As mundane as it is to talk about weather, it does greatly influence your dream vacation or your choice of a city to move into. Some people love spring where flowers bloom and there’s lush greenery at every turn. Personally though, I love the winter. I can’t get enough of snow. I love the cool air, I love snuggling by the heater with a hot cup of chocolate milk, I love dressing myself up in layers and layers and going outside – Winter just seems more festive. Here’s a ranking of the top ten coldest cities in the world, citing various quirks and facts about them and if you’re up for it scroll down and you might just find your next dream holiday destination!
10. Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa, the capital of Canada is one of the coldest cities inhabited in the world. Flanking the US border and right near Montreal, the city is home to close to one million residents despite it’s cold weather. It’s spectacular Victorian architecture and museums encompass such beauty which is quite likely to entrance you into staying there. With a river to its name the city is an epitome of fine living. But don’t let all of its charm fool you. Ottawa averages January nights to drop down to -14.4 degrees.
9. Barrow, Alaska
Barrow might sound desolate to the inexperienced ear, but it does play house to over 4300 residents who find the city quaint and lead unperturbed lives. The city is perched on Northern Alaska and harbors temperatures as low as -24 degrees but averages weather of -12 degrees. Snow is quite in abundance and nights spark a beautiful array of lights against the stark skyline.
8. Yukon, Canada
It’s rocky, it’s mountainous and would make for a great trek! Yukon sits proudly in the northwest on Canada with it’s breathtaking lakes and terrain, challenging the inner adventurer in you. Very sparsely populated, it’s Kluane National Park and Reserve remains untouched and sports a smorgasbord of flora and fauna. Temperature here dips down to -29 degrees so start packing all the winter jackets you need!
7. Fraser, Colorado
Building in population bit by bit over the years, Fraser now stands to be the haven to more than 1200 residents. Hitting an all time low of -31 degrees, Fraser averages 0.3 degrees. The beautiful Fraser river weaves through the town providing enough scenic beauty to lighten up the area and goes to meet the Colorado river finally. The Winter Park is the main highlight though, which sports a fantastic ski resort and other fun activities.
6. Eismitte, Greenland
Greenland is known to be one of the coldest places in the world, and Eismitte falls on top of it’s list. It’s more frequently referred to as mid-ice and is infamously known for having been the place where the scientist Alfred Wegener, passed away. July is the most forgivable times here where the temperature averages -12 degrees Celsius.
5. Novosibirsk, Russia
This glorified city is a part of Siberia and is beautifully split open with the Ob River cutting right through it. An average of -9 degrees Celsius guarantees quite a population, what with is spectacular architecture and heavenly golden domes. The city is also famous for it’s many ballet and theatrical performances which keep Saturday evenings busy and happening as ever! Birch, Pine and Aspen trees flank pathways keeping the town cheerful despite the drop in temperatures during winter. More than 1.5 million people bask in the serenity of this town everyday and is well worth a visit.
4. Astana, Kazakhstan
One of the most statistically laid out beauties in the world, Astana is an array of fine architecture, tall skyscrapers and greenery. Being the Capital of the country, Astana has been built over years, with a lot of effort and is precise to a fault. Further adorning the city is the Ishim river on which it sits and hosts more than one million proud citizens. Climate can hit both extremes but touches -30 degrees in winter covering the city with snow and
3. Harbin, China
Regally perched atop the northernmost part of China, Harbin is an array of splendid Russian architecture. Recently turned into a museum, it attracts quite the crowd, the restoration in 1997 caused a Domino Effect bringing up more touristic attractions all over the city and bringing in more visitors by the year. Housing 0.1 million people, Harbin prizes its inhabitants who come from a wide spread of ethnicity. One thing the city never gives up is it’s traditional culinary skills. Passed down over generations, European and Northern Chinese dishes of wide variety prevail the many and frequented restaurants of the city. But if there’s one thing this city is insanely famous for, it’s their International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. People from far and wide gather to craft the world’s most bizarre and beautiful masterpieces out of ice and snow. The festival has been documented and shown over media so many times to attract half the tourists the city gets in a year! Though not as famous as the Ice Festival, it’s Orchestra and Summer Music concert are quite a blast too. -46.2 degrees Celsius is the lowest that has hit the city. Well, temperatures like this does facilitate the Ice Festival!
2. Iqaluit, Canada
Averaging a temperature of -21 degrees Celsius, Iqaluit is serenely settled in the Baffin Island showing off ice capped mountains and valleys. Frobisher Bay is it’s most prized landmark which is home to the sole community living there. Residents of the city are known as Iqalummiuq and are a bunch of seven thousand something in number. The city is majorly famous for its Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis. A myriad of colors present themselves in the sky, mesmerizing anybody who’s lucky enough to catch the sight. It’s frequently seen from October to April. July isn’t a bad time to visit either with it tantalizing sight of twilight skies.
1. Yakutsk, Russia
Hard to believe that this city is a port for it’s snow capped monuments and roads make it out to be arctic in nature. Averaging -40°C, Yakutsk is home to 270,000 residents. One of the world’s biggest collections of fossils of Woolly Mammoths is showcased in the city’s Melnikov Permafrost Institute Underground Laboratory. The Mammoth Museum and the Yakut State Museum of History and Culture are in no way lacking of similar fame either. Sitting on the Lena River, the city is also known to supply some of of the best quality diamonds in the world. The city composes of people who’ve migrated over the years, initially known as Yakuts. Other than the museums, people here put up artful drama shows. The temperature in this city dips and hikes over the year so be careful about visiting!