This world is considered the masterpiece of nature. If there is daylight, high rains and cold temperatures in some parts of the world then at the same time there is darkness, shortage of rain and hot weather, respectively in the other parts of the world. This is the distribution of nature and we cannot deny this reality.
However, some parts even face a temperature below the freezing level. In those parts of the world, everything freezes at such low temperatures, from electronics to gasoline to pen ink. Even the batteries lose power and pipes crack under pressure exerted by ice and snow.
The citizens of these coldest places live a very different and difficult life as compared to the other places in the world. There are different types of research studies that have clearly shown and identified that life in those parts of the world is considered quite tough and challenging and special arrangements are required to live there.
In order to survive in the coldest places in the world, humans have had to adapt to their environment and lifestyle significantly.
We have selected this article in order to discuss some coldest places in the world and how the locals take the challenge of surviving in this extremely low temperature.
1. Verkhoyansk, Russia
Verkhoyansk in Russia is considered one of the coldest places in the world to live in. This place has a low residency ratio and according to a census conducted in 2011, there were hardly 2,893 residents residing in this place.
This place is located 1,500 miles south of the North Pole and 404 miles away from Yakutsk, which is also another coldest place in the world.
According to different types of research studies, the average temperature is -50.4 degrees F.
It means that the monthly temperature of this place stays below the freezing level from October through April.
It is said about this place that residents of this place recorded the lowest temperature of -90 degrees F.
2. Oymyakon, Russia
Oymyakon in Russia is also another coldest place in the world. It is situated in Russia. This remote village witnessed the lowest temperature of -90 degrees F on 6th February 1993.
Oymyakon is a rural locality that has a low residency ratio due to its severe weather conditions.
This place has a well-developed tourist department, which has promoted the town as a perfect destination for adventure travelers who are hungry for the taste of an extreme journey.
As Oymyakon is the coldest place in the world, children here are not allowed to play outside for more than 20 minutes during the typical winter season.
In Oymyakon temperature can fall below -50 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, even the lungs of the human can freeze and collapse.
Despite all these difficulties and hardships, humans have found ways to survive there. Many of the coldest places in the world now attract tourists that are eager to see the coldest weather.
3. International Falls, Minn.
International Falls nicked, as the icebox of the nation is also included in the list of coldest places in the world to live on earth.
Like other coldest places in the world, the occupancy ratio is also low in this part of the world.
International Falls sits on the border between the U.S and Canada and according to a census conducted in 2011, only 9,389 people live there.
The temperature of this place remains below the freezing level for more than 2 months a year. This area gets a lot of snow, about 65.5 inches of snowfall annually.
4. Yakutsk, Russia
This large city of Yakutsk is also considered the coldest place in the world to live in. This place is well known to fans of the board game Risk.
It is claimed to be the coldest city on earth. There are different research studies that have shown the fact that the world’s coldest temperature outside of Antarctica was recorded not far from Yakutsk in the basin of the Yana River.
During the winter season, the average temperature of this place remains below the freezing level and it starts to drop to freezing level in September and it does not come back till May.
During January, the average high temperature is -34 degrees F. This place witnessed a record low temperature of -81.4 degrees F.
The locals are professionals to combat the severe harsh weather of Yakutsk.
There are almost 270,000 people residing there. They build special houses for icy weather and use thick wool layers to keep their body warm.
In supportive weather they also enjoy numerous theaters, museums, and even a zoo.
5. Hell, Norway
Hell is a small village and one of the coldest places to survive on earth.
This place is located in Norway and has gained notoriety for the combination of its name and sub-arctic temperatures.
The average temperature of this place remains below the freezing level at about -20 degrees F.
Tourists are now moving to this place as this place has many things to attract.
This place has the coldest temperature from December to March of every year.
6. Barrow, Alaska
Alaska is a home where many cold cities reside. One of them is Barrow.
It is nestled in the northernmost city in the United States and is just 1,300 miles south of the North Pole and 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
This place also has a small occupancy ratio and faces the super cold and windy winters.
It is said about this city that sunsets at the end of November and does not reappear until the end of January.
When the mercury drops down, the temperature of this place remains below the freezing level for more than six months a year.
This place is also an economic hub of the North Slope and many of its residents work in the energy industry. Barrow can only be assessed by aircraft or by sea.
7. Vostok Station, Antarctica
Vostok Station is a frighteningly cold station to live on.
This Russian research station is where the lowest recorded temperature was taken at -89.2 degrees Celsius.
Antarctica is famous all over the world as the coldest place on earth.
This place is also famous as the windiest and has the highest overall elevation of any continent in the world.
It is also said about Antarctica that it receives about 90% of the ice in the world.
The Vostok Station in Antarctica receives almost no rainfall, making this place technically a desert.
8. North Ice, Greenland
North ice station is included in the list of coldest places in the world.
This place is also considered as the coldest region in the Western Hemisphere.
This station witnessed the lowest temperature of -66 degrees Celsius.
North Ice is a British research station, which is located in the middle of the Greenland ice sheet.
This location of the world has the lowest population as there are certain difficulties, which make this place hard to live in.
9. Snag, Yukon, Canada
Snag is a small dry weathered village located in the Yukon Territory in Canada.
It is considered as the coldest place on the North American continent.
This village has recorded the lowest bone-chilling temperature of -63 degrees Celsius.
This place gets brutally cold because the mountains block the warm air from the Pacific Ocean.
However, it is very famous among tourists due to its charming attraction and beauty.
10. Denali, USA
Denali or Mountain McKinley is considered as the highest peak in North America and this mountain has long been considered as the coldest mountain on earth.
This beautiful scenic mountain has a severe winter season, which comes with certain difficulties and problems for the residents of this area.
The normal temperature of this place remains at the range of -40 degrees Celsius.
The above discussed is the list of coldest places on earth ranked by lowest temperatures.
Under these circumstances residing or visiting there will not only set your teeth chattering but also your body will freeze to death if necessary measures are not taken place.
Two most freezing cold places concluded are Antarctica and Siberia.
Antarctica, temperatures can easily plummet to -84 degrees Celsius at the Plateau Station and the average annual temperature normally reaches -36 degrees Celsius.
Therefore Siberia’s average temperature reaches more than -51 degrees Celsius in January. Eastern Siberia has an average winter temperature of -45 degrees Celsius and this place has recorded the lowest temperature at -71.2 degrees Celsius.
There are different types of research reports that have shown the fact that these areas are so cold that empty plastic bags taken outside freeze within minutes and then crack like glass.
Living with the challenging weather and surviving in these most freezing cold places in the world is quite difficult and tough. Research has shown this fact that most scientists are the only humans to live there for months and they normally stay there only in summer.
I’m glad you came to my website and I am just now getting to see your. What great stories you tell. This one is of real interest to me because I am fascinated with nature. It is really something to see these very cold places and yet some people live there! I guess if you are born somewhere and your family is there, it is home. Even if it is one of the coldest places in the world! Thank you for sharing!
I wish i can visit these places in my life..:)
If you are from the U.S. then in the summer you will burn, and in winter you will freeze from the cold, in oymyakon ocha is cold, school is up to – 50 and it’s a horror
Accidentally wrote to the Russians
I thought it was cold where I live. I don’t think I could handle -40C on any given day. we’ve seen a few days of -20 wind chill factor making it -30C. That was cold enough. No mention of Finland or Sweden on your list. I lived in Rovaniemi 3 K from the Artic circle when I was 3 years old. My eyelashes would freeze I could not open my eyes. My mom said wait- they will melt when we entered the store.
I live in Kenya and am unable to understand how people live in extreme temperatures.the lowest we handle here is 16degrees and actually its great problem
Yeah it is.:)
i live in north america and i am interested in all those places that is sunless and full of foggy days for i don´t like the sun.
I found someone like me 🙂
Am from India and our average temperature in summer is 35-40 degree Celsius. We are fed up with sun.
Thank you for sharing these fascinating facts with us, Karen. I have the good fortune of living in South Africa, generally a warm and sunny place. We all know how wonderful God has created our planet. Regards, William Thom.