When most of us start thinking about remote cities around the world, the top places that come to mind are Antarctica, Iceland or Greenland. The planet is made up of 70% of water, but the rest of it includes seven continents that are all unique in their own ways. If you live in Western Canada, you have heard of the badlands in Alberta, and if you call the United States your home, Arizona is another place known for its isolated spots.
This winter, I remember watching a trailer for the movie The Forest about a woman searching for her sister in Japan. After reading more into Mount Fuji, I discovered that in this part of the country, people reportedly go in and never come out. While this may sound very far-fetched, I was surprised to find out that there are places around planet Earth where very few people live or only a handful of visitors per year travel to because of how isolated and remote these locations are.
If you live in a major city like New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Shanghai or Mexico City, take a seat. After reading this article, you will be surprised at some of the living conditions people are willing to live in for a piece of the isolation pie. Whether the residents of these cities stay because of its beauty, the lack of population or they are simply in love with their city, it will make you look at life in a big city like you never have before.
15 Svalbard Archipelago, Norway
14 Madagascar, Africa
13 Sandhills, Nebraska
12 Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Iqaluit has the lowest population of people in the country of Canada. It contains a suburb, Apex, where most of the Inuit people live with one elementary school, a church, store and a design shop.
11 Iquitos, Peru
Peru is a country rich in culture, making it a hotspot for tourists from around the world to visit every year. Yet one city that probably will not be making your travel lists is the city of Iquitos. It is surrounded by rainforest and cannot be reached by airplane or a boat. The price of food and necessities are more expensive here because of how difficult it is the get into the town.
10 Yakutsk, Russia
9 Nuuk, Greenland
8 Socotra, Yemen
7 Medog, China
Medog is a beautiful city with over 10,000 residents that are surrounded by high mountains. Without a road that provides access to China it can be very difficult to get a break from this isolated city. The road that is available in town is only open 8 months during the year because of heavy snowfall and mudslides. One of the downsides to living in Medog is the lack of education and medical care.
6 Easter Island, Chile
5 Perth, Australia
Perth is quadruple the geographical size of Texas and after a few days of driving in the same city, you can make it to its neighbor city called Adelaide. It is also known for having the most automobile ownerships in the world. On the outskirts of the urban area of Perth are a dry, hot and a deserted stretch of land.
4 Deception Island, Antarctica
3 Pitcairn Island, South Pacific
2 Cocos Islands, Australia
1 Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan Da Cunha
The only way to get to this place is by a 6 hour boat ride from South Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. The people of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas are made up of seven families from The Netherlands, Scotland, England, Italy and the United States. In a C shape, the other islands that are uninhabited and are named Nightingale, Middle Island and Stoltenhoff, Gough and Inaccessible islands. Although the island is considered small in distance, it is very difficult to walk around it by foot because the terrain is rugged and steep. One of the best parts of visiting this place is a Visa is not required. Get your sandals and hiking shoes ready! This is one island where you can enjoy fishing excursions and perfect grass for golf climbing.
Sources: theguardian.com, wikipedia.org, worldatlas.com
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