1. Village of Gásadalur – Vágar, Faroe Islands
This small village with breathtaking views became accessible by car in 2004. In 2012, Gásadalur had a population of 18.
2. The Crystal Mill – Crystal, Colorado, USA
Built in 1890s, the Crystal Mill is a wooden power plant on Colorado’s Crystal River. This site is privately owned and is not “open for public inspection.”
3. Casa do Penedo (House of Stone) – Guimarães, Fafe Mountains, Portugal
Originally made up of the four boulders, Casa do Penedo was built in 1974. The House of Stone has no electricity, so candles are the preferred form of lighting.
4. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – Huvadhu Atoll, Maldives
The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is one of the many luxury resorts that can be found in The Republic of the Maldives. It’s awesome to have your own villa sitting on the water.
5. Bishop Rock – Isles of Scilly, Great Britain
Bishop Rock located 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall, is the smallest island in the world with a building on it which is a lighthouse. The original lighthouse was built in 1847 but was swept away to sea before it completed. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1858.
6. La Rinconada – Peru
At an height of 16,700 feet, La Rinconada is considered the highest inhabited settlement in the world. The city is famous for its gold mines and it’s not surprising that the city’s economy is mainly based on gold.
7. Katskhi Pillar – Imereti, Georgia
At about 130 feet high atop the Katshki Pillar sits Saint Maximus church. It was abandoned and ruined until it was restored from 2005 to 2009.
8. House on the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago – Ellidaey Island, Iceland
House on the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago is often referred to as the most private sheltered home in the world. Five families inhabited this island around 300 years ago. The single structure on the island was originally built as a lodge for puffin hunters.
9. Meteora – Thessaly, Greece
Meteora can be translated into English as “suspended in the air”. A complex of monasteries in Greece, Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10. Ghost town – Kolmanskop, Namibia
Formerly a mining village, Kolmanskop today is a ghost town in the Namib desert which is more of a tourist destination. Depletion of diamonds made people abandon the city.
11. Paro Taktsang – Paro Valley, Bhutan
Paro Taktsang, a cliffside Himalayan Buddhist temple which sits at an hight of 10,240 feet, is known as Tiger’s Nest.
12. Svalbard Global Seed Vault – Svalbard, Norway
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a vault that contains a large variety of “spares” of seed samples held in gene banks from all over the world. Thousands of seed types can be found within, and the collection is always growing.
13. Church of St. Johann – Ranui, Italy
St. Johann Church is located between the meadows of Ranui. While not completely isolated, this small church has a countryside backdrop, thousands of trees in front of the massive mountain range of Dolomites.
14. Xuangongsi – Heng Shan, Shanxi, China
Xuangongsi, built into the cliffs near Mount Heng is also known as the Hanging Temple. The temple is supported by beams embedded in the cliffs’ bedrock.
15. Tristan da Cunha – Tristan, Atlantic Ocean
Tristan da Cunha, commonly known as Tristan, is a group of islands distinctive for being the most remote archipelago on the entire planet. The island has resident population of 297 till 2014.
16. Lukomir – Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Located in the remote settlement of Dinaric Alps, Lukomir, is one of Europe’s longest continually inhabited villages. During winter the only means of travel for residents is by foot or on skis.
17. McMurdo Station – Antarctica
McMurdo Station is the Antarticas’s largest human settlement which occupies the southernmost harbor in the world, with a population that can reach upto 1,200 in summers. The US has also set up a research center here.
18. Adrere Amellal – Siwa Oasis, Egypt
Adrere Amellal is an ecolodge in the Siwa Oasis located in one of Egypt’s most secluded settlements. Due to its isolation, this place has developed aculture of its own, with characteristic pottery and wedding jewelry. Reaching the hotel is not a easy task but if you reach there, it’s worth it.
19. Chess Pavilion – Mount Hua, China
Considered as one of the scariest hikes in the world, climbing Mount Hua and reaching Chess Pavilion requires some fortitude. Those who make there can get the breathtaking 360-degree view from the lofty point.
20. Supai – Arizona, United States
You can reach Supai by foot, pack animal, or helicopter. It is referred as the most remote community in the contiguous US. Encompassed within less than two square miles of land, the place had a population of 208 by 2010.