Our journey to Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold, was awesome. It was a sort of a fun road trip with friends. A great adventure! Great impressions! Major sightseeings in Oymyakon are people, their life and extreme cold. So… enjoy the slideshow. The set will be, certainly, extended.
This set will be updated all the time. Need more time to select more pictures of our trip. Today you can see the first portion.
Yeah, it’s dark and cold on the Road of Bones (the Kolyma Highway) in winter. And a little bit dangerous, because of fast passing-by trucks and snow-people-like fellows
So we returned from the Pole of Cold, Yakutia/Siberia. The journey to Oymyakon was awesome. I need more time to publish good posts about our road trip to one of Yakutia’s coldest regions. To give an idea of the Pole of Cold, watch this video. We were measuring temperature in Oymyakon. You can see how the cold went from -35C down to -52C. It happened at 11.00 am on Jan. 20, 2010. The journey was arranged by AskYakutia Fun Adventure Team.
Today the temp in Yakutsk went down almost to -45C. Immediately the press center of the city hall reminded inhabitants about the mayor’s order dated Dec. 4, 2009, regarding schools’ work in cold weather. According to this order, kids of the 1st — 5th grades may stay at home at -45C. When it is -48C, schools are closed for the 1st — 8th grades boys and girls. At -50C kids of all 11 grades are legally allowed not to study, they may enjoy free time. The listed restrictions,…
An Italian traveler Marco Vignola after tw-day reindeer sledding in Oymyakon, Siberia/Russia. That was the travel in extremely cold weather conditions. The temperature was -52C/-61F. Indeed, Oymyakon holds its title of the coldest inhabited place on the earth. Photo by Misha Mestnikov. Check my other blog AskYakutia.com to see what it is like to be in Oymyakon: — A winter journey to the Pole of Cold; — Reindeer sledding with Siberian nomads. Browse through already-published posts under the tag Oymyakon. Any wish to travel to Oymyakon, the world’s…
Today BBC News did a great job. The UK news outlet published an article about life in extreme cold in the world. Yakutia’s Yakutsk and Oymyakon were highlighted in the story. Enjoy reading! By Raffi Berg, BBC News —————————— While extreme winter weather in parts of Europe, Asia and the US has brought normal life to a virtual standstill for millions of people, many other inhabited places manage to function where such sub-zero temperatures are routine. In the north-eastern Russian Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the village of Oymyakon…
Actually this car wasn’t frozen accidently. Its owner got it frozen for winter intentionally. Reasons are various. First, if the car is used the whole winter, it could work a short period of time only. Second, to have a warm, heated garage is relatively expensive. Such a garage in downtown may cost approx. 1,000,000 rubles (~33,000USD). A month heated garage rent cost ~300 USD. Third, a car consumes in cold weather more fuel than in summer, and one litre is sold here at the price of ~1 USD
Now it is a sort of tradition… to take off all warm layers and get a picture of yourself on the Pole of Cold. A driver Michael Mestnikov, an eye-witness, says it was below minus 50 degrees centigrade on that day. In the picture: a Brit, ex-commando.
This video I shot a year ago on Dec. 7, 2008. It was minus 40C only. It has 15679 views on YouTube. This is a big number to me.