1. Verkhoyansk, Russia
Located in Siberia only 1,500 miles away from the North Pole, Verkhoyansk is one of the coldest cities in the world. It was founded in 1638 as a fort where cattle were bred and there were gold mines, and from the 1860s to the early twentieth century, this city was where political exiles were sent. This was the real way to torture them, as the average temperature in January tends to go way below –50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it is not much better during the other months either, as the temperatures don’t go above freezing from October to April. The lowest temperature here was -90 degrees Fahrenheit, in 1892 when many people died of freezing. Today, the residents of this chilling city try to stay inside when it is too cold, and when they go outside they are well clothed from head to toe to keep them from freezing.
2. Oymyakon, Russia
Oymyakon can measure up to Verkhoyansk when it comes to low temperatures. This small town has also experienced the lowest temperature of -90 degrees Fahrenheit, but even though it’s freezing cold, children still go to school unless the temperatures go below -52 degrees Fahrenheit. Visitors who come here are extremists who like testing their abilities and endurance.
3. Fraser, Colorado
Fraser isn’t nearly as cold as the two mentioned towns in Russia, but it is still one of the coldest places where people live and it has the coldest winters in America. A low summer temperature goes as low as 29 degrees Fahrenheit, and its annual average temperature is colder than anywhere else in the U.S. Often, it is so cold and snowy that the only means of transportation are dog sledding and snowmobiling.
4. Hell, Norway
Interesting name choice, but Hell in Norway isn’t nearly as hot as its name could suggest. Actually, when it comes to the temperatures here, the name couldn’t be more off-base. During the winter months, the temperatures often don’t go above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It is freezing in Hell for around 4 months per year, usually from December to March. Even though it is extremely cold, there are still tourists who are attracted by the city’s name, and want to have a picture near the train station where it is written, so they could say they’ve been to Hell and back.
5. Barrow, Alaska
Barrow is the city at the most northern point in the U.S. located only 1,300 miles away from the North Pole. The 4,581 people living there are facing extremely cold winters and basically live on snow. It is dark from November to January which makes the cold even more unbearable. Summer in Barrow is what you, who live in central or southern parts, would consider winter, as even then the temperatures don’s rise above freezing. In June, it sometimes happens that the temperatures reach 40.4 degrees Fahrenheit, which is slightly above freezing. There isn’t a way to reach this town by land, you can only take an aircraft or go by sea.
6. Yakutsk, Russia
Currently, this is the absolute coldest city in the world, where the temperatures drop below freezing in September and stay that way until May. The coldest recorded temperature here was -81.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the extreme cold, this city has over 200,000 residents most of whom work in the mining industry. People here still manage to have fun and stay active. There are museums, a zoo, and theatres where people can go to pass their time. The residents keep warm thanks to gas pipes, but when they break (and because of the extreme conditions they often do) they have to rely on wood-burning stoves.