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Olkhon Island

Listed under Islands in Irkutsk, Russia.

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Olkhon Island is the largest of the 26 islands at Lake Baikal, and to get there, one must take a ferry from Sakhyurta.

I remember feeling miles away from anything at that moment, much like in Mongolia from a couple of days before. If you enjoy the feel of nature and being away from the hustle and bustle, then island life is probably a good option for you, too.

The one bad part about visiting Olkhon Island is the fact that it takes a good chunk of time (and money) if you want to backtrack and visit a shore village, like Listvyanka, afterwards.

The number one reason we loved Olkhon Island so much and decided to stay for 3 nights instead of 2 is Nikita’s Homestead. This little community – a collection of several nice Russian wood-carved buildings – served the tourist perfectly.

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Written by  Brooke Schoenman.

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“The largest island in the world’s largest lake”

The largest island in the world’s largest lake, Olkhon Island is appreciated for both it’s natural assets, in the form of rocky mountains and steep cliffs jutting into nowhere and the mysteries of the local culture. Olkhon is large enough to… Read more...

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