Living in a remote place can be quite challenging, especially if there are no proper access to good healthcare or general day-to-day supplies. Many would consider living in some parts of Borneo tough even for short periods of time, but the communities in these 5 places have taken occupancy of extreme terrains to a different level!
Palmerston: The Island at The End of The Earth
Palmerston is, without a doubt, one of the most secluded islands in the world. The tiny Pacific island of Palmerston is inhabited by only 62 people, and believe it or not, they are descendants of just one Englishman who settled there about 150 years ago! A supply ship drops off necessities at the island only twice a year. This island rarely attracts visitors as the long and harrowing journey to reach the island deters even the most seasoned travellers.
Life on Palmerston? Well, there can only be one word to describe it. Simple. Forget supermarket, there are no shops even.
You will find only two lavatories here, and drinking water is collected from downpours.
Money is not used on the island by its inhabitants except to purchase supplies from the outside world. As many of you would have guessed, the staple food of the Palmerstonians is fish. The islanders earn money by their only export which is approximately two tons of parrot fish, picked up by the supply ship which would sail to the island to drop off rice and fuel.
Electricity runs only from 6am to 12pm, and then at night. Thankfully, a telephone station was built recently and this enabled some form of a stable link to the outside world.
Undeterred travellers find their way to Palmerston a few times a year and since there are no resorts or hotels (obviously), the family which first greets or receives the visitors would usually offer their house as a homestay.
Tristan da Cunha
Would you fancy living on a volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean which may spew lava at any moment? Well, some people said YES to Tristan de Cunha, back in the 19th century. Their direct descendants are presently occupying the land!
Located about 2000km from Saint Helena which is the nearest neighbouring inhabited island and 2400km from South Africa which is the nearest continental land, Tristan de Cunha is another travel destination many would consider impossible to accomplish.
The only way to reach this archipelago of small islands is by boat. The inhabited island is surrounded by rocky terrain and rough waters. Tristan de Cunha is called home by about 270 people who are mostly farmers and craftsmen. Life is simple on the island. However, they do have television stations and publicly accessible Internet connection via an internet cafe which serves connectivity speeds of 3Mbps.
One resident doctor is said to serve the little community coupled with the most basic healthcare amenities. Patients with requirements of surgeries or are going through medical emergencies must be transferred to Cape Town, South Africa.
Living in Greenland especially in its treacherous conditions is considered tough by many but imagine being in a desolate area of this cold country coupled with harsh living situations. Ittoqqortoormiit is exactly that, a village located on the eastern shore of Greenland and just north of Iceland.
The area is frozen almost year-round, thus making access to the region by boat almost impossible most of the time, except for summer months. The township is served via the Ittoqqortoormiit Heliport with Air Greenland helicopters shuttling passengers to and fro.
The majority of the population lives off hunting and fishing and in addition to that, polar bears, whales and seals are commonly hunted animals.
Tourism in Ittoqqortoormiit is growing in importance so if you’re an adventurous person, you could make a trip there.
The tiny village of Alert, nestled in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada is the northernmost permanently resided place in the world! Alert has many temporary inhabitants but there are five permanent, year-round residents living there despite the fact that it is one of the most perilous places in the world.
Surrounded by the Arctic Ocean, temperatures are known to go as low as minus 40 degrees! 24-hour darkness during winter and 24-hour daytime during summer also adds to the dreadfulness of living here.
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
McMurdo Station is the located at the bottom of the planet, quite literally, and it is by far one of the most remote places on Earth. Situated on the northern tip of Antarctica, the McMurdo Station hosts no permanent residents but only houses seasonal researchers and scientists.
Close to 1200 people perform research of various sorts in the area which can be accessed through three airstrips from neighbouring countries.
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