As the human population continues to grow, it seems there are people now living life in every corner of the globe. It seems like overcrowding is becoming a real issue, and it is. However, there are some places that have little to no people inhabiting them at all. Not to say these places haven’t been discovered yet, because obviously they have, it’s just they don’t fit the right criteria for people to live on them.
Many of these places include islands, that are too far from civilization to travel to. These islands often are home to people who are from the same bloodline, therefore only a few people actually live on these islands. Other places present climates that are too harsh for the average human being to withstand.
That’s not to say some people don’t live in these climates. These people have been well adjusted to survive these climates, and have been doing it most of their lives. It’s unlikely if you’re not a people person you’ll just pack your bags, and move to one of these places, and after reading this you’ll want to settle with annoying people over life threatening conditions.
15. The Small Glacier Town of La Rinconada, Peru
This small town of Peru is automatically working at a large disadvantage, due to it being located at the base of a glacier, that is three miles above sea level. The town holds the record for being the highest permanent settlement in the world. There are only about 50,000 people living in the town, which sounds like a lot, but given its size, it might as well be abandoned.
This town is similar to the wild west in that there are no laws, police, and even their plumbing isn’t operable. Their main services, such as restaurants, and stores aren’t heated making it hard for people to work in them, especially given the average temperature is around freezing. The main source of income is a local gold mine, but it’s not regulated, therefore very dangerous. All of these factors have drawn everybody away from the town, making it very isolated.
14. The Strange Rules at Longyearbyen, Norway
Longyearbyen is one of the largest northernmost settlements, and only has a population of a little over a thousand. These thousand or so residents also have sworn to follow strange rules, like it being illegal to bury the dead here. Their reasoning is, due to the permafrost that is on the ground, it will preserve the bodies too well, and end up taking up too much precious space.
Another strange rule is no one is allowed to be homeless, or more so it’s against the law. Everyone must have a legitimate residence, and street address. Another interesting rule/law residents have to follow, is to make sure to carry a weapon if ever venturing out of town. This is due to bear attacks being frequent, keeping the local police too busy. These strange rules are why most sane people can’t live here.
13. The Wind Blows in Adak, Alaska
This small Alaskan town has the strange slogan of “where the winds blow and friendships grow”. This was most likely put in place, to help sell the town to people looking to move in, however it failed. At least they didn’t lie about the wind blowing, because it really does. Wind gusts get up to about 120 miles per hour. The reason the town is even still on the map is because it once belonged to a US naval base.
The base held around 6,000 soldiers, and now the town houses about two hundred residents. Surprisingly the town of Adak has a lot to do in it, and is quite the tourist spot. That is if the wind doesn’t blow them away first. They have several hiking trails, and even have caribou hunting ranges.
12. Supai Village the Indian Preservation
Supai Village is located in Arizona, and is one of the few remaining Indian reservations in America. The population only reaches numbers of a little over two hundred. The reservation is very hard to get to, unless you’re dedicated, or have a lot of money. Basically there are no roads, and the only way to access the reservation is by an 8 mile hike, or a helicopter trip.
The village is located near the Grand Canyon, but isn’t part of the national park, due to its borders being too far away. Mail, and other trades are delivered by mule, and anyone who is visiting (usually tourists) are warned of flash floods that often occur to the reservation. This may be a scare tactic, but it’s worth noting the Colorado River is nearby…
11. The Diamond Shaped Island, Palmerston Island
This small island is made up of even tinier islands, that take shape of a bigger diamond shaped island. The collection of islands is located in the Pacific Ocean. The island is formed over an old volcano, and the island’s highest point isn’t even 10 feet from sea level. The island doesn’t get too many tourists, as the height of the island from the sea is too shallow to allow planes to land.
Therefore most travel to the island is done by boat. Shipments of food, and other supplies only makes it to the island a few times during a year. There are only 62 people living on the island, and it’s said that all 62 people were born on the island, and raised there. They’re all descendants of the man who discovered the island.
10. The Extreme Conditions of Villa Las Estrellas
This small village located in Chile, is used more for a research center, than a place people call home. The island houses only 200 people, and is located almost 70 miles off the coast of Antartica. The village is apparently home to one of the world’s most interesting experiments, and that experiment is staring us right in the face.
They’re experimenting how families can live when so isolated, whilst seeing how people live day to day lives at the bottom of the Earth. The harsh climate that these people face on a day to day basis, has become the norm for them. These families must walk through painful storms, surviving off of only a few hours of daytime, and the children have to make daring walks to school everyday…
9. The Amundsen Scott South Pole Station
It’s said that there is just one full day, and one full night at the south pole. The sun shows itself for six months, then leaves for the rest of the year. Due to this temperatures can reach lows of negative 90 degrees. The South Pole is indeed one of the coldest places on Earth.
The South Pole itself doesn’t have anyone living on it, because who would. However, there is the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station, which houses American researchers that reach up to 200 people. They don’t technically live there, but they work there so that counts. Whatever the case, they have to deal with the freezing temperatures, that no one else in the world wants to.
8. The Roof of the World
Changtang in Tibet, is known as the roof of the world. It’s home on a high plateau that reaches two and a half miles above sea level. That’s not even accounting for the town, which reaches four miles above sea level. The climate here is as expected… cold. Due to its climate you’d think wildlife would be scarce, but it’s actually plentiful.
The wildlife there includes yaks, bears, snow leopards to name a few. Changtang also serves as the second largest nature reserve in the world. A group of people known as the Changpa live here, and there are about a few hundred thousand of them. Likely due to the climate they don’t see that number increasing too often.
7. The Coldest Place on Earth
Oymyakon, Russia is known as the coldest place on Earth. The lowest it has ever gotten was -90 degrees, and it reached that in the 1930’s. The small town is located only a few hundred miles from the Arctic Circle, and it houses about 500 people who aren’t bothered by the cold apparently.
It’s said that here nighttime lasts 21 hours of the day, and during the summer the sun shines brightly for all but three hours. The town is so isolated that it’s a two day drive to the nearest next settlement, and don’t even consider planes as an option, because it’s too cold for them to land during the winter. It’s amazing anyone is able to survive here, much less live here.
6. The Frozen Lands of Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
A tiny remote settlement located in Ittorqqortoormiit, Greenland is home to around 450 people. The settlement is located inside Greenland’s national park, the largest in the world. It’s said that the small town, and its surroundings stay frozen for nine months of the year. The area is said to house ferocious wildlife, like polar bears, and humpback whales, in its waters.
A couple dozen brightly colored houses surround the small settlement, and there isn’t much to do here. There is one attraction, and it’s a small bar. There is an airport, but it’s only accessible if you take a helicopter, or boat. Not many people incoming, it’s used mostly for people outgoing, because nobody wants to visit this place…
5. Desolation Islands
The Keregulan Islands are located over 2,000 miles away from the closest civilization. The islands have coined the name Desolation Islands due to their harsh climates, and absolute isolated location on the map. The largest of the islands, Grand Terre is made up of three hundred smaller islands.
The total population of Desolation islands varies, but NASA has stated that anyone living on the island is there for research purposes. It’s likely the climates are too harsh for anyone to live there, however from pictures the island looks beautiful in the right weather. The island isn’t known to offer tours, but pull the right strings, and you could end up visiting the Desolation Islands!
4. The Largest Uninhabited Island in the World
Devon Island, located in the Canadian territory, has been known to be called the largest uninhabited island in the world. The ground on this island is so cold, and rocky, that many scientists have used it as tests for the type of ground Mars has. Many of NASA’s famed employees have tested new technologies, on this harsh terrain in order to prepare it for the even harsher Mars.
Everything from robots, to space suits, and related gear have been tested here. Hear that filmmakers? If you want to film practically, and don’t want to fly to space, travel to Devon Island! There are no inhabitants living on Devon Island, and the closest civilization is 50 miles away.
3. The Infamous Easter Island
Probably the most known island on this list, due to its interesting architecture known as the Easter Island Head, the Easter Island is located 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile. Easter Island is probably the most isolated island in terms of distance from civilization. The statues located on the island are referred to as moai, and there are over 800 of them present on the island.
The island only houses 6,000 residents, not including the statues of course. The statues are said to have been carved by the original residents of the island, who lived there thousands of years ago. While the island is accessible, it’s very out of the way, and likely not worth the trip just to see a few statue heads…
2. The Volcanic Islands of Pitcairn
Four volcanic Islands make up the region known as the Pitcairn Islands. Even though there are four islands in total, only one is inhabited by humans. On this one island only fifty people live in complete isolation from the rest of the world. Most descended from the same person, and it seems to be only the bloodline is able to live on the island. Sounds like some sort of strange cult.
The islands population decreased dramatically in the past decade due to some controversy surrounding their practices. The issues became so bad, after several residents, including the mayor were imprisoned for sexual misconduct, that the government attempted to give the land away to anyone who wanted it, but no one did…
1. The Most Remote Island
This small island located in the south Atlantic ocean, is known to be the most remote place to be inhabited by humans. There are only about 270 people on the island, with that number staying steady for some time. There is no airport leading to the island of Tristan Da Cunha, making it hard for tourists to visit.
The island is very small, and only reaches 38 miles across many different small islands. The closest civilization is South Africa, and to get from there to Tristan Da Cunha would take three weeks. In wake of people not being able to travel there to tour it, the island has created a virtual tour video to help those pesky tourists fulfill their curiosity!
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