The adventurous and curious nature of humankind makes us want to discover every part of the Earth. Despite how interconnected the world is today with airplane and technological advancements, there are still several remote towns on the Earth that rarely get visitors. If you’re after being the envy of your peers, consider visiting one of these 5 remote towns that people rarely visit.
5. SGang Gwaay, Canada
In 1991, SGang Gwaay became a UNESCO world heritage site. Located in Haida Gwaii, Canada, SGang Gwaay was occupied by the Haida Indigenous people until the end of the 19th century. The tiny island’s main settlement has mortuary cedar poles lining its beaches. Accessing the village requires a 6 hour ferry ride to Haida Gwaii from Prince Rupert, which is a 2 day drive from Vancouver. You require a permit to access the village.
4. Svalbard, Norway
Svalbard is located in Norway and is a paradise for people who enjoy isolation and a cold climate. The close locality to the northern pole means some months of the year will be in complete daylight, whilst other months will be in complete darkness. The town has a population of around 2,700 people and can be accessed by airplane from Oslo airport. Svalbard has a permafrost layer protecting it and is home to a Global Seed Vault, featuring over 720,000 seeds from over 4,000 species of plants. Some delicacies of the town include akevitt meatballs and kjottboller alcoholic spirit.
3. Medog County, Tibet
The Medgog county is located within the mountains of Tibet. There are several native plants and scarce animals in the county. As one of China’s smallest counties, Medog hosts around 12,000 residents, of which the majority are farmers. Up until 2010, the only access route to the county was over a suspension bridge. The Chinese Government made several unsuccessful attempts at building a suitable access road. It was only in 2010 that a path was created on a mountain, linking the county. In 2013, another road suitable for all weather conditions was completed.
2. Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean
This town is reputed to be the planet’s most remote inhabited location. The island is around 1,700 miles from any other civilisation. Only about 270 people live on the island. Most families are English descendants from the nineteenth century. Located in the South Atlantic Ocean, Tristan da Cunha is situated approximately 2,000 miles from the coast of South America and 1,700 miles from the South African coastline. The island has no airstrip and can only be accessed by boat, if you’re keen!
1. McMurdo Stations, Antarctica
Antarctica, a scientists playground where no nation has the permission to extract resources, build settlements or claim ownership of anything! During summer, an airstrip can be used to access the station. About 1,000 people live and work at the station, however they are all forced to leave just before the start of winter.