Oymyakon: The Coldest Village on Earth
Oymyakon, Russia has been dubbed the coldest village on earth. Known as the “Pole of Cold”, this northern Russian village averages -51°C in January, with an all-time record low temperature of -71°C in February of 2013.
Living in Oymyakon, as you can imagine, comes with some very interesting challenges. Eye glasses are known to freeze to faces, batteries lose power very quickly, cars have to remain running during the day if they are not parked in a heated garage, and even if there was mobile phone reception, the phone batteries would not survive the cold.
Although Oymyakon is most known for its bone-chilling winters, the surrounding region is a popular tourist destination during the summer. Many companies offer multi-day treks through the region so tourists can experience the breathtaking beauty.