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​Man Visits The Coldest City On Earth And It Took Him 30 Hours To Get There

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​Man Visits The Coldest City On Earth And It Took Him 30 Hours To Get There

A YouTuber has documented his visit to the coldest city in the world, saying it took 30 hours for him to get there.

Cenet is an independent documentary filmmaker who goes to 'unique places which are not known to many' to check them out with a 'comprehensive approach', videoing each experience for his YouTube channel Discover With Cenet.

He recently went to Yakutsk in Russia, which is the coldest city on Earth, saying the area is 'very much isolated from the rest of the world' and was one used as a place where people were exiled to.

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Credit: YouTube/Discover With Cenet
Credit: YouTube/Discover With Cenet

In the video description, Cenet writes: "I'm in the coldest city on the planet; Yakutsk, which is in Yakutia / Siberia / Russia. The lowest air temperature ever recorded here is -96°F (71°C)."

He adds: "Flight from Los Angeles to Yakutsk is about 30 hours and one way ticket costs around 1000 American Dollars.

"There were no flights from New York City in the Winter. Fortunately hotel fares were cheap and affordable in Siberia."

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The 16-minute film gives insight to daily life in Yakutsk, with Cenet saying the temperature was -50°C when he visited.

At one point, Cenet grabs a recently-boiled kettle and throws the piping hot water into the air.

"As you can see it instantly turns into ice crystals," he says, as the water solidifies as soon as it touches the air.

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Credit: YouTube/Discover With Cenet
Credit: YouTube/Discover With Cenet

In other clips, he uses a frozen banana to hammer a nail into a piece of wood, shows us the 'completely frozen' river, reveals that the cold weather drained his iPhone battery and explains why people can't wear metal glasses.

"People cannot wear metal frame glasses here because the metal could stick to their skin," he says.

Cenet then demonstrates what might happen by taking a piece of meat and pressing it against a metal pole - finding it sticks to the surface, and breaks away as he tries to tear it off.

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Credit: YouTube/Discover With Cenet
Credit: YouTube/Discover With Cenet

Getting around can also be an issue in Yakutsk, as cars tend to freeze.

Cenet says: "If you have a car here, you have a big problem. Winter lasts for six to seven months here, and in that time you can never drive your car. If you insist on driving it, you can never start your vehicle's engine."

He explains that, while some people have heated garages, others choose to simply leave the engine running.

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Pointing to one car, he continues: "For example, the car with the running engine you can see here is empty. There is nobody inside.

The city is often shrouded in smog from people leaving car engines running. Credit: YouTube/Discover With Cenet
The city is often shrouded in smog from people leaving car engines running. Credit: YouTube/Discover With Cenet

"There are hundreds of cars like this. The reason why the engine is running? If it stops, it can be completely covered with ice, and the engine oil will freeze."

He adds: "Can you imagine what a huge waste of energy this actually is? Fortunately, Russia is a country that is quite rich in oil and natural gas resources.

"[...] Because these vehicles are constantly running, there's a constant layer of exhaustion over the city.

"Range of visibility is often below 200 feet due to the smog."

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Discover With Cenet

Topics: World News, News, travel

Jess Hardiman
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