What's the most remote place you've ever been to?
Personally I'd have to say Pyramiden, Svalbard at 78 degrees north. Pic related.
Would love to visit Bear Island and Kerguelen Island some day.
Location of Pyramiden for your convenience
>Would love to visit Bear Island and Kerguelen Island some day.
I'd like to visit Kerguelen too one day, too bad the price for a return trip costs as much as a trip around the world + more.
I'm doing geology at university, im hoping at some point ill do a research project on igneous rocks and get to go there with research grants.
Depends how you define remote. It would be hard to beat parts of central Australia for remoteness, but it was still always easy to get to civilisation. I've never felt more remote than when patrolling my small rural valley in southern Afghanistan which was not too far from the provincial capital yet still had no roads that weren't blockaded with IEDs.
Northern Norway. North of Trondheim. Looked like something straight out of Skyrim. Even visited Hell and got the cliché "Hell has frozen over" sign. I'll try to dig up that pic. Here's one from my trip that I interpreted as "No motorcycles jumping over cars"
Meant to say pic of the iced over Hell sign. It was the same one on the bridge at the below link:
Probably Namibia, and then I'd have to say Sossusvlei. One of the most beautiful places in the world, and way, way out in bumfuck nowhere, in the middle of the Namibian desert. Some Scottish guy used to run a bakery about an hour's drive from there - it was the strangest place.
Will go back. Definitely.
How do you mean independently? We were two friends who were living in Cape Town at the time. We just decided to go on a trip, knew we were going "approximately in the direction of Victoria Falls through Namibia and then back down to Cape Town somehow", rented a car, bought two map books on our way out of Cape Town and came back in a month after having driven 7500 kilometers.
It was the best trip of my life, and I still have no idea how the car rental company didn't sue us or something for all we put that car through.
Getting to know people was no problem at all. All routes usually have travellers and hostels where you can ask for tips, directions, whatever.
And when it comes to security, my usual feeling is that as long as you don't look and act like an idiot/tourist, things have a way of working out. Of course, things to do happen - I saw somebody get mugged just on the other side of the street I was walking on in the center of Johannesburg - but all you usually have to do to stay out of trouble is just not be an ass.
Did that answer your question?
Independently I basically mean without arranging a tour or something and using cheap transportation as much as possible (I know in a country like Namibia that might be quite difficult due to remoteness of some places).
Well, for me it would be difficult to mingle with the people there because of my phenotype
How so? I'm a guy, and I had no problems. My friend is a girl, and she also had no problems, even though she went walking on her own through remote little towns in Botswana and had no problems doing things on her own in Cape Town. If that's what you meant?
But I've found independent travels to be the ones that give me the best experiences. We had a great trip through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. This summer I also went alone to Kyrgzystan, where I travelled around on my own using local transport. I met up with a German girl via Couchsurfing to make some of the traveling and things cheaper. You always figure out where to go and how to get there and back. I had no idea what I was getting into on any of those trips, but it turned out to be the best trips I've had.
Also traveled from east to west through Norway with a few friends. That was also a rented car, though, so I guess it doesn't count as local transport.
But hey, even in places as remote as Kyrgyzstan, local transport was no problem. At least if you speak a little Russian.
I've been on enough package trips to Spain with my family - enough to base my comparison on. Independent travel is the best, and leaves you with a way better feeling. At least if you're looking for adventures.
Learn to read, I didn't say Trondheim, I said north of Trondheim. I mention Hell because it's interesting, but was actually bet even north of that in Stordjal/Vaernes or whatever. But ventured even north of that, far enough to see the lights. Nothing really to speak of there except little quaint farm houses and the location of secret government caves inside mountains I can't really talk about. The fact they exist isn't secret, but the precise location of some of them
Here's a publicly available pic of the entrance to one of the caves, not posting a personal pic because probably go data attached.
But back to your point, even if you don't consider the areas I've been to remote, the question was what is the most remote place you'very been to. Mines would be north of Trondheim. More specifically, north of Stordjal, but who knows where that is outside of a Norwegian?
Not a lot of places are all tat remote any more, I guess.
Best I can claim is the Galapagos -- or sailing though some of the southern Bahamas islands that were inhabited by nobody or a few dozen people at the time.
Pic related, I saw a turtle fight.
Been to Svalbard as well, though not at pyramiden. I was in Barentzburg though.
This random place in the middle of Laos was pretty remote.
Sahara desert was also pretty remote, but it was Erg Chebbi, so not really anything to brag about
Flew from Oslo-Tromso, Tromso-Longyearbyen. From Longyearbyen it's about a 3 hour boat ride to Pyramiden, somewhat deep inside the Ice Fjord. It's a cool place, you get to walk into the rec center and there's tons of stuff from when it was a soviet mining town. Found, amongst a shitload of other things, this old soviet kids comicbook with some weird ass chicken on the cover. No idea what it was about, obviously, as the thing was basically written in klingon.
It's an old soviet mining town. Pretty cool how everything is in russian even though the area is technically norwegian with norwegian post adresses, phone numbers etc. Pic related (not my pic)
Spent a year on Diego Garcia in the Chagos Archipelago back in the late '80's.
Another Pyramidonian here. Visited it while I was living in Longyearbyen for a few months.
But I guess some other places round Svalbard where we went by boat probably where more remote, especially since it was not a tourist cruise, but a geology field trip.
but in the bigger scale, Svalbard aint that remote. There'S a full town, with everything, from Kindergardens, to a Hospital and a Kebab stall and daily flights to Tromso/Oslo.
And Its funny, how Kerguelen Islands are also on my list of places I'd want to visit. But I'd probably do Greenland and Antarctica first.
>So what goes on there? Pics?
Where is there?
Finnland or Svalbard?
also, there wasnt a war on the archipelago.The Svalbard treaty was signed in 1920.
Yellowknife Northwest territories canada. I have an uncle who lives up there so I visited him for his wedding when i was younger. The drive up there is incredibly boring until you get past the mackenzie river. Then there's tons of buffalo all over the friggen place. Most of them don't give two fucks about traffic or anything so it makes for an interesting journey. There's no permanent settlements north of yellowknife nor is there much east. There's one community to the west but it has like 500 people. The nearest town south of yellowknife is hay river, some 600km away....
for an isolated city it has a lot of amenities and a few skyscrapers(7 stories counts as a skyscraper right?) They also build right over top of the rock to avoid the permafrost, this technique makes for some really interesting architecture.
Middle of bumfuck nowhere in Uzbekistan near the border of Turkmenistan. A close second, although not so remote, would be Temir Tau, Kazakhstan. Google it to see what a steaming shithole of a factory city it is. I would uplaod pics myself, but Uzbek internet is slow as tits. Maybe when I get back to Almaty
>What are you doing there?
I taught English in Almaty for the past year. I was hitchhiking around Kazakhstan at the time. There's a whole lotta nothing between cities lol. Just doing some traveling around the Stans before fucking off from winter.
>Where do you hail from?
I did a picture dump on /out/ over a year ago.
Sorry breh, had a long string of shit net and couldn't get past the captcha.
You can do it without any Russian. I know foreigners who get by with just 10 words of Russian. There are plenty of travelers coming through with no roosky so it's definitely possible. People are generally friendly and hospitable towards foreigners around the area as they aren't thaaat common. I know enough words to communicate and mash them together to make a broken sentence. It's enough for me.
It's hard to find reliable info about transport within the country. I usually ruck up to the bus station and find something leaving within an hour. Most long distances are covered by mini bus and are fairly cheap.
It's quite easy to hitch once outside of the cities. Knowing some Russian would make the endless kilometers of steppe a bit more enjoyable. Since public transportation is still developing, most cars on the road double as taxis and will expect some money. You can start hitching outside of the citiy on the highway.
This website might be of some interest to those in this thread.
Catalog of remote and down right depressing towns.
Almaty is the biggest city in Central Asia and has the best nightlife in the region. I found it easiest to score here, with Bishkek being second (watch out for hot headed Kyrgyz men). There are also beautiful mountains and treks (big almaty lake) to do just 30 mins from the city centre by public bus. A good central hub to start any trip through the Stans. It's the most expensive, but can be done quite cheaply. Charyn canyon, the grand canyon jr, is also close by for a day trip.
For Islamic architecture and history go to Uzbekistan. Rich history, but I felt that it lacked a certain sense of adventure since you have to register at a hotel every night and the gov wants travelers to follow a strict itinerary. Friendly people and a dirt cheap country if you don't count the visa.
Speaking to travelers I've heard that the regions around Osh in Kyrgyzstan and the Pamirs in Tajikistan offer the best of nature. They would definitely offer a more authentic look into life in Central Asia than somewhere like Almaty. I really wanted to visit this region, but the weather turned as soon as my contract finished and I couldn't find if the mountain passes were still accessible.