Humans are remarkably adaptable and over the millennia have found ways to make do in some of the most extreme and inhospitable climates on earth. From fiery heat in the Sonoran Desert to extreme cold in Russia, Greenland and Canada, the following are some of the most inhospitable places you could ever imagine. Robust heaters or reliable air conditioners might not cut it this time!
With frigid polar winter temperatures in the North, the mining town of Røros, Norway, has experienced temperatures of -50 Celsius or -58 Fahrenheit. Winters in villages like nearby Karasjok regularly experience -40 degree Celsius weather.
8. Dras, India
India is best known as being a warm, tropical country, but located in the Kargil District of India, the town of Dras is an extremely cold place. It has some of the coldest temperatures in the world because of its high elevation, which makes its climate frigid. Average lows in winter are —22 Celsius or -10 Fahrenheit, and a record temperature was once recorded of -50 Celsius, or -58 Fahrenheit.
7. Lapland, Finland
Lapland is one of the coldest regions in the world. In Kittila, Lapland, a staggeringly cold -51.5 Celsius or -60.7 Fahrenheit was recorded in 1999. Despite this extreme, Kittila is home to outdoor attractions and recreation areas and has a population of over 6,000 people.
Although most of Sweden has a temperate climate, its northern areas has a subarctic climate and high altitudes that contribute to extremely cold temperatures. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Sweden was -62.7 Fahrenheit or -52.6 Celsius in Vuoggatjalme, a popular tourist destination.
5. Riverside, Wyoming
Riverside is one of the coldest inhabited spots in the continental United States, with a record -66 Fahrenheit (-54.4 Celsius) recorded in 1933. Its population is relatively low, with only around 52 brave inhabitants.
Prospect Creek, Alaska is one of the coldest places in the United States and in the world, holding a record of reaching -62 Celsius or -80 Fahrenheit in 1971. It was established as a settlement for those working on the Alaskan pipeline.
Canada extends up to the arctic, so it is no surprise that it has some of the coldest temperatures in the world. As far as records go, that honor goes to the town of Snag, Yukon, which has experienced -63 Celsius or -81 Fahrenheit, recorded in 1947.
Greenland has an arctic climate and temperatures typically do not go above 10 Celsius, or 50 Fahrenheit even in the warmest days of summer. Greenland’s record low was -66.1 Celsius, or -87 Fahrenheit, which was measured in 1954.
Verkhoyansk, Russia, located near the Arctic Circle, is one of the coldest spots on earth, along with Oymyakon, Russia. In 1892, a staggeringly cold -69.8 degrees Celsius, or -93.6 Fahrenheit, was recorded in Verkhoyansk. In Oymyakon, the lowest temperature ever measured was -67.8 Celsius or -90 Fahrenheit. The region is very inhospitable and was mostly settled by those who had been politically exiled in the early 20th century.