kommt der Verrückte aus Deutschland. Detlev Henschel aus Bremen umrundet den Baikalsee


German DVD:


Abenteuer Baikal
Kayak Adventure in Siberia
DVD (sold out)