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Old 08-11-2011, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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None of those places can guarantee -40 temperature. The average low for Barrow is -20, -18 for Fairbanks, -23 for Yellowknife, and Oymyakon, Siberia is -60. I've been following their weather forecast and -75 is to them as common as snowfall over Chicago in January. There plenty of tourists traveling to Siberia in the winter time to experience the cold, I'm sure you won't be the lone wolf. The best advice is to not venture far away from civilization. I don't think you should be worrying about crimes in Oymyakon. No one in Oymyakon would be that cruel to steal your parka and let you rot in the cold. The people there are hardworking, diligent folks, not sadistic and atrocious like you'd think.
Exactly. That's the one and only reason I chose Siberia over Yellowknife--for example.

If I had unlimited time off work and $$$ I would just go to Arctic Canada or Alaska on very short notice when it was forecast to drop to 40, 50 or even 60 below as I'd much rather travel 2000 miles than 6000 and be able to speak English without anyone not understanding me!

Siberia OTOH I can pretty much be guaranteed 40 below or less on any random day in Jan.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:49 AM
 
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Feel the atmosphere of the world's coldest city. Yakutsk, Siberia/Russia - YouTube
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:18 PM
 
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You could come up to Cut Bank, MT and pretty much have the same weather, and you can even go to McDonald's for dinner. Plentywood is pretty cold in January too. We don't wear all that fancy goose down, just go get some Carhart's overalls, and a good coat will do you, after all, there is not much wind, so it is really not that cold. You would look pretty stupid in your Arctic sub zero get up...use that when you go polar bear hunting. Why are you going to go spend your vacation dollars in Russia? Stay in the US, and buy American clothes...

I looked at the climate charts...they are not correct, it gets darn cold here in the winter, and stays cold for a week or so...we usually have a cold snap in December or January, around -40 for a few days. Have to keep the car plugged in, so it won't freeze, even when you go to the store.

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Old 08-13-2011, 08:42 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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You could come up to Cut Bank, MT and pretty much have the same weather ...
I looked at the climate charts...they are not correct, it gets darn cold here in the winter, and stays cold for a week or so...we usually have a cold snap in December or January, around -40 for a few days.
I was born in Brandon, Manitoba, but too young to remember the cold winter there. My mom and grandmother had no problem reminding us though. They said when the harsh winter wind blew across the plains, the temperature often dipped to -48C (-55F), and that's the reason they packed us up and moved to Laguna Beach, CA.
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:36 PM
 
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Don't know if you've seen this site already, but people do go to Omyakon in the winter independently: Do-it-yourself travel Yakutsk to Oymyakon, Pole of Cold | AskYakutia.com
Bolot is the man that knows it all and his site can answer all the questions.
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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This is funny. The whole time I was in Helsinki (in the summer) I was fantasizing about what the winter would be like. The movie Night on Earth provided a hint.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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papafox, it wouldn't surprise me that there is some type of service for tourists. I cannot imagine this desire of yours but you're not alone. After all, the "ice motels" apparently draw enough patrons to continue them. However, in Siberia you could expect catastrophic blizzards. I shiver just to think of it.

I would check into websites based in Siberia to search for services and accommodations. If you can do this in a group at least you'd have the safety in numbers.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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Don't they have some cool ice hotels in Sweden? Where you can go bathe in the hot tub with Swedish women? And drink lots of vodka? That sounds like a much better vacation than going to Siberia...it might only be -20, but I think that would be an okay trade off. Winter activities | Snowmobile

Yeah, I checked out the website...all blondes...they have lots of activities there too, Ice Safari, Northern Lights Tour, Reindeer petting, whatever.. http://www.icehotel.com/

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Old 08-15-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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papafox, another idea for experiencing "cold" is to apply for work in the Antarctic. I'm serious. You would be sequestered with others for an assigned period of time but you would go outdoors periodically in the earth's coldest, driest desert.

Also, I believe it is in China where they have that spectacular ice sculpture festival every year.

But if you're still hell-bent on Siberia, you should considering opting for Mongolia instead, where you could ride with the nomadic people, setting up and taking down yurts as you travel in the harsh conditions, met with warm hospitality and appreciation. I can see this being a better experience than Siberia.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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papafox, it wouldn't surprise me that there is some type of service for tourists. I cannot imagine this desire of yours but you're not alone. After all, the "ice motels" apparently draw enough patrons to continue them. However, in Siberia you could expect catastrophic blizzards. I shiver just to think of it.

I would check into websites based in Siberia to search for services and accommodations. If you can do this in a group at least you'd have the safety in numbers.
Hey!! I never claim to be normal with anything related to the weather--either in the air or on the ground!

Actually, Siberia rarely gets blizzards in the winter. When it's 50 or 60 below it is bone dry and therefore there is almost no moisture available for one to form. They get the heaviest snow in the spring and fall actually.

I am no stranger to the cold---granted nothing as cold as Siberia. I did camp out in a tent and sleeping bag in Upstate NY last Jan when it was -27F (-33C) and was actually pretty comfortable. Check out the pics posted below from that!!

Camped outside Sunday night at -27F!

In terms of overall comfort, I'd probably put it on par with spending 12 hrs in economy class. Certainly not any than that and MUCH easier than the 21 hrs I spent in Coach flying to Singapore last summer!!

I think being outside for the day at 50 or 60 below but having a hot shower and warm bed indoors at the end of the day would be easier than camping outside at 27 below as I did already.
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