Splendid Isolation

The volcanic landmass is located in the South Atlantic halfway between Antarctica and South Africa. The closest human life is on Tristan da Cunha 1404 miles away, which just so happens to be the most remote inhabited island in the world. Bouvet Island is difficult to walk on, much less live on, but despite that, many people have tried to claim it for themselves. Today the 19-square-mile, glacial chunk of rock is a dependency of Norway.

Yep, that wee red dot by it’s sen will be it then!

The best way to get on the island is to fly a helicopter from the deck of a ship and delicately land on the Bouvet’s icy surface. Essentially, Bouvet is an ice-covered, glacier-surrounded, inhospitable lump. Yet it has been an object of national desire, had at least three different names, and is even caught up in a mysterious episode of international intrigue.

In 1964, an abandoned boat was discovered on the island, along with various supplies; however, the boat’s passengers were never found. The identity of the boat’s occupiers is still unknown.

In 1979, a bright flash of light was seen between Bouvet and Prince Edward Islands by the United States’ Vela satellite. Known as the Vela Incident, it is now believed that the flash was caused by a secret South African-Israeli joint nuclear bomb detonation, though neither country has officially admitted to such.

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