Travel to the Most Remote Island on EarthAugust 31st, 2010 by The JetSetter Team | Comments Off on Travel to the Most Remote Island on Earth
The next time you really want to get away from it all, Jetsetter would like to suggest you travel to the most remote island on earth, Bouvet Island. By remote, we mean remote. This uninhabited volcanic island is currently owned by Norway, through no fault of their own. At present, the only sign of development on Bouvet is an automated meteorological station. There are no roads, houses, grocery stores, or spas. Despite the fact that a travel aggregate website like Travelocity might erroneously return flight information for travelers, let us assure you there are no airlines or cruise lines that pass anywhere near the place.
Bouvet Island is 19 square miles in size and 93% covered by a glacier. Located in the South Atlantic Ocean, Bouvet is more than 1,000 miles from Antarctica and 1,600 miles from Cape Town, Africa. The coast is harsh and foreboding, with steep glacier cliffs falling to black vol
canic sand beaches. With no ports or anchorages of any sort, your best means of ingress is to land by helicopter. Once there, feel free to study the feeble vegetation consisting of moss and lichens. Other than that, seals, seabirds, and penguins will be your only companions for the duration of your stay.
The tricky part about travel to Bouvet Island is that, since it's a nature preserve, you'll likely be denied permission if you request to visit for tourist purposes only, though no one from Norway will likely be there to refuse entry. If you happen to be an arctic research biologist, geologist, or helicopter pilot, your chances of legal entry are better.
So if you really need time alone, stock up the yacht with extra batteries and whale blubber, tie the chopper down good to the landing deck and strike out for Bouvet Island. Don't forget to send a postcard.
The Jetsetter Show Team
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