Welcome to the coldest village on earth where the average temperature in January is -50C and inhabitant’s eye lashes freeze solid mere moments after stepping outside.
The remote Siberian village of Oymyakon is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.
It was so icy in the Russian village that a new electronic thermometer conked out after recording a bone-cracking minus 62C.
Some residents recorded temperatures as low as -67C at their properties, in touching distance of -67.7C, the coldest-ever officially recorded for a permanently inhabited settlement anywhere in the world, and the frostiest in the Northern hemisphere.
This didn’t stop some visiting Chinese tourists stripping off and tourists taking swim, as this remarkable video shows.
These heroic cold warriors won admiration from locals.
As Yakutian journalist journalist Elena Pototskaya said: ‘Today at the Pole of Cold in Oymyakon – in 65-degree frost – Chinese tourists swim in ice-free spring Yeyemu.
‘This does not freeze even in severe frosts in Oymyakon. Horror! Us locals, are afraid to go out in such a cold. And here … the tourists are swimming …!’
Officially, Oymyakon hit -67.7C (-89.9F) in February 1933, and another settlement in the region, Verkhoyansk, claims a reading of -68C in 1885. The latter is not officially recognised.
In the city of Yakutsk, temperatures in recent days nudged -50C – but as this video shows, the fish market remained open and doing good business.