Olkhon is the largest island in Lake Baikal. It measures 73.5 km in length and 15 km in width. The resident population of the island stands at more than 1500 persons.
Olkhon represents all diversity of natural landscapes: there are steppes with deep bays into landmass which are well warmed in summer, absolutely “Baltic” sandy beaches with dunes, hills and coniferous groves along the shore, dense forest with areas where there are few larches (and almost no cedars), relict spruce forest, and marble rocks with thick red moss on them, and swamps which are lush with water plants.
This region of the Baikal is characterized by a large total sunshine duration – there are only 48 cloudy days a year on Olkhon Island. Average annual precipitation does not exceed 140 mm.
Khuzhir Village is the main settlement of Olkhon. It has an information and excursion center, the Local Lore Museum named after N.M. Revyakin, market, several cafes, grocery and souvenir shops, Internet cafes. It’s possible to rent tourist equipment, bicycles, quad bikes and riding horses. Lots of hotels and tourist camps offer accommodation in rooms.