Folks in Oymyakon take exception whenever Verkhoyansk lays claim to being the coldest city in the Northern Hemisphere, pointing out that they had a recorded lowest temperature of minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 67.8 degrees Celsius) on Feb. 6, 1933. Depending on whom you ask, 500 to 800 people call Oymyakon home, a three-day drive from Yakutsk. Schools stay open through minus 52 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 46.7 degrees Celsius).
The village is named after a local hot spring, which some residents tap during the winter by breaking through the thick crust of snow and ice rimming the warm water. Oymyakon's tourism board has promoted the town as a perfect destination for adventure travelers hungry for a taste of the extreme. So it's fitting that the village made headlines for another extreme: The digital thermometer installed as something for tourists to marvel at broke from the cold. It was a mere minus 79.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 62 degrees Celsius).