Top 10 Most Remote Places in the World

Top 10 Most Remote Places in the World


Thanks to modern technology and air travel,
the world is forever becoming a smaller place. Where journeys from one continent to another
once took months, they now take hours, and sometimes it seems like there is nowhere left
for a would-be adventurer to really get away from it all. Still, if you have the time, money, and know-how,
there are still some places off the map—or just barely on it—that remain shrouded in
mystery simply by virtue of being really difficult to reach. Whether mining camps at the top of the world,
or tiny islands thousands of miles from civilization, the following are the top 10 most remote places
left on planet Earth. 10. Easter Island Located some 2,000 miles west of the Chilean
Coast, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is a tiny island that has become famous for its remarkable
isolation in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. It is relatively small, measuring roughly
seventy square miles in size, and is today home to around 4,000 people. The island has become well known for the massive
rock sculptures called Moai that dot its beaches. They were carved sometime around the year
1500 by the island’s earliest inhabitants, and it has been said that the massive wood
sleds needed to transport them from one place to another are a big part of what led to the
almost total deforestation of Easter Island. Scientists have argued that the island was
once lush and tree-covered, but today it is relatively barren, a feature that only adds
to the sense of sheer isolation that is said to overtake most first-time visitors. When the first settlers migrated to the island,
the journey took several weeks, but today there is a small airport (reportedly the most
remote in all the world) that carries passengers to the island by way of Santiago, Chile. 9. La Rinconada, Peru For sheer inaccessibility, few locations in
South America compare to La Rinconada, a small mining town in the Peruvian Andes. Located nearly 17,000 feet above sea level,
La Rinconada is considered the “highest” city in the world, and it is this stunning
geography that makes it so desolate. The city is located on a permanently frozen
glacier, and can only be reached by truck via treacherous and winding mountain roads. Just reaching the city takes days, and even
then altitude sickness, combined with the shantytown’s deplorable condition, means
that few people can handle living there for long. Still, the town is said to have as many as
30,000 inhabitants, almost all of whom are involved in the business of mining gold, which
is extracted from beneath the ice inside nearby caverns. In addition to its remoteness, La Rinconada
has gained a dubious reputation as a destination for poor and desperate workers, many of whom
work the mines for free in exchange for the right to keep a small percentage of the gold
ore they find. 8. McMurdo Station, Antarctica Located literally at the bottom of the world,
Antarctica is easily one of the most remote places on the face of the Earth. There are no native inhabitants to the continent,
but there are several research centers constantly in operation there, and of these McMurdo Station
is the largest. Located on Ross Island near the northern tip
of the continent, the almost perpetually frozen station is a center of international research,
and is home to as many as 1,200 scientists and workers during the warmer summer months. It’s one of the most desolate locations
on the planet, but although McMurdo is as far from a major city as any location in the
world, even it is no longer as backwater as it used to be. Trips by boat to Antarctica once took months,
sometimes even years, but McMurdo’s three airstrips have helped make the region a much
less remote destination than before. Thanks to this, the scientists at the station
now enjoy many of the modern amenities found in major cities, including gyms, television,
and even a nine-hole Frisbee golf course. 7. Cape York Peninsula, Australia Australia is known both for its extremely
low population density and untouched natural beauty, both of which are best exemplified
by Cape York, Peninsula, a huge expanse of untouched wilderness located on the country’s
northern tip. The region has a population of only 18,000
people, most of whom are part of the country’s aboriginal tribes, and it is considered to
be one of the largest undeveloped places left in the world. This helps contribute to its stunning natural
beauty, but it also makes Cape York about as difficult to reach as any destination in
Australia. The peninsula has become a popular destination
for adventurous tourists, who drive jeeps and trucks down the unpaved Peninsula Development
Road whenever it isn’t closed due to flooding during the rainy season. But even with 4-wheel drive trucks, many of
the more heavily overgrown parts of Cape York Peninsula are completely inaccessible, and
some regions have still only been surveyed by helicopter. Photo: http://www.abc.net.au 6. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland At 836,000 square miles in size, Greenland
is the world’s largest island, but its tiny population of 57,000 people means that it’s
also the most desolate. And of all the towns in Greenland, perhaps
none is as remote (or as difficult to pronounce) as Ittoqqortoormiit, a small fishing and hunting
village located on the island’s eastern shore, to the north of Iceland. The town is part of a municipal district roughly
the size of England, but it has a population of only slightly more than 500 people, meaning
that each person technically has more than 150 square miles to call their own. Residents make their living off of hunting
polar bears and whales, which are prevalent in the area, and by fishing for Halibut during
the warmer months. Ittoqqortoormiit lies on the coast, but the
seas surrounding it are almost perpetually frozen, leaving only a three-month window
when the town is easily accessible by boat. There is an airport some 25 miles away, but
flights are rare. For the most part, the town, one of the northernmost
settlements in the world, is completely isolated in the vastness of the tundra. Photo: http://dlareh.blogspot.com 5. Kerguelen Islands Also known as the “Desolation Islands”
for their sheer distance from any kind of civilization, the Kerguelen Islands are a
small archipelago located in the southern Indian Ocean. There is no airstrip on the islands, and to
get to them travelers must take a six-day boat ride from Reunion, a small island located
off the coast of Madagascar. The islands have no native population, but
like Antarctica, which lies several hundred miles south, the Kerguelens have a year-round
population of scientists and engineers from France, which claims them as a territory. The islands do have something of a storied
past, and since they were first discovered in 1772 they have been visited by a number
of different biologists and explorers, including Captain James Cook, who made a brief stop
on the archipelago in 1776. Today the island is primarily a scientific
center, but it also holds a satellite, a French missile defense system, and even serves as
a sort of refuge for a particular type of French cattle that has become endangered on
the mainland. 4. Pitcairn Island Pitcairn Island is a tiny speck of land located
nearly dead in the center of the southern Pacific Ocean. Its closest neighbors are the Gambier Islands
and Tahiti to the West, but even these are several hundred miles away. The island, which is the last remaining British
territory in the Pacific, has a standing population of some fifty people, many of whom are descended
from crewmembers of the famed HMS Bounty. In 1789, the Bounty was the setting for a
now-legendary mutiny, when crewmembers enchanted by the idyllic life of the native Pacific
islanders overthrew their commander, burned their ship in a nearby bay, and settled on
Pitcairn. Today, the descendants of those sailors mostly
make their living off of farming, fishing, and selling their extremely rare postage stamps
to collectors, but even with modern transportation they still remain one of the most isolated
communities in the world. There is no airstrip on the island, and getting
there from the mainland requires hopping a ride on a shipping boat out of New Zealand,
a journey that can take as long as ten days. 3. Alert, Nunavut, Canada Located in Canada on the tip of the Nunavut
territory, Alert is a small village that lies on the Arctic Ocean only 500 miles below the
North Pole. It is widely considered to be the northernmost
permanently inhabited place in the world (with a whopping five year-round residents), and
also one of the most inhospitable. Temperatures in Alert, which also serves as
a Canadian radio receiving facility and a weather laboratory, can get as low as 40 degrees
below zero, and because of its location at the top of the Earth, the camp alternates
between 24-hour sunlight during the summer and 24-hour darkness during the winter. The nearest town to Alert is a small fishing
village some 1,300 miles away, and you would have to travel nearly twice that distance
to reach major cities like Quebec. Because of its military function, Alert does
have an airport, but because of weather it is often unusable. In 1991, a C-130 aircraft crashed there when
its pilot misjudged his altitude and brought his plane down 19 miles short of the runway. 4 people died in the crash, and another perished
while waiting for a rescue party, which took nearly 30 hours to make the short journey
to the site because of a blizzard. 2. Motuo County, China Considered the last county in China without
a road leading to it, Motuo is a small community in the Tibetan Autonomous Region that remains
one of the few places in Asia still untouched by the modern world. Just getting to Motuo is a Herculean task,
as travelers must follow a grueling overland route through frozen parts of the Himalayas
before crossing into the county by way of a 200-meter-long suspension bridge. The county is renowned for its beauty—Buddhist
scripture regards it as Tibet’s holiest land—and it is said to be a virtual Eden
of plant life, housing one-tenth of all flora in China. Despite its stunning geography and natural
resources, Motuo still remains something of an island unto itself. Millions of dollars have been spent over the
years in trying to build a serviceable road to it, but all attempts have eventually been
abandoned because of mudslides, avalanches, and a generally volatile landscape. As the story goes, in the early 90s a makeshift
highway was built that led from the outside world into the heart of Mutuo County. It lasted for only a few days before becoming
un-passable, and was soon reclaimed by the dense forest. Source 1. Tristan da Cunha NASA Terra ASTER image of Tristan da Cunha
Island, South Atlantic OceanThe single most remote inhabited place in the world, Tristan
de Cunha is an archipelago of small islands located in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The nearest land to the island is South Africa,
which is roughly 1,700 miles away, while the South American coast lies at a distance of
about 2,000 miles. Despite its tiny size and astonishing isolation,
Tristan de Cunha has enjoyed a rich history. The island was first discovered in 1506 by
a Portuguese explorer, and was later annexed by the British, who feared the French might
use it as a point of departure to rescue Napoleon, who had been exiled to nearby St. Helena. A small group of British, Italian, and American
settlers began living on the island in the 1800s, and it is still under the U.K.’s
jurisdiction today. The islands now have a total population 271
people, most of whom are descended from those original settlers and make their living as
farmers and craft makers. Although the island now has some television
stations and access to the internet via satellite, it is still the most physically isolated location
on planet earth. The island’s rocky geography makes building
an airstrip impossible, so the only way to travel to it is by boat. It was once regularly connected to South Africa
by a British transport ship, but this vessel has since stopped calling on the island, and
outside of the occasional cargo vessel, now the only visitors to Tristan da Cunha are
deep sea fishing boats.

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100 Replies to “Top 10 Most Remote Places in the World”

  1. Located on the northern tip of Antarctica – wait, the entire coastline is the northern tip of Antarctica!

  2. Simon, how come you make an effort to pronounce a City in a Icelandic language, but when it comes to Portuguese, you completely destroy the pronunciation… Between Cunha and the explorer Magalhães you Butcher the language like Freddy Krueger on elm Street

  3. The Pribilof Islands, St Paul and St George, 350 miles West of the coast of Alaska, in the Bering Strait, should be on the list.

  4. The Greenland town's name isn't that hard to pronounce. It's pronounced "Eat-toe-kurt-tour-mitt".

  5. 2.50 Island located on the Northern tip of the continent?!!?!?!?!?!?! Think about it! there are not other place, everything on the coast is the Northern side! Hi from Oz!

  6. it's bizarre that St Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha are all part of the same territory when two of them are over 2000 miles apart.

  7. I want to go to Pitcairn so bad. I know all about it and own the rare Honey they sell. Best honey ive ever tasted!

  8. I enjoyed this video. A part of me would love to live in one of these places. I once had a pen-pal from Pitcairn Island.

  9. I would say that north sentinal island deserves to be at #1 since no one can go there without being killed.

  10. Love your shows. I do have to mention however that at time index 8:10 you mention "major cities like Quebec". Quebec is a province not a city.

    Keep up the infotaining work!

  11. Any of Simon's channels are like remote tropical islands in the primordial soup of mind rotting youtube content.

  12. Greenland is the worlds largest island?? I thought Australia was, you never stop learning new facts on this channel.

  13. A round trip flight to Easter Island from the Midwest of the United States only cost 4800 dollars with a total one way flight time of 35 hours.

  14. Anyone else want to move to some beautiful, remote place, grow all your own food and have some of your own animals for meat? Also there will be massive cannabis fields, kratom bushes, and psychoactive cacti. That'd be chill.

  15. About Cape York Australia. Yes, it's beautiful. Been there. I wouldn't want to live there tho. Big, fat crocodiles are waiting to EAT YOU.

  16. Hi Simon! You know that I am a fan and I just want to suggest that in videos like this, that you put up a pointer on the map to show us where the remote place is located. Just a small and friendly suggestion 💜💙💜💙😉

  17. Ittoqqortoormiit or Illoqqortoormiut, formerly known as Scoresbysund, is a settlement in the Sermersooq

  18. If I thought Mutuo County's isolation from the outside world were entirely a bad thing, I would ask if a funicular (cablecar) would be a pactical option.
    Then again, I don't know as I'd care to ride a cablecar up a mountainside in Tibet, especially in bad weather.

  19. As much as I enjoy Top Tenz videos in general, I find myself watching just to see if Simon says the word "contribute," placing the accent on the first syllable as he does.

  20. As a disc golfer we hate the term “frisbee golf”. However it is cool they have a course in Antarctica.

  21. sorry, but your information on easter island is outdated. Its more widely accepted that disease from contact with westerners was the main cause of the downfall of the native inhabitants, and they literally walked the statues (like you would walk a fridge) to where they wanted to place them, then they would finish carving the bottoms of the statues so they would stay upright. this was accomplished using three teams of people, each holding on to a rope tied to the head of the statue. the base of the statue was carved to a sloping shape, such that if not supported by the ropes, it would fall on its face. The center rope team kept the statue from falling forward as the left and right teams would alternate pulling, causing the statue slightly twist and fall forward in an alternating manner, as if it was walking by putting one foot in front of the other.

  22. 1:15 SO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS THAT IN THE 600 YEARS SINCE THE TREES WERE CUT DOWN TO MOVE THE STATUES THERE HASN'T BEEN ANYBODY SMART ENOUGH TO PLANT MORE TREES????

  23. That was SO funny seeing Simon "break character" to play that pronunciation clip. I played that back again and again. Basically it's never gonna stop being funny 😂

  24. So we British like remote Islands 🇬🇧 time for a population increase on all British overseas territories and the royal families realms .. like after world war 2 for British ethnic citizens .. paid by HM government and the crown ..

  25. Does anybody realize a weird abnormal shape turtle at :56 sec? Could just be me lol I've been drinking all night with explicit fun along the way lol

  26. I love how you people call Tibet a part of China. Then you call it an autonomous region of it. How about you don't suck up to the Chinese and say China's occupied Tibet. It would be factually correct. You people are supposed to be known for your facts videos, right?

  27. My Canadian friend Craig has been to Tristan de Cunha twice and North Korea once. He is fascinated by isolated areas, so he's fulfilled his dream to visit two of the most isolated places in the world.

  28. How about Deigo Garcia and the rest of the Chagos Archipelago? can't get more centered in the Indian Ocean if you tried….

  29. I'd like to see Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego. I loved this show, but they are just too remote for me!

  30. I love watching these tid bit videos not just for Simon but for the refreshing moment of being away from everyday life. As a sufferer from PTSD these videos gives me a break and educate like I'm with my father as a child learning the world. So thank you for these moments.

  31. You guys omitted so many places. Mount Wilhelm in New Guinea; isolated areas of the Sahara like Tanezrouft and Tibesti; Aleutian islands also come to mind

  32. First he said the place had a population of 5, then he said there was a plane crash there that killed 5 people. I was just thinking, "that's the entire population."

  33. Aren’t all tips of Antarctica "northern" tips? Any movement away from the South Pole is northward, after all.

  34. When my dad was in Alert, there wasnt much alchohol, and being dark 24/7 was tough. One of the guys walked by my dad and offered him a drink. My dad asked what it was, and the guy says 'Aqua Velva'. Desperate times😂

  35. Having lived in Alert for 2 years altogether, I can say that it can get a LOT colder than -40! In fact, -40 feels rather nice after the -50sC.

  36. Simon!!! We need bloopers of you losing it when you kept playing that recording of the location 😂😂😂

  37. I often forget to hit the like button, oops. However, another channel I watch started putting a quick blip, reminder to hit the like button on the top of the screen a couple of times, it works for me!

  38. As someone who lives part-time in Alert (and who took the photo of the station that you used in the video) I have to say, you REALLY need to hire a fact-checker. That was absolutely abysmal. I'm not sure you got a single thing correct about the station…

  39. I had a great Christmas on Christmas Island, a fantastic Easter on Easter Island, I’m going to the Virgin Islands next.

  40. where are the point nemo…transantarctic mountains, etc
    iidk how people think its remote if there are people that live there.

  41. I have a thing for learning new words and languages, but yeah no to that Greenland name. Dafuq. It sounds like goblin-speak. Haha.

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