I complain a lot about the cold when I’m in Fort McMurray, Alberta. While I write this, we are under a cold weather advisory of temperatures reaching -40 °C. This cannot compare to the world’s coldest places you are about to read about. Perhaps, like brilliant author Albert Camus said, “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Let’s hope that people living in these places have found theirs.
What to Do when in the World’s Coldest Places
Europe, Canada, United States and some other places in the world have four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. Flowers start to bloom during spring; so, it is best to visit botanical gardens. During summer, which is the warmest of all four seasons, locals and tourists alike are seen enjoying sunny beaches. When autumn comes, the leaves of the trees start falling; this is why it is ideal to take a tour at picturesque virgin forests. However during winter, the coldest season of all, most people prefer to lock themselves inside the house and sit in front of the fireplace to get warm. Isn’t this boring? Well, as a treat to people who prefer cold weather, here are some of the world’s coldest locations and tips on what to do when in these places.
#1: Oymyakon, Russia
On July 21, 1983, a Russian research station recorded Vostok, Antartica as the place on Earth with the coldest temperature ever recorded. At that time, the temperature reached -128.6 °F or -89.22 °C. Just recently, a reliable source named Oymyakon, Russia as the “coldest inhabited area on Earth” with a freezing temperature of -58 °F or -50 °C. But this temperature is not the coldest. In the year 1924, the lowest recorded temperature in this place was -96.16 °F or -71.2 °C. There is really nothing much to do in this place given its frigid weather. In fact, vehicles parked outside the house or building need to be kept running so that owners will not have a hard time restarting them. In addition, because the ground is frozen, crops and other vegetations cannot grow in this place during winter. This is why its residents solely rely on frozen fishes and meat. Nonetheless, this place is ideal for photographers who want to capture an almost unbelievable life in the cold.
#2: Verkhoyansk and Yakutsk, Russia
Yakutsk, which is a 2-day drive from Oymyakon, is the world’s coldest city. On a monthly basis, the average temperature in this place is −37.5 °F or −38.6 °C in January and 67.1 °F or +16.5 °C in July. In general, this city is considered to have an ‘extreme subartic climate’. Wondering what to do when in Yakutsk? Well, this city is the fifth largest producer of diamonds. Needless to say, this place is perfect for those who love to collect jewelries made from this gem.
Verkhoyansk, on the other hand, has an average monthly temperature of −49.7 °F or −45.4 °C in the month of January and 61.7 °F or +16.5 °C in July. This place has both an airport and a river port. Meaning, businesses related to transportation is thriving. When in Verkhoyansk, never fly back home without shopping for your favorite fur collection. And if you are into reindeer-raising, then might as well build a rest house here.
Wikipedia describes Antartica as the “coldest, driest, and windiest continent”. Nonetheless, it still takes pride of its small-scale tourism. When in countries located in Antartica, tourists should not miss private yachting, luxurious sea cruises, and scenic flights. Fun land-based activities such as camping, hiking, and skiing are also a must-try for visitors.
– Happy (brrrrr…) Globetrotting!