Top 10 of the World’s Coldest Inhabited Places

With the unprecedented rise of global warming, a rise in temperature in the summers is usually enough to make life miserable. We just can’t wait to skip to the winters. But let me tell you, extreme of any temperature is challenging to our physiology. Though global warming’s impact (even) on the ice caps of the North Pole can’t be negated, there are regions which are unbelievably cold. We were taught, way back in school, that Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. But what about the coldest, yet inhabited places? Yes, there are people who dare to test their limits and subject their bodies to the lowest of incredible temperatures. Of course, there aren’t many who choose to tread on this path but they are still there.For me, snow is beautiful, but I remember when the first time I was greeted by snowflakes – I couldn’t wait to get back into the car and turn on the heater. It was ONLY -7 Celsius. ‘Only’ because this list below will talk of temperatures you have probably never been to yet (I know I haven’t been)! Stay tuned to wonder.

  1. Norway

Norway or the Kingdom of Norway is neighbored by the likes of Sweden, Finland, Russia, Skagerrak Strait and Denmark. The temperature of the country can fall as low as -50 Celsius. To be specific, regions like Roros and Karasjok are some of the coldest inhabited places of the world. Hell in Norway is a tourist attraction and it remains frozen right through the months of December to March.hell-norway.jpg.638x0_q80_crop-smart

  1. India

You read it correct. India is officially named the Republic of India and its geographical diversity is commendable. The four major groupings based on climate in India are as follows: tropical wet, tropical dry, subtropical humid and montane.  Dras in the Kargil district of India’s Jammu and Kashmir boasts of a temperature of -22 Celsius. In fact, the lowest recorded temperature of this town located on National Highway 1D is -50 Celsius. Winters begin in the month of October and last till May. The summer season continues from June till September. Dras is also called ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’. Its extreme elevation also aids in paving its way in this list.


  1. Finland

Finland features in this list owing thanks to Lapland. Yes, Lapland can get as cold as -51.5 Celsius. In fact, it did exactly so in the year 1999. Lapland has long winters as compared to short and warm summers. Kittila in Lapland is famous among tourists from all over the world who visit the place for their love of skii. North Finland remains blanketed by snow from October to May.


  1. Sweden

Sweden is officially known as the Kingdom of Sweden. This Scandinavian country of Northern Europe is surrounded by Norway, Finland and Denmark. It has a temperate climate and so, it may sound strange that it can flaunt a temperature of -52.6 Celsius. Enthusiasts from every nook and corner of the world flock to it during the months it freezes.


  1. United States

The climate and geography of the United States is highly diverse. A place called Riverside in Wyoming of the country vaunts extremes of temperature, the like of which is a whooping -54.4 Celsius. Can you believe it? Had you been there in 1993, you certainly would have! No wonder the place is scarcely populated today!index1

  1. United States

This time it’s Alaska’s Prospect Creek who has come out with flying colors in the competition ‘Coldest regions in the world’. A temperature of no more than -62 Celsius in 1971 is the reason for the same. Needless to say, summers are short and winters are exceptionally long. It starts snowing from the month of October to the month of April. In February, the snow can be as thick as 24 inches. Though the place is not so bad in the summers, it is worse than the Roger Pass (situated in Montana, United States of America). Prospect Creek is in the vicinity of Fairbanks and Bettles. index

  1. Canada

North America is not all about USA. Fort Selkirk, near the Pelly River in Canada’s Yukon, takes pride in a temperature of -74 Fahrenheit in the coldest month of January. You must be thinking, ‘How can humans possibly live there?’ Truth is, the place was deserted in the year 1950 but now brave hearts have started living here all over again. If you want to visit Fort Selkirk, think of a boat or an airplane for roads in this part of Canada are non-existent.Fort-Selkirk-Canada

  1. Canada

The village called Snag stands in close proximity to Alaskan Highway, Beaver Creek, Yukon. January is the coldest of all 12 months and the temperature recorded is -63 Celsius in 1947. The mean average temperature (year round) is 22.3 Fahrenheit. Eureka too, in Nunavut (Canada), is a pretty cold place. It has been serving as a weather station since 1947, with no sunlight for about half a year (October leading the way). The place is not permanently inhabited, although researchers are often required to make trips to this ‘Garden Spot of the Arctic’. Winters are devoid of rain, however the place is crowded by a lot of wildlife. Eureka is a home to the foxes and wolves.snag-yukon-canada.jpg.638x0_q80_crop-smart

  1. Greenland

If Greenland’s summer is 10 Celsius, what do you imagine its winter to be like? At -66.1 Celsius in 1954, the nation is among the coldest inhabited places in the world. Greenland is also the third largest country in North America. Eismitte (a German word which stands translated as ‘Ice-Center’) in Greenland can be as freezing as -64.9 Celsius. This isn’t all. Greenland’s North Ice has recorded a lowest temperature of -66 Celsius.eismitte map

  1. Russia

Russia deserves a special mention in the list. The single country has many, many parts where temperatures have broken every previous record. Verkhoyansk and Oymyakon in the country of Russia have an average temperature of -45.4 Celsius (in the month of January). The former has 1434 inhabitants and the place had been used as an exile destination (the reason being apparent). Temperature can fall as low as -69.8 in Verkhoyansk (just like it did in year 1892) and -67.7 Celsius in Oymyakon which houses about 500 to 800 people.



Human spirit and enthusiasm has made living possible in these corners of the world. True, a person gets habituated but people like me can’t help preferring places ‘neither too hot nor too cold’. Getting out of bed in a cold winter day very much equals to going out in the scorching summer sun!

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