From arctic tundras to a U.S. city where the mail is delivered by mules, the most remote places on Earth contain a bit of everything — except maybe people. These hidden regions of the world have extremely small populations and are typically free of modern-day conveniences.
The next time you really want to get away from it all, consider these 13 locations.
ALERT, NUNAVUT, CANADA: This is believed to be the northernmost inhabited place in the world, at just 500 miles from the North Pole. There are various weather stations and radio facilities in the area, but there are just five permanent residents, according to the 2006 census.
AMUNDSEN-SCOTT SOUTH POLE STATION: An American research station at the South Pole. It's the only place in the world where the sun is up and down for six straight months out of the year. The normal population is about 50 people.
ANGLE INLET, MINNESOTA: The northern-most location in the contiguous United States with a population of 60. It can only be reached through Canada by boat or snowmobile.
EASTER ISLAND: A Chilean territory in the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean headlines by Rapa Nui National Park, with dozens of carved faces, called moai, littered around the island. Just over 5,000 people live in the island that is 2,180 miles west of Chile.
FOULA: An island 20 miles west of Scotland with a population of just 31 people who are mainly fishermen. The film The Edge Of The World was filmed here in 1937.
ITTOQQORTOORMIIT, GREENLAND: A village on the eastern-most tip of the icy nation with fewer than 500 inhabitants. A nearby heliport is the only means of transportation nine months out of the year, with boats being able to navigate during the summer months.
KERGUELEN ISLANDS: This set of islands is part of the French Southern and Arctic lands near the southern part of the Indian Ocean. It takes a six-day boat ride to get there from Madagascar and 50-100 French scientists are the only current recorded residents.
MCMURDO STATION ANTARCTICA: The largest part of this remote continent and is a U.S. research centre that can hold as many as 1,258 residents according to Wikipedia.
OYMYAKON, SIBERIA: A Russian village that can proudly call itself the coldest inhabited place on earth. The town of 521 once had a record low of -96.2 degrees.
PITCAIRN ISLANDS: A group of islands which lie several hundred miles apart from each other in the south Pacific Ocean, about a 10-day boat trip from New Zealand. Pitcairn, a British overseas territory, has about 50 residents and is the only one of the islands that actually inhabited.
SUPAI, ARIZONA: A city on the bottom of the Grand Canyon with no roads leading up to it. It is home to the Havasupai Indian Reservation, population 208. It is also one of two U.S. towns, the other also near the Grand Canyon, where mail is delivered by mule.
SVALBARD, NORWAY: A group of tiny islands at the northern tip of the Scandinavian nation. A pair of coal mining companies still do business there but the location and small population makes this place pretty tough to get to.
TRISTAN DA CUNHA: A set of volcanic islands in the south Atlantic, owned by the British. Only 264 people live on the island, according to a recent census, and fishing boats visit only eight or nine times a year.
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