Do you love getting off the beaten path when you travel, love nature, or hate crowds? Then one of these remote areas will be perfect for your next getaway. Have fun!
#1 ADAMSTOWN, PITCAIRN ISLANDS
Adamston is the only settlement on the Pacific Ocean’s Pitcairn Islands, and the hamlet boasts a population of 56. Most of the towns people are related through marriage or family ties, and they are all Seventh Day Adventists. They can ease their isolation with easy access to the latest television shows, Internet, and telephone thanks to satellite technology. The island welcome tourists, and bring your New Zealand dollars; the islands official currency. The town holds the record for being the smallest capital city in the world. If you visit, you’ll probably take a trek up ‘The Hill of Difficulty’, which according to Google Maps is the only named street in the town.
# 2 Adak, Alaska
Located on Adak Island in the Aleutian Islands, the town of Adak is the westernmost settlement in the U. S. A. . The town’s population is around three hundred and fifty, and they have year round access to the rest of the world via a 1200 mile boat trip to the closest city, Anchorage. You can see from this photo that most of the homes would never get featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, but they do the trick.
#3 Torshavn, Faroe Islands
The town of Torshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands, which is a mass of land situated between the U.K. , Iceland, and Norway. A population of 17,000 gives it the dubious distinction of being the largest town in this remote area. Access to the town is via ferry only. Don’t except a lot of night life here. Rumor has it that the number of sheep in town far outnumber any two legged inhabitants.
#4 Supai, Arizona
Located in the middle of the Grand Canyon, approximately 200 people call the Arizona town of Supai home. Access to the town is by helicopter, mule, or on foot. The Havasupai Indian tribe have called it home for the past 800 years. Tourism is important to the towns economy, and the tribe manages a cafe and a tourist lodge. Mail continues to be delivered to the town by mule from the post office in Bullhead City.
#5 Iqaluit, Nunavut
Canada’s inhospitable north is home to the town of Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. Most to the town’s population of 6700 are native Inuit. Tourists are welcome, but be prepared for a long and difficult journey. The town is accessible only by air, or under the right ice conditions you could arrive by sea. There are no roads leading in or out. It’s the only Canadian capital that’s not connected directly, or by ferry, with the North American highway system. If you’re thinking of visiting, you may want to go during the annual arts festival June 25th to July 1st. Be sure to book your accommodation early!
#6 McMurdo, Antarctica
Located on the southern tip of Ross Island, the settlement is the base for United States Antarctic Program, and home to the scientists (and support staff) who study the numerous natural and scientific phenomena around the continent. The 1300 residents travel in and out of the region by air or sea, and travel is totally reliant on the unpredictable, and often harsh weather conditions. If you’re interested in visiting the area, you would probably have to find an Antarctica tour that includes a stop at McMurdo. The McMurdo Dry Valleys Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) encompasses the largest ice-free region on the continent, and is open to tourism.
#7 Barrow, Alaska
Another Alaskan town makes the list. Barrow holds the distinction of being the northern most town in the United States. The 4000 or so people that live here rely on air services when they want to travel out, with flights to Anchorage and Fairbanks available. Sunlight in this area, or the lack of it, is often extreme. During the winter it’s not uncommon for the sun to set and not be seen again for several weeks! Better pack a flashlight and your vitamin D if you decide to visit in the winter! At the height of the summer season the sun doesn’t seem to know when to set; often not until midnight or after. Bring your sunglasses! If the Northern Lights are on your bucket list, Barrow could be the place.
#8 Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Now that is a mouthful! Located on Greenland’s eastern coast, the town was settled by the Inuit in 1925. The town’s population of 425 relies on helicopter services offered by Air Greenland when they need to leave town. During the summer months Air Iceland also offers flights. The area is known for its wild life, including a large polar bear population, and lots of seals. Whale and polar bear hunting continue to be important to the town’s economy, tourism is on the rise. Brightly colored houses are the norm here, which helps the towns people find their way home during heavy snowfalls!
#9 La Rinconada, Peru
At a height of almost 17,000 feet, La Rinconada, in the Peruvian Andes, holds the distinction of being the ‘highest’ city in the world. The city is accessible only by trucks equipped with 4-wheel drive. Although getting there is tough, and it’s located on a permanently frozen glacier, it has a population of 30,000. People are lured to the town by dreams of gold from the near-by gold mine. They live amongst mounds of garbage, while struggling with the painfully thin air, and icy temperatures. Add to this a feeling of total lawlessness, since there is no police force.
#10 Cape York Peninsula, Australia
Located on the northern tip of Australia, this huge expanse of untouched wilderness has a population of only 18,000, mainly aboriginals. Like many remote regions, it is notoriously difficult to access, and considered one of the largest wilderness areas left on the planet. If you want to go overland, you’ll drive the unpaved Peninsula Development Road. However, the road is poorly maintained, and there is often flooding, so visitors often choose to go by helicopter. Definitely a more expensive travel option, but much safer and more reliable. The Peninsula is a very popular tourist destination during the dry season for campers, bird watchers, hikers,and, fishing enthusiasts.