The beautiful planet that we live in also has a very extreme side to it so extreme that even surviving can become difficult. While there are numerous ways for classifying extreme places the simplest would be based on their temperature. Here, we will be looking at some of the coldest places on the planet. While none of those on our list gets as cold as Vostok which happens to be a Russian research station and has the record of the lowest temperature reading of about -128.6 degrees F, some do get alarmingly close.
These are places for the brave and for the true explorer because even reaching some of these places will require patience and all enduring will power after you reach the place. Listed below are the top 14 on our list of freezing coldest places on the planet in 2020, please don’t forget your gloves if you plan to visit.
Table of Contents
- 14. International Falls, MN
- 13. Barrow, USA
- 12. Norilsk, Russia
- 11. Fort Good Hope, NWT
- 10. Rogers Pass, USA
- 9. Fort Selkirk, Canada
- 8. Prospect Creek, USA
- 7. Snag, Canada
- 6. Eismitte, Greenland
- 5. North Ice, Greenland
- 4. Verkhoyansk, Russia
- 3. Oymyakon, Russia
- 2. Plateau Station, Antarctica
- 1. Vostok, Antarctica
14. International Falls, MN
International Falls is a town located in Minnesota it is called the ‘Icebox of the Nation’ because it is one of the coldest towns in the contiguous USA. It is located along the Canadian border with the USA. The population of this small town is around 6300 inhabitants. The lowest temperature ever recorded in this town was −48 °C, but on an average the low temperature for January is−21.4 °C.
13. Barrow, USA
Barrow is located in Alaska and is one of the coldest places on the Earth. The coldest month in Barrow is February, with an average temperature reading of -29.1 C. In the winter there is no sun for 30 days.Which was the prime reason why Barrow was the natural selection as the location for the film ’30 Days of Night’.
12. Norilsk, Russia
Norilsk is one of the coldest cities in the world. Norilsk is also the northernmost city in the world with a population of around 100,000. Norilsk also happens to be an industrial town and is the second largest city in the Artic Circle. Thanks to polar nights, for about six weeks it remains totally dark. The average temperature in January happens to be -30.9 C.
11. Fort Good Hope, NWT
Fort Good Hope, also known as the Charter Community of K’asho Got’ine. Fort Good Hope has a meager population of around 500 inhabitants. This village in the Northwest Territories survives on hunting and trapping which is also its major economic activity. In January which is the coldest month in Fort Good Hope, the minimum temperatures usually average around −31.7 °C but the wind chill can make the mercury drop further below to −60 °C.
10. Rogers Pass, USA
Rogers Pass in the United States is at an altitude of 5,610 feet above sea level and has the coldest temperature ever recorded outside of Alaska. It is located on the continental divide in the U.S. state of Montana. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Rogers Pass was on January 20, 1954, when the mercury dipped to −70 °F (−57 °C) during a severe cold wave.
9. Fort Selkirk, Canada
Fort Selkirk is a former trading post located on the Pelly River in Yukon – Canada. In the 50’s the place was deserted due to its uninhabitable weather conditions, it is now back on the map but visitors can get there only by boat or a plane because there is just no road access. January is usually the coldest and the lowest recorded temperature is -74 °F.
8. Prospect Creek, USA
Prospect Creek is located in Alaska and is a very small settlement. It is located approximately 180 miles north of Fairbanks and 25 miles southeast of Bettles, Alaska. Prospect Creek’s weather is sub-arctic at best as in it has long winters and short summers. The weather conditions are much more intense as the population has decreased thanks to people moving away to warmer areas. The lowest temperature reading in Prospect Creek stands at −80 °F (−62 °C).
7. Snag, Canada
Snag, a small Canadian village which is located along the Alaska Highway almost 25 km south of Beaver Creek in Yukon. Snag was the site of a military airfield, which was part of the Northwest Staging Route. The airfield was closed in 1968. The weather is extremely cold, with January being the coldest month, the lowest recorded temperature stands at -81.4 °F.
6. Eismitte, Greenland
Eismitte in Greenland is located along the interior Arctic side and is one of the best examples of living up to one’s name because the Eismitte means Ice-Center in German. Eismitte is covered in ice which is why it is rightfully called Mid-Ice or Center-Ice. The coldest temperature ever recorded was during its expedition and it topped at −64.9 °C (−85 °F).
5. North Ice, Greenland
North Ice, this former British North Greenland Expedition station is located on the inland ice of Greenland. North Ice ranks fifth among the coldest places on the planet. The name of the station is inspired by the former British station called South Ice which was located in Antarctica.The mercury does go a bit low over here the lowest temperatures recorded are -86.8F and -66C.
4. Verkhoyansk, Russia
Verkhoyansk is known for its exceptionally cold winters and also for its temperature differences between summer and winter, in fact, the place has one of the most extreme temperature variances on Earth. Verkhoyansk is one of the two places which are considered to be the northern Pole of Cold. The lowest temperature recorded in Verhoyansk was in February 1892, was −69.8 °C (−93.6 °F).
3. Oymyakon, Russia
Oymyakon is again located in the District of Sakha Republic and is the other candidate which is considered as the Northern Pole of Cold. Oymyakon has a permanently frozen ground. As per records the lowest reading ever has been−71.2 °C (−96.2 °F) and it also happens to be the lowest recorded among all the permanently inhabited places on Earth.
2. Plateau Station, Antarctica
Plateau Station is second coldest place on the planet. It is located in the south pole. It is an inactive American research station and is also a land traverse support base which goes by the name Queen Maud Land traverse support base. The coldest month of the year usually is July and the lowest ever reading has been -119.2 F.
1. Vostok, Antarctica
Vostok Station is Russian research station in Antartica. It is located in inland Princess Elizabeth Land, Antarctica. Vostok is geographically located at the southern Pole of Cold. The coldest month in Vostok is usually August. The lowest measured temperature reading stands at −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F). It also happens to be the lowest naturally measured temperature on Earth.
All said and done the list should help place some perspective of how cold things can get on Earth, so if you think that blizzard you just went through was cold you can take comfort from the fact that it wasn’t Vostok cold.