Hey! It's Dan, and as you all know by now I am a self-proclaimed Ice Man - if it's cold, I'm there!
That's why I'm writing about the 5 coldest places on Earth - I want to give you some interesting content first and foremost, but I also want to know where these places are so I can take a chainsaw to a frozen lake and take a dip in the frigid water! 🤪❄️
5. Verkhoyansk, Russia
I wish I was this cool.
Of course Russia is the first country on this list. Their people are known for not only surviving, but thriving in one of the most dangerous places on Earth.
This area is close to the Yana River near the Arctic circle, so it gets considerably cold - it's lowest temperature recorded by man was -93.6* F / -69.8* C.
It's conditions must be nearly unbearable, seeing as the town has a tiny population of 1,311 citizens.
4. Eismitte, Greenland
This location says it all in it's name alone - Eismitte translates to "Ice Center" in German.
This is probably due to the fact that this destination is located directly in the center of Greenland.
Eismitte is commonly known as one of the coldest spots in the Northern Hemisphere, with it's lowest temperature weighing in at -53* F / -47.2* C.
(Isn't it weird how F converts to C? Makes no sense.)
3. Snag, Yukon
This place is so cold that it once had a population, but has since closed due to its extreme temperatures. Everyone couldn't take it anymore and up and left.
This place is hard to find, being located off of a dirt road quite literally in the middle of nowhere 25 km away from Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada.
Snag's lowest temperature recorded was -81.4* F / -63* C. I wonder what that feels like in shorts and no shirt...
2. Oymyakon, Russia
It really shouldn't be a surprise that Russia made this list twice. It is a seriously cold country known for its breathtaking yet unforgiving landscape.
This place is the only permanently inhabited location on this list, with 500 citizens as of 2011.
I don't know how those people live there with a record-low temperature of -96*F / -71.2* C. I mean really, how do they grow food, take a shower, or deal with medical emergencies?
1. Vostok, Antarctica
Of course Antarctica is #1, but just how cold has it been recorded?
It's not surprising that you can find impressively resilient Russians working here.
They are living in a research station, pulling data from ice cores and magnetometry. This station & inhabitants are responsible for recording the lowest, accurately measured natural temperature in history: a beautiful -128.6* F / -89.2* C. I wonder how that air would feel in my lungs...
Well, I'm going to go look for flights to Russia now.
Don't be surprised if you see me on the news in the coming weeks for breaking some kind of cold weather feat.
Thanks for reading, and stay warm more than you stay cold!
Author / Ice Man / Plant-Based Wildman / Yoga Instructor