With winters here, while we are all trying to get used to the chill, imagine living in conditions that actually break the thermometer because it’s -62°C. Welcome to Oymyakon — the coldest place in the world. By Team T+L

The icy lashes on the people of Oymyakon isn’t a beauty trend. It’s legitimate ice freezing on them, that’s how cold this village in Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic, Russia actually is. To establish this further, there’s news of an electronic thermometer breaking at -62°C (-80°F) because it understandably could not deal with the piercing pain of the cold.

 

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It’s truly a wonder then, that around 500 people are still residing in the village. You may think they’re tucking under layers and layers and layers of woollens, but to everyone’s surprise people are still going to work here and the local students attending classes.

Doesn’t this news make our unhappy remarks about the weather seem rather silly now? Who in their right senses would willingly want to travel to the world’s coldest village? Well, this photographer called Amos Chapple travelled there to brave the freeze, back in 2015, when the weather was relatively forgiving at -47°C (-52°F).

He had described his experience by saying that when he first stepped onto this land he was wearing thin trousers and remembered feeling like the cold was physically gripping his legs, and that occasionally his saliva would freeze into needles that would prick his lips.

This time, however, the cold is even stronger, not only gripping legs but turning people’s eyelashes into icicles as well. People have nicknamed this place as the ‘pole of cold’. In the 1920s and 1930s, Oymyakon was a stop-over for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring. Now they’re just brushing the snow off their Yakut horses. The temperature plummeting to a chilling -62°C (-80°F) has funnily also stopped street venders from refrigerating their fish as the air temperature is enough to keep them from rotting.

 

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Although winters in Oymyakon are long and excessively cold, summers can sometimes become hot, especially in June, July and August when temperatures rise to over 30 °C (86 °F). So if you’re planning on making a trip in December, you will get some three hours for sightseeing, and twenty-one hours if you go in June.