If you think your city has the worst winter season, these pictures from Oymyakon, Russia will beg you to think again! Oymyakon is termed as the coldest village on Earth, with record lowest temperature of -71.2 °C (–96 °F), recorded in 1924. The average temperature for the month of January approximates to -50°C (-60°F), yet the brave people of the village continue to live in this frozen hell.
The pictures are taken by New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple during his two-day journey from Yakutsk. He captured the state of everyday life in Oymyakon and said,
“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”, the photographer told to weather.com.
The photographer also reminisced on the issues he had to face while capturing photos as his camera’s focus and zoom rings would occasionally freeze before taking a shot.
You can find more of Chapple’s work on his website.
The village sign reads ‘Omyakon, The Pole Of Cold.’
Most of the toilets were located outside as the frozen ground makes indoor plumbing impossible.
The Central Market In Yakutsk only sells fish and meat, as there are no crops.
A woman walks by a frozen house beside the village center.
The ‘Road Of Bones’ leads to Oymyakon.
People have to wear multiple layers of clothes to keep themselves warm.
Even the furriest of animals feel the freezing cold.
Probably not the best vacation spot, but this trip would be one hell of an adventure!