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About Sakhalin island. Tour to Sakhalin Island. Sakhalin Island tour. Trip to Sakhalin Island. Russia.

About Sakhalin island. Tour to Sakhalin Island. Sakhalin Island tour. Trip to Sakhalin Island.

WELCOME TO SAKHALIN ISLAND

ABOUT SAKHALIN ISLAND


Sakhalin (Karafuto in Japanese) is a very long (1000 km) but narrow island located between Japan and Russian Maritime Territory. It is separated from Asian continent by a narrow strait of 6 km width and for that reason, first, Westerners thought it should be a peninsula. With the Kuril Islands, Sakhalin is one of the territories disputed between Japan and Russia and its belonging has not yet been definitely settled.
 

The Sakhalin region includes the island of Moneron and the Kuril chain of islands. Sakhalin Island is separated from the Far East Russian mainland by the Tartar Strait and from the Japanese Island of Hokkaido by the Perouse Strait. The island is approximately the same area as Scotland and has a population of about 650,000.
 

There are three seasons in Sakhalin - winter, spring/summer and autumn. Winter usually lasts from the beginning of November to the end of April and can vary between very severe Arctic-like conditions to cold and wet European conditions. During the summer there is a good deal of rain, whilst in autumn that is usually quite short there are many glorious days with clear blue skies.

NATURE

Sakhalin is one of the largest islands in Russia, interesting both geographically and historically. Its geographical location is unique; it is separated from the continent and from Japan by three straits, bathed by the cold Sea of Okhotsk and the warm Japanese Sea. The seas washing the coast of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands are among the most productive areas of ocean in the world.
 

Nearly two-thirds of the Sakhalin area is mountainous. Lopatin Mountain is the highest, at 1,609 m. The Northern part of the island is a swampy plain covered with deciduous taiga, while mountains of the central and southern parts of the island are covered with forests. There are two mud volcanoes, more than 60 thousand rivers and streams, and about 16,120 lakes on the island. Sakhalin is attractive for its oil, coal and timber resources.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY TO THE SAKHALIN ISLANDS
  • Air
    There are daily flights to/from Khabarovsk (1,5 hours), Vladivostok (1-2 hours), and Moscow (9 hours), as well as twice-weekly flights to Irkutsk and Novosibirsk.
    Aeroflot also flies three times a week to/from Hoikodate, twice a week to Niigata and to some other Japanese and Chinese cities several times a week.
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