There are places in the world that are as fascinating as they are remote and difficult to reach. Will the difficulties in visiting them really make them so full of charm? These are mainly distant islands but also dense forests, rugged mountainous areas, places where mass tourism has not yet arrived and which perhaps represent the last option for those seeking peace, away from everything and everyone. Let's find out what these places are.
1. Pitcairn, Pacific Ocean,(United Kingdom)
The island of Pitcairn belongs to the archipelago of the same name in the South Pacific Ocean, between Chile and New Zealand. The closest lands are Easter Island and the Tuamotou and Gambier archipelagos of French Polynesia. They belong to the United Kingdom, they are British overseas territories. Henderson, the largest island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site , the only inhabited area however is Pitcairn, where the capital Adamstown stands.
The island measures 4.6 square km in area and is inhabited by just 67 people. Pitcairn, is the island of the mutineers of the Bounty and its inhabitants are descended from the sailors of the famous vessel. After settling here and on the island of Tubai, the mutineers founded a colony in Pitcairn with some Polynesian women in 1790. Pitcairn can only be reached by sea, there are no flights that reach the archipelago. You must arrive by plane to the island of Mangareva, in the Gambier archipelago. From here a ship leaves for Pitcairn once every three months.
2. Irian Jaya, West Papua, Indonesia
Western Irian Jaya, in Oceania, located in Western New Guinea, the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea. Here there are rocky islets covered with vegetation that emerge from a wonderful turquoise sea, such as the Raja Ampat Islands, and impervious and impenetrable forests, where the primitive tribes of the Yali and Koroway live, so isolated that they have had very little contact with the outside world. Various permits from the authorities are required to explore the jungle.
3. Kerguelen Islands, Indian Ocean, France
The Kerguelen Islands are an archipelago belonging to France and are located in the southern Indian Ocean, off the coast of Antarctica. They are part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands and are a very isolated place. It is no coincidence that the main island is called 'Island of Desolation' and is very large, with an area of 6,675 square km making it the third French island after New Caledonia and Corsica.
Getting to the Kerguelen Islands is really very difficult, but travel is not impossible. You can visit here by cargo ship that rents some cabins to tourists. The ship leaves from the island of Réunion and with a 3-week crossing reaches the Kerguelen Islands. After the Island of Desolation, the ship continues to the islands of Saint Paul and Amsterdam. If you are patient, you can organise a trip to the limits of Antarctica!
4. Tristan da Cunha, St Helena (United Kingdom)
A place considered among the most remote in the world is the island of Tristan da Cunha and its archipelago, located in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is the most remote inhabited place in the world, 2,431 km away from Cape Town. The archipelago includes the main island of Tristan da Cunha, and the only inhabited area (with about 300 residents), the Inaccessible Island, a name and a program, the Nightingale Islands and Gough Island.
The archipelago of Tristan da Cunha belongs to the British overseas territory of the island of Saint Helena, 2,172 km further north in the Atlantic, the famous island where Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile. To land on the island there are no particular restrictions and no visas are required, but you must fill out an application form.
5. I ttoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Ittoqqortoormiit is the most isolated city in Greenland. With only 460 inhabitants and very few tourists attracted so far by extreme nature and sports activities such as sledding and kayaking in the ice. Ittoqqortoormiit is not like other cities. For many guests, getting to Ittoqqortoormiit is an adventure in itself, as the city is very far from any other inhabited area of Greenland.
6. Adak, Alaska
Adak is an Alaskan municipality of 269 inhabitants located on Adak Island, in the archipelago of the Aleutian Islands. Even today the only activities are hunting and fishing. In history, the Aleutian Islands were strategic during the Second World War and then during the Cold War.
7. Chatham Island, New Zealand
This archipelago south-east of New Zealand is in the Pacific Ocean about 800 kilometres east of the South Island of New Zealand and connected with rare flights from Auckland. The archipelago consists of about ten islands within an approximate 60-kilometre radius, the largest of which are Chatham Island and Pitt Island
8. Svalbard, Norway
Although in recent years it can be easily reached in about 3 hours on a flight from Oslo, until recently the situation was very different. The fact remains that geographically we speak of a very remote and inhospitable area, freezing like very few other places in the world and in total darkness for over 6 months a year. Here is the perennial human settlement closest to the Arctic Circle, therefore further north of the world and the population of white bears still exceeds that of humans.
9. Rapa Nui, Chile
Here too, the flights greatly facilitated a visit to the mythical Easter Island. It remains the most remote place in the world if we think of the closest airport on the mainland to the island. A place of boundless charm, even when flying. A place where like few others you feel like a dot in the middle of a vast ocean!
10. Supai, Arizona
Supai Village is located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation, in one of the most remote areas of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. Here Havasu Falls hide: waterfalls considered among the most beautiful in the world for the contrast between the turquoise of the water, which is collected in a natural pool, and the red of the Canyon rocks. It is accessible only on foot, with pack animals or helicopters. It is the only place in the United States where mules still carry mail and food.