1. Tristan da CunhaLet's start with the most remotely inhabited island on our planet! Tristan da Cunha is over 2,000 miles away from the shores of South America and 1,700 miles away from the nearest coast, which is in South Africa. With a population less than 300, it has no restaurants, hotels or airport and is only reachable by a 7-day boat ride. This island is said to be passed over by a total solar eclipse on December 5th, 2048 AD!
Tending towards the 21st century, Tristan da Cunha faced severe damages such as the 2001 extratropical cyclone, the fire that broke out in 2008 and the massive oil spill that threatened the penguins of Nightingale Island in 2011 which were sent to Tristan da Cunha for recovery.
2. Motuo, TibetMotuo region is one of the most isolated areas in the world. Hidden in Tibet, the region was inaccessible by road until recently, and the communities were wholly cut off from its neighbours. The locals mainly depend on farming paddy, soybean, cotton and gingelly. The only way to reach Motuo is to trek a frozen overland for four days, pass by many tiny community settlements for breaks, and cross a suspension bridge to reach the untouched Tibetan region filled with lush greenery.
3. Easter IslandAlso known as Rapa Nui, Easter Island got its name from a Dutch explorer who found the island on Easter Sunday. Located approximately 3218 km off the Chilean coast, the island has a population of a mere 4000 with the majority of aboriginal descendants of the Rapa Nui people. Over 900 iconic statues (huge elongated stones with heads carved on the top of them) stands along the shore of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, without even a single recorded purpose of their construction. This makes it one of the biggest mysteries of the Island and attracts people from across the world travel 3701 km from Chile to make it to the Eastern Island.
4. Pitcairn Island, South PacificPitcairn Island lies in the UK's territory, thousands of kilometres away from civilisation, untouched and only accessible by boat. It is a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and only 3.5 kilometres from east to west. With only 50 people living here, it is the least populated area in the world. In fact, the British government urged citizens to move here to increase the island's population. A former British colony, Pitcairn Island was one of the very first regions to extend voting rights to women! It was part of the Women's Suffrage way back in 1838!
5. McMurdo Station, AntarcticaWe all know that Antarctica is one of the most difficult places to live in the world, and everything is as remote as anything can ever get. With no original inhabitants of its own, the only visitors are either a scientist, military member or artists. McMurdo Station lies at the southern tip of Ross Island and is considered to be one of the most remotely inhabited places on earth.
Well, guess what, this freezing and below-survivable region also houses a chapel, called the "Chapel of the Snows", it is one of the 8 Antarctic churches! McMurdo Station also hosts a GOLF COURSE. Yep, a golf course, its called the Ross Island Disc Golf Course, however not many images or info is known about this course on the internet.
6. Oymyakon, SiberiaWith the lowest temperature of -69.2°C recorded for an inhabited location, Oymyakon in Siberia is known as the coldest town in the world. Around 470 people call it their home, surviving the three-hour short days and about 21 hours during the day in June.
Over the past years, Oymyakon has decreased significantly in both inhabitation and geography. The regional headcount reduced from 2500 to lesser than 900 in 2018. Although constantly frozen, this region is the coldest but permanently populated location on the planet!
7. La Rinconada, PeruLocated in the Peruvian Andes at 16,728 feet, La Rinconada is the highest town in the world. Situated in a secluded setting of barren, snow-capped mountains, this town does not see much footfall and has a mere population of around thousands. People would have to ascend slowly into the city to avoid the mountain.
La Rinconada is situated next to a gold mine, and a hike in gold prices became the reason behind the settlement's drastic population increase to over 30,000! Most of the employees here work for free all month, and on the 31st, they are allowed to take as much ore as they can carry on their shoulders, as means of remuneration! However, the possibility of gold in these ores is just mere luck.
8. Ittoqqortoormiit, GreenlandA home to seals, walrus, narwhals, polar bears, and Arctic foxes, Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most isolated lands on earth. Located in Greenland, the town of only 450 residents offers amazing dog-sledging and kayaking experiences to tourists. Discovered in 1925, the region has a few general stores and just one grocery shop.
9. Longyearbyen, NorwayLongyearbyen is the northernmost town in the world. There was a myth that it is illegal to die in this town, but the fact was that there are no options for burial. The weather is so cold that the body doesn't decompose, so terminally ill residents are flown to Oslo to spend their last days. Although the town has a 50-kilometre road stretch, there is no connection to neighbouring communities. The most convenient and accessible transport mode is via the Snowmobile. The city also hosts an annual film screening event called the Arctic Film Festival.
10. The Kerguelen Islands, The “Desolation Islands”Rocky mountains and glaciers covering most of the island with receive rain, sleet, or snow 300 days a year, Kerguelen Islands lies in the southern Indian Ocean. They are part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands and is occupied by not more than a hundred French scientist and researchers. It is only accessible by ship, only four days a year. The Grande Terre is the largest island among the Desolation Islands.
What do you think about these regions on planet Earth? Have we missed out on any place? Do these locations interest or intrigue you? Let us know in the comments below!