Yakutsk (Russia)

Yakutsk Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Maarten Takens

The coldest city on earth

Some, well most, people prefer to travel to places where warm weather and some sunshine are on the cards. But there must be a market for places like Yakutsk (pop. 270,000 and located in Russia's far east) too. Have a look at that climate graph, -35ºC or -31ºF in January. When Celsius and Fahrenheit start to cross in negative territory you know you're in trouble. And mind you, these are *maximum* temperatures! Anyways.

Want to know another mind blowing fact about Yakutsk? It is the capital of the autonomous Russian republic of Yakutia, which forms 18% of its territory and is approximately the size of India.

So the novelty factor is definitely there. We're not convinced that is enough reason to visit this Lena river port city in winter however, when the road (there is one major road leading to the city of Magadan, which goes by the nickname "Road of Bones".. don't ask, just please, don't ask) and river freezes up, the airport can be closed and it at times can feel like one of the most barren and remote places on earth.

Go here in summer on the other hand, and things do not look so bleak in Yakutsk, which feels more like an Asian than a Russian city. One of the most interesting places to visit is the Mammoth Museum, which offers one of the most diverse range of artifacts related to the ice age found anywhere in the world. The National Art Museum is similarly interesting, and there are others worth exploring. Outside of the museum scene, the old town and huge soviet statues - for instance of Lenin - are some of the attractions here. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lena Pillars (a natural formation of rocks along the river with the same name) are also within easiest reach from Yakutsk. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Yakutsk is a city in Russia's region of Sakha. It has a population of 269,601, is situated at an altitude of 420ft and the best airport to fly into is YKS (Yakutsk, Yakutsk)
  • The currency used in Russia is the Russian ruble (RUB)

Yakutsk Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

-31 -20 10 36 55 72 79 72 54 25 -9 -29

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.8 1.4 1.5 1.5 1.2 0.7 0.6 0.4

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