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Not all of us want to head to destinations that are utterly bone-chilling, but if winter is your favorite season of the year and if you can’t wait to whip out your winter travel jacket, then have a peek at this list of the coldest places in the world!
The coldest place you will never visit is Vostok, Antarctica. You wouldn’t last long here even with an incredible travel jacket if you visited Vostok, Antarctica, which holds the record for the coldest temperature ever recorded: -89C (-128.6F) at the Russian research station here on July 21, 1983.
But there’s no point in visiting a place just for the cold, and these places below also have a number of interesting aspects to them.
1. Oymyakon, Russia. Travel Jacket Rating: UberXL Warm
Oymyakon is a small village in Russia, and its name actually means “non-freezing water” due to the nearby hot springs. The average temperature here in winter (January) is somewhere around -50C (-58F), and can drop to -71C (-96F) on cold days.
Locals leave their cars running at all times when they are not inside a heated garage otherwise they will not restart, and their axles sometimes need to be thawed with a blow torch as the grease inside them has frozen solid.
Adventure travelers will be interested in exploring the region’s extreme climate and natural beauty. The Road of Bones, a highway built in the Stalinist era, is one of the ultimate challenges for adventure motorcyclists.
2. International Falls, Minnesota, USA. Travel Jacket Rating: Extra Warm
On the US-Canadian border, International Falls might require the use of a more substantial Anatomie travel jacket! Temperatures here in January are on average -16C (3F).
3. Fraser, Colorado, USA. Travel Jacket Rating: Super Warm
Fraser can boast of some quite extreme temperature swings, having a record high of 37C (98F) in August, and -53C (-47F) in January. Snowfall is plentiful from November to April, and there is a ski resort in the nearby Winter Park which has contributed to its development in recent years.
4. Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station. Travel Jacket Rating: Super Warm+
You’ll need more than just a travel jacket if you plan on visiting the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, because this scientific research station in the southernmost place of the Earth gets unbelievably freezing, with a recorded temperature of below −73C (-99F).
5. Hell, Norway. Travel Jacket Rating: Warm.
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Don’t let the name fool you: there’s nowhere in Norway that could ever be described as “hot as hell.” The town’s name has fairly mundane roots, stemming from the Norse word hellir for “cliff cave” or “overhang.” -25C (-13F). 2010 was Hell’s coldest year in decades, with a mean annual temperature of -8.6C (-17F) and a low of -24C (-11F).
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