Best since 10th of February till middle March. Easy / for everyone.
The story of the "Sparkstötting" or just spark stared
centuries ago in Sweden, the land of million lakes.
Somebody put the small sledge on the skis to travel
and transport goods on the ice of the frozen lakes
and gulfs. "Spark" means "kick" and "Stöt" means "push".
The word "stötting" or "stutting" was also used for
small sleds used for hauling wood. About one hundred
years ago kicksled has got modern design, the long
steel blades were developed and little was changed in
the spark since then. At first they were built by the
local village blacksmiths or carpenters, but then larger
factories began to produce them.
Sparks are used extensively in small towns and country
roads in Norway, Sweden and Finland, where sidestreets
and sidewalks are not sanded or salted in winter.
Depending on the user, a spark can serve as a bicycle,
wheelbarrow, grocery cart or baby stroller. It has been
called "the most environmentally friendly vehicle".
In the 20th century and till nowadays spark racing
became a popular sport in Scandinavia, with a longest
race distance of 100km and highest speed up to 40 km/h.
Kick Lake Baikal
Spark is very new sport and leisure at Baikal.
Yet a great advantage of the destination is a huge
crystal surface to explore by kicksled for 2-3 months
every year. And unlike skates where skills and experience
are the keys to success, everyone can try the spark.
No need special boots or gear, long years of training
and falls, it is open to everyone. And if it doesn't feel
good, spark is so easy to push by when wander around.
You can rent sparks in our chalet in Listvyanka and try
it just outside the settlement.
If you want a deeper experience of the lake and kicksleding
we can take you to a smaller towns, such as Bolshoe
Goloustnoe for 2 days exiting adventure in a non touristic
destination. Overnight in a guesthouse, all meals,
experienced English / German speaking guide, unique
nature and new activity make the recreation unbelievable.
NOTE: Distance and locations are flexible and may be changed
due to the weather conditions and your skills.