Just How Cold is Siberia in Winter?
I just finished my second trip on the Trans Siberian Railway, an epic journey that took me from Tallinn, Estonia to Vladivostok, Russia by land. I went in late fall the first time across, and although it snowed in every Russian city I visited I was left wondering just how cold it gets in the dead of winter. This year I set off for Siberia in February which ensured a very frozen but very beautiful trip. This is Siberian cold:
Siberia gets so cold that…
Even the birds huddle together for warmth, preferably on a snowless surface…
…but a snowy one will make do.
Steam condenses instantly,
and a freak snowstorm can hit at any time…
…like this one in Tomsk. It was sunny and clear about an hour before this picture.
It get’s so cold that playgrounds are made out of ice,
and the houses are buried in snow.
So are the park benches. Like this one.
And this one.
Nighttime brings a chill like no other…
…especially when the icy wind blows the snow.
Hardly anybody ventures out in these conditions.
Even the hardiest Russians get cold sometimes.
Thankfully there’s always green to be found. Siberians love to put plants in their windowsills.
And the buildings are colorful, even though the sky is grey.
Rivers freeze over,
as does the great Lake Baikal.
There’s plenty of ice on the lake…
…and a crazy few run a marathon across it every year (more on that soon…)
The runners always hope the lake stays frozen.
And if it’s still not cold enough…
you can always cool off with a nice Siberian ice cream!