From remote South American plateaus to isolated arctic tundras these are 25 places you can get away from pretty much everything and everybody.
This small mining town of barely a thousand residents sits isolated along the shores of a high alpine lake.
Cape York Peninsula, Australia
One of the largest swaths of undeveloped land in the world, there is only one unpaved road leading into this place.
This extremely remote island is thousands of miles from basically any substantial landmass. It only has 50 inhabitants and ships only arrive every few months.
This town located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is so hard to access that mail is still delivered by mule.
Koryak Okrug, Siberia
This place is so sparsely populated that when a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the region in 2006 there were no casualties.
Chang Tang, Tibet
When a Swedish explorer crossed this peninsula he reported not seeing a single person for over 2 months.
Although these days its not as isolated as some of the other places on this list, its historical remoteness have led to some crazy plant and animal species.
This small Siberian village holds the record for being the coldest permanently inhabited places on Earth at −69.2 °C (−93 °F).
The Fjords on Baffin Island
Canada’s biggest island has more glaciers than inhabitants.
Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean
Considered to be the most physically remote place in the world, you’ll only have a couple hundred neighbors on this South Atlantic island.
Kerguelen Islands, South Indian Ocean
Also known as the “desolation islands” due to their remoteness. The only things you’ll find here are scientists and rogue cats that were long abandoned by seafarers.
Although it lies on the coast, the seas around this small village are frozen for most of the year so you have a very narrow window of opportunity to visit.
Probably one of the more famous isolated islands on this list, the only way to get here is to catch a flight out of Chile.
Song Kul, Kyrgyzstan
At an altitude of 3 thousand meters the only way to visit this high alpine lake will be with the help of some local herders.
Greenland makes the list again, this time with Erik the Red’s former home. Less than 100 people live in this remote village.
This enormous country only has a couple million inhabitants. Chances are you won’t run into to many people out here.
In spite of its inhospitable climate, this place is home to the Global Seed Vault, an underground store of the planet’s seeds kept safe in case of an apocalyptic event.
The most remote county in China, it is also the only one that is completely inaccessible by road. In fact, the best way in is via an unstable suspension bridge.
This small Canadian outpost is considered to be the northern most inhabited place in the world with a population of 5.
La Rinconada, Peru
The highest permanently inhabited village in the world is located on a glacier and has 30,000 inhabitants almost all of which are gold miners. Getting here in one piece can be a challenge.
Closer to Antarctica than any other land mass, this uninhabited island has its own top level internet domain name (.bv). It also served as the set for Alien vs Predator.
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
This research station can be found directly over the south pole. It is so isolated in fact, that a station scientist recently had to administer chemotherapy on herself due to an inability to leave the continent for medical attention.
Meteora Monastery, Greece
Although it is a bit touristy these days, the name of these monasteries reflects their historical isolation. It means “suspended in the sky”.
Gasadalur Village, Faroe Islands
This village of about 16 people is one of the most isolated villages on one of the most isolated islands in the world.
Forming the border of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana this tabletop plateau has been so isolated that much of the plant life on its top is found nowhere else on the planet.