Let’s go to Oymyakon…

Coming from us you’d think Oymyakon is a place in Japan. Well it sort of is…close, about 2200km north of Hokkaido across a stretch of ocean….heheh

So where the hell in the world is Oymyakon? If you Google it, you will see that it is located in the eastern reaches of the Russian far east. So you thought that -27°C is cold? How about -90? Fahrenheit!! For those who remember how to convert this to Celsius – thats approximately -68°C… enough for cars to be useless there, or so we read.

Incredible as it sounds, there are actually 500 souls (give and take a few) living in this village according to the Huffington article.

Such a cool pic.jpg
Lifted from the article. Cool or what?

It is reported that this is the coldest permanently inhabited town/village in the world. And the pictures in this article come from an Amos Chapple who visited this remote and cold (lol – understatement) place of inhabitation. Why of all places he, and apparently a female partner (who models in the photos) visited such a location is beyond us. Wait…why do we tropical folks went to the slightly less cold Harbin is a wonder too! Btw if you look at the photos it’s sure damn cool – no pun intended.

Can you hear Suan in the background going all excited about how awesome this photo looks? For the backdrop and fashionable model that is…

Hmmm, for that matter why do we (humankind) climb the highest mountains, dive the deepest oceans and trek the driest deserts? Because there is an insatiable thirst in our species to get out there and explore the ‘unknown’. We wrote about (here) how NatGeo is sponsoring Paul Salopek in his trek to the ends of the world.

Alright, so this place is not exactly unknown. But it is the novelty of the experience and the memories of “roughing” it out that was probably what went on in Amos’s head. We think.

Shall we make a journey to Oymyakon?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

30 thoughts on “Let’s go to Oymyakon…”

  1. I might have to pass. That cold might just turn me into frozen Anna as she tried to protect Elsa when Hans tried to kill her. My body parts could start falling off starting from fingers and toes. Lol! Bora Bora anyone?

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  2. I love cold places so I would totally go. As this isn’t likely atm, you will have to go for me! LOL! Cold places are not undesirable, they are just a totally different lifestyle to what we are familiar with in the subtropics/tropics. Perhaps that is why they are fascinating to me. I seem to thrive better and have more energy in colder places. It sounds so intriguing but also a bit dangerous. Frostbite and hypothermia is a real danger, I would think.

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    1. Well, we only wrote this post because of the photos. They look “hot” in the sense its so “cool”… cannot imagine even trying to get there. How that couple made it there is a feat in itself!

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            1. Oh no we have not! Perhaps the easiest way is via north China cities flying in. There is a lot of traffic from China to Vladivostok these days we heard. And why would you want to go to that city anyway?


              1. We are quite sure there are lots of flights from Harbin to Vladivostok. Its a port city and unless you want to go to the rural country (which some say is risky), there should not be much in the way for tourism. It is the start of a long railway all the way to Moscow though.

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