9 of the world’s coldest places to live in

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November 28, 2021

Oymyakon, Russia

Oymyakon and Verkhoyansk have a bit of a rivalry, and they are constantly arguing about which is the coldest city, either pointing to their lowest temperature ever recorded or their average. Depending on who you ask, 500 to 800 people call Oymyakon home.

The town is named after a local hot spring covered by a thick crust of ice and snow that inhabitants have to break during the winter for access to the warm water source. Oymyakon’s touristic appeal resides in its potential for extreme outdoor activities, which is guaranteed to delight adventurers and thrill-seekers. One time, the digital thermometer installed as a tourist attraction even broke from the cold, even though it was only -79.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-62 degrees Celsius), a mild day for the region.

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