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16 Extreme Places People Actually Live

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Oymyakon, Siberia

The coldest town on Earth.

Just a few hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, Oymyakon rests comfortably on the freezing tundra of Siberia. Once a stopover for reindeer herders, some 800 Siberians now call Oymyakon their permanent home. Daily life in this region takes some serious gusto, seeing as temperatures as low as -96.16 fahrenheit are recorded each year. Think you could handle it? Just imagine your hair freezing as soon as it’s washed!

Mandy Burkholder is a travel, adventure, and outdoor writer who honed her craft in the foothills of the La Plata Mountains of Southwest Colorado. After a stint in the Swiss Alps, she now resides in Tennessee. Follow her on twitter — @mandyburkhold3r

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