Extremes

Where To Go to Get Away From it All


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If you are looking to get away from it all, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better venue than Bouvet Island. Located at the southern end of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, approximately 1,600 miles (2,600 km) south-southwest of the coast of South Africa and approximately 1,100 miles (1,700 km) north of the Princess Astrid Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, it is officially the most remote island in the world. Bouvet Island is uninhabited and is classified as a dependency of Norway.  Consisting of 19 square miles (49 sq km), 93 percent of its surface is covered by a glacier. The center of the island is an ice-filled crater of an inactive volcano.

A few skerries and one smaller island, Larsøya, lie along the coast. Nyrøysa, created by a rock slide in the late 1950’s, is the only easy place for aircraft to land; it is the location of a weather station.

Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier discovered the island on January 1, 1739. Unfortunately, he failed to correctly record the coordinates, so the island remained unvisited until 1808, when the British whaler captain James Lindsay named it Lindsay Island. The first Norvegia expedition landed on the island in 1927 and claimed it for Norway. At this time the island was named Bouvet Island, or “Bouvetøya” in Norwegian. After a dispute with the United Kingdom, it was declared a Norwegian dependency in 1930. It became a nature reserve in 1971.

Although remote in the extreme, the island has at least one claim to fame. Bouvet Island is the setting of the 2004 movie Alien vs. Predator, although in the unrated edition of the film, a satellite focuses in on the island which is geographically situated in the approximate location of Peter I Island.

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