Coldest Cities In The World 2019 Ranking

Coldest Cities In The World 2020- All parts of the planet earth do not receive an equal amount of sunshine, and as a result, the climatic conditions vary from one place to another. While areas very close to the equator receive abundant sunshine, the polar regions don’t experience much sunlight, and as a result, temperatures are much colder in those regions. Despite these extreme temperatures, humans have made themselves comfortable in some of the coldest parts of the planet living in the Coldest Cities In The World 2020. So which cities are the Coldest in the world currently? This article will provide you with that information.


  • #1. Yakutsk, Russia
Yakutsk, Russia is the coldest city in the world 2019.
Yakutsk, Russia is the coldest city in the world 2020.

Yakutsk is the capital city of Russia’s Sakha Republic and is located approximately 280 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The city is believed to be the coldest major city in the world with average January temperatures dropping as lows as –40.9 ˚C (-42°F). For those who can brave the extreme cold, sights such as the Permafrost Kingdom ice museum, the Christian Market and also the National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha,  make this city a worthwhile destination. In July, average temperatures of 67 F/ 19.5 C makes the city a summertime possibility for fair-weather travelers. The city’s population is believed to be more than 250,000.

  • #2. Norilsk, Russia
Norilsk, Russia 2nd coldest city in the world
Norilsk, Russia 2nd coldest city in the world

The most northern city in the world is Norilsk, Russia. It is a city of over 100,000 inhabitants and one of only three major cities in the world that are located in the continuous permafrost zone. The city has the coldest mean annual temperature of any big city at 14 F/ -10 C. Temperature can drop as low as -63 F/ -53 C. in the winter. Winters in this city are long and cold, with an average temperature of -31°C/ -23 F in January. Days in Norilsk are characterized by frost, coupled with strong and violent winds. Cold period in the city extends for about 280 days annually, with more than 130 days of snowstorms. The polar night lasts all through December till mid-January, so the sun is missing for about six weeks. In summer also, the sun does not set for more than six weeks. This city has been closed to foreigners since 2001 as it has been highly polluted by mining.

  • #3. Yellowknife, Canada

Yellowknife, Canada is a city of fewer than 20,000 inhabitants. The city is situated on the edge of Yellowknife Bay in the Northwest Territories, just four degrees of latitude south of the Arctic Circle. In January, the average temperature in this city is about – 27.9°C (-18.2 F). The yellow knife is the coldest year-round of the 100 Canadian cities included in a survey by Environment Canada. Also, the city has the coldest winter, the most extreme windchill as well as the most extended snow cover season. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Yellowknife was -60 F/ -51 C. Ironically, the city also boasts the sunniest summer in Canada. The city has a rich gold-rush history and is famous amongst adventurers offering activities such as hiking beneath the midnight sun, dog-sledding, snowmobiling and also spotting the northern lights.

  • #4. Iqaluit, Canada

Iqaluit, the capital city of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, sits on the vast Baffin Island in Frobisher Bay. With a population of fewer than 8000 inhabitants, the least of any Canadian capital city, the island is famous for its ice-capped mountains and tundra valleys. This city experiences an average daily temperature of -27.5°C (-17.5°F) in February. Close to the city, Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park houses caribou and Arctic foxes while the Qaummaarviit Territorial Park, sitting on a tiny island near the city, contains archaeological remains of the ancient Thule people. The city has a museum called the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum that is housed inside a repurposed Hudson’s Bay Company building. The museum displays a collection of traditional Inuit carvings, sculptures, and artifacts. This city is on the 4 position on Top 20 Coldest Cities in the world 2020.

  • #5. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar holds the record for coldest national capital in the world. This city is perched 4,430 feet above sea level on the edge of the Mongolian steppes. The city has a population of over a million residents. Residents of this city brave extreme temperatures, with average January average of −24.6°C (-12°F). Winter here is long and dark, and the city also experiences extreme seasons with recorded summer highs of 102 F/ 39 C and lows of -44 F/ -42°C during the long winter months. The city boasts of rich cultural sights ranging from Tibetan-style Buddhist temples to fascinating modern art galleries. Also, it is an international gateway to Mongolia’s spectacular wilderness areas.





  • #6. Churchill, Canada

The town of Churchill is located on Hudson Bay in the far north of Manitoba, Canada. The city is most famous for polar bears that inhabit the area in the fall which is why it is the polar bear capital of the world, and also for safaris in raised, reinforced tundra vehicles that allow for encounters in the wild. Beluga whales can be spotted in the Churchill River during summer. You can spot the wintertime Northern Lights in the area and also enjoy seasonal bird-watching. Temperatures in this city average around -26°C  (-15°F) every January.

  • #7. Fairbanks, United States of America

7th on the list of Top 20 Coldest Cities in the world 2020 is The city of Fairbanks, Alaska, is located at 64 degrees north latitude, north of Denali National Park and Preserve. The city gets cold, really cold in January when the average temperature drops to -22°C  (–7.9°F). However, those who can brave the cold in this city are rewarded with the beautiful aurora borealis phenomenon. The population of the city proper is estimated to be 32,751, and the population of the Fairbanks North Star Borough is put at 100,605, making it the second most populous metropolitan area in Alaska.

  • #8. Harbin, China

The Capital of China’s northernmost province, Heilongjiang, is one of the coldest cities in the world and goes by the name Harbin. It was in the late 19th century that the city grew due to the influx of Russian engineers constructing the eastern leg of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Some of the Russian architecture in this city includes its green-domed Saint Sophia Cathedral, an Eastern Orthodox church now converted to a local history museum. Across the river, Sun Island Park is famous for its all-year-round ice sculptures. There are over 9 million people residing in the city. The average temperature of the city drops to -19.4°C (-3°F) in January, which is no wonder Harbin is commonly referred to as ‘Ice City.’

  • #9. Irkutsk, Russia

The city of Irkutsk is home to over 578,000 people. The city sits on the Angara River in eastern Siberia, Russia and is one of the most industrial cities in the region. Churches such as the Epiphany Cathedral (Sobor Bogoyavleniya), with gilded onion domes, and the Spasskaya Church, with its soaring bell tower line the river embankment. Several other architectural masterpieces line the streets of the city such as the Irkutsk Museum of Decembrists which showcases the 19th-century lives of aristocratic exiles, with personal belongings such as a pyramid piano. Residents of the city brave temperatures as low as an average of -18.8˚C (-2°F) in January.

  • #10. Winnipeg, Canada

The last city rounding up Top 20 Coldest Cities in the world 2020 is Winnipeg, Canada. It is the capital of the province of Manitoba, Canada. Located in the heart of this city is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. Close to The Forks is the Exchange District, famous for its well preserved, early 20th-century architecture and numerous art galleries. Temperatures in the city hit an average of –16.4˚C (2.5˚F) in January. Over 700,000 live in this cold city.




The other 10 cities making up the top 20 Coldest Cities in the World are:

  • Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Whitehorse, Canada
  • Arkhangelsk, Russia
  • Saskatoon, Canada
  • Vladivostok, Russia
  • Murmansk, Russia
  • Edmonton, Canada
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • Ürümqi, China


  • #11. Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, is one of the coldest capital cities in the world. The average February temperature in this city is –15.9˚C (3.4˚F). Many residents of Astana make the most of winter by ice-skating instead of huddling together at home.

  • #12. Novosibirsk, Russia

Novosibirsk is the third most populous city in Russia and also one of the coldest. In January, average temperatures here reach -15.8˚C (3.6˚F).

  • #13. Whitehorse, Canada

Whitehorse is the largest city in Northern Canada and is located in the Yukon. Temperatures in the city regularly reach lows of -15.2˚C (4.6˚F) in January.

  • #14. Arkhangelsk, Russia

The Russian city of Arkhangelsk, or Archangel in English, is located just 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the White Sea. Average temperatures drop as low as -14.6˚C (5.7˚F) in January in this port city.

  • #15. Saskatoon, Canada

The city of Saskatoon is home to an estimated 271,000 people as of 2017, making it Saskatchewan’s largest city. Average temperatures dip as low as -13.9˚C (7˚F) in January.

  • #16. Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok is a city in Far East Russia, near the country’s border with the Peoples Republic of China. Average January temperatures in this city reach -13.1˚C (8.4˚F).

  • #17. Murmansk, Russia

The largest city north of the Arctic Circle, Murmansk, Russia is also one of the coldest cities in the world. It is home to over 325,000 people. Temperatures in this city around the coldest month of the year, January average about -11.3˚C  (11.7˚F).

  • #18. Edmonton, Canada

This Canadian city in Alberta sits on the North Saskatchewan River. It’s winter temperatures in January average around -10.4˚C (13.3˚F).

  • #19. Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, experience temperatures as low as -10.2˚C (13.6˚F) on the average in January. Inhabitants of the town take advantage of the low temperatures to evade traffic by skating to work across the frozen Rideau Canal.

  • #20. Ürümqi, China

The capital of Xīnjiāng, Ürümqi is a modern Chinese city where the Tiān Shān mountains are visible from afar. Average January temperatures in this city reach -9.8˚C (14.4˚F).

Conclusion On Top 10 Coldest Cities in the world 2020

That’s that on the Top 20 Coldest Cities In The World 2020. I hope you enjoyed reading this piece.

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