Coldest places in Siberia

The coldest villages and towns in the world are in Siberia. Temperatures in the region often fall to -50°C in January, but the coldest place of all is the village of Oymyakon, in Eastern Siberia, where the record lowest temperature is 67.7°C. This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth. It is also the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern hemisphere.

Oymyakon 2008/09 Expedition

Oymyakon is a village in Russian Siberia located along the Indigirka river, about 800 km north east of Yakutsk. The climate in the region is continental with very cold winters. The village is one of the candidates to be the northern pole of cold. The record for Oymyakon is – 71,2 degrees Celsius, the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited place on earth. Only Antarctica has recorded lower temperatures. The village is located 690 meters above sea level and lies in a valley between two mountain ranges. This is the reason that temperatures drops to extremely low levels. The name Oymyakon means “non-freezing water” because of the natural hot spring close to the village.

Going to Extremes: Amazon.co.uk

This book is about the authors travels to find the coldest, dryest, hottest and wettest habited placed on earth. The opening chapters about his travells in Siberia fascinated me so much that I have since gone on to read further books about the place. The minute he gets off the train in Siberia and it is so cold it phsically hurts to breathe, I was transported to the journey with him. I thoroughly enjoyed this section as it was interwoven with history about the region awell as tales of jumping through ice in minus 40 degrees!