12 World's Most Remote Locations

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Most of us live within a handful of hours from a major city or civilization of some sort, am I right? Well, there are locations out there that can’t be reached within just a few short hours, places where people live that instead of a handful of hours, it takes a handful of days to reach. These places aren’t inhabited by the weak or the those that can’t handle isolation, but instead by the crazy, tough souls that somehow can stand to make this lifestyle work. Come on now; it’s high-time we take a little look at the World’s Most Remote Locations!

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4. Villa Las Estrellas
Okay, so this place is considered a Chilean research station and town that’s located on King George Island within President Eduardo Frei Montalva Base in Antarctica Commune, Antartica Chilena Province, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region. Whew, that was a mouthful! There are two civilian settlements on all of Antarctica, and this is the larger of the two, with a winter population of 80 and a summer of 150. Crazy, crazy, crazy people! The homes here are 970 square feet, and there are only a few buildings in general, which consist of a primary school, a small kindergarten, a small hospital, a registry office, a small post office, a bank, hostel, gym, souvenir shop, an airport, and so on. It’s just a bunch of tiny buildings scattered along this harsh environment, and they’re pretty darn on their own. How they do it, I don’t know, but I would lose my goll darn marbles!

3. DYE Stations
These crazy off-the-grid stations were Distant Early Warning Line sites in Iceland and Greenland. They began use on August 12, 1957, and were used as radar monitoring centers for purposes of defense… or so they say! They also helped to provide thirty years worth of meteorological observations, at least the two stations that were set on the ice caps. Crews at these super distant locations were regularly rotated and supplied by C-130 aircraft as there was no other real way to get there. These places seem pretty extreme, especially being in the harsh environments that they’re in, but what can we expect? The government does some pretty weird things, and they need some remote, secretive places to do those things in… and here we are! I’d lose my mind to claustrophobia, I can tell you that much.

2. Longyearbyen, Norway
Teeheehee—do you have any guesses as to what the name of this town means? Anyone? Okay, so it literally translates to “The Longyear Town” after the owner of an Arctic Coal Company that started operating in the area in 1906? I would have thought it had something to do with the odd climate and sun patterns here, but no—although they do experience endless periods of darkness and others of light for months on end. This tiny, isolated locale is the administrative center and the most significant settlement of Svalbard, Norway, with 2,144 people calling this out-there little place home. As for settlements with a thousand or more residents, this is the farthest north or such kind in the world, which is definitely pretty impressive. Average high temperatures fall between nine to twelve degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 37 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer… so, this place too has proved that it’s not entirely for me. That doesn’t stop the more than two thousand residents here from enjoying their home, and many government employees and miners make up the permanent residents. Sounds cold and lonely to me, but hey, to each their own, right?

1. Palmerston Atoll
Zees here little island is considered a coral atoll and it’s located around 310 miles northwest of Rarotonga in the Pacific Ocean in the Cook Islands. It was found on June 16, 1774, by a British explorer and navigator named James Cook. Its climate is tropical, but with its location, it’s subject to some really bad tropical cyclones. Fish and shellfish contribute to the primary sources of sustainability for the little island, which includes fishing and some tourism. There aren’t many people that decide to call the place home, with only 62 residents that call Palmerston home. The inhabitants are also all descendants of one dude named William Marsters, who got there in 1863 and ended up having a bunch of wives and children there. It’s pretty cut off with only two phones, a supply ship that visits only a handful of times a year, and internet that is only accessible for four hours a day, but it’s beautiful (as you can see in this picture), so that seems to make up for it. It’s an eight-day sailing voyage from Tahiti and a two-day trip from Raratonga, which is the capital of the Cook Islands. People live in some unusual places; I tell you what!

12 World's Most Remote Locations

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