From Antarctica to the North Pole, Musement has selected 10 remote places from all over the world to lose yourself in, even if it’s just for a few days.
If you’re looking to get away from overcrowded destinations, in this article we are going to propose 10 places that are practically off the map—inaccessible due to seemingly unmapped coordinates where you can go to get away from everything and everyone. Sometimes, it’s just necessary to unplug in order to reconnect with yourself. Turn off your phone—you won’t have service anyway—and begin the trip of a lifetime.
1. Tristan da Cunha
Tristan da Cunha, or Tristao da Cunha in Portuguese, is known as the world’s most remote inhabited island. In reality, it is a British archipelago in the South Atlantic. Its namesake island, the largest of the bunch, has just 300 inhabitants. Tristan da Cunha is very difficult to access—its closest neighbors are 1,490 miles away, so if you are looking for solitude, this could be your next destination.
Nicknamed “The End of the World,” Ushuaia is the door to Antarctica, and it is from where 90% of ships leave for the southernmost continent. The capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the world’s southernmost point, which an extreme challenge to adventurous travelers: snow, glaciers, low temperatures and the unforgettable sensation of feeling tiny amongst the immensity waiting for you in this “white jungle.”
3. Easter Island
Located west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island also called Rapa Nui or “the center of the world,” is a little Polynesian island known most of all for the moais, world-famous stone sculptures with big heads that sit along the coast. Getting lost for a few days on Easter Island is an unforgettable experience. You will discover infinite corners and the ancestral culture of the Rapa Nui people.
Located beside Greenland, Alert is a town in the Canadian province of Nunavut that boasts the title of the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world. Despite the fact that it is “inhabited,” you will only find a military base, a weather station, an airport and five residents. And it is not surprising that this is not the most desirable place to settle—Alert is covered in snow 10 out of 12 months of the year, and the maximum temperature is 37 degrees…in July.
Ittoqqortoormiit: A curious toponym for designating the most remote town of Greenland, accessible only by boat or helicopter during the less cold months (in winter, the temperature averages 3°F!). We know you’re likely to think twice before embarking on such an extreme trip, but if you decide on this adventure, a landscape from another world replete with icebergs, fjords, northern lights, polar bears, and whales awaits you.
6. Svalbard Islands
The Svalbard Islands lay between Norway and the North Pole. A certified Sustainable Destination, the islands stand out for their beautiful arctic landscape and charming fishing towns in addition to their distinct fauna. Two-thirds of the archipelago’s total population of 3,000 inhabitants live in the capital, Longyearbyen, which, curiously enough, is home to the world’s northernmost sushi restaurant. The Svalbard Islands are also home to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
Bhutan is the country of happiness. The last great kingdom of the Himalayas is a hidden spot enveloped in magic where the only thing you probably find familiar is the spectacular Paro Taktsang temple, one of the emblems of this Asian country. But there is a lot to discover in what is one of the smallest countries in the world with the smallest populations. In fact, the country keeps the masses away with a strict regulation that prevents tourists from entering Bhutan unless they have an all-inclusive tour package with lodging, transportation, and a guide.
Utqiagvik, previously called Barrow, is the northernmost city in the United States and is one of the largest Eskimo settlements in Alaska. On the shores of the Arctic Ocean, the 4,000 inhabitants of Utqiagvik live in extreme conditions—they don’t see light from the middle of November to the end of January because of a phenomenon known as the “polar night.” On the contrary, in the summer, locals enjoy 80 days straight of 24 hours of daylight.
Changtang is a colorful region located to the north of the Tibetan Plateau inhabited by the Changpa nomadic herders. It is the second-largest nature reserve in the world and is where a great number of species such as the wild yak, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopard, and Tibetan blue bears, among others live. Because it is an unpopulated area, it is necessary to bring provisions and all material needed to survive, including a good GPS.
The most remote community in the continental United States is Supai, located in the Grand Canyon, Arizona. The town—that can only be accessed by foot, horse or helicopter—is inhabited by the American Indian tribe Havasupai, “the people of the blue-green water.” The area is characterized by its massive waterfalls cascading into incredibly blue pools situated in the middle of the desert. At night, admire the starriest sky you have ever seen.