Here Are the 7 Most Isolated Places On Earth

July 3rd, 2023

By Aswirbaad Das, Govind Kolady

Visiting touristy places is one thing, but visiting places far from the hustle and bustle of modern-day civilisations would be an entirely different endeavour! Let us discover 7 of these amazing, isolated places in the world.

This exotic-sounding place is tucked between Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest in the world, and Scoresby Sound, the largest fiord on Earth. Among the best places to see the Northern Lights, this settlement has around 450 residents living in rainbow-hued houses.

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

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This remote Russian town is known as the coldest inhabited place on Earth. Its 500 residents live in darkness for 21 hours a day, with an average temperature of -50 degrees Celcius. In fact, it is located closer to the Arctic Circle than to the nearest major city—Yakutsk, 927 Kilometres away!

Oymyakon, Russia

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The volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha, 2,816 Kilometres off Cape Town, South Africa, is the most remote point on Earth inhabited by humans. This 98.4-square-Kilometre stretch of land with Edinburgh of the Seven Seas as the main settlement has around 250 residents, using only nine surnames!

Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean

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Due to being more than 3,219 Kilometres away from civilisation, these islands in the southern Indian Ocean are also known as the ‘Desolation Islands’! Only a handful of people, including scientists, reside here, and a ship that travels only four times a year is the only way to reach this place.

Kerguelen Islands, Southern Indian Ocean

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is technically a part of Chile, even though it rests about 3,540 Kilometres off the coast. It is famous for having around 1000 monolithic statues, called moai, which were carved out of volcanic rocks by indigenous Rapa Nui people between 1400–1650 A.D.

Easter Islands, Chile

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The ‘Roof of the World’, Chang Tang, is one of the highest places on Earth, with altitudes above 6,437 Kilometers. A few hundred thousand nomads called Changpa share this 1,593 Kilometre stretch of isolated land with snow leopards, wild yaks, brown bears  and others.

Changtang, Tibet

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The northernmost town in the world, Longyearbyen, is located 1,046 Kilometres south of the North Pole. This place is so cold that it's illegal to be buried there because bodies won't decompose in the frozen ground! Instead, they have to be flown to the mainland for burial.

Longyearbyen, Norway

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