Coldest Village on Earth
Oymyakon in Russia was -71.2C.
by Ralph Kratzer
I have been complaining in the recent days about the “cold” temperatures in Cyprus! Anything below 10 degrees Celsius here we feel as cold. Now I found an internet post about the coldest village in the world. More than 70° Celsius minus! At the thought of these temperatures I like my life in Cyprus again much better!
The Russian village of Oymyakon has the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location. Nothing grows, so locals live off a diet of reindeer meat and horsemeat but never suffer malnourishment. Locals keep their cars running all day for fear of them not starting again if turned off. Digging graves for a funeral can take up to three days as the ground has to be thawed with hot coals!
If you thought it was cold where you are at the moment then a visit to the Russian village of Oymyakon might just change your mind.
With the average temperature for January standing at -50C, it is no wonder the village is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.
Known as the ‘Pole of Cold’, the coldest ever temperature recorded in Oymyakon was -71.2C.
View some pictures!
A woman walks over an ice-encrusted bridge in Yakutsk Village of Oymyakon, which is considered to be the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world, Russia. Known as the ‘Pole of Cold’, the coldest ever temperature recorded in Oymyakon was a mind numbing -71.2C
The central square of Yakutsk on a -51c day. Oymyakon lies a two day drive from the city of Yakutsk, the regional capital, which has the coldest winter temperatures for any city in the world.
There are few modern conveniences in the village – with many buildings still having outdoor toilets – and most people still burn coal and wood for heat. When coal deliveries are irregular the power station starts burning wood. If the power ceases, the town shuts down in about five hours, and the pipes freeze and crack.