10 Inhabitable Remote Places on Earth

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With more and more people migrating to urbanized areas, more towns and villages are also popping up. Humans have claimed places that are a part of nature to build and develop buildings and other infrastructures.

However, there are still areas on Earth that have hardly been exploited by the humankind due to their remote location or harsh weather conditions.

Below are ten examples of the most remote places to live on the planet.

Alert, Nunavut, Canada

In the Nunavut region in Canada lies the small town of Alert, which is situated just 500 miles below the North Pole. Due to its remote location, the village gets 24 hours of daylight in the summer and 24 hours of darkness during the winter, when the temperature drops 40 degrees below the freezing point.

Alert has also been known as the northernmost inhabited place on the planet with only a five year-round residents. The Canadian radio receiving facility and weather monitoring station has been established in this village.

The nearest village to Alert is approximately 1,300 miles away, while the nearest city is distanced over 2,000 miles.

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

McMurdo Station in Antarctica is home to 1,200 research scientists during the warmer summer months. Antarctica has been known to be one of the most inaccessible locations due to its constant frozen state. However, with the recent developments by adding airstrips in the continent, travel has been more efficient since it could take you months to reach the place by boat.

Oymyakon, Siberia

The town of Oymyakon holds the record of the lowest temperature on Earth that has permanent inhabitants, which is negative 71 degrees. This Northern Russian village houses 521 residents with a constant freezing conditions all year round, sometimes reaching an average temperature of only 50 degrees below freezing point in January, while it rarely hits above the freezing point during the summer.

Due to scarce resources of produce, the locals’ diet mainly consists of reindeer and horse meat.<

La Rinconada, Perú

La Riconada is considered as the world’s highest city which stands in the Peruvian mountains at about 17,000 feet. It accommodates an estimated number of 30,000 residents, most of whom are involved in gold mining for a living.

The mountain city can be accessed by riding a truck via hazardous icy mountain roads.

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific Ocean

In the center of the Pacific Ocean lies the Pitcairn  island, home to a population of only about 50 people who were mostly descendants of the crew of HMS Bounty. Tahiti and Gambier Islands are considered as its closest neighboring islands, even at hundreds of miles away.

Travelling through a boat from the mainland of New Zealand would take you 10 days to reach Pitcairn.

Tristan Da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean

Situated in the South Atlantic Ocean is the Tristan Da Cunha, a small group of islands 1,500 miles east of Africa and 2,000 miles west to South America. Most of its 210 residents are farmers and craftsmen, which have access to few television stations and internet via satellite, despite its incredible isolation.

Bouvet Island, South Atlantic Ocean

Another island for the South Atlantic Ocean, Bouvet Island is an isolated area with no permanent residents due to its terrain — glacier ice covers 93% of the entire island, while an inactive volcano sits in the middle. The nearest land is over 1,000 miles away, being Antarctica’s Queen Maud Land.

However, the island was used for the filming of Alien vs Predator last 2004.

Tibetan Plateau, China

The Tibetan Plateau, also known as ‘The Roof of the World’ for being the largest and highest plateau on the planet, is landlocked by the Himalayan mountains to the south, the Kunluns to the north, and the Qilians to the east. Although with a population of above 50,000, the plateau is named as the most remote place on Earth last 2009 by some researchers.

In order to get to the city, you would have to travel for three weeks straight — a day of riding a car, and the remaining 20 days on foot.

Motuo County, China

This remote county is once again from China. Motuo is believed to be untouched by the modern world as not a single road leads up to it, and you would have to trek the Himalayas and cross a 200 m suspension bridge to reach the region.

The effort would not go unrewarded by its magnificent landscapes which also provides home to thousands of various species of rare plants.

Ittoqqortorrmiit, Greenland

Greenland possesses one of the most remote locations on earth, the small village of Ittoqqortorrmitt. Only 452 residents have known to live in the village that is surrounded by the sea. Due to its extreme temperatures, the region is inaccessible by boat for 9 months as the sea freezes. However, a local airport is located 25 miles from the village but flights are extremely rare.


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