Top 10 Remote Corners of the World
If you’re looking to vacay in an unconventional and desolate island, the edge of the world or a forlorn desert, get your travel gear in place! Because that is what the next few years are all about – exploring places which can only be accessed by private charter, boat or plane.
A number of these remote locations boast of sultry humid summers throughout the year or frigid cold all round the season. The adventure is yours to choose.
1. Tristan da Cunha
Step back in time to experience the volcanic islands of Tristan de Cunha. Sit in solitude in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean and seep in the serenity of the surroundings. Tristan da Cunha is one of the world’s last destinations, the most secluded that can get for the passionate globetrotter.
2. Longyearbyen, Norway
The northernmost town in the world, Longyearbyen, Norway, is so cold that it’s actually illegal to be buried there, because bodies won’t decompose in the frozen ground. A place with more registered snowmobiles and polar bears than people, Longyearbyen is the port of embarkation for heading further into the Arctic circle.
3. Socotra Islands, Yemen
A small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Yemen, Socotra Islands is home to the most strangest and unusual plants, 825 of the rarest specimens finding its abode here. The Socotra dragon’s blood tree, Dracaena cinnabari, can live a thousand years. Its bright red resin is said to have medicinal properties.
4. Faroe Islands, Denmark
On top of a grassy seaside cliff, a cascading waterfall gushes into the ocean. This is what the the tiny village of Gásadalur looks like, on the western edge of the Faroe Islands. Vagar and Kalsoy are two other surreal islands which are a part of the archipelago of Faroe Islands in Denmark. Tórshavn in Faroe Islands is the smallest capital city in the world. It’s named after Thor, the God of thunder and lightning, in Norse mythology.
5. Deception Island, Antarctica
Floating castles of ice glisten in the warmth of the arid sun in this island at the edge of the world, abounding in huge colonies of chinstrap penguins.
Glacial caves rise from the sea, framed against the radiant sky, in a heavenly blue hue. This is a serenity that is simply impossible to explain unless you’ve witnessed it yourself. Explore Antarctica on board luxury cruises, that take you deep into the ethereal icy wilderness.
6. Reunion Island
The heart of a collapsed volcano, Mafate’s cirque is very remote and inaccessible, formed from the collapse of the large shield volcano the Piton des Neiges. The very remote and inaccessible cirque was settled in the 19th century by maroon slaves, then later by poor white laborers. It owes its name to one maroon leader.
7. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
This is the remotest inhabited community in the western hemisphere, frozen for nine months a year. Ensconced between the Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park and the Scorseby Sund, the longest fjord of the world, Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland is all about discovering the inexplicable.
8. Supai, Arizona
The only place in U.S.A where mail is still carried on mules, the Supai in the Grand Canyon is a hidden gem, having the beautiful Havasu Falls. A remote village in the southwestern branch of the Grand Canyon home to the Havasupai tribe, it is only accessible by helicopter, horseback, or an eight-mile hike.
9. Tuvalu, Polynesia
Sparsely inhabited nine small coral islands with calm waters for diving and snorkelling, among sea turtles, exotic birds and tropical fish, Tuvalu is never never land, epitomized.
10. Salar De Maras, Peru
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salar De Maras is one of the four storehouses of pink salt in the world.
Situated in a valley in between rugged mountains near the Urubamba River, the Maras Salt Mines, really more flats than mine, are a dramatic patchwork of pools varying in sizes, elevations, and striking in their unintended designs with shades of brown to blue to creamy white