Posted by: bluesyemre | February 20, 2022

#Oymyakon The Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth (DiscoveRT with Konstantin Rozhkov)

RT’s Konstantin Rozhkov takes a trip to one of the coldest places on our planet – the rural town of Oymyakon and documents all the remarkable discoveries he makes on the way. They meet people so tough that they go ice-swimming when it’s minus 50 degrees Celsius or minus 58 Fahrenheit. It’s so cold here; batteries die almost instantly, smartphones get covered in frost even inside your pocket, a carrot freezes so hard you can hammer in nails with it. Yet, one of the world’s coldest places is quickly becoming a hot spot for international travellers. The journey starts in Yakutsk, the capital of a vast Russian region in Siberia called Yakutia. When it’s this cold, nothing works the way you’re used to. Farming is also problematic in this climate, which makes hunting and fishing the primary food source for locals. The low temperatures come in handy as there is no need for special equipment to refrigerate the food. The next point on the map is the Road of Bones, the route from Yakutsk to Oymyakon. Though the views are breathtaking, the road’s name gives the chills. This highway connected Gulag prison camps in the Soviet Union around the 1930s. Drivers are always on the alert here. Even when they go into a roadside diner, they leave their cars running, so the engine doesn’t freeze. They would also never miss a gas station, even if their fuel tank is full. Running out of gas on this road would mean a death sentence. What other surprises did RT’s crew come across on their journey? The foreign tourists who had a flat tyre on the Road of Bones were popular travel bloggers Brayden Drevlow and Nomad Shubnam. If you want to see how their trip to Oymyakon worked out check out Inst: @NomadShubnam Inst: @BraydenDrevlow

00:00 – Intro 2:36 – Everything in Yakutsk is covered in snow 5:03 – People in Yakutia are used to eating raw meat 8:08 – Regardless of the weather, Yakutsk residents love their city 11:50 – Long drives in Yakutian winter can be life-threatening 14:50 – Bathrooms in Oymyakon only use hot water 17:19 – Towel drying experiment 19:34 – People get water from melting ice 21:09 – Ice fireworks 23:11 – South Korean travellers enjoy the cold 26:38 – Kids at school learn traditional Yakutian sports 29:28 – American travellers want to spend a night in the tent 31:52 – Reindeer herder’s daily routine RT Documentary offers you in-depth documentary films on topics that will leave no one indifferent. It’s not just front-page stories and global events, but issues that extend beyond the headlines. Social and environmental issues, shocking traditions, intriguing personalities, history, sports and so much more – we have documentaries to suit every taste. RT Documentary’s film crews travel far and wide to bring you diverse and compelling stories. Discover the world with us!

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