Oymyakon, Russia – The Coldest Town On Earth!

Photographer Amos Chapple set out to discover exactly what it takes to live in Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest town on Earth, where the record low reached -96.16° F. Surprisingly, the city’s population is around 300,000. The average temperature in the winter is -30° F (!) Outhouses are the only means of relief as the ground is much too cold, making plumbing a non-option. The cold made it extremely difficult to operate the camera. Chapple had to hold his breath so the frozen cloud of air wouldn’t obscure the shot. Also, the frigid temperatures began to make focusing the camera a chore since they froze the mechanisms in the lens. On the journey north, Chapple was stranded for two days in the Cafe Cuba (below) and lived off of reindeer soup and hot tea until another car showed up to take him the rest of the way to Oymyakon. Chapple first had to stop off in the nearest city, Yaktusk, where he met a number of residents. The people of Oymyakon take great pride in being locals. But even they shut things down when the thermometer drops below -58° F. Livestock is a vital part of life in Oymyakon. The only way to Oymyakon is the perilous “Road of Bones,” which is a barren two day trip (and also a Metallica album, probably). Yaktusk is the capital city of the Sakha region and is considered the coldest capital city in the world. Oymyakon is about as north as towns go. In Oymyakon, the record low temperature is documented with pride. It takes a hardy bunch to survive under such conditions....

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