With our heavily overpopulated planet bursting at the seams with about 7.3 billion people, it seems almost impossible to find an isolated spot where you can get away from it all. Over the course of the past decades, humans have managed to take over a vast majority of what once used to be pristine natural beauty.
Sadly, this includes countless animal and plant species´ natural habitats. Nevertheless, if you are one of those who enjoy relaxing in undisturbed solitude, we have good news for you! As improbable as it may seem, humanity has not managed to spoil everything.
Places that are free from the destructive hands of man still exist (getting to these remote places, on the other hand, is not easy). To enjoy some of the most remote places in the world, you’ll have to venture away from the concentration of people and journey into unknown places–mountains, jungles and islands thousands of miles away from the hustle of busy metropolitan places and touristic attractions.
From a little Indian village surrounded by breathtaking, unspoiled nature and an Australian mining town hidden in a scorching desert to an isolated Arizonan village where mail is still delivered by a mule, these are 25 Of The Most Remote Places In The World.
La Rinconada, Peru
Boasting the title of the highest elevation human habitation in the world, La Rinconada is a Peruvian city perched 5,100 m (more than 16,700 feet) above sea level. As this secluded city has no plumbing and no sanitation system, its 50,000 inhabitants have been struggling with environmental problems and pollution from nearby gold mines.
Medog County, China
Even China, the world´s most populous country, has some places where you hardly encounter any companions. Located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, Medog County was the only Chinese county without road access until 2010. But even then, Medog with its just 10,000 inhabitants has remained a very deserted and secluded place.
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Cape York Peninsula, Australia
Found in the northern part of the Australian state of Queensland, the Cape York Peninsula is considered one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth. A natural habitat to numerous animal and plant species many of which are endemic to this unique region, the peninsula is also home to some 18,000 mostly aboriginal people.
Kerguelen Islands, French Overseas Territory
Also known as the Desolation Islands for their sheer distance from any civilization, the Kerguelen Islands are islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Situated more than 3,300 km (2,000 miles) away from the nearest populated location, the islands have no permanent population, hosting just a research center occasionally used by French scientists.
The second most populous country in the world, India, can also boast some sparsely inhabited places hidden in mountains far away from the bustling Indian metropolises. Munnar, a little town in the state of Kerala in southern India is definitely one of these places. Set in unspoiled nature, the town is notable for its picturesque tea gardens.
One of the northernmost and coldest inhabited areas in the world, Ittoqqortoormiit is a settlement in Eastern Greenland. Known for its unique wildlife, including polar bears, muskoxen, and seals, the region is also home to just about 450 people who mainly make their living through whale and polar bear hunting.
Located in the eastern part of the Russian state Sakha Republic, Oymyakon is an isolated village with about 500 inhabitants. Scourged by local extreme subarctic climate, the village holds the title of the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth. On February 6, 1933, a temperature of −67.7 °C (−90 °F) was recorded here.
Coober Peddy, Australia
Hidden in a desert in South Australia, some 850 kilometers (530 mi) from Adelaide, Coober Peddy is a little town of about 1,700 inhabitants. Despite its small size and extreme remoteness, the town is known in Australia and many other countries as it is the largest opal mining area in the world. The town is also famous for its below-ground residences, called “dugouts”, where the locals stay during the scorching daytime heat.
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
Hanga Roa is the main town and harbor of the Chilean province Easter Island. The town’s population of about 3,300 represents 87% of the population of the entire island. Located between the extinct volcanoes of Terevaka and Rano Kau, the town also features Mataveri International Airport, the world´s most remote airport.
Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territory
Situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, some 2,400 km (1,500 mi) from Saint Helena, 2,800 km (1,750 mi) from South Africa, and 3,360 km (2,090 mi) from South America, Tristan da Cunha is the most remote inhabited island in the world. A part of the British Overseas Territory, the island is home to 300 people, mostly farmers, and craftsmen.
Surrounded by 13 four-thousand mountains (i.e. mountains that are at least 4,000 meters or 13,000 ft above sea level), Saas-Fee is a little mountain village in Southern Switzerland. Getting there is not easy as no cars are allowed to enter the town (they have to be parked in special car parks outside); only small electric vehicles can be operated on the streets.
Located in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Manacapuru is a remote municipality hidden in the Amazon Rainforest. Lying about 80 km (50 mi) upstream from Manaus, the state´s capital, this region has 100,000 inhabitants. Covering an area of over 7,300 sq km kilometers (2,800 sq mi), Manacapuru is also a natural home to some of the most popular aquarium fish.
Bouvet Island, Dependency of Norway
Found in the South Atlantic Ocean, Bouvet Island is considered the most remote island in the world. Occupying an area of just 49 square kilometers (19 sq mi), the island has no permanent population and serves occasionally as a scientific and research base. About 93 percent of the island is covered by a glacier.
Innamincka , Australia
One of a few villages providing access to the extremely inhospitable Simpson Desert, Innamincka is a tiny settlement in north-east South Australia. Located hundreds of miles from the closest towns, the settlement is home to no more than 15 people who constantly struggle with the local unbearably hot and dry climate. Not to mention the frequent sand storms.
A part of the Shetland Islands, Foula is one of the most remote permanently inhabited islands of the UK. With an area of just 5 square miles (13 square kilometers), the island is home to only 38 people who mostly make their living by farming, keeping sheep and also ornithological tourism as Foula provides natural habitats to numerous bird species.
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
A research center and the main community in Antarctica, the world´s most isolated continent, the McMurdo Station is operated by the US through the United States Antarctic Program, a branch of the National Science Foundation. Up to 1,258 residents can be accommodated at the station, but they still have to deal with the extreme Antarctic climate.
Located on the Adak Island, Alaska, Adak is the westernmost municipality of the US. Inhabited by just over 300 people, the town lies in sub-polar oceanic climate zone, characterized by persistently overcast skies, moderated temperatures, high winds, and frequent cyclonic storms. With 263 rainy days per year, Adak has the second highest precipitation in the US.
Bantam Village, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Found in Coconino County, Arizona, Supai is one of the most isolated towns in the US. With no roads leading to the town, the only way to get there is to take a helicopter, hike or ride a mule. The mail is also delivered by mule, making Supai the only place in the US where mail is carried out this way. The population of the town is about 200.
Faroe Islands, Denmark
Situated approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948. With a population of just under 50,000, these remote islands are famous for the fact there are more sheep than people living there. Another animal typical of this secluded country is the Faroese puffin.
Located on the south coast of Baffin Island, Iqaluit is the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Home to less than 7,000 people, it has the distinction of being the smallest Canadian capital and the only capital that is not connected to other settlements by a highway. Due to its remoteness, it is generally only accessible by aircraft or boat.
Laura, Marshall Islands
Laura is an island and a little town situated in the Marshall Islands, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. At approximately 10 feet (3 meters) above sea level, Laura has one of the highest elevations of any islands in the archipelago. It is one of a few places where you can enjoy amazing beaches and pristine nature without having to share it with crowds of tourists.
Located about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Covering an area of over 61,000 sq km (almost 24,000 sq mi) but inhabited by just about 2,600 people, the archipelago is mostly covered by glaciers. Its unique location and remoteness make it a great spot to watch the Northern Lights.