This enchanting green sliver is by far the most visited of Lake Onega’s 1600-plus islands. This is thanks to the magnificent Transfiguration Church, Russia’s most iconic wooden landmark, which dominates the stunning Kizhi Museum Reserve.
Visitors typically get four hours on the island, which is more than enough time to visit the main reserve and stroll up to the lived-in Yamka village. Guided excursions are on offer but much of what you’ll see is self-explanatory and placards are in English. Stay on the marked paths – a decline in the island's poisonous-snake population has led to proliferation of ticks that potentially carry encephalitis.