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Tourist Flow Is Growing In Sakhalin Oblast
30.10.2015 01:31
Tourist Flow Is Growing In Sakhalin Oblast

The flow of foreign and Russian tourists is growing in Sakhalin Oblast, the number of local tourist companies increases, as the Press Service of the regional Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of Sakhalin Oblast reports.

      The tourists come to see the volcanoes, swim in the hot springs, fish and dive. In 2014 inbound foreign tourist flow to the region for the first time exceeded outbound tourism and made up more than 27.3 thousand people, which is 3.4 times more than in 2013. The flow of Russian tourists from other regions of the Russian Federation grew almost twofold, amounting to more than 14.3 thousand people last year.

      The Sakhalin Island with the chain of Kuril Islands is a wild, mountainous land famous for its severe and rugged beauty. This is, perhaps, one of the few places in the world, where wilderness of nature remained untouched and is still difficult to reach due to the lack of a well-developed transport system. Sakhalin provides visitors with all types of hiking, camping and other adventurous tours. Volcanoes, lower plains covered by 3m-high grasses and bamboos, mountain terrains, crystal clear lakes, etc. make Sakhalin one of the most interesting and attractive places to explore.

      Sakhalin is the largest island in Russia and one of 100 largest Islands in the world, 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. Though the Sea of Okhotsk off the eastern coast of Russia is almost entirely covered in ice during the winter months, it is one of the most productive marine environments in the world during the late spring and summer months. During the summer, commercial fisheries originating from as far away as Poland ply these waters for walleye pollock, flounder, herring, Pacific salmon, halibut, Pacific sardine, Pacific saury, cod, capelin, sand eel, smelts, crab, and shrimp.




Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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