Many people like to relax in big and noisy cities, but there are also those who would prefer to escape somewhere far away from crowds and bustle. For example, in one of these extremely remote and extraordinarily beautiful places.
Namtso Lake: Tibetan Highlands
The Tibetan plateau is often called the “roof of the world”, and here is one of the most remote places in the world. To get to the nearest city with a population of 50,000 people or more, you need to go three weeks: one day by car and another 20 days by foot. But breathtaking views are worth such a trek.
Lake Namtso lies at an altitude of about 4,700 meters off the northern slopes of the Nyancentanglha Ridge. There are several small uninhabited islands on it. The pilgrims came here at the end of winter on the ice and stayed in the hermitage until the next winter, returning when the lake once again chained the ice. Now this practice is banned by the Chinese authorities.
Socotra – Islands in the Arabian Sea
Socotra is an archipelago of four islands and an offshore territory of Yemen. It is located in the Arabian Sea, 241 kilometers east of the Horn of Africa. The archipelago consists of three inhabited islands and the uninhabited island of Darsa.
On the island of Socotra, there are about 40 thousand people. There are two roads, but there is no public transport.
The fauna and flora of Socotra are unique, it is even called a botanical paradise. More than a third of local plant species are nowhere to be found, so in 2008 this place was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Oymyakon: the cold
If you ever find yourself in the Oymyakonsky ulus of the Republic of Sakha, check Oymyakon. The village lies on the left bank of the Indigirka River, about 30 kilometers north-west of the village of Tomtor, and is known as one of the “Pole of Cold” on the planet.
The population of Oymyakon is about 500 people. This village is not only one of the most remote, but also one of the coldest places on the planet. The temperature in winter falls to -50 ° C and below. Of course, permafrost reigns, but it’s quiet.
Supai: in the outback of Arizona
Red rocks, waterfalls and a population of several hundred people. It’s hard to imagine, but in the center of the Grand Canyon, where tourists are flocking and where Pepsi’s commercials are being filmed, there is Supai, an isolated center of the Havasupai Indian reservation.
The US Department of Agriculture named Supai the “most distant community” of the contiguous states. It can be reached by mules, other ungulates or by helicopter. Mail? It is also delivered by mules.
Tristan da Cunha: Solitary Islands
Tristan da Cunha is an archipelago in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the overseas territory of Great Britain, St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. This is one of the most remote from the mainland populated places on Earth. The nearest continental point is the coast of South Africa, about two and a half thousand kilometers away. The main island of Tristan da Cunha is home to less than 300 people.
Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole
The Antarctic station Amundsen-Scott is located at the southernmost point of the Earth. This research center was built in 1956, but has since been rebuilt, since any structure at the South Pole is covered with snow. In summer the station population is more than 200 people. When planning a trip in this direction, it is necessary to study the features of the edges. In the cold season, the conditions are quite severe: several months of the Antarctic night, storm winds and a drop in temperature to -70 ° C.
Kerguelen Islands: Into the Wind
The Kerguelen Archipelago lies in the southern part of the Indian Ocean and consists of one large island (Grande Terre, Desolation Island or Irritation) and about 300 small ones. The northernmost point is located 3396 km from Madagascar.
There are no strong frosts, no high heat, but winds reach speeds of 150 and even 200 km/h. And the rolling waves surge to a height of up to 15 meters.
Easter Island: Beyond the Big Heads
Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands of the planet. The nearest inhabited islands in the west (the island of Pitcairn) are 2,075 kilometers, and to the coast of the nearest mainland in the east (South America) is 3,514 kilometers. This remoteness helped to save nearly 900 giant stone statues (moai) from the devastating attention of tourists.
But remoteness does not mean that there is no bright local culture here. On the island of Easter (or Rapanui) there are about 5000 people and interesting legends.
Ittoqqortoormiit: Coastal Living
In the east of Greenland, where the rocky land meets a sinister sea, there are rows of brightly colored houses. This Ittoqqortoormiit, the most remote city in Greenland. The Eskimo name means “Big House”.
There live less than 500 people, which is not surprising, given the weather conditions (mainly significant frosts). In Ittoqqortoormiit can be reached only by plane (twice a week from Constable Pint, Iceland), then by helicopter or boat – a few months a year.
The islands of Pitcairn (Henderson, Dyusi, Sandy, Oeno and Pitcairn) are the overseas territory of Great Britain in the Pacific Ocean. It is the least populated territory in the world, the number of inhabitants is 49 people (for 2014). The total area of these small volcanic islands is 46.5 square kilometers. Only the island of Pitcairn is populated.
Pitcairn is known for its much rugged coastline. You can get to it only by boat, and the best time to visit is July and August. These are the driest months. The population is mostly the descendants of the rebels from the Bounty ship.
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