Very thanks to modern technology as well as air travel, the world is now a smaller place. Where journeys from one continent to another once months, they now simply take hours, and sometimes it seems like there is nowhere left for a would-be adventurer to get away from it all. Still if you have within yourself an inbuilt curiosity with time and money, there are still some places right off the map which are exclusive yet covered in mystery. Be it mining camps at top of the world or some tiny island which is nearly thousands of miles from civilization, here are top five most remote places which are left on planet Earth.
1. Tristan de Cunha
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This one is single remote inhabited place in the world. Tristan de Cunha is collection of small islands which is located in southern Atlantic Ocean. The nearest land to this place is South Africa which is approx 1700 miles away with the South American coast is at a distance of about 2,000 miles. Despite its small size and location, this place enjoys rich history. The island was discovered in 1506 by one of Portuguese explorer and was later annexed by British. The island is now under UK’s jurisdiction today. The islands have total population of 271 people most of whom have descended from original settlers making living as craft makers and farmers.
2. Pitcairn Island
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This UK territory is extremely remote with just 50 people staying there. This island is far away from civilizations but exceptionally beautiful in true sense. This tiny speck of island is located near the center of the southern Pacific Ocean. The closet neighbors are Tahiti and Gambier Islands but these are also thousands of miles away. The island is the last remaining British territory in the Pacific.The people here make living of farming, fishing and selling and there are certainly no modern transportation and remain the isolated communities in the world. There is no airstrip on the island and getting there right from mainland requires ridding out of ride with shipping boat out of New Zealand which can take as long as ten days.
3. Cape York Peninsula, Australia
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Australia is known both for the extremely low population density with untouched natural beauty both of which are best described by Cape York Peninsula, a huge expanse of untouched wilderness located on the country’s northern tip. The region has a population of 18,000 people most of which are filled with country’s aboriginal tribes and is known to be the largest undeveloped places left in the world. Surely this contributes to the stunning natural beauty and also making this destination difficult to reach in Australia.The peninsula is popular destination for various adventurous tourists who drive jeeps and trucks down the unpaved Development Road whenever it is not closed.
4. Kerguelen Islands
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This one is also known as “Desolation Islands” for its distance from any kind of civilization. Kerguelen Islands are located in southern Indian Ocean. There is no airstrip on the islands and to get to travelers to the spot, one must take a six-day boat ride from Reunion and small Island located off coast of Madagascar. The islands have no native population but very same like Antarctica which lies several hundred miles south, there are year-round population of engineers and scientists from France which claims as a territory.The islands do have something of storied past and they were first discovered in 1772 and have been visited by numerous biologists and explorers making an expedition.
5. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
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At 836,000 square miles in size, Greenland is the world’s largest island but the island has population of 57,000 people means and is also desolate. All the towns in Greenland are none as remote as Ittoqqortoormiit, a small fishing and hunting village on the island’s eastern shore to the north of Iceland. The town is part of municipal roughly the size of England with population of more than 500 people.
Residents usually make their living hunting whales or polar bears which are common in the area and by fishing for Halibut right during the warmer months. This place lies on the coast but with seas surrounding it, it is completely frozen with just three month when the town being just accessible by boat. Just some 25 miles away, there is airport with flights are rare.
Conventional places are always visited by one and all as they are extremely popular but unconventional places offers the much needed thrill as they are certainly different from the conventional ones. So plan an exclusive visit to the top five remotest places on earth to experience the thrill.
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