Oymyakon in Siberia, Russia

Oymyakon is a little village located in the valley of Oymyakon in Oymyakon area, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia / Russia. Known as the world’s coldest inhabited place, where the winter temperature was registered as low as -72.8C.

Webcams in Oymyakon, Russia. Are there any? Travel photo by Bolot Bochkarev

Webcams in the Russia’s Siberian village of Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place? Hmmm. A good question.

Once again I have received that question. This time from United Kingdom. Here it is:

Are there any good webcams in the area and in Oymyakon in particular…it would also be good to have someone (maybe you) describe the changing scene as winter approaches each day and to post pictures of the change from summer to below freezing conditions and snow.

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Oymyakon extrem cold winter ice swimming. Andrey Vinokurov in the photo. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov.

Oymyakon extrem cold winter ice swimming. Andrey Vinokurov in the photo. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov.

Hereby, I continue the series of stories about the toughest people living in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

This time, it’s about Andrey Vinokurov, a school physical education trainer from the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley. Yes, it’s very place known to the world as the coldest inhabited place on Earth.

Now he’s a type of celebrity. People says, It’s the very guy who excercises winter swimming in the never-freezing Kuydusun River. And it was him, who swam together with a Hollywood actor, Tom Hardy, in Discovery’s TV Show “Driven to Extremes.”

When you’ll see the following photographs and video taken by my travel partner Mikhail Mestnikov once in the winter at -52C, feel free to call Andrey’s activity as the world’s coldest ice winter swimming. Why not, if it takes places in the coldest place? ;)

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Oymyakon Tourism. Trips Planned for Winter 2013-2014

Winter arrived! Hereby I remind my blog readers about upcoming Oymyakon-related trips arranged together with VisitYakutia.com.

Currently, we gather for the following dates:

Oymyakon. 6-Day Travel to the Coldest Place in the World.
14 – 19 January 2014
18 – 23 February 2014

Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan. 10-Day Coldest in the World Road Trip
15 – 24 January 2014
05 – 14 February 2014

Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Verkhoyansk. Siberian Triangle of the Coldest Places. 12-Day Trip
February 2014

Please, check out the listed links to learn details and prices for Oymyakon-related winter tours and see travel photographs and videos.

Enjoy the real Siberian winter with us!

Red fox and Slava Mestnikov on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Slava Mestnikov, a friend of mine, is chased by a red fox on the Kolyma highway in September. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com.

This is the photo report on the recent Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan overland travel done by my former partners, Slava & Mikhail Mestnikov.

September 20 – 26, 2013, they did the road trip with Catalonians. One of them was Ignasi Calvo, a friend of mine, who is actually director of the Barcelona-based travel agency GR11 Viajes.

The late September is good time to travel along the M56 Kolyma highway (Road of Bones). Officially it’s the autumn month, but actually it looks more like mild winter. In the beginning, you might see gold-color trees. In the end, the surrrounding is utterly white.

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M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in the middle of October. Between Yakutsk and Oymyakon. Republic Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia, Russia. Photo by Mac Mackenney, MaxAdventure.co.uk. Especially for AskYakutia.com.

M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in the middle of October. Between Yakutsk and Oymyakon. Republic Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia, Russia. Photo by Mac Mackenney, MaxAdventure.co.uk. Especially for AskYakutia.com.
M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in the middle of October. Between Yakutsk and Oymyakon. Republic Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia, Russia. Photo by Mac Mackenney, MaxAdventure.co.uk. Especially for AskYakutia.com

QUESTIONS:

When does the first snowfall happen on the Kolyma highway (also known as M56 and the Road of Bones) in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia? How does it look like in October? Is it dangerous to drive on the road? When do ferries stop crossing rivers on the route? Etc, etc, etc…

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Kolyma Road in Winter. Between Yakutsk and Magadan. Oymyakon in the middle.

Dear friends!

In the upcoming winter 2013 – 2014, we are happy to offer your exciting winter adventure travels. Check out them all:

JOIN US IN THE WINTER! BOOK YOUR TRIP!

A wolf hunter we met in the Oymyakon district of Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

As you might remember, in the early January of 2013, the President of Russia’s Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Yegor Borisov announced the state of emergency in the Siberian region with regard to the increased number of wolves. He ordered the goverment to take measures and decrease the populatation at amount of 3000 wolves in the following year.

Since that moment, I have started receiving many questions and even international calls about wolves in Yakutia from varies people, news agencies, TV production companies and documentalists, who wished to come and make a film.

Further, find answers to questions describing who wolf hunters are and why they hunt wolves.

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Travel to Oymykon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

The Pole of Cold Stella in Oymykon, Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

Travel to Oymykon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo provided by Slava Mestnikov. Travel to Oymykon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo provided by Slava Mestnikov.

Me in Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Me in Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Photo by Bjoern Steinz.

In the upcoming winter 2013 – 2014, I am arranging travels to Russia’s Siberian village of Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place. The road trip will be done with my constant partner, tour operator Nord Stream LLC (www.visityakutia.com). We charge for transport services only. This way we make the tour as cheap as possible.

Experience the extreme winter weather in Oymyakon, Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia! Learn how to join our trips to Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia

Finally, I am publishing 127 photographs of the “Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan. The World’s Coldest Road Trip” overland adventure travel that was done on the Kolyma Road of Bones in winter 2013. That trip was announced previously here.

In the 2013 February winter trip, we had 8 travellers from different nations (1 Brazilian, 1 Catalonian, 1 French, 3 Germans, 1 Dutch, 1 American). They were great!

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Announce proudly the start of gathering groups for the “Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan. The World’s Coldest Road Trip” overland adventure tour in winter 2015.

Let’s have the greatest fun experience on the road trip from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon in the world’s coldest place!

Join us in the upcoming winter!

Tour Description + 127 Coldest Travel Photos

It’s always great to participate in a big project, though its preparation takes ages. One of the example is Tom Hardy’s last reality show Driven to Extremes.

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