Away from the urbanization, pollution, suburbs and all the sprawling malls, there are still some amazing places in the world that are almost completely untouched by human civilization. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll make it to many (if any) of these far-flung desolate realms, so we are going to take you through five of the most remote locations in the world.
1. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
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If you think the name is hard to pronounce, try being one of the 500 people living in this desolate area. The village is located on the eastern shore of Greenland and is just north of Iceland. Greenland’s the one with all the ice, so the water surrounding the town are frozen almost year-round, making access to the region via boat near impossible. Furthermore, the small airport on the island rarely hosts flights.
2. Tristan Da Cunha
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Known as Tristan to the 297 locals, this island is part of the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying 2,000 kilometres (1,243 miles) from nearest inhabited land, Saint Helena – which is another pretty remote island itself. Around 266 people call it home and despite the remoteness, it has its own nine-hole golf course and pub.
3. Pitcairn Island, United Kingdom
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The UK’s territory of Pitcairn Island is so remote that only 50 people currently live there, and the British government has actually been asking citizens to move there. Despite it being thousands of miles away from civilization, Pitcairn Island is exceptionally beautiful, with incredible green hills and clear blue water that can only be found smack dab in the middle of the ocean.
4. Easter Island, Chile
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Located in the Pacific Ocean, roughly 2000 miles off of the Chilean coast, its relatively small, covering only about 70 square miles and is inhabited by barely 4000 people. Whenever people think of Easter Island the first thing that comes to mind is probably the army of rock faces that line its beaches. The Moai, as they are otherwise known, were carved about 500 years ago by the island’s earliest inhabitants and because moving so much rock requires a good amount of wood, Easter Island has been for the most part deforested.
5. Kerguelen Islands
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This French Overseas Territory in the southern Indian Ocean is also known as the Desolation Islands, which gives you an idea of how remote they are. More than 3,300 km (2,051 miles) away from the nearest populated location makes them one the most isolated places on the planet. The population fluctuates depending on the season: around 45 in the winter rising to around 110 in the summer.