The extreme cold caused locals to report their breath freezing mid-air as they exhaled and fell to the ground as a white dust.
The temperature reading taken in 1954 was, at the time, the coldest ever recorded in the northern hemisphere.
Sometimes referred to as the coldest permanently inhabited settlement on Earth, we’d love to hear estate agents try to sell this corner of rural Russia.
Greenland, the largest island in the world, is sparsely populated, owing to a gigantic ice sheet that covers much of its land.
Its unique climate is created by an area of cold dense air called the Siberian High.
The highest mountain peak in North America is a spectacular, imposing sight, towering more than 6,000m above sea level.
How low can we go? Scientists believe we might find out at this site.
Situated high on the Antarctic plateau, the station sits close to 3,000m above sea level. Even a summer’s day here is unlikely to climb much higher than -12°C.
The station was established by the Soviet Union in 1957 and is the site of fascinating research.
Although temperatures here rarely top -30°C, humans have, incredibly, found ways of living and working in the region.