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The world’s most unusual beach is a glacier in Russia’s Kingdom of Permafrost

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 July 2019

Today it's +32C in Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city, and locals escape heatwave like true Siberians - by chilling on ice.

A hidden gem of Yakutia, the Buluus glacier lies in a deep valley some 100km from Yakutsk, surrounded by pristine pine forests and lush green meadows. 

Today the Buluus glacier is as packed with visitors as the only official beach in Yakutsk, the world’s largest city built on permafrost. 

A hidden gem of Yakutia, it lies in a deep valley some 100km from Yakutsk, surrounded by pristine pine forests and lush green meadows. 

The glacier covers over 1000 hectares, and thanks to dozens of metres of permafrost underneath it, the ice doesn’t melt - even during exceptionally hot summers. 

‘This is for real, your eyes are not failing you, it’s ice,’ wrote local woman Zhanna Myasnikova as she shared pictures of herself enjoying the refreshing day at the glacier. 

‘The Buluus glacier is a fantastic place to be in the middle of summer when the air heats to over 30C. 

‘By the end of summer the ice melts a bit, but comes winter and it gains strength again. 

‘This is a thousand-year long fight between ice and fire.’

The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach

Today the Buluus glacier is as packed with visitors as the only official beach in Yakutsk, the world’s largest city built on permafrost


In this region which straddles the Arctic Circle winter temperatures fall to minus 60C - and below. 

Summers are short but can be hot, as locals are experiencing now.

Indeed today at +32C, Yakutsk is hotter than Yemen! 

The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach

A hot summer day on a city beach in Yakutsk


The traditionally coldest part of Siberia is also hotter than leading Spanish holiday hot spots such as Majorca and Marbella.

‘Where else would you find a place with so many contrasts? The feeling of breathing cold air, touching chilling cold ice and drinking amazingly tasty cold water from the glacier on such a hot day is unforgettable’, said another local resident Aitalina.

Many around the world know Yakutia as the world’s Kingdom of Cold, and locals would jokingly add that on an average winter day it is a lot warmer to sit inside a freezer than to be outdoors.

Yet few know about scorchingly hot summers in this part of Russia, when air temperatures can touch +35C in heatwaves. 

The glacier covers over 1000 hectares, and thanks to dozens of metres of permafrost underneath it, the ice doesn’t melt - even during exceptionally hot summers

The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach

On a day like today the city beach in Yakutsk on the Lena River is also packed full. 

‘I wish I could teleport to Buluus glacier on one of those hot days, to enjoy its relaxing cooling’, moaned one of the locals resting on the beach. 

The heatwave in set to last for several more days, with air temperature dropping to a milder +16C by 24 July. 

The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach


The world’s most unusual beach

Comments (13)

ugyan itt választási malacók eladóak takarmányon nevelt nem az a felujós tápos
kovács imre, fót hugary
27/07/2019 04:26
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Even evidence of camels. amazing
JEFF E, U.S.
22/07/2019 07:34
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At first look, there are some nice pictures, with happy peoples. Everbody talking about the girls.. nobody talking about the deeper contents. It’s a catastrophe!!The climate changes, the glaciers were melted. At India, there were not enough rains.. We have to do something, in order to stop this warming!
Ati, Sárospatak/ Hungary
21/07/2019 19:14
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Amazing
Mac, Edinburgh
21/07/2019 06:12
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Yeah, beautyful Yakutian and Russian ladies... whatever, but this article never said anything about the obvious threat of the permafrost melting and frozen methane getting into the air.
Attila Boér, Budapest, Hungary
18/07/2019 03:29
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that is not normal.
Attila, hell
17/07/2019 04:21
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My wife is from Siberia and Asian and absolutely stunning. Sorry, but it's hard for men not to notice the beauty of these women of Siberia and Russia.
donovan, United States
17/07/2019 00:42
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Ther was not a single word mentioned about sex, just commenting how beautifil the girls are on the pictures....
I agree... :))
Dear Gina, do not overreact (or don't be envious).
Andrew, Hungary
16/07/2019 21:38
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disgusting men in this comment section you always thinking about sex
Gina, Romania
16/07/2019 14:48
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The women are so beautiful
A Smith, U.S.
16/07/2019 07:52
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Nagyon szèp lànyok vannak arrafelè.
Csabi, Magyar
16/07/2019 00:43
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Simply unbelievable, what nice and hot ladies have produced at this cold countryside!
Thomas Jefferson, Budapest/Hungary
15/07/2019 16:39
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Such a cool story. I experienced 36 degrees Celsius in my country in late June 2019. I wonder if they've airconditioning there. We don't have these in my country in large numbers. I wonder how Yakutsk will adapt to Global Warming (Climate Change) in the future. I really want to visit Yakutsk at least once (especially in the winter to experience the cold there) in my lifetime (I'm 19 years old).

Greetings from Limburg, the Netherlands. :)
Erik de Wilde, Hulsberg, the Netherlands
14/07/2019 19:29
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