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Welcome to Oymyakon, the world’s coldest village

Espresso Logo By Adam Bisby of Espresso | Slide 2 of 14: The mercury hovers at -50 C along the P-504 (R504), the Kolyma Highway, which connects Oymyakon to Yakutsk. The route is known as the “Road of Bones” because its foundations contain the remains of forced labourers who died building it during Joseph Stalin’s rule. “The landscape had none of the bleakness you expect of Siberia,” Chapple says. “Clean white hills rippling away in all directions.”

The “Road of Bones”

The mercury hovers at -50 C along the P-504 (R504), the Kolyma Highway, which connects Oymyakon to Yakutsk. The route is known as the “Road of Bones” because its foundations contain the remains of forced labourers who died building it during Joseph Stalin’s rule. “The landscape had none of the bleakness you expect of Siberia,” Chapple says. “Clean white hills rippling away in all directions.”

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