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The coldest locations in the world

For those fortunate enough to live in places where summer is virtually all year round, please spare a thought for those people who live in the depth of winter most of the time. Here we look at 7 of the coldest locations in the world, just don’t forget that hat, as well as a scarf and gloves perhaps…

1 Hell, Norway

In stark contrast to the hot, fiery temperatures normally associated with Hell, here this popular tourist attraction is known for its sub-arctic temperatures, reaching as low as -25 °C (-13 °F) during winter. Has hell frozen over?

2. Prospect Creek, Alaska, USA

Declared the coldest place in the USA at -62.1 °C (-79.8 °F), Prospect Creek is notorious for its subarctic climate, which means that summers are extremely short. So don’t be so quick to pack that summer gear!

3. Bulunkul Lake, Tadjikistan

Famous for being the first basin where fishing was introduced, Bulunkul Lake now has another claim to fame. It is the coldest place in the whole of central Asia, with the lowest recorded temperature -63 °C (-81 °F).

4. Oymyakon, Russia

This village is known as the coldest settlement on the planet with an extreme sub-arctic climate. There is only occasional mild weather so the residents of this tiny place have to deal with severe cold all year round and an icy average temperature of -71.2 °C (-46 °F).

5. Verkhoyansk, Russia

Lying within the Arctic circle, the third smallest town in Russia has an average temperature of -45.4 °C (-49.7 °F ). Along with Oymyakon, this place is a freezer!

6. Fraser, Colorado, USA

Arguably the 'icebox of the nation' (heavily disputed by International Falls), Fraser has one of the coldest winters in the USA, with an annual mean temperature of 1.6 °C (32.5 °F).

7. Yakutsk, Russia

This is the coldest city in the world as the lowest temperature ever recorded on the planet, outside of Antartica, occurred in the basin of the Yana River, to the north east of Yakutsk.

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