First Pictures from Sakhalin Island

As I mentioned before, your humble blogger had for your benefit hand carried his Sony DSC-R1 all the way from Dubai, and hence is able to bring you some photos from in and around the town of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.  Click on a picture for a the full-size version.


The view from a colleague’s apartment looks nice in the evening sun…


…until you pan the lens back and see what the view is really like!  This is typical of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Ski slope behind Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 

This is the ski-slope which has been built on the mountain just outside of the town.  Although obviously not in use now, this gets very busy in winter. 

View of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 

The view from up here was impressive, and gives you an idea of just how small Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is.

View of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 

View of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 

The airport, with the sea visible beyond.


Sillhouette of a piece of equipment left over from Soviet times, when this was (so I’ve been told) a serious skiing facility.  Further up the road is an abandoned ski jump. 

Mind the tree! 

Driving uphill on the wrong side of the road in dry conditions and hitting a tree head-on but not too fast spells one thing: drunk. 

Lake near Okhotsk, Sakhalin Island 

We stopped by this lake on an afternoon trip out to the east coast. 

Lake near Okhotsk, Sakhalin Island 

Russian naval cadets… 

Lake near Okhotsk, Sakhalin Island 

…defecting to Japan.

Lake near Okhotsk, Sakhalin Island 

Sea of Okhotsk, Sakhalin Island 

The Pacific Ocean!  Last time I saw this was in August 2000, but from the other side. 


One lady owner, slightly damaged. 

Sea of Okhotsk, Sakhalin Island 

Fishing is popular here.  I don’t know yet if this is a hobby or a necessity for survival. 

Sea of Okhotsk, Sakhalin Island 

Out of the wind it was pretty warm.  In the wind, it was anything but.

Sea of Okhotsk, Sakhalin Island 

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11 Responses to First Pictures from Sakhalin Island

  1. curson says:

    They look really nice… gosh, nice is not enough.
    It seems to be a quite amazing place. Lookinf forward for more ^-^

  2. Larry Barrow says:

    The mountain views look like Missoula, Montana. If you don’t know how to ski, you’d better learn

  3. Tim Newman says:

    Yeah, I really do need to learn how to ski Larry. Didn’t have much opportunity for that in Kuwait, but they had an indoor slope in Dubai which perhaps I should have gone to. Anyway, in the New Year I’ll get onto it, when the snow is thick enough.

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  5. Frank says:

    Hi Tim,

    I am coming over to Yuhzno shortly to work, very interested in the ski slope? when does the snow hit the deck and how long is the season? do you know? anyway mate if yr still around when i get there maybe jan 07, i can get you snowboarding in no time…cheers

    Frank. personal email..

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  7. Jules says:

    Interesting things to do aside from awaiting good skiing? Live in a ski resort now, so aside from the small hill, hoping other activities? Nordic maybe?

  8. Craig says:

    Sakhalin Island is the birthplace of “Yul Brenner” as well.

  9. Paulski says:

    Doesnt look as bad as people say! However I go to work on the oil soon and 3 months time the weather is pretty bad!

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