Sakhalin – one of the most valuable geographic assets of Russia.
Sakhalin – also known as the “edge of the world” – is the Russia’s largest island located on the very far east of the country. A narrow, 1,000-kilometer long fish-shaped strip of land between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan occupies more land than Ireland or Sri Lanka and is richly endowed with timber, fish, coal, oil and gas. Clinging to the far edge of the Russian Republic, Sakhalin is physically closer to Hawaii than Moscow.
The District of Sakhalin includes both northern and southern Kuril Islands, an archipelago of 56 volcanic islands spread across the Sea of Okhotsk.
The island’s capital Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk lies in a valley surrounded by hills and wind-protected by the mountains. All these conditions contribute in a very specific climate featured by contrast between warm and foggy summers and frosty winters. The city combines the Japanese and the Soviet heritage and will attract the visitors both keen on history and nature.
The island with its exuberant nature, to the amber-strewn shores, and the charms of its capital city can serve as a source of truly unique travel experiences.