A world where people are connected through the internet and social media. Where any and every event occurring at any place of the globe being accessible in the palm of your hand at any time. You’d be hard-pressed to imagine places that are still far out of reach of the regular, normal human.
While it is true that human activity and exploration has increased manifold since the industrial revolution, for better or for worse, there are still places on this small, yet vast planet that the average Joe doesn’t know about. But you will, if you haven’t already, by reading this article.
- The Island Of Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic: Internet access limited to dial-up connection speeds via satellite, no phone coverage, no airstrip for mainland air transport, and serviced only a few times a year by boat from the coast of South Africa, Tristan Da Cunha is as remote and cut off from the world as can be.Its an archipelago inhabited by a paltry population of 250 residents, lies on the south Atlantic ocean, and the nearest proper civilization is Cape town, about 2500km away.
- Tibetan Plateau: Referred to in children’s textbooks as the “roof of the world”, the Tibetan Plateau upholds that moniker with aplomb. It is surrounded by the tallest mountain peaks in the world and therefore living there takes a little more than the ability to make a pie. It is therefore mostly inhabited by nomads and Buddhists and is the world’s third-largest store of ice, which is receding by the way because of climate change.
- Deception Island (Antarctic Peninsula): Despite the not so friendly name, and because the island has mostly been used as a research station for scientific studies on Earth climate and ecosystems, Deception Island is a far cry from modern civilization and deservedly so. In recent times it has become a tourist spot due to the active volcano and the Bird area, but still, a very remote part of the world, like the rest of Antarctica.
- Oymyakon, Russia: Russia is no stranger to extreme weather, particularly the cold one, and Oymyakon certainly is up there with the most extreme of them. With a record low temperature recorded close to -70 degree Celsius, a population of about 500 people and winter daylight all of 3 hours, Oymyakon is not everyone’s cup of tea, although you’d need a hot one if you dare to be there. This remote Russian town is known as the coldest inhabited place on Earth.
- The Great Australian Outback: Yes, you have malls in Australia, you have metropolitan cities there, some great economy and trade flourishing in the country, and some of the best sportspersons in the world you’ll ever find, and then there is the Great Outback, a vast, arid piece of land interspersed with hardy towns and aboriginals, but for the most part, being out there seems like being at the far end of the planet. Its a great expedition to take up if you are an adventure head.
- Makgadikgadi Pan, Africa: Known to most as simply the Mccaddy Caddy, it is a dry bed of a prehistoric lake and is part of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and like most things in Africa, it is an inhospitable piece of land that punishes the inexperienced and rewards those who dare to venture into it with its surreal visuals. Like the rest of the places in this article, it really feels like a far end of the Earth. It is so huge even Switzerland could fit right into it, and that is saying something.
- The Pitcairn Islands, Southern Pacific Ocean: The Pitcairn Islands (British Overseas Territory) form a small speck of dots in the vast nothingness of the Pacific Ocean, and with only one of them being inhabited, the eponymous island with a paltry population of 50 people (that’s 4 originating families), you’d be hard pressed to find a place on Earth as untouched as this. Not much goes in the way of tourism, because it’s so hard to get there.
- Bouvet Island, South Atlantic: Covered almost entirely in ice, site of an inactive volcano and some 2600km off the South African Coast, Bouvet Island is the remotest island in the world. Nobody lives there. It was discovered in the 19th century and what it is today is simply a nature reserve and belongs to Norway and is also a site for Antarctic exploration and study. It really takes you back to the primal age, if and ever you are lucky enough to make it over there.
Top most isolated places on Earth
- The Island Of Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic
- Tibetan Plateau
- Deception Island (Antarctic Peninsula)
- Oymyakon, Russia
- The Great Australian Outback
- Makgadikgadi Pan, Africa
- The Pitcairn Islands, Southern Pacific Ocean
- Bouvet Island, South Atlantic
- Cape York Peninsula, Australia.
- Longyearbyen, Norway
- Easter Island, Chile
- Villa Las Estrellas, Antarctica
- Supai, Arizona
- Barrow, Alaska
- La Rinconada, Peru
- Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
- Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
- Siwa Oasis, Egypt
- Socotra Island, Yemen
- Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
- Kerguelen Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Lands
- Coober Pedy, Australia
- Palmerston, Cook Islands
- Bantam, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
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