Top of the most isolated places in the world
If you are looking for less crowded destinations and less popular amongst tourists, for the next holiday you can consider visiting some of the most isolated places on earth, where you can get there by boat or by plane.
A top of the most isolated places on earth has been published on the Insider platform and includes true tropical paradises, deserts or even destinations with extremely low temperatures but with no less appealing landscapes. Here are ten of the most isolated places on earth:
1. Tristan da Cunha Island The volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha, located in the south of the Atlantic, has a population of 258 people, with only nine different surnames.
Locals speak English, but they have invented their own dialect, with English, Scottish, English-American, Danish, Italian, Irish and South African words, which reflect the country of origin of the inhabitants. South Africa is the closest country to the British island, which is said to be the most remote archipelago inhabited in the world. In order to get there, you have to reserve a place for one of the three ships that go to the island only nine times a year in Cape Town.
Tristan da Cunha is a group of isolated islands in the South Atlantic, located 3,658 km from Antarctica, 2,816 km from South Africa and 3,240 km from South America. The archipelago was discovered in 1506 by the Portuguese navigator Tristão da Cunha. It is part of the British overseas territory “St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha”, located 2,430 km south of St. Helena.
The territory consists of the main island Tristan da Cunha with an area of 98 km² and the uninhabited islands: Inaccessible Island and Nightingale Island. Gough Island, 395 km southeast, is also part of the territory. The population of the territory is only about 300 inhabitants. Tristan da Cunha is considered to be the most isolated inhabited place in the world.
There is no airport on the island, it can only be reached by boat, there is a flight from South Africa that covers the distance in 7 days. In 1961 a major volcanic eruption required the evacuation of the island, its inhabitants being relocated to a neighborhood of Southampton in England. Many of them returned in 1963 because the town on the island of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas (the only one also known as The Settlement in English) did not suffer major damage.
The island of Tristan da Cunha appears in the second volume of the adventure novel Captain Grant’s Children, by Jules Verne. The inhabitants of the island are descendants of the members of a military base established in the 19th Century, with seven families registered. These include a large number of diseases due to inbreeding such as asthma and glaucoma. There is also a six-member South African weather station on Gough Island. The main occupation of the inhabitants is fishing, which represents over 70% of the local income.
Another name for the island of Tristan da Cunha is “Island of Desolation”. Hervé Bazin ‘s story, Les Bienheureux de La Désolation (“Desolation Island Favorites”), published in 1970, refers to the islanders who were evacuated to Britain as a result of the 1961 volcano eruption on the island.
The marine ecosystem, secluded and relatively intact, is home to a number of birds, seals and whales, including species found nowhere else on Earth, some of which are endangered.
2. Easter Island, Chile Easter Island is an island of 3,300 inhabitants, and the destination economy is largely based on tourism, being visited extensively by the 900 iconic statues on its territory. The construction and purpose of these statues are still a mystery and have entered the UNESCO heritage. The only airline that makes flights to this destination is the LAN, and the price of a ticket reaches $ 900, with departure from the United States.
3. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland Founded in 1925 by the emigrants of Tasiilaq and West Greenland, Ittoqqortoormiitt Island is just as far away as any other living area in Greenland. To get there you need a helicopter trip from the airport to the center of the town. It has 450 residents. Tourists can enjoy some natural monuments, but also spectacular Boreal Aurore. It is also a destination for cruises, despite the frozen sea that blocks cruise ship for nine months a year.
4. The Kerguelen Islands, the Southern and French Antarctic Territories The Kerguelen islands in the Indian Ocean are part of the French and Antarctic Territories and are only accessible by boat for only four days a year. The island of Kerguelen is also called “The Island of Desolation” and is surrounded by another 300 small islands. The archipelago is dominated by glaciers, with rain, snow and snow being over 300 days a year. Most people who live there are French researchers.
5. Siwa Oasis, Egypt Because the Siwa Oasis is so isolated, lying amid a desert area in the Sahara, Egypt, Oasis residents have preserved the Siwi culture and language. It is not an ordinary tourist destination, the trip to Cairo has a five-hour bus ride, but the courageous boaters can enjoy baths in Cleopatra’s thermal waters, natural olive trees and “accommodation” in the famous eco desert from sludge and salt.
6. Changtang, Tibet Known as the “roof of the world,” Chang Tang is part of Tibet Plateau, one of Asia’s longest mountain ranges, over 3,000 kilometers. This chain includes mountain peaks between 6000 and 7000 meters altitude and valleys that exceed 5000 meters. Chang Tang is inhabited by Tibetan nomads on the pastures of the southern Kunlun mountain, called Gangpa. The fauna is represented by Tibetan antelope (Shirou), wild yak, wild donkeys, bears and wolves. The Hoh Xil Natural Park, which incorporates much of Kunlun Mountain and northern Chang Tang, was created to protect this fauna. It is accessible from Leh Airport or you can get there by car, driving from Manali or Srinagar.
7. Villa Las Estrellas / Star City It is a destination in Antarctica that resembles any other town, having a church, a gym, a public school and souvenir shops, but it is one of the two cities inhabited all over the continent. The rest of the uninhabited areas are research centers populated by scientists. To get to Antarctica, you have to travel two days by boat from Ushuaia, Argentina, crossing the Drake Passage of the Antarctic Circle.
8. Bantam, Cocos Island With a population of only 600, Cocos Islands has retained its traditional language, but also ancient religious practices. In order to get in touch with local customs, visitors can surf, diving and watch wild birds from the true tropical paradise. You can get there by plane from Perth, and flights take place twice a week.
9. Palmerston, Cook Islands All inhabitants of this island are descendants of the Englishman William Masters, who arrived in that place in 1863 and had four wives and 17 children. Shipping vessels reach this destination only a few times a year, there are only two public phones, and internet access is only four hours a day. The island is two days away from Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands, and an eight-day trip by Tahiti.