Have you ever thought how does it feel to live in extreme temperatures, the coldest places on earth where temperatures rarely go above -10 degree Celsius. So what do you need here? Gloves, woollens, warm inners? I think it is the travel lust and the passion to brave such an environment will be what you need to combat cold here. If you are looking for an area where the season of chapped lips, cracked knuckles and putting on of five layers of clothing, then it’s time you knew about the coldest places on earth Let us have a look at some of the freezing places that adorn our earth. Here is the list of 13 coldest places on Earth:
1. Vostok, Antarctica
This is a Russian research station located inland Princess Elizabeth Land in Antarctica. It was founded in 1957 and lies south of the Pole of Cold. It has the lowest reliably measured natural temperature on earth of -128.6 degrees F (-89.2 degrees C). At the research station, ice core drilling and magnetometry is carried out. The station was named after Vostok, the lead ship of the First Russian Antarctic Expedition.
2. Eureka – Nunavut, Canada
Nobody lives here permanently and this place is frequented used by the researchers. The permanent research base of Eureka, Nunavut has the lowest average recorded temperatures in Canada. The annual mean temperature here is -18.8 C and in February, the coldest month, the mercury drops to an average low of -41.1 C.
3. Eismitte, Greenland
Also referred to as Mid-Ice, Eismitte is the site of an Arctic expedition which is located in the interior of Greenland. The expedition took place during the period of July 1930 and August 1931. During the expedition, the life of renowned German Scientist Alfred Wegener was claimed. The words Eismitte refer to Ice Center in German. The area is known to be one of the coldest locations in the North Hemisphere having recorded the lowest temperature of -53 degrees F (-47.2 degrees C).
4. Oymyakon – Russia
With an extreme subarctic climate, Oymyakon is known as one of the candidates for the Northern Pole of Cold, the other being the Verkhoyansk. The ground there is permanently frozen. In 1924, Russian scientist Sergey Obrychev registered the lowest temperature -71.2 C (-96.2 F) recorded at Oymyakon’s weather station.
5. Verkhoyansk, Russia
It is located in Verkhoyansk district found in Sakha Republic, Russia. The area is located close to the Yana River near the Arctic Circle. It is 57 miles (92 km) from Batagay which is the administrative center of the district. The town has recorded a population of 1,311 inhabitants as of a 2010 census. It holds the Guinness World Record of the greatest temperature range on earth at 189 degrees F (105 degrees C). Considered as the Northern Pole of Cold while the other is Oymyakon, the lowest temperature ever recorded was – 93.6 degrees F (-69.8 degrees C). This was on February 8th, 1892.
6. North Ice – Greenland
Only the name is Greenland! North Ice was a research station of the British North Greenland Expedition on the inland ice of Greenland. This is the fifth coldest place in the world. The lowest temperatures recorded are -86.8F and -66C.
7. Snag Yukon, Canada
Snag is a village located on a small side road off the Alaska Highway, 25 km south of Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada. The weather here is chilly and snowy with the coldest month being January and the lowest temperature recorded as -81.4 F.
8. Oymyakon, Russia
The area is located in the Sakha republic, Russia which is along the Indigirka River. This is 30 kilometers northwest of Tomtor along the Kolyma Highway. It is known as the one of the coldest permanently inhabited places on Earth. As of 2011, a census estimated that the area had a population of 500 inhabitants. It is characterized by an extreme subarctic climate. In 1924, a low temperature of -71.2 degrees C (-96 degrees F) was recorded. This was noted as the lowest recorded temperature in a habitat center. On February 6th 1933, a low temperature of -67.8 degrees C (-90 degrees F) was recorded. Such low temperatures have only been recorded in the Antarctica.
9. Snag, Yukon
Snag is a village found on a small, dry weather side road located 25 kilometers east of Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada. It is number 6 on the top 10 coldest places on Earth having recorded a low temperature of -81.4 degrees F (-63 degrees C). This was on February 3rd, 1947 and during the same duration, another town, Fort Selkirk claimed an even lower temperature of -85 degrees F (-65 degrees C). The town is located 180 kilometers northeast of Snag. As of 2006, no population was recorded resulting in the census for the location being closed.
10. Prospect Creek – Alaska, USA
Prospect Creek has a sub-arctic sort of weather which means that winters last for a long period of time and summers are very short. Weather conditions are even more severe now, so the area is less crowded also.
11. Mount McKinley, Alaska
Also referred to as Denali, it is the highest mountain peak in North America. It has a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level. It is known to be the third most prominent and most isolated peak after Aconcagua and Mount Everest. The peak is located in the Alaskan Range and it’s the center piece of Denali national Park and Preserve. The lowest recorded temperature has been -22.9 degrees F (-30.5 degrees C) and wind chills as low as -59.2 degrees F (-50.7 degrees C).
12. Barrow – Alaska, USA
Barrow in Alaska, one of the coldest places on Earth; has an average January lows of -28.6 C. The coolest month here is actually February, with average lows of -29.1 C. In the winter there is no sun for 30 days. Owing to this very reason, Barrow was th e perfect setting for the film ‘30 Days of Night‘.
13. Fort Selkirk – Yukon, Canada
A former trading post on the Yukon River located at the confluence of the Pelly River in Canada’s Yukon, this place was deserted because of extreme cold conditions in 1950. It is now inhabited again but is only accessible. Most visitors get there by boat or a plane with no accessibility via road. The coldest month is January and the lowest temperature is -74 F. I am freezing already!