Finding out the coldest or warmest place on earth is kind of difficult. Taking the temperature in all the points in earth and then ranking them might sound easier; but the saying ‘easier said than done’ hasn’t come for nothing. For example, North America has the reputation for having so many colder places on their global map; but is it all the countries and states located in that continent? However, we have still managed to make a list on the top 10 coldest places on earth, taking weather forecast and popular reviews in consideration.
10. Rogers Pass, Montana, USA
Rogers Pass happens to be one of the warmer places (82°F during summer) in the world, the same places turns out to be the coldest during the month of January. The temperature varies from 14 to 33 Fahrenheit; which is close to freezing temperature. The lowest ever temperature here was -70° F. Montana is a state filled up with mountains; up above 5610 meters higher than sea level.
9. Fort Selkirk, Yukon, Canada
Fort Selkirk used to be a deserted used to be a deserted place due to very tough living conditions there; and the place was very hard to access as well during the 1950s. Later on, people started coming back here to live, however it’s still a very difficult place to reach without any easier way to get there. Lowest recorded temperature was -74°F.
8. Stanley, Idaho, USA
Speaking of Stanley’s weather, it’s one of the most extreme places to live on earth. Such extremeness pulls the population down to 63 only! The lowest recorded temperature was -54° F in a December which goes somewhat around -1°F in Januaries. On the other hand, the highest recorded temperature in summer was 98°F in July, whereas 10 days of the same summer was frosty.
7. Prospect Creek, Alaska, USA
While the construction of Trans-Alaskan Pipeline system was in the making, this setup was full of people back in 1974-1977. Now no one lives in the prospect due to extreme colder temperatures. The average temperature is -14.9°F on average. USA’s lowest ever temperature was recorded in this creek, -80°F.
6. Snag, Yukon, Canada
The lowest temperature of North American continent was recorded in this small village of Canada. The mercury went as low as – 81°F on the scale back in February 3, 1947. The average temperature for the place is around 22°F; however the place is unhabituated due to few ridiculous issues like voices being audible from even few miles away.
5. Oymyakon, Russia
Russia’s cold is known to the world as…legendary I would say. The lowest ever temperature recorded at Oymyakon was -90°F which is the lowest for any inhabited location on the mother earth. The average temperature isn’t so horrific, but it often tends to be around -51.5 °F during the cold winter days.
4. Eureka, Canada
This place is a weather research base and it was established on 1947. 8 staffs work on rotation here, however there’s no permanent inhabitation at Eureka. The average temperature in this place during the winter is around -1.8°F, but what makes the place unlivable is no sunlight access during the months of October to February. Also, it never rains at Eureka from October to May.
3. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Mongolia’s capital is the coldest capital in whole wide world. However, this place is permanently inhabited unlike many other coldest places on earth. The population here is around 1,278,000 people and an average temperate during winter is -16°F. However, you would like the people’s warmth of love there.
2. North Ice, Greenland
Even though the country is named Greenland, the scenario is mostly white all year round. The British expedition field during the 1950s happens to be a coldest place on earth with a lowest -87°F ever recorded. It’s a tourist destination by the way.
1. Vostok, Antarctica
Antarctica is known to be the coldest place on earth, at any given time and any given top 10 list. The lowest recorded temperature at Vostok is a below sub-freezing -132°F. Even at the warmest month of July the average temperature tends to stick around -25.8°F. Vostok is one of the most unlivable places in the world and there is no permanent inhabitant either.
The coldest places are mostly rough towards human lives, yet at many places humans live. You might even consider paying those places a visit for your next world tour, provided the cold doesn’t kill you.