Russia: icy dip in Lake Baikal before New Year's Eve celebrations

Russians brave an icy dip in Siberia's Lake Baikal ahead of new year

This is intrepid Russians braving a dip in Siberia's Lake Baikal as part of celebrations to welcome in the new year. 

This is intrepid Russians braving a dip in Siberia's Lake Baikal as part of celebrations to welcome in the new year. 

A dozen or so swam in the lake, where temperatures can plummet to as low as -35℃. 

The swimmers run several kilometres through a snowy forest in swimsuits and festive costumes before plunging into the world’s largest freshwater lake.