Welcome to Vostok Station
An outpost if ever there was one, Russia’s awe-inspiring Vostok Station is located near the South Geomagnetic Pole (one of four poles defined by geomagneticians). Built in 1957 on ice that is 3.7km thick, the station is named for one of Bellingshausen’s two ships, Vostok (East). It’s the site of the lowest temperature recorded on Earth: -89.2°C on July 21, 1983. Vostok’s record high temperature, set in 2002, is -12.3°C. Its first wintering crew gave Vostok its enduring nickname: ‘the Pole of Cold.’
Vostok accommodates 30 people in summer, 18 in winter. No tourists (except members of an international expedition in 1989–90) have ever visited Vostok.