The Coldest Places in Russia
When people think of Russia, cold winters, snow and freezing temperatures are the first associations that come to mind. Despite some cities and regions offering beautiful beach resorts and mild weather year-round, there are many places that hold the popular belief true. Most of them are located in Northern Siberia or above the Arctic Circle and, covered in snow, remind visitors of landscapes from the outer space.
We’ve rounded up four coldest places in Russia. Will you dare to travel to either of them?
Oymyakon, dubbed “the Pole of Cold,” is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement on the planet. Home to over 200,000 people, the city is located about 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle and has an annual average temperature of just 3F. In January, the coldest month of the year, the average temperature is -51F, but Oymyakon citizens are used to negative double digits – schools there only close when the temperature dips below -61F.
Verkhoyansk, located to the northwest of Oymyakon, is a well-deserved runner up for the “Pole of Cold” title. The lowest recorded temperature in this town was -90F. Due to its severe weather conditions, the town has a population of just over 1,300 people.
Norilsk is the largest city in the world built on permafrost. Sitting above the Arctic Circle, it’s known for its extreme temperatures and generous winter snowfalls. If all the snow was divided by its citizens, each of them would get over 22,000 lbs. of snow.
Pevek, the coldest place in the Chukotka region, isn’t famous for its low temperatures but for its polar nights and days. The polar day lasts from May through July, and the polar night is here from November through January. Pevek visitors appreciate the rich flora and fauna of the region shaped by its brutal climate, with day trips to Wrangel Island and national parks.