It’s getting difficult to escape our so called modern society. As it was so simply pointed out in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the world is getting smaller and the blurry dots on the map are becoming clear as day. But that’s not necessarily a good thing, as more and more animal and tree species go extinct due to an intense process of urbanization. So, this may be the last time you may visit 20 of the most exquisite and untouched territories on planet Earth.
20. Arctic Pole of Inaccessibility
Further than most of us would like to travel, the Arctic (North) Pole of Inaccessibility is not on land; this is the northernmost mass of Arctic ice. This means that due to constant shifting of the ice shelf no permanent structures can be erected there – thank God! They’re still debating whether or not anyone has actually ever reached it on foot by crossing the ice. Let them debate!
19. Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
2,123,562 square miles of dense jungle and savage beauty. The Amazon Rainforest Basin sprawls across parts of 9 separate nations, and is comprised out of about 390 billion trees which provide coverage and the necessary ecosystem for numerous species to survive in. But, as life goes, nothing can be done without help: Half of the nutrients the soil of the Amazon needs to maintain it’s lush growth comes each year as 50 tons of dust, blown over the Atlantic from the Sahara. Interesting!
18. Supai, Arizona
The most remote community in the United States, one over-developed society, is the one formed by the 208 residents of Supai, Arizona. Here, mail still travels by mule, so you might get a chance to spot Clint Eastwood chewing on his cigar. Who knows?
17. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
One of the most remote towns in the already-remote Greenland is Ittoqqortoormiit. Aside from its difficult and strange name, this town has a population of 452. People here survive due to a long-standing tradition of whale and polar bear hunting, and I guess this spectacular view is worth that tough way of life.
16. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
At the southernmost point of the world you will find the Amundsen-Scott research station, where somewhere between 50 and 200 researchers live at any given time. It is located on shifting ice at the Earth’s axis, thus you may experience one 6 month long “day”, and temperatures of -15 degrees, as well as one 6 month long “night” and -100 degrees temperatures. Are you ready?
15. Foula, Scotland
One of the most remote of Great Britain’s inhabited islands, Foula seems to have been inhabited for over 5000 years, although it’s current population is about 38 people. This seems like a good place to settle down and enjoy some piece and quite, while relying only on the sweat and hard work you put in every day.
14. McMurdo Station, Antarctica
This is supposed to be the largest community in all of Antarctica, as well as the cornerstone of the United States Antarctic Research Program. McMurdo is the last stop before the final push to the South Pole, as well as home to 113 scientists and some support staff. I dare you to jogg her in the morning!
13. Oymyakon, Siberia
I’m guessing this is where Santa Clause trains his rain-deers throughout the year. Closely located to the North Pole, Oymyakon maintains a small population due to one simple fact: this is one of the coldest inhabited places in the world. The ground is permanently frozen, which is odd since it can get as warm as 81 degrees in the summer.
12. Svalbard, Norway
Svalbard stands as the halfway point between Norway and the North Pole. 5 types of terrestrial mammals live here: Svalbard reindeer, polar bears, the arctic fox, the accidentally introduced southern vole, and humans. Obviously, a majority of its population a multi-racial mix of researchers, coal miners, and people working in the tourism sector; however, Svalbard is considered one of the safest places on Earth, since almost no crimes are reported during the year. There is sometying to be learned here!
11. St. Kilda, Scotland
St. Kilda has had a standing population of up to 180 residents for over 2000 years, and if that’s not a hint I’m guessing that the fact that people haven’t lived here since 1930 will prove how historically isolated St. Kilda has been. Legends say that people here would communicate with the rest of the world one of two ways: by climbing to the highest point on the island and lighting a bonfire, or by placing messages into tiny carved boats and sending them out to sea. I’m wondering why would anyone need to communicate with the outside world?
10. Bouvet Island, Norway
This is the singular most remote island in the world, and that’s believable by the desolated sights in this picture. The Norweigan Bouvet Island is completely uninhabited, although the first successful mission to summit the highest point on the island took place in 2012,. No one had the idea of moving out here just yet, although there us a time capsule meant to be retrieved in 2062.
9. South Keeling Islands, Australia
Known as the Cocos islands, only 2 of the 24 of the South Keeling islets are inhabited totaling 600 people. The islands are located between Australia and Sri Lanka, and although virtually unknown, they have served a historically tactical function due to their proximity to the Indian Ocean and South China shipping routes during both World Wars.
8. Macquarie Island, Australia
Somewhere between New Zealand and Australia lies the Macquarie Island. Home to two key things: between 20-40 people, and the entire Royal Penguin population during nesting season, this is one unique location to take a trip to. Imagine that, all of the Royal Penguins on Earth in one place. That could get messy ad loud.
7. Rapa Iti, French Polynesia
The Rapa Iti island is home to 497 people and several migratory bird species, which is has been marked as an IBA (Important Bird Area). Its territory includes a small handful of largely uninhabited islands, and 4 large volcanic rocks, while its simple beauty will impress anyone.
6. Motuo, Tibet
On an average, one person per square mile lives on the farmland of Motuo county, although its pleasant climate giving life to over 3,000 distinct species of plants. This is the last county in all of China without road access, although Metuo gained a highway in 2010; so, hurry since it’s only a matter of time before buildings start popping out of nowhere.
5. Cape York Peninsula, Australia
The Cape York Peninsula is a remote peninsula marking the very northern tip of Queensland. It still remains the home of many aboriginal communities, despite the infertility of the soil in the region. However, the area is seeing an influx of tourists although development there is strictly controlled. So, we’ll just have to wait and see if people appreciate this land or destroy it carelessly.
4. Koryak Okrug, Russia
116,400 square miles make up what is Koryak Okrug; it houses the smallest population of all of the Federal subjects of Russia. And since people seem to be constantly moving away from Koryak Okrug. it may become one of the largest abandoned areas in the next few decades. That’s god news, actually.
3. Peter I Island, Antarctica
Oddly enough, this is a volcanic island located 280 miles out from Antarctica, and it is completely uninhabited; the pack ice and glacial cover make it all-but-inaccessible. The majority of life consists of seals and seabirds, so if you were looking for a quite place, this might be it.
2. Changtang, Tibet
Changtang represents a large part of the Tibetan Plateau, as well as home to almost exclusively nomadic peoples, who are joined by livestock as they roam through the harsh climate which doesn’t allow for permanent farms to be established. Furthermore, this is where you will find the world’s highest inhabited village, Karzok, on the bank of the Tsomoriri lake.
1. Siberian Taiga
The Siberian Taiga, or forest, is an eco-region in the largest biome in the world. It covers over 1,505,700 square miles and features a wide diversity of life, with over 2,300 species of plants alone thriving here despite harsh growth conditions. This might be also the perfect place to hide when things get nasty.