- Oymyakon, a Russian village, Located in the heart of Siberia is the coldest village on the planet and is permanently inhabited.
- Known as the ‘Pole of Cold’, the average temperature here in January is -50C.
If the tempurature in Delhi is making you shiver then checkout this place named Oymyakon, a Russian village, Located in the heart of Siberia is the coldest village on the planet and is permanently inhabited. Known as the ‘Pole of Cold’, the average temperature here in January is -50C. However, the coldest temperature recorded in Oymyakon is -71.2C. The frosty village is home to 500 people who survive in the harsh conditions. It is long known as long known as the coldest inhabited place on Earth.
Oymyakon, a Russian village, Located in the heart of Siberia is the coldest village on the planet and… Click To Tweet
It is such a cold place that people keep their cars running 24/7 to avoid restart problem or they are kept in heated garages. Batteries lose power due to the harsh cold temperature. Temperature is so cold that people here regularly consume frozen meat. The harsh conditions are not conducive for growth of plants so the locals mostly eat reindeer and horse-meat. Locals also consume animals’ milk which help them to get essential micronutrients and keep them healthy.
New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple paid a visit to the 500-person village and captured a series of beautiful photographs showing what life is like inside this extreme village. Here some of his works.
Oymyakon sits at a 63.4608° N, 142.7858° E latitude, just a few hundred miles from the Arctic Circle. It’s dark — completely, utterly dark — for up to 21 hours a day during the winter, and the temperature averages -58.
There are few modern conveniences in the village – with many buildings still having outdoor toilets – and most people still burn coal and wood for heat. When coal deliveries are irregular the power station starts burning wood. If the power ceases, the town shuts down in about five hours, and the pipes freeze and crack.
Petrol stand in Oymyakon.
Due to the harsh cold very limited flora and fauna is found in this place.
Toilet in petrol pump.