15 Most Extreme Places To Visit On Earth

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Coldest Place On Earth: Vostok Station, Antarctica

The sun often shines at Vostok Station, but don’t be fooled. This is a harsh environment renowned for being cold. The lowest natural temperature ever recorded on Earth (-89.2C) was taken here. Extreme indeed, this is not a place to be underestimated.

There are few people to be found at this remote Russian research station, established in 1957, and still manned today, with 25 scientists and engineers based here during the short summer months, and just 13 brave souls remaining in winter, when temperatures plummet and survival becomes a significant challenge.

Located at the so-called Southern Pole of Cold, and not far from the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, the extremes here should come as no great surprise. Bare and barren, with nothing to see on the horizon, and life all but non-existent, Vostok Station presents countless challenges for those based in the no-frills buildings here. Extreme and intense, this is not a place to top up your tan.