Sunday, January 10, 2016

Oymyakon – the coldest place on earth

The village Oymyakon in Sakha (Yakutia), eastern Siberia is known as the coldest permanently inhabited settlement on earth. Oymyakon is situated approximately 1000 km east of the major city Yakutsk, and is accessible by a 200 km sparcely maintained side-road from the Kolyma Road. The Kolyma Road was built by Gulag prisoners during the Stalin era, and is the only road leading through the remote parts of eastern Siberia.
I was visiting the distant little village of Oymyakon in junuary 2015, when temperatures varied between -45 and -52 oC. These are typical january temperatures, and nothing special for tough Siberians who are adapted to cold and long winters.

The Food store.
A local fisherman handles a wet fishing net barehanded in the cold without difficulties.


Yakutian cattle and horses are endemic breeds adapted to the extreme Siberian temperatures, and they stay outside all winter.

Reindeer herders in the Oymyakon Valley.
Tamara, our friendly host during the stay in Oymyakon.

You don't spend more time than necessary at the toilet when temperature drops below -50.
My travelmate Rune on the Siberian taiga.
«Selfie with reindeer»
More from the Siberia trip here:



Monday, December 28, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Yakutsk market

You have to be impressed by the fish and meat sellers at the Yakutsk outdoor market, offering their frozen goods for hours and days at minus 40 or even colder.


Want to by a horsehead?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Yakutsk / Якутск

Before travelling the Kolyma road this winter, we were staying a couple of days in Yakusk, the capital of the Sakha Repubic in eastern Siberia. Yakutsk is the coldest major city in the world, with January average at -40 degrees Celsius. Also, it's is the biggest city in the world, built on permafrost.

An ordinary Sunday at the Main Square. No reason to stay inside: the temperature was just minus 36.

All modern houses are built on piles to avoid destabilisation of the frozen ground.


This nice guy guided me on ice fishing on the Lena River.