Tuesday, February 16, 2016

10 Of The Most Remote Places on Earth

China, Changbai Mountain, Winter  I spent three years living on a small remote island about a mile from the international dateline and 2.5 miles from a Russian possession.  The only real way to get to the island was to take a once a week helicopter if it was running and if the weather was good.  You could take a boat but that wasn't the usual way especially once it got cold and ice began forming.

Once the ocean between the two islands (one belonged to Russia and the other to the US) froze to about 2 feet deep, we got regular flights most days, weather permitting.  When the plane landed, you deplaned and walked about 1/2 a mile with luggage to the village.

I started wondering about some of the remotest places on earth.  They had to be harder to get to and might be accessible certain times of the year.  So I went looking and found some interesting places.

1.  Tristan De Cunha - Its about halfway between South America and Africa with a population of around 300 people.  It takes a 7 day boat ride to get there.

2.  Motuo Tibet - This place is the last place accessible by a road. shortly after the road was built, it couldn't be used due to mudslides, rock slides, etc.  People who want to visit must hike for four days to get there.

3. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland is on the eastern coast of Greenland and can only be gotten to by helicopter from the airport.  This is a booming town of about 450 people with one grocery store.

4. McMurdo Station, Antarctica.  The only way to get to this place is by a military transport and you have to employed there.

5.  Easter Island is part of Chile and to get there you must travel from Chile by plane.

6. Kerguelen Islands are also known as the Desolation Islands and are found in the Indian Ocean.  These islands host 50 to 100 scientists but no other residence.  A ship stops through every 4 months.

7. Pitcairn Islands is a territory of the United Kingdom and has only 50 regular inhabitants.

8.  La Rinconada, Peru is the highest city in the world.  The only way to get to it is via treacherous winding roads and often takes many days to get there.

9.  Alert, Nunavut, Canada is a thriving city of 5 year round inhabitants.  It is located on the northern most part of the Nunavut territory.  It does have an airport but weather is such that it is hard to get in and out of.

10. Cape York Peninsula, Australia which can be reached by road as long as the road is not flooded or grown over.  There are still parts of the peninsula that have been surveyed by helicopter and are not inhabited.

Wow.  Some of these places are quite remote and hard to get to.  Think about how hard it would be to get to these places if there was a medical emergency.


  1. Hi Lee,
    What an interesting life you've led for the last 3 years. I learned more about you from reading your post. Thanks for bringing it to Bloggers Pit Stop.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

    1. I've lived a lot of places with so many stories. Everyone has their own story to tell even if they've never left the town they were born in.