English language Web site on current affairs in the biggest russian region
Society
10:35 | Jan 22 | 2014

Coldest city in the world in pictures

While the US recovers from the recent 'polar vortex', in the city of Yakutsk, locals continue daily life in -45C (-49F). Located on the permanently frozen tundra of Russia’s far east, Yakutsk is generally considered the coldest city in the world. Photographs: Amos Chapple

 A woman clamps a mitten to her face to protect it from the cold on a -53c day in 2013. In background a statue of Lenin presides over the central square of the city.

A woman covers her face to protect it from the biting -53C weather in Yakutsk's central square.

 

 

Husky-eyed local girl returning home from university. While the majority of the city's population are indigenous Yakutian, many ethnic Russians and Ukrainians moved to Yakutsk in soviet times, lured by high wages for working in the harsh climate.
A woman returns home from university. While most of the city's population are indigenous Yakutian, many ethnic Russians and Ukrainians have moved to Yakutsk.
Frost-encrusted house in the city centre.
A frost-encrusted house in the city centre.
Summer shoes waiting out the winter in a shed in the suburbs.
Frozen summer shoes hang in a shed.
A Yakutian woman in the city centre. Steam from factories, cars and people creates a thick fog in winter which lingers through the coldest weeks. Yakutsk
A Yakutian woman pictured in the city centre. The steam from factories, cars and even people creates a thick fog in winter which lingers through the coldest weeks.
The broken landscape of Stalin's Kolyma Highway. Without a rail link to the city, the highway remains the only major land route into & out of Yakutsk. Also known as
'The Road of Bones' - aka the highway built with Gulag labour, literally. Here, prisoners who died at work were interred into the fabric of Stalin's Kolyma Highway. Without a rail link to the city, the highway is the only major land route into and out of Yakutsk.
A local woman enters Preobrazhensky Cathedral in a swirl of freezing mist.
A local woman enters Preobrazhensky cathedral in a swirl of freezing mist.
No-nonsense guard dog in the suburbs