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Extraordinary photos of the coldest region in the world

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If you're feeling a little chilly, you're about to get a lot colder.

Images of the coldest city in the world have surfaced and they're haunting and spectacular. 

Oymyakon, in the far east of Russia, is a remote village generally considered the coldest inhabited area on Earth. With the average temperature for January a blisteringly cold -50°C, it is known, aptly, as the "Pole of Cold". Oymyakon lies a two day drive from the city of Yakutsk, the regional capital, which has the coldest winter temperatures for any city in the world.

With a population of 500, the village was originally a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks at its thermal spring; the only source of natural warmth in a mind-numbingly cold landscape. The coldest ever temperature recorded in Oymyakon was a nerve-tingling -71.2°C. This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth and the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.

These extraordinary photographs were taken by New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple, who embarked on a two-day journey to the region in January this year.

"I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into – 47°C. I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips," Chapple told weather.com.

Come take a look inside an incredible and magical world - and never bemoan cold UK weather again.

Village of Oymyakon, which is considered to be the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world

The village of Oymyakon, which is considered to be the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world

A toilet on the tundra at a petrol stop on the road to Oymyakon

A toilet on the tundra at a petrol stop on the road to Oymyakon

A young student poses for a portrait at a bus station in Yakutsk

A young student poses for a portrait at a bus station in Yakutsk

Alexander Platonov, 52, a retired teacher, dressed for a quick dash to the outdoor toilet at his home in Oymyakon

Alexander Platonov, 52, a retired teacher, dressed for a quick dash to the outdoor toilet at his home in Oymyakon

The central square of Yakutsk on a -51c day

The central square of Yakutsk on a -51°C day

A guard dog in the suburbs of Yakutsk

A guard dog in the suburbs of Yakutsk

Oymyakon's only shop

Oymyakon's only shop

The "Road of Bones" leading to Oymyakon

The "Road of Bones" leading to Oymyakon

A local woman enters Preobrazhensky Cathedral in a swirl of freezing mist

A local woman enters Preobrazhensky Cathedral in a swirl of freezing mist

A statue of Ivan Kraft, one of the first governors of Yakutia

A statue of Ivan Kraft, one of the first governors of Yakutia

Frost-encrusted house in the city centre of Yakutsk

A frost-encrusted house in the city centre of Yakutsk

Summer shoes waiting out the winter in a shed in the suburbs of Yakutsk

Summer shoes waiting out the winter in a shed in the suburbs of Yakutsk

Pedestrians in the city centre of Yakutsk

Pedestrians in the city centre of Yakutsk

A view of Stalin's "Road of Bones", the route to Oymyakon, on a -50c evening

A view of Stalin's "Road of Bones", the route to Oymyakon, on a -50c evening

A woman walks over an ice-encrusted bridge in Yakutsk

A woman walks over an ice-encrusted bridge in Yakutsk

The "Road of Bones" leading to Oymyakon

The "Road of Bones" leading to Oymyakon

Images: Rex Features

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