Best Hard-to-Reach Destinations

Sometimes you just need a quick break to the beach, the mountains, or a new city to decompress. But other times, you need a faraway escape to find yourself. Here are the best far-flung islands–in both the northern and the southern hemispheres–to really get away from everything.

Photo: Hotel Arctic
Photo: Hotel Arctic

Greenland: Sleep in an igloo, listen to Jakobshavn Glacier calve, and watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky in Ilulissat.

Photo: Malvina House Hotel
Photo: Malvina House Hotel

Falkland Islands: Make the long journey to Stanley to hang out with King, Gentoo, and Magellanic Penguins.

Photo: Copyright (c) 2004 Erik Christensen
Photo: Copyright (c) 2004 Erik Christensen

Faroe Islands: Explore the turf-roofed houses, sculpture gardens, and gourmet restaurants of Tórshavn.

Photo: Ile de la Réunion Tourisme via Blue Margouillat
Photo: Ile de la Réunion Tourisme via Blue Margouillat

Réunion: Prefer a warmer climate? Go surfing, play with sea turtles, and hike a volcano in Saint-Leu.

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