Olkhon (Ольхон), The Breathtaking Island in Lake Baikal


Are you looking for something special? Go for Olkhon (Ольхон), the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia/Russia.

Olkhon (Ольхон) is the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia/Russia. The area is around 730 square kilometres.

Olkhon has a dramatic combination of terrain and features a combination of taiga, steppe and a small desert. The deep strait who separates the island from the land can be crossed with a small ferry.

The population of the island is around 1500 and consists mostly of Buryats. Most of the residents are farmers or fishermen. There are several settlements and five villages on the island, the village of Khuzhir is the administrative capital of Olkhon.

The Buryats believe the island is a spiritual place, and on the western coast, close to Khuzhir, is Baikal’s most famous landmark, the Shamanka, or Shaman’s Rock. Natives believe that Burkhan, a modern religious cult figure of the Altai peoples, lives in the cave in this rock. The rock is one of nine Asian Most Sacred Places.

I`ve been on Olkhon in summer 2009 for 6 days, and it`s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. After a 7 hour bus drive from Irkutsk you will find the absolutely breathtaking landscape of Olkhon.

Have fun there! :-D

written by mr_sid on 2010-05-02 in #world #locations


  1. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    фото впечатляют )) с радостью бы отправился в такое место

  2. jelga
    jelga ·

    Eerie! the pictures are poetry and also the place! :)
    great location and gallery!

  3. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    take the spirit away....

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Gorgeous place indeed. And your shots are perfectly soft...

  5. mr_sid
    mr_sid ·

    Thank you for your comments! It`s realy a special place!

  6. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Wonderful place and article!!

  7. dogma
    dogma ·

    Nice shots!

  8. coca
    coca ·

    it seems like a peaceful place by your pictures, beautiful location

  9. grad
    grad ·

    Great place

  10. bloemenjansje
    bloemenjansje ·

    I was here when the ice was too thin to cross by truck, and too thick for the ferry, so we went by hovercraft! :) It was so incredibly beautiful, I wish I had discovered analog photography back then. Beautiful pictures, and great location!

  11. mr_sid
    mr_sid ·

    Thank you for all the comments! :-D

  12. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    I love these landascapes and your shots are so beautiful

  13. in_search_of_answers
    in_search_of_answers ·

    magnificent shots! and place is really great

  14. elede
    elede ·

    This place is incredibleeeee!! I need to go.

  15. khandama
    khandama ·

    ohh, very good

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