The Village of Oymyakon in Russia Is Perma-Freezing
School isn’t cancelled in Oymyakon until the temperatures plummet to at least minus-62°F. With temperatures free-falling to minus-80°F recently, many students have been left with extremely bittersweet (and bitterly frozen) feelings and emotions. Photographer Amos Chapple traveled there reveals that, “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.”
It’s difficult to tell just how cold it’s been in Oymyakon lately because the village’s new electronic thermometer broke-down after registering minus-80°F. Locals argue that the temperatures had to be as frigid as minus-90°F. Back in 1933, the village’s temperature of -89.9°F became the lowest ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.
The coldest permanently inhabited settlement on Earth.
Here on Earth, life goes on.
School’s in until -62°F, but no one said education was painless.
Back to work.
Freezer sales cease.
Heat is heavenly.
“Sellers stand here all day long. How do they warm themselves?”
Tourists embrace Oymyakon ways.
Thermal springs are blissful.
“I really did take pictures of the ballerina outside in minus 41°C, and it’s not photoshopped.”
Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic, Russia.
Oymyakon River roughly translates to “unfrozen patch of water; place where fish spend the winter.”
The word heyum (hэjум) roughly means “frozen lake.”
Electronic thermometer reads -62°C, and then breaks.
Population: 500 frozen souls.
750 meters above sea level.
“Now we’re brushing the snow off our Yakut horses. For us this is normal.”
“The Northern Pole of Cold.”
Telegraph (main image)