This is the coldest village on earth! Welcome to Oymyakon!

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Winter temperatures in Oymyakon located in Russia, average -50 C (minus 58 F)! The remote village is generally considered the coldest inhabited area on Earth. Oymyakon is in Siberia and a two-day drive from Yakutsk, the regional capital which has the lowest winter temperatures of any city in the world.

Oymyakon ironically means “unfrozen water.” This is due to the thermal spring located nearby.

According to The Independent, wearing glasses outdoors can cause them to stick to the wearer’s face. This is just one of the more menial problems of the extremely cold weather.

Other adaptations locals have to make in their daily lives are more extreme. The frozen ground makes it difficult for working indoor plumbing, so most toilets are outhouses. Locals use heated garages for their cars. Cars left outside need to be kept running, otherwise they will not restart. Planes cannot fly into the area in the winter. And of course the risk of a frostbite is great after only a few minutes in the cold.

Where this village is located? Click here to look at the map!

Photo: Amos Chapple, Source: