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Introduction

Bouvet Island is an island in the far southern Atlantic Ocean. This sub-antarctic volcanic island is located roughly in the triangle between South Africa, the southern tip of South America and Antarctica. Officially being a dependent area of Norway, it is generally believed to be the most isolated uninhabited island anywhere in the world. In fact, the nearest piece of land (except a small island roughly 100 kilometers away, which technically is part of Bouvet as well) is Queen Maud Land on Antarctica, about 1600 kilometers away to the south.
It has a total surface of roughly 50 square kilometers and 93% of this is covered with glaciers. The island is very hard to get to in the first place. And second of all, as there are no harbours whatsoever, you need to anchor offshore.
Although the island has an automated weather station, only a few dozen of people are believed to have ever set foot on land.

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