Every day we feel like the earth is getting smaller and smaller. It gets harder and harder as we go to find places where there is nobody around for miles. It also gets harder to find places where man’s footsteps haven’t reached. Despite us shrinking our world to the level that we can find almost every place on earth using a simple GPS system, there are still places where getting lost means not meeting a single living soul for days. Some people choose to get lost and for some that choice is not a luxury. Just imagine being in a place where there is no or negligible chance that you will meet another soul. Difficult as that may sound; we have gone on to compile a list of the top 10 loneliest places on the planet.
Although a growing tourist destination with every passing year, Greenland is still one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world. It is perennially covered in ice in most parts and is the place to be if you are looking to get lost. It is the least densely populated area in the world with only about 60000 people living in its entire area which exceeds 800000 square miles.
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9. Falkland Islands:
Located around 300 miles off the South American mainland, this group of islands has a population of around 3000 people. The only city known as Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands and has a majority of the population in it. The islands are somewhat controversial as Argentina and Britain have both laid claim to them. Some islands in the archipelago are still considered as undiscovered and uninhabited. Falkland Islands is certainly a place to be if seeking to go away from the crowds and away from everyone else.
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8. The Gobi Desert:
Only the foolish or the brave dare to tread this hostile desert in Mongolia. The desert has many different terrains and also experiences a wide range of temperatures which also go below the freezing point in seasons. The temperatures are highly extreme in the summers and go equally cold in the winters. It is one of the most extreme terrains there is on the earth and is very lonely in most parts.
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7. French Guiana:
It is said that there are more squirrel monkeys in French Guiana than there are people. The population density of the island is less than 3 people per square kilometer. This tropical paradise is home to many endangered species of plants and animals. It is the perfect getaway for anyone who would like to get lost in its tropical jungles for a long time.
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6. The Australian Outback:
The Australian Outback areas are among the least populated areas of the world. The outback is also another name for a major part of the Aussie desert which covers most of this island continent. The outback is known to have more reptiles than human beings within its area. It is also often known to travelers as the end of the earth. The vast and unforgiving deserts are surprisingly home to many animal species too.
5. The Western Sahara Desert:
The north western part of Africa is covered by this unrelenting and unforgiving desert area. It is one of the harshest places to be on the planet and it is also among the quietest. It has an area in excess of 250000 square miles and a population of only about 500000 people most of who live in the urban areas of Morocco and Algeria. Besides the sandy desert, it also has a long coastline on the Atlantic Ocean which is an often visited area by tourists and travelers alike.
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4. The Kalahari Desert:
This South African desert covers a large part of Botswana, Namibia and some parts of South Africa. The entire region is a vast and unforgiving stretch of desert which receives very little rainfall and the temperatures here are the highest in the world. Although once upon a time this desert was well vegetated and was home to a lot of animals, the grasslands are now gone and most of the rivers that used to flow in this region have dried up. The Kalahari can’t really be called a desert as it also has many arable stretches of land however it is still one of the loneliest places on earth.
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Iceland is one of the coldest places on the planet and is also among the loneliest. Most of the nation’s population of the country is settled along the warmer and more hospitable south western region. The entire country is geologically and volcanically active which makes it a difficult place to live in. Besides the volcanoes, it also has many glacial rivers which flow towards the sea in the lower lands.
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The southernmost continent of the world is definitely one of the loneliest places on the planet. It is mostly covered with ice and is considered as an ice desert as it is also among the driest places on earth. The continent also does not have any major human settlement even though about 2000-5000 people do inhabit the island from time to time. Most of the people who come here are scientists and researchers looking to explore this vast ice continent.
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1. Snake Island(Brazil):
Snake Island or Ilha da Queimada Grande as it is known to locals is one of the most inhospitable islands in the world. The island is located off the coast of Brazil. It is mostly uninhabited because of the fact that the island is full of snakes. It is said that there is a snake for every square meter of land on the island. The two main species of snakes that inhabit the island are the Golden Lancehead Viper and the fer de lance vipers which are known to be poisonous as well as highly aggressive. Only scientists are allowed to visit the island as it is kept off limits to civilians because of the extremely dangerous nature of the island. Indeed, it is among the loneliest places on earth unless you are a snake.
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