The 20 Loneliest Outposts At The End Of The World

When humanity’s not trying to destroy itself, its steadily redefining its boundaries. Every passing year, we create further-flung outposts in places nature never intended to us to inhabit. Here are the loneliest places mankind has made its bed in search of the unknown, the overwhelming and the great.

The Salomon August Andrée’s Station at Danskøya, Svalbard, Norway, c1900

Photo: Library Of Congress

A Buddhist shrine at the Chang La pass, with an altitude of 5360m near Leh in Ladakh, India

Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

The Tektite I habitat, an underwater laboratory, located in Great Lameshur Bay, Saint John, US Virgin Islands in 1969

Photo: OAR/National Undersea Research Program

The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, 1979

Photo: Commander John Bortniak/NOAA Corps

The Hydrolab research station of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands (1970-1985)

Photo: OAR/National Undersea Research Program

Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, Belgium’s zero-emission polar research station anchored on the granite ridge of Utsteinen Nunatak, Dronning Maud Land, East-Antarctica

Photo: René Robert/International Polar Foundation

The Monte Rosa Hut, at an altitude of 2795m, owned by the Swiss Alpine Club

Photo: twiga269

The French-Italian Concordia research station in Antarctica, built on an ice plateau 3200m high in one of the most remote places on Earth

Photo: A. Kumar/ESA/IPEV/PNRA

The NASA Radome at the McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Photo: Alan Light

India’s brand new Antarctic Station called ‘Bharati’

Photo: Bof Architekten

Summit Station, a small US National Science Foundation research centre situated 3200m above sea level, on Greenland

Photo: Brennan Linsley/AP

The Northeast Science Station near Chersky, Northern Siberia, Russia

Photo: Arthur Max/AP

The Mauna Loa Observatory sits on the north flank of Mauna Loa volcano at an elevation of 3396 meters above sea level in Hawaii

Photo: Chris Stewart/AP

The Schneefernerhaus, a former hotel in the Alps, now an environmental research station. It lies immediately below the summit of the Zugspitze at a height of 2650m

Photo: Sir James/Wikimedia Commons

The NOAA Aquarius Reef Base located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, adjacent to Conch Reef


Porer is one of 11 lighthouses available for rent on the eastern Adriatic

Photo: Darko Bandic/AP

The IceCube laboratory at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Photo: Sven Lidstrom/National Science Foundation

The late Mir Space Station (as viewed from the Space Shuttle Discovery during STS-63)

Photo: NASA

The recently opened Halley VI Modular Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf, in northwest Antarctica

Photo: British Antarctic Survey

The International Space Station (ISS) (taken from STS-119 Space Shuttle Discovery)

Photo: NASA

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