5 places on the edge of the world
If your thirst for travel has not been satisfied with the last summer vacations, and you cannot wait to escape miles and miles away from home and office, stay comfortable because this article is for you. Today I propose a list of 5 most remote places in the world, special destinations that require a long journey, but that will surely leave you speechless once you reach them. Places on the edge of the world, each with its own particularity that makes them special.
Tristan da Cunha (British overseas territory of Saint Helena)
About 2.400 kilometers south of Cape Town, Tristan de Cunha is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world and the island of the same name has only 300 inhabitants, living on fishing and agriculture. There is no better place than this if you want to isolate completely: there is in fact only one Internet café on the entire island and no network coverage, but it is above all a destination difficult to reach and even more difficult to leave! It can take up to 6 days to reach Tristan da Cunha from the Cape Bay port of Cape Town, and since there are very few ships that run this route, sometimes you have to wait some weeks to leave the island.
Here is the northernmost city in the world! Its history starts on 1906 when Longyearbyen was founded and it was focused to coal mining from the start and even now most of its population is still mainly engaged in this activity. The sighting of reindeer, foxes and majestic polar bears is the order of the day and the only way to get oriented is to remember the buildings and the number of mines, because there are no street names. From April to August the sun never sets, so you can see the old city in the sunlight for 24 hours.
Would you be able to spend your holidays in the coldest village in the world? Although the risk of freezing is real, with a cold winter that can reach -60°C, as many as 500 people live here all year. Very close to the Arctic Circle, Oymyakon is a huge permanently frozen area, where nothing grows. Here your daily menu will include only reindeer or horse meat. The only way to get to the city? Drive from Yakutsk, the nearest city, preparing for two days of travel along the 930 km that separate the two cities.
Floreana Island (Ecuador)
With just 100 inhabitants, this Galapagos island is super-quiet and perfect for a nature holiday. The Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcanic cone, is ideal for snorkeling among sharks, sea lions, turtles, eels and a wide variety of fish. The history of the first settlers of the island is characterized by strange disappearances and mysterious deaths. For a long time, the only hotel on the island, with the only operational phone, was the Witter guesthouse, run by descendants of the first family living in Galapagos. Getting to the Galapagos Islands is not that difficult: taking a plane from the mainland of continental Ecuador to fly to the island of San Cristóbal; from there you can jump from island to island, budget permitting, and see them all!
In the Arabian Sea there is Socotra or, as is known in Sanskrit, the island of happiness. This place holds the title of Unesco World Heritage thanks to the presence of the Dragon Tree, so named because the branches look like veins and its red resin, called Blood of the Dragon, is used to dye and paint. The underground excursions allow you to reach total darkness and find yourself hundreds of meters below ground, where the stalagmites and stalactites are so spectacular that they have nothing to envy to the famous trees of the island. And if that was not enough, another little gift. Here you can practice the best ecotourism in the world: camping on the beach and barbecue with the mountains in the background.