• Fri. Mar 1st, 2024

Russian Brave Souls Battle Frost in the ‘Hardest Job in the World’: The Art of ‘Vymorozka’ in Yakutia


Feb 12, 2024
Workers at a Siberian shipyard endure harsh subzero temperatures to continue their work.

In the frigid landscape of Yakutia, Russia’s Far East, workers brave subzero temperatures to perform the grueling task of ‘vymorozka,’ or ‘freezing out,’ on ships in the snow-covered shipyard. This tedious and demanding work can take weeks to complete, with temperatures plummeting as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 F).

Despite being named one of the hardest jobs in the world by locals, workers like 48-year-old Mikhail Klus have a different perspective. Dressing appropriately and adjusting to the extreme conditions make the job bearable for him. He even likens it to being in a sauna after taking off his cold-weather gear and entering a heated building.

Performing ‘vymorozka’ requires precision and skill. The workers must be cautious not to cut through the ice too quickly and risk sinking into the water below. Twenty-two-year-old Artyom Kovalec admits that at times, the extreme cold can lead to negative emotions and a desire to go home, eat, and relax. However, he emphasizes the importance of pushing through and maintaining composure.

Leave a Reply