In The World’s Coldest Village -62°C (-80°F) Is Not Even A Catastrophe (26 pics + 3 gifs)

17 Jan 2018


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Welcome to Oymyakon, a remote Siberian village which is considered to be the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world


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The temperature there has just plummeted to a chilling -62°C (-80°F)


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In the village, however, the cold that could freeze your eyeballs hasn’t stopped life


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Except for local students who are expected to attend class till temperatures reach at least minus -52°C (-62°F)


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And, believe it or not, people are still going to work


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Here’s what driving under such conditions looks like


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Street venders have no need to refrigerate their fish as the air temperature is enough to keep them safe from rotting away

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They do, however, need to keep themselves as warm as possible


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Some tourists that visit Oymyakon are as extreme as its weather


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This group from China weren’t afraid to dip in the thermal spring in about -60°C


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Photographers try using the cold in creative ways: “I really did take pictures of the ballerina outside in minus 41°C, and it’s not photoshopped”


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The village lies in Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic, Russia


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It is named after the Oymyakon River, whose name reportedly comes from the Even word kheium, meaning “unfrozen patch of water; place where fish spend the winter”


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According to other sources, however, the Even word heyum (hэjум) (kheium may be a misspelling) means “frozen lake”


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The painful weather was too much even for the new electronic thermometer. It broke after reaching -62°C


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But about 500 people still live in the village


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It stands approximately 750 meters above sea level


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“Now we’re brushing the snow off our Yakut horses. For us this is normal”, told one resident of the village


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People have nicknamed this chilling place as the Northern Pole of Cold


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And although winters in Oymyakon are long and excessively cold


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Summers can sometimes become hot. In June, July and August temperatures over 30 °C (86 °F) are not rare


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In the 1920s and 1930s, Oymyakon was a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the spring


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But in attempts to force its nomadic population into putting down roots, the Soviets later transformed the site into a permanent settlement


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The cold does, however, make the whole village look like a winter wonderland


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It’s not everyday you’ll see such beauty in a mine tunnel


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In 1933, a temperature of -67.7°C (−89.9°F) was recorded in the village, accepted as the lowest ever in the Northern Hemisphere


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There, day length varies from three hours in December to twenty-one hours in June


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So you’ll have to be quick if you want to go sightseeing in the winter


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Some have gotten these icy lashes that are perfectly worthy of becoming the newest beauty trend



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