One of the coldest places on earth, and the coldest area to be inhabited all year round is Oymyakon – the Pole of Cold. Inhabitants survive in an area where the temperature has reached -71,2 С.

 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.

This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth and the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern Hemisphere

The village, which is home to around 500 people, was, in the 1920s and 1930s, a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring. But the Soviet government, in its efforts to settle nomadic populations, believing them to be difficult to control and technologically and culturally backward, made the site a permanent settlement.

Chyskhaan, The Lord of the Cold 

Ironically, Oymyakon actually means 'non-freezing water' due to a nearby hot spring.

Every year in March a traditional Russian festival is held in the Pole of Cold, the coldest place on earth. It unites experienced travellers and locals who can be regarded as true explorers of the World. Even Santa Claus, of Lapland, and Russian Ded Moroz , of Veliky Ustug, have visited and founded their residences here. These fabulous heroes meet their colleague Chyskhaan (the Lord of Frost) who is considered the Pole of Cold host.

Responses to "Oymyakon in Siberia: Coldest village on Earth where the temperature can hit -71.2C"

  1. sulyn says:

    Wow....stunning photos. Thank you.

  2. So beautiful. The cold winters of the far north hold a beauty all their own. I'd love to visit this festival

  3. Rosina says:

    Absolutely stunning - from a Pacific girl!

  4. Unknown says:

    How can the animals survive such cold?

  5. How can the animals survive such cold?

    Bu eating a lot when it is warmer, getting a solid layer of fat on the body. And of course having a good fur. It can get quite cold here in Norway as well, and those are the two main things. Together with keeping in motion enough to heat up and not more.

  6. Would love to have the coat the gentleman is wearing

  7. Unknown says:

    Beautiful pics. Love the costumes.

  8. Unknown says:

    thank you for sharing these wonderful photos and educating me about a society I have not heard about

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