Thanks to the surveying of the world, scientists have been able to determine the exact distance between any two places. Of course, there are places on earth that are further away from other busier places and are therefore considered as more “lonelier”. For example, take the inhabited island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, which is more than 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) away from the nearest inhabited island (St. Helena) or even more than 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) away from the nearest mainland (South Africa). Measured by this distance Tristan da Cunha is the loneliest inhabited place in the world.

Only the uninhabited Norwegian Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic is even more lonely. Its next inhabited island is Tristan da Cunha, 1,370 miles (2,200 kilometers) away, and the South African mainland is even more than 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers) away.

Where is Point Nemo?

A map showing Point Nemo in the Pacific Ocean

Location of Point Nemo. By Timwi – Own work, Public Domain

However, there is one place in the world that is even more remote in the Pacific Ocean. While there is no land mass there, with a distance of 1,670 miles (2,688 kilometers) to the nearest mainland, this place known as “Point Nemo” is the loneliest spot on our planet.

The place is named after the Latin word for “nobody” and is an allusion to Captain Nemo from Jules Verne’s famous work.

Point Nemo is so isolated that the closest people are actually the astronauts on the International Space Station ISS, who are only about 250 miles (400 kilometers) away during a direct flyover.

However, because this place is so far away from the nearest mainland, it is now also used as a space cemetery for satellites and space stations that are no longer needed. These are deliberately brought down over the area in order to keep the risk of falling on inhabited areas or a shipping route upon entry into the atmosphere as low as possible.

How long would it take to get to Point Nemo?

Your travel time to Point Nemo totally depends on your way of travelling. It took the fastest boat 15 days, 10 hours and 37 minutes to get there. When using your own sailboat, you might reach the most remote point in the world within a month, but this would require good winds.

By plane you could reach Point Nemo in less than 10 hours but if you are really in a hurry to visit that place you have to jump out of the ISS. Whenever the International Space Station is flying over it is closer to Point Nemo than any other mainland or island on Earth.

Point Nemo awash with plastic

Name: Point Nemo.

Age: First discovered in 1992 by survey engineer Hrvoje Lukatela.

Appearance: A load of water, surrounded by even more water.

How do I get there? I wouldn’t bother: the trip would involve a tremendous amount of effort for very little in the way of return.

Where is Point Nemo   The Loneliest Place In The World?

Does Point Nemo have anything going on? Yes. Plastics. Up to 26 microplastic particles per cubic metre were found in seawater samples collected near Point Nemo by passing vessels taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Photos: Guardian

So what’s the point of Point Nemo? It’s officially the oceanic pole of inaccessibility.

What does that even mean? It’s the spot in the ocean farthest away from land in any direction – in effect, the middle of nowhere.

And where is that, exactly? Point Nemo is located at 48°52.6′S 123°23.6′W, more than 1,600km away from three equidistant islands, including Easter Island.

That does sound a faff to get to. So much so that often the closest humans to Point Nemo are aboard the International Space Station.

What lives there? Is it teeming with deep-sea life? Not really. It sits within a current called the South Pacific Gyre, which steers away nutrient-rich waters, making it one of the most lifeless parts of the ocean.

Can you visit Point Nemo?

There are actually no commercial ways to get to Point Nemo as by definition it is the most remote point in the world. But even if you would travel there you would find nothing. There is no anchored marker or something similar but only the vast expanses of open ocean.

However, when visiting Point Nemo you could at least be proud to be at a place that is harder to reach than any other spot. Just in case you really plan to visit that place you only need to type the coordinates (48°52.6′S 123°23.6′W) into your GPS system and start sailing. But we wouldn’t recommend that.

Where is Point Nemo   The Loneliest Place In The World?

When was Point Nemo discovered?

Due to better geotargeting software Point Nemo was only first discovered in 1992. The Croatian-Canadian engineer Hrvoje Lukatela was able to calculate the coordinates of the most remote ocean point by using a geo-spatial computer program which he developed on his own.

How far is Point Nemo from land?

Point Nemo is 1,670 miles (2,688 kilometers) away from the nearest mainland. It would take the fastest boat 15 days, 10 hours and 37 minutes to get there. Even the astronauts on the International Space Station ISS are closer to that point when flying over than any other human on Earth.

Where is Point Nemo   The Loneliest Place In The World?
Motu Nui of the Easter Islands is the closest landmass to Point Nemo, though it is still more than 1,000 miles to the north.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth

A number of these remote locations feature gorgeous tropical climates, while others require braving Arctic temperatures or relentless deserts. The adventure is yours to choose.

KnowInsider ranked a list of the top 10 loneliest places on the planet:

10. Greenland

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.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth: Greenland

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.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth: Falkland Islands

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.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth: The Gobi Desert

7. French Gu

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.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth: French Guiana

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.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth: The Australian Outlook

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.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth: Western Sahara Desert

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.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth: Kalahari Desert

3. Iceland:

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.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth: Iceland

2. Antarctica

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.

Top 10 loneliest places on earth: Antarctica

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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