There’s a tiny village in Russia where the temperatures have dropped as low as -62°C (take that, Canada!), and believe it or not, people are still going to schools and offices like it’s no big deal.
Welcome to Oymyakon, a rural locality in Sakha Republic, Russia, a place that’s considered to be the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world. While we start cribbing about low temperatures as soon as the thermometer hits 10°C, the tiny population (of about 500 inhabitants) in this village are chilling (quite literally) in -62°C. Yes, their thermometers have officially stopped working.
This village was once a stopover in the 1920s for reindeer herders who wanted take their flock to thermal springs for water. It was later converted into a settlement with a tiny population migrating there. It’s amazing to see how life hasn’t stopped in Oymyakon even though to it’s cold enough to freeze your eyelashes. No, seriously.
The cold does, however, make the entire village look like a beautiful winter wonderland. Check out some of the amazing images here: