According to the calendar, we’re weeks away from spring...but we’re nowhere near ready to kick off our sheepskin slippers. It’s cold. Roads are slushy. Sidewalks are icy. We’re still staying indoors for the foreseeable future and keeping our toes as toasty as possible.
Things could be worse though. You could live in Verkhoyansk, Russia.
Here are 5 of the coldest possible places on Earth to live:
Arguably the most miserable place on the planet, this Russian gem averages temperatures of -45C in January. Its record low is -67.8C. Yes, -67.8C is a thing. For almost two weeks in late December, this place does not see a glimpse of sunlight. Can you take a second to actually picture that? -45C of darkness. Guys, the Russians need Nuknuuks. The Russians need Nuknuuks ASAP.
Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, CanadaFort Good Hope is a tiny charter community in the Northwest Territories. When we say tiny, we mean population of about 500 tiny. It’s almost entirely Aboriginal population relies heavily on hunting and trapping as its main source of income. Fort Good Hope’s winter temperatures average around -30C. Slightly warmer than Russia though, eh? Slightly. Ohhhh, Canada.
International Falls, Minnesota U.SNicknamed the “icebox of the nation”, this Minnesota city averages a cool -17C in the winter. Perhaps after learning about Verkhoyansk, you may have just caught yourself whispering “oh suck it up, Minnesota” followed by a roll of the eyes. We’ll remind you that -17 is still nothing to mess with. To put things into perspective, your freezer is probably set somewhere around -18C. Nope. Get these guys some slippers.
Barrow, Alaska U.SSimilar in temperature to the previously mentioned “icebox of the nation,” Alaska’s coldest city has no wind barriers. Zero. Wind. Barriers. It’s surrounded by the Arctic Ocean, which makes it a special, unique kind of nightmare. The northernmost town of the U.S., sees no sunlight for 65 days of the year. Brrrrr-row, Alaska.
Eureka, Nunavut, Canada
This Canadian city sees no sunlight at all between mid-October and late February. It’s annual mean temperature is -19C. ANNUAL! Winter months average around -40C, making venturing outdoors without proper gear dangerous. The people of Nunavut, though, have somehow manage to adapt, survive and even thrive in these arctic conditions. We applaud you, Eurekans!
Let’s just all take a moment and be collectively thankful that we don’t live in Verkhoyansk, okay?
We’re almost there, people. Spring really is coming. The good news is that Nuknuuk sheepskin slippers are designed to keep your toes warm in the winter...and cool in the summer. Four seasons, one slipper. We got you.