Some people love winter, the cold weather, cuddly blankets, warm fireplaces and some hate the guts of it.
Whatever your preferences are, if you think it’s cold out there where you are staying, then you should once go and visit Russian village Oymyakon. The weather at Oymyakon might change your mind.
At this Russian village average temperature in January stands at -50°C. With the coldest ever temperature recorded at -70°C Oymyakon is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.
Known as the ‘Pole of Cold’, this village, which is located around 750 metres above sea level houses around 500 people. The length of a day varies from 3 hours in December to 21 hours in the summer.
In the 1920s and 30s Oymyakon used to be a stopover for reindeer herders, who would water their flocks from the thermal spring.
But the Soviet government, in its efforts to settle nomadic populations, believing them to be difficult to control and technologically and culturally backward, made the site a permanent settlement.