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11. Posted by jasminasab (Budding Member 41 posts) 10y

I don't think that the island has to have trees. Many islands I saw don't have any.

I believe that s_hoot gave the right definition. So, the island will stop being an island if it becomes connected with the mainland, not by bridge, but by land. :)

12. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 10y

Unst - Shetland 'Islands' - no trees...no anything...apart from sheep!

13. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 10y

I've been an island obsessive all my life. As I child, I would see a little dot on the map and, how remote and isolated it may be, I could dream away for hours about how people would live there and how they'd cope with their isolation. No surprises so that Tristan Da Cunha and the Falklands are on my "to visit" list.

Interesting that Ellesmere is in the top-10 list. The island has not even 250 citizens (if you exclude scientists staying in Eureka and Alert -- Grise Fiord is the only actual town) but is in the top-10 of biggest islands in the world

14. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 10y

Gerrit,
Great to hear that there are more island enthusiasts.
You mentioned tristan da cunha and falklands. The last one is not that difficult to get to (plane from punta arenas) and to expensive as well. Tristan da Cunha is more expensive and difficult to get to. Are you planning on going there?
Just to let you know. Michael.

15. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 10y

Quoting Utrecht

Gerrit,
Great to hear that there are more island enthusiasts.
You mentioned tristan da cunha and falklands. The last one is not that difficult to get to (plane from punta arenas) and to expensive as well. Tristan da Cunha is more expensive and difficult to get to. Are you planning on going there?
Just to let you know. Michael.

I plan to go... some day. But I need more financial reserves first. I am 24 so I wouldn't have a big reserve yet. But I definitely want to go some day yeah.

I didn't know Punta Arenas was connected to the Falklands, because of the political issues I thought all flights had to go via Africa. Getting to Punta Arenas is expensive but Tierra Del Fuego seems like a unique place. Puerto Williams and Puerto Toro (world's southernmost settlements if you exclyde Grytvyken on South Georgia) must be worth a see, the "the edge of the world feeling" and the stormy Beagle Channel and Cape Horn must be unique.
Guess I'm a total freak for prefering this type of places instead of places like LA or Tokyo.

16. Posted by KiDJENiOUS (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

an island is surrounded by water on all sides... i guess continents can be considered islands in a way, but typically islands are referred to relatively small bodies of land totally surrounded by water.

17. Posted by Jimz (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

But, remember, as the saying goes: "No man is an island."

ThotsNRamblins

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