15 Facts about Yakutsk (Siberia)

The city with the biggest temperature difference.

Facts:

  1. Yakutsk is the largest city built in the conditions of permafrost.
  2. The thickness of permafrost near Yakutsk in Siberia is 250 meters.
  3. In 1632, on the shore of the Lena River was founded Yakutsk fort (70 km from the present location of the city). Ten years later, the fort was moved to its current location.
  4. The Lena River in terms of its water track is second only to the Amazon River.
  5. The average annual temperature in Yakutsk is -8.8 degrees Celsius.
  6. Climate in Yakutsk is distinctly continental.
  7. In the summer the average temperature in July in Yakutsk is +19.5 degrees Celsius.
  8. In winter the average temperature in January in this Siberian city is -38.6 degrees Celsius.
  9. Frost in Yakutsk is tolerated easier than in other places, due to dry winter air.
  10. Winter in Yakutsk lasts from October to May.
  11. The highest recorded summer temperature was +38.4 degrees Celsius, and the lowest winter temperature was -64.4 degrees Celsius. That means that the differential between the extreme summer and winter temperatures in Yakutsk, Siberia is … 102.8 degrees Celsius!
  12. The city’s population is about 294,000 people (2014).
  13. In Yakutsk reside a quarter of the entire population of Yakutia, which is the largest administrative unitnot only in Russia but also in the world. Moreover, only six countries in the world are larger in size than the territory of Yakutia in Russia.
  14. The main indigenous people of Yakutia – Yakuts – prefer to be called “Sakha”.
  15. In Yakutsk children eatice cream on the streeteven in the cold.

Photo Yakutsk Siberia

Yakutsk (-52 ​​degrees Celsius)

Things to Do in Yakutsk

  • In Yakutskyou can visit the world’s only Museum of Mammoth.
  • The kingdom of permafrost – this is how they call the caves dug in the permafrost near Yakutsk and decorated with ice sculptures. Year-round temperature in the caves is -8 degrees Celsius. All visitors are presented with a certificate.
  • Yakut National circus is the most northerly circus in the world.
  • State archive of valuable items ​​of the Republic of Sakha in Yakutsk has a collection of rare nuggets, treated and untreated stones, diamonds and handicrafts. An unforgettable experience.
  • In Yakutsk you can also try the national dish of Sakha – stroganina (a specially sliced frozen fish).
  • Not far from Yakutsk you can visit the ethno-estate “Ytyk Haya.” The estate organizes various celebrations (ysyakh, kuyur), competitions in national sports, ice sculpture competitions. You can listen to khomus and toyuk, shaman singing, and observe national ceremonies – treating spirits, purification, meeting the sun.
  • In the ethnographic complex Chochur Muran you can learn about the Cossackpioneers who founded Yakutsk in 1632: hunters’houses, barns and a merchant’s house – everything recreates a picture of long gone years.
  • In Yakutskyou can buy a great souvenir – Yakut shoes – unty. This is the only footwear that can withstand the harshest frosts of Yakutia.

 

Somewhere in Yakutia (boy, -45°C and ice cream) (January 8, 2017):


фото-фотобанк Лори

Comments

9 responses to “15 Facts about Yakutsk (Siberia)”

  1. Houston says:

    SIBERIA IS WIDELY THOUGHT OF AS A BARREN AND FORBIDDING
    AREA OF RUSSIA .. THIS ARTICLE PROVES THAT IS NOT TRUE.

    I THOUGHT I KNEW WORLD GEOGRAPHY PRETTY WELL .. YAKUTIA IS
    NEW TO ME .. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL LAND , AND ONE I WOULDN’T
    MIND VISITING .

    • Alexey says:

      Yes, it’s very cute place. We will be glad, if you’ll come.

      • Houston says:

        ALEXY , YOU SAY IT’S CUTE ? I WOULD DESCRIBE THE LANDSCAPE AS ” MAJESTIC ” .. I HAVE STUDIED RUSSIAN HISTORY FOR
        YEARS . TO LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT A PART OF RUSSIA I WASN’T
        AWARE OF WAS INDEED VERY EDUCATIONAL ..
        HOUSTON

  2. marama says:

    Alexey, thank you for all this interesting information, I’ve been browsing through your excellent website, it’s a great place to learn about Siberia. I had no idea about its size and life year-round. The old architecture is magnificent, I look forward to reading your articles on FB.

  3. Elie says:

    Wow ! Cold place ! How beautiful !

  4. Kallol says:

    Hello Alexey, I plan to visit Yakutsk someday. Can you help me to plan the trip? I want to know essentials i need carry with me? How can I reach there? and approx costs?

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