This is the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth, known as Oymyakon. Undoubtedly, it is the coldest village in the universe with human habitation.

Old wooden traditional houses (izba), covered in snow, with smoke from the chimney, on the sunny winter day in Yakutia. Russian traditional architecture in rural area

Oymyakon is located in the district of the Sakha Republic in Soviet Russia, exactly 4000 km east of Moscow, the capital of Russia. The meaning of the name is “unfrozen patch of water; the place where fish spend their winter”.

Traditional wooden houses (izba) and smoke from the chimneys, one of the coldest permanently inhabited settlements on Earth, Pole of cold, Sakha Republic, Russia, -48 °C

However, Oymyakon is famous worldwide as Pole of Cold. This isolated village is situated 750m above sea level. This settlement is truly solitary, so these people are a group of people who challenge nature. Oymyakonians truly define bitterness of life and try to tie their lives every day. These people are known around the world as, one of the strongest communities in the world.

Amazing Verkhoyansk mountain Range on sunny day on the road to Oymyakon in the Republic Sakha Yakutia, Adventure travel in Russia from Yakutsk to Magadan

Yukutsk is the colder city in the world. It is also the nearest town to the village of Oymyakon. Nearly 300,000 people live in the city and it is almost a two days drive from Yukutsk to the world’s coldest village as well as it is 682 km long and runs through snow and pine trees. Even in this ever-evolving world, Oymyakon people spend more than 35 hours reaching their nearest town.

Ust – Nera, Yakutia, Russia – August 10, 2010: The prospector (gold miner) brought firewood into his shack (temporary structure) and put it in the furnace. Gold miners work 24 hours a day, each worker works 12 hours a day (no days off and no holidays. This work is seasonal (5-6 months a year). In the cold season, work stops.  Eastern Siberia, Yakutia (Oimikon District)

Approximately, the temperature is -40°F for 9 months of the year and during winter it exceeds -60°F. In 1924 the highest temperature was recorded as -96°F. The majority of Oymyakin people are traditional Russians, traditional Yukutsk Siberian and few Ukrainians also live here. The population had recorded its highest as 2500 but the number has decreased up to 900-500 in 2018.

Coldest winter trees covered with snow at sunset still river

People speak the Russian language and these people bring beauty to their village with their customs and traditions. Traditional Russian tea and vodka help them to survive this extremely cold weather. Their daily diet includes pure milk from animal husbandry, deer and horse meat, and fish.

Title `the Oymyakon` literally translates to mean: “unfrozen patch of water; place where fish spend the winter.”

The whole village has only one small shop and one small school the school will close when the temperature exceeds -55°F. The Oymykon residents don’t have electricity or Internet access. So during the short period of summer, they make a great effort to gather some woods to protect their lives during winter.

Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited place on Earth.

There are no restaurants or hotels. So the visitors have to stay in a small wooden house of the villagers. Oymyakonians are very popular throughout Soviet Russia as very hospitable people.

The Yakutian horse Yakut: Саха ата, Sakha ata, sometimes called the Yakut horse, Yakut pony or simply the Yakut, is a rare native horse breed from the Siberian Sakha Republic or Yakutia region. It is large compared to the otherwise similar Mongolian horse and Przewalski`s horse It is noted for its adaptation to the extreme cold climate of Yakutia, including the ability to locate and graze on vegetation that is under deep snow cover, and to survive without shelter in temperatures that reach −70 °C −94 °F

Oymyakon young woman considered the most beautiful woman in Russia. Majestic mountain peaks, the deers walk through the snow, cold dark sky, called fresh winds and small wooden houses give a truly beautiful sensation to everyone.

The Yakutian horse Yakut: Саха ата, Sakha ata, sometimes called the Yakut horse, Yakut pony or simply the Yakut, is a rare native horse breed from the Siberian Sakha Republic or Yakutia region. It is large compared to the otherwise similar Mongolian horse and Przewalski`s horse It is noted for its adaptation to the extreme cold climate of Yakutia, including the ability to locate and graze on vegetation that is under deep snow cover, and to survive without shelter in temperatures that reach −70 °C −94 °F

So, if anyone is thinking of visiting the coldest village in the world, there is an opportunity for that. First, you have to go to Russia. There are eight flights a week from Moscow to Yakutsk and can take a special carriage from Yukutsk to Oymyakon. The short summer that comes from May to August is the perfect time for you.

The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as the caribou in North America, is a species of deer with circumpolar distribution, native to Arctic, sub-Arctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America.

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