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.
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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.