Yakutsk – Coldest City in the World
You think you know freezing winters? You know nothing about freezing until you’ve visited Yakutsk, where -50˚C is only ‘chilly’. Yakutsk is a far away city in Eastern Siberia and it is known for two things: it is the coldest settlement on Earth also Coldest City in the World and it is a major supplier of diamonds. In January, the coldest month of the year, the average day temperatures revolve around -40˚C. The locals constantly remind you not to wear glasses since they can freeze to your skin.
Yakutia covers over a million square miles
Russia is abundant of great, distant and cold spaces, but Yakutsk seems to be the absolute recorder – Yakutia covers over a million square miles, while it is inhabited by less than a million people.
Inhabitants are used to this cold temperatures
Still the short and surprisingly warm summers are not popular among the locals – since they are not adapted to the heat and the humid air filled with mosquitoes and flies. The cuisine is adjusted to the natural conditions, including lots of horse and reindeer meat. Yakutsk may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is an excellent challenge for the toughest.