The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

If you think that winter has already come to your city, pictures from Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest village on Earth, might change your mind. With the lowest temperature of −71.2 °C (−96 °F), recorded in 1924, and the average for January being -50°C (-60°F), this village is the coldest permanently inhabited place on this planet. New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple decided to go on a two-day journey from Yakutsk, the coldest major city on Earth, to capture what everyday life is like in Oymyakon.

I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into – 47 °C (-52°F). I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips”, the photographer told weather.com.

The photographer recalls that the hardest thing was not the cold itself, but that his camera’s focus and zoom rings would occasionally freeze in place.

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

The Central Market In Yakutsk is full of fish and meat as the crops do not grow there

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)
Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)
Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

The ‘Road Of Bones’ is the only route to Oymyakon

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

Even the village sign reads ‘Omyakon, The Pole Of Cold’

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

A woman walks by a frozen house located in the village center

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

A thick layer of fur keeps these dogs warm

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

Most toilets are built outside, because the frozen ground makes it impossible to build indoor plumbing

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

Local farmer keeps his cows warm at night by tucking them away in this barn

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)
Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)
Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)
Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)
Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

The only working shop in Oymyakon provides the villagers with everything they need

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

Cars can only be placed in heated garages. The ones left outside must keep running, otherwise they won’t restart

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)
Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

A coal heating plant keeps the villagers warm

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)
Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)
Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

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