6 Remote Travel Destinations That Are Nearly Impossible to Reach

Head WAY off the beaten path with these remote travel destinations that are *almost* impossible to get to.
Prepared By:

Shannon Lowery

Writer & Traveler

The world’s most far-flung places also make for some of the best remote travel destinations. Ample planning and a big sense of off-the-grid adventure are prerequisites to reach these isolated spots. The journey alone is a huge part of the experience when visiting these off-the-beaten-path places.

1. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

Greenland is known as a destination less-traveled and located on its eastern coast is Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated settlements in the world. During the summer, the town is accessible by air and limited boat services. Ittoqqortoormiit is known for its Arctic wilderness, polar bears, and stunning landscapes, including the world’s largest fjord system and the largest national park in the world.

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland is one of the most remote travel destinations in the world

2. Mount Kailash, Tibet

Considered sacred in several religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, Mount Kailash is a remote travel destination made for mountaineer enthusiasts. Located in a remote, high-altitude region of western Tibet, the journey to Mount Kailash involves arduous treks through challenging terrain. You’ll need to obtain the necessary permits to make the pilgrimage, so book with a highly-rated tour guide for the best experience and service.

Shrines and mountains in Tibet

3. Alert, Canada

The superlative of northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world is a belongs to Alert, Canada, in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut. Located on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, Alert is a remote travel destination that experiences extreme Arctic conditions. Its status as a military and research outpost means Alert has the basic infrastructure to serve as a reliable basecamp for frozen expeditions.

Ellesemere Island is one of the most remote travel destinations

4. Pitcairn Islands, British Overseas Territory

Situated in the southern Pacific Ocean, the Pitcairn Islands are one of the most isolated groups of islands on the planet. The nearest inhabited landmass, Tahiti, is about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) away. The islands have a small population, and travel options are limited, making this the perfect slice of private paradise.

Pitcairn Island, British Overseas Territory

5. Foula, Scotland

In Scotland’s Shetland Island archipelago you’ll find the island of Foula. Known for its rugged beauty, abundant birdlife, and Norse heritage, Foula has a tiny population and limited transportation options. Weather conditions and limited ferry services make reaching the island a challenge but the iconic craggy Scottish scenery is plenty rewarding.

Shetland Islands, Scotland

6. Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile

Situated in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, Rapa Nui, is sometimes called by the Anglican name of “Easter Island.” This remote volcanic island is best known for its impressive Moai statues. While Rapa Nui is more accessible today than ever, it remains an extremely remote travel destination nonetheless. The island is located about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) off the coast of Chile but flights are available from Chile and Tahiti. On the island, visitors can retrace the steps of ancient Polynesian history with mysterious quarry ruins, statues and other artifacts.

Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile
When traveling to the most remote travel destinations on the planet, remember that the work and wait to get there is worth the experience of exploring some of the world’s most isolated places!

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