Today we’ll move to another Far-off place (as usual), but it’ll be also an “extremely extreme” site, you’ll see…
Yakutsk, the colder of the coldest human settlements in the world! Is the main city of Sakha Republic, only 450km under Arctic Circle and with (surprisingly) a population of nearly 270,000! Despite being founded in 1632, did not grow as a city until 1880 decades, when it was discovered a large reserves of gold.
Yakutsk has the coldest city World Record, with a registered minimum temperature of -64.4ºC (-83.9ºF)! Besides this terrible cold it’s a extremely isolated city, only accessible all the year (when the weather allows) by plane. In winter it’s possible to come across the iced Lena river with car, and in mid summer by boat. In summer the upper layers of permafrost smelt and the roads are unworkable.
I found this awesome city watching a TV documentary. They commented that in winter the weather is so cold that people could die in the street simply waiting the bus or been trapped with the car broken down. What the hell??? And in summer temperatures can easily reach 30ºC, so they have a 90ºC variation between winter and summer! Though these horrible events and factors, Yakutsk is on the first places in my personal Far-off World places agenda I’d like to visit soon.