If you’re looking to avoid touristy spots for your next vacation, you might want to try visiting one of the most isolated places on Earth,some of which can only be accessed by boat or plane.The adventure is yours to choose.Here are 8 of the most isolated places on Earth that some people call home.
1.Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territory:
The volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic boasts a population of 258 people with only nine different last names.The locals speak English, but have also invented their own dialect with words derived from Scottish, English, St Helenian, South African, American, Dutch, Italian, and Irish, reflective of their various places of origin.South Africa is the nearest country to this British Overseas Territory, which is said to be the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world.To get there, you have to time your visit one of the three ships that make nine trips from Cape Town each year a journey of 1,732 miles.
2.Cape York Peninsula, Australia :
The northernmost point of Australia, Cape York is a peninsula that’s swimming with crocodiles. However, it’s a great place to go fishing for sport. The land is owned by five indigenous communities, who also manage its tourism industry.Cape York is about a 28-hour drive from Cairns, and renting a four-wheel-drive vehicle is a must.
3.Easter Island, Chile :
Easter Island‘s 900 iconic statues don’t outnumber the island’s 3,300 residents, but its economy runs
mostly on tourism as people from around the world make the 2,300-mile journey from Chile to marvel at them.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the construction and purpose of the statues still remains a mystery.
LAN is the only airline with flights to Easter Island with prices starting at around $900 from the US
4.Barrow, Alaska :
There are no roads that lead to Barrow — the town is only accessible by plane, but the hour and a half flight
from Anchorage is doable. Sitting at the very top of Alaska, their winter consists of 65 straight days of
darkness.Because of its remote location, the cost of living is high. A jar of peanut butter can cost $10. And,
according to one resident, there are thousands more caribou than people.
5.Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland :
Founded in 1925 by settlers from Tasiilaq and West Greenland, Ittoqqortoormiit is about as far away as you can get from any other inhabited area of Greenland. It’s so remote that you need a helicopter ride from the airport to get to the town, itself.Its 450 residents enjoy dog sledding and camping, while tourists visit to see the Northern Lights and other natural wonders. It’s also a cruise destination despite sea ice that blocks any ships from docking for nine months out of the year.
6.Kerguelen Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Lands:
The Kerguelen Islands in the Indian Ocean are of part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. They’re 2,000 miles from the southernmost part of Africa, and are only accessible by ship four days a year.
Kerguelen Island itself is also known as “Desolation Island,” and is surrounded by 300 other islets scattered over 2,400 square miles.Coated by glaciers, the Kerguelen Islands receive rain, sleet, or snow 300 days a year. Most of the people who live there are French researchers.
7.Coober Pedy, Australia :
Coober Pedy is also known as the “opal capital of the world.” Gem-quality opal was first discovered there in 1915, and the opal mining industry continues to sustain the small town of 3,500 people.The city is a two-hour flight from Adelaide.
8.Palmerston, Cook Islands :
All of the Palmerston islanders are descendants of one Englishman, William Marsters, who arrived there in 1863 and went on to have four wives and 17 children.Supply ships visit the island only a few times a year, there are two telephones, and internet access is only available for four hours a day.Palmerston is a two-day sailing voyage away from Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands, and an eight-day trip from Tahiti.
These are the most isolated places on the earth.