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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

15 comments

  1. life_on_mars

    life_on_mars

    фото впечатляют )) с радостью бы отправился в такое место

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  2. jelga

    jelga

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

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  3. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    take the spirit away....

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  4. stouf

    stouf

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

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  5. mr_sid

    mr_sid

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

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  6. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Wonderful place and article!!

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  7. dogma

    dogma

    Nice shots!

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  8. coca

    coca

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

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  9. grad

    grad

    Great place

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  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!
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  11. mr_sid

    mr_sid

    Thank you for all the comments! :-D

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  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

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  13. in_search_of_answers

    in_search_of_answers

    magnificent shots! and place is really great

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  14. elede

    elede

    This place is incredibleeeee!! I need to go.

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  15. khandama

    khandama

    ohh, very good

    almost 2 years ago · report as spam

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