Isolated, lonely, remote and hard to get to – such destinations have always tempted travelers with their beauty, magic and inaccessibility. Infinite steppes of Siberia or eternal glaciers of Greenland, though majestic looking, become less seductive when you picture living there permanently.
Siberia, the land of endless steppes, is one on the last unspoiled tourist destinations in Asia. Geographically it is bounded to the west by the Ural Mountains and to the east by the Pacific and Arctic drainage basins. Its northern border is the Arctic Ocean and it extends to Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China in the south.
Although it makes up about 77% of Russia’s territory, it accounts for only 25% of Russia’s population. There are about 36 million people living in on an area of 13.1 million sq km (5.1 million square miles), so its population density is really low.
4. The Pitcairn Islands.
Lost in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, the Pitcairn Islands are four volcanic sisters named Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno. They are located about midway between Peru and New Zealand and the nearest (30 hours by boat) island where people can be found is Mangareva in French Polynesia. There are 48 people living permanently on Pitcairn, while the other three islands are uninhabited. According to Lonely Planet it is one of the remotest places on earth.
3. Tierra del Fuego
The remoteness of Tierra del Fuego is fascinating. This beautiful archipelago shared by Argentina and Chile sits on the tip of the South American continent. Ushuaia, the archipelago’s biggest city, holds the title of the World’s Most Southerly City. The subpolar oceanic climate in the region, with long winters and short chilly summers is pretty unfriendly, but there are always some travelers around eager to reach the end of the world.
Greenland is the world’s largest and truly far-away island, situated between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic. Around 80% of its territory is covered with ice, so the little space left for people is inhabited by only 57,600 people – the island has the world’s lowest population. The dramatic beauty and breathtaking alien-looking landscape of eternal glaciers make Greenland a totally unique, though a bit lonely destination.
1. Tristan da Cunha.
Last but not least, Tristan da Cunha is the most tucked away and isolated inhabited archipelago in the world. The group of volcanic islands (Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale Islands, Inaccessible Island and Gough Island) is situated 2,816 kilometers (1,750 mi) from South Africa, and 3,360 kilometers (2,090 mi) from South America. Tristan da Cunha, which is the only inhabited island of the archipelago, has no airport, so it can be reached only by boat. The little
society on the island comprises 271 people who live mainly in the Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the island’s main settlement.
In the long run loneliness can be heartbreaking, but a day or two of complete isolation in those places must be a lifetime experience. What do you say?