Ever been anywhere realiy cold?
Antarctica for 10 days back in 1973 on a trip with an employer who operated one of the research stations under contract. It was summertime there, but a bit on the frigid side.
Spent 3 years on Amchitka Island in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, but actually more windy and foggy than bitter cold.Posted 4 years agozilog6128Subscriber
It’s all down to whether you’re wearing the right gear or not IMO. I’ve felt colder and probably been more at risk of hypothermia, etc just being outside in the UK not dressed sensibly than when, for example, caught in a blizzard up a mountain in the Alps.
I know what you mean though, much prefer cold places/holidays to hot. Going on a Nordic cruise early next year, should be fun!Posted 4 years agowoody21Subscriber
I went to Chicago – with the wind chill it was in the -30’s. The local police were arresting people who lived on the street to make sure that they had a warm room (a cell) for the night. I believe that the lake / river were frozen over – I have never been that cold, it makes Buxton positively tropicalPosted 4 years agoquantockspaulMember
Went snowboarding in Banff over new year a few years ago, warmest it got was -22. It didn’t actually change much at night though, maybe -28. It did drop to -37 one day, with windchill, and being outside for any more than a couple of hours, whilst active, started letting the cold in. You certainly didn’t appreciate the chair lift stopping halfway up! Had to wear balaclavas and goggles all the time on that day, and got some frost burn on my face where I had a gap.Posted 4 years ago
Nice town with outdoor saunas, ice lake sculptures etc, but probably only for a day or two if your not skiing/boarding.sweaman2Subscriber
Alberta or even NWT for proper cold. Others have already posted some nice stories but my own cold story was falling through a supposedly frozen river into the water underneath at -20C and then running (literally running) towards the camp feeling my legs starting to freeze. My friend had to use his ice axe to chop away part of my boots so I could get my feet out and by the fire.
Having said that I find -5C in Norway now feels much worse than -15C in Canada due to the relative humidity.Posted 4 years agoalpine girlMember
Ton – I’ve spent a lot of time in Finland (my family’s from there). For city and cold you could easily spend a few days in Helsinki, a lovely city in my opinion with trams, museums, restuarants, an old prison on an island, fish markets, then fly up to Lapland for a few days of proper winter fun.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I too would love to do some proper cold – Canada, Scandinavia or Russia somewhere.Posted 4 years ago
Best I have experienced has been Scotland in 09/10 winter. A good few -10/15 days and a couple of -20 nights…
This was -18 dawn, and some similar days/nights.
New Year by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
P1010818 by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
New Year by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
This was one of the days that just *felt* darn cold as the sun set – and the next morning from memory was one of the -20 ones on the car…
Ben More from Glen Dochart by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
And an ‘ordinary’ -10 or so day on the way to work…on a road that was ploughed or gritted once a week…Winter tyres FTW.
More snow…. 🙂 by matt_outandabout, on Flickrnicko74Member
Canadia. Depending what you like, there’s skiing (downhill and cross-country), dog-sledding, skating, winter camping, ice hotels and so on, from Quebec City across to the Rockies. Generally it hits around -20 outside the cities; it can get to -40ish if you go somewhere nuts like Winnipeg. But as they always say, it’s ‘dry’ cold, so you don’t feel it as much…Posted 4 years agoBunnyhopSubscriber
We stayed in a place called ‘Golden’ in Canada. It was so cold that the lorries and some vehicles plug their engines into sockets in nearby buildings to stop the engine and diesel freezing up.
Coldest for me was skiing in Whistler, -28 in the wind chill, found it hard to function properly and just had to get down the hill.
many people in Britain exaggerate the temperatures on really cold days. It makes me chuckle. Although I was once at a bus stop in the centre of Stockport when it was -7 and many locals were dressed as though it were a normal spring day.Posted 4 years agoeskayMember
About -30 Deg C in Levi (Lapish Finland). Not as bad as you would think but you can feel the snot freeze in your nostril!
We have the facility to test down to -60 Deg C at work for products that are sold into Siberia/Alaska/Canada. It is amazing how many products we sell for -40 Deg C applications and we also sell a reasonable amount for -50 and -60 Deg C locations.
I have put my bare hand into a test chamber at -60 and you can feel the tips starting to freeze in seconds.Posted 4 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
We got to the magic -40 in Canada on a roadtrip, early 90s, the ice bridge at Niagra is phenomenal when there’s a big ice bridge and then a storm, even more of a spectacle than summer imo. Don’t know if they still let you wander about on the ice these days though. My camera battery gave up but it was a completely mechanical Pentax MX so I managed a few shots, I’ll have to have a rummage, pre digital so in boxes under a bed. Got the car sideways a few times on the trip south through the Poconos in northern Pennysylvania.Posted 4 years agojuankingSubscriber
I used to do rotation work around various places in Norway, the coldest experienced in Harstad was about -25. By far the coldest ever was in Deadhorse near Prudoe Bay Alaska, which regularly drops below -40. In these environments you need to be really really careful.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I lived in Helsinki for about 15 months. There were three kinds of weather mostly. -3 to -8 or so, where it might snow; -10 to -14, snow less likely, thne a snap of -20 to -25 with clear skies which was lovely 🙂
Not much actual weatherin generally really, no gales, snowstorms or anything interesting, just gentle snow now and then, which never melted, got up to about 50cm deep then started to pack down as fast as it accumulated. The snow evolved through the winter, it was fascinating. I walked to work mostly, through a wooded park. At -25 it was a bit like being in a sauna but in reverse – tingly and breathtaking but lovely. I miss it, it was just fantastic.
XC skiing (although not in those temps) through the snowy forest was really profound, for me. Really special, in a different way to MTBing. And you can get home and get straight into a sauna too.. I can’t describe how brilliant that is 🙂
I’ve also been to Wisconsin a few times although not in a deep cold snap. They have more weather there though; -15 and 30mph steady wind, that was bitter 🙂 Took the dog out to chase a ball, we stood there wrapped up to the hilt and he was running around like a mad thing in just his thin fur, drool freezing onto his face!
Can get to -30, but she genuinely thinks it feels colder here due to the humidity.
My wife (who’s from Wisconsin) grew up with -35 odd in the winter, and she thinks that the UK when it’s +1C with wind and sleet is just about the most unpleasant weather going. She thinks nothing of -15C but has to wrap up here when it’s near freezing.Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
Ton, if you want to sight see and mooch about, I’m not sure if I’d go to Tromso in the middle of winter. I went in May this year, and it’s quite a nice little city, couple of nice bars, but I’m not sure whether it’s much of a destination. The thing that really makes it is the scenery, the mountains and fjords nearby are beautiful, and the views from the plane in and out are fantastic. You won’t get any of that if it’s dark, though. I wasn’t there long, though, so I might have missed the good bits in town!
But if you want to get on the sauce and go crazy with the locals, that’s a different thing. There might be better places than Tromso, though. Hammerfest, like someone else mentioned?Posted 4 years ago
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