If you thought that the temperatures in New York City or Alaska are freezing, then you've never visited the Russian village of Oymyakon. It's known as the coldest village on the entire planet, and it's not surprising given that the temperature has been known to drop as low as –96F (-71C). With temperatures this cold, you can't help but wonder how the villagers even manage to survive the winter months. But locals have managed to do it, and travelers have even ventured to this remote village to figure out how the coldest place on Earth remains habitable. Just learning about Oymyakon will give you the chills.
Oymyakon is located in a remote area in the country Russia, and you'll notice its proximity to the arctic.
In this northeastern Russian village, the average temperature reaches –58 degrees Fahrenheit in the month of January, but the temperatures have been known to go much more than that. It's a wonder how anyone stays warm here.
Villagers risk it all to live here, and so do the travelers who come to this remote town.
From a distance, life in this extremely cold area seems impossible, but it's the coldest place on the planet that actually has humans living in it. Imagine trying to keep the lens on a camera from frosting over when you're taking a selfie or checking your makeup in your compact mirror.
The cold winter temperatures make conventional life a lot more difficult for both locals and tourists.
Temperatures cause eyeglasses to literally get stuck to men, women, and children's faces, because of the cold. It can also make it very difficult for students to write since the temperatures tend to freeze the ink in the pens.
Villagers in Oymyakon don't get to experience the day in the same way as the rest of us.
During the winter, they're lucky to get 3 hours of sunshine per day, which is ironic, since in the summer, they get 21 hours of full sunshine. But the grounds are so frozen by the chilly climate that the ice doesn't melt away.
In order to survive, the locals here have to find whatever means necessary to survive.
In fact, horse meat and reindeer meat are the primary sources of protein for the people of Oymyakon. Of course, seafood, and rabbit are also available at the markets too. But, boy is that diet limited or what?