Thanks to modern technology and air travel, the world is forever becoming a smaller place. Where journeys from one continent to another once took months, they now take hours, and sometimes it seems like there is nowhere left for a would-be adventurer to really get away from it all. Still, if you have the time, money, and know-how, there are still some places off the map or just barely on it that remain shrouded in mystery simply by virtue of being really difficult to reach.
1 Tristan da Cunha
Tristan de Cunha is the most remote inhabited place in the world. It is in Atlantic Ocean and the nearest land to the island is South Africa, which is roughly 1,700 miles away. This trip can only be made by boat and takes 6 days.
The island has a total population of 250 people as of 2018. The capital is Ediburgh of the Seven Seas and it has a mostly British population. It even has a British postcode and 020 telephone number.
2 Easter Island
Located some 2,000 miles west of the Chilean Coast, Easter Island, is a tiny island that has become famous for its remarkable massive rock sculptures called Moai.
As of 2017 it has a population of 7500. It takes 6 hours to fly from the Chilean capital of Santiago and there is one daily flight for those who want to Male the trip!
3 La Rinconada, Peru
La Rinconada is a small mining town in Peru which is located nearly 17,000 feet above sea level. It is considered the “highest” permanent settlement in the world, and it is this stunning geography that makes it so desolate. The city is located on a permanently frozen glacier, and can only be reached by truck via treacherous and winding mountain roads.
Despite an average annual temperature of just 1.2c it has a population of 30,000 people. This is due to the gold mining operation in the local mines. Workers are unpaid for 30 days, but on the 31st they may keep whatever Ore or nuggets that they can carry on their person.
4 McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Located literally at the bottom of the world, Antarctica is easily one of the most remote places on the face of the Earth. There are no native inhabitants to the continent, but it can home up to 1258 scientists and researchers.
5 Cape York Peninsula, Australia
Cape York, Peninsula, a huge expanse of untouched wilderness located on the country’s northern tip. The region has a population of approximately 18,000 people, most of whom are part of the country’s aboriginal tribes, and it is considered to be one of the largest undeveloped places left in the world.
6 Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
At 836,000 square miles in size, Greenland is the world’s largest island, but its tiny population of 57,000 people means that it’s also the most desolate. And of all the towns in Greenland, perhaps none is as remote as Ittoqqortoormiit.
7 Kerguelen Islands
Also known as the “Desolation Islands” for their sheer distance from any kind of civilization, the Kerguelen Islands are located in the southern Indian Ocean. The islands have no native population other than some scientists and engineers from France, which claims them as a territory.
Roughly 45 researchers inhabit the island in winter, peaking at 110 in the summer.
8 Pitcairn Island
Pitcairn Island is a tiny speck of land located nearly dead in the center of the southern Pacific Ocean. It has a population of some fifty people. The nearest land to them is Tahiti which is several hundred miles away.
9 Alert, Nunavut, Canada
Located in Canada Alert is a small village that lies on the Arctic Ocean only 500 miles below the North Pole. It is widely considered to be the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world. The nearest town to Alert is a small fishing village roughly 1,300 miles away.
10 Motuo County, Tibet
Considered at one point the last county in Tibet without a road leading to it, Motuo is a small community in the Tibetan Autonomous Region that remains one of the few places in Asia still untouched by the modern world. With a population of around 11,100 it recently had a road built to it and experienced a surge in tourism.