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Top 6 Harshest Places to Live

Harshest Places to Live
Photo taken by Travel On Spot.  Harshest Places to Live

If you often grumble over bad weather, traffic jams or difficult living conditions, we’d recommend you visit these 6 places, where people live under the most extreme of conditions. Regardless of all the hardships, these people are proud to live where they do. It is quite possible that after visiting one of these places you will enjoy a newfound love for your own city.

1. Coober Pedy, Australia

Coober Pedy, Australia
Photo taken by Lodo27 -  Coober Pedy, Australia

This little town has a steady population of around 1,500 people. This year, it will celebrate its one hundredth birthday. And these people really do have cause for celebration, as life in Coober Pedy is certainly not easy: during the summer season, which lasts around six months, the median temperature hovers around 30°C and often reaches 40. For this reason, most of the locals seek refuge in their native underground caves. One has to wonder why, given such difficult conditions, don’t these people flee. The answer is fairly simple – Coober Pedy is rich in the most expensive and valuable opals in the world.

2. Kandovan, Iran

Kandovan, Iran
Photo taken by Zenith210 -  Kandovan, Iran

The people of this town live in hollowed-out cave houses, which remind one of large anthills or termite habitats. Some of these dwellings are as many as 700 years old. The first settlers of the town were people fleeing from Mongol conquerors.

3. Isertok, Greenland

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Arctic weather conditions make life in the town of Isertok, inhabited mostly by the Inuit (informally known as Eskimos), truly extreme. On the other hand, the surrounding islands, fjords, bays and drifting slabs of ice have become an ideal home for the local seal population, which is the main source of livelihood for the local people. By the way, according to Western standards, the people of Isertok are very wealthy. The problem, however, is that they don’t have any means to sell their goods.

4. Castelluccio, Italy

Castelluccio, Italy
Photo taken by Peter Forster -  Castelluccio, Italy

The tiny village of Castelluccio is home to only around 150 people. It’s located 1452 m above sea level and is the highest point of the Apennine Mountains. The village is situated in a national park called Monti Sibillini. The geographic location of Castelluccio is such that it can be flooded by rain and mountain waters at any time. Normally, mountain rainwater flows down natural karst cavities, leaving the village safe, but whenever one of these cavities become clogged, it turns into a large lake with water canals in the streets.

5. Aogashima, Japan

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Few are brave enough to live inside a volcano, but the 200 inhabitants of Aogashima have their own reasons for doing so. The village is located on the volcanic island of the same name, and the inactive volcano has highly fertile soil, which is the reason why, over time, the village inched closer and closer towards it. The last eruption was recorded at the turn of the 19th century.

6. Huacachina, Peru

Huacachina, Peru
Photo taken by Ingo Mehling -  Huacachina, Peru

Huacachina is a green desert oasis in the Ica District. The village is famous among enthusiasts of sandboarding, which is a sport that consists of “surfing” sand dunes on a snowboard. The reason why people live here is very pragmatic – they make a lot of money from tourism.

Comments (1)

Johenathen   4 years ago  Edited
This is something quite helpful for the travelers around the world like me.