The Remotest Island

On Nov 1st 2011, I will board the fishing ship MV Edinburgh which will take me to Tristan da Cunha. Tristan is home to the worlds most isolated permanent human settlement called 'Edinburgh of the Seven Seas'. I will live on the island for about 6 weeks, and will attempt to learn as much as I can about its culture.
People often ask me about what I think the people on Tristan will be like, and I usually tell them I think they’ll be kind and soft spoken. I think this picture reminds me about why I think that. 

People often ask me about what I think the people on Tristan will be like, and I usually tell them I think they’ll be kind and soft spoken. I think this picture reminds me about why I think that. 

Tristan has high cliffs, green valleys, and black beaches. In the distance you can see the uninhabited Nightingale Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Tristan has high cliffs, green valleys, and black beaches. In the distance you can see the uninhabited Nightingale Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

There are 70 families on Tristan. 

There are 70 families on Tristan. 

Tristan has one shop. 

Tristan has one shop. 

The Settlement. 

The Settlement. 

The people of Tristan da Cunha are primarily fisherman and farmers. 

The people of Tristan da Cunha are primarily fisherman and farmers. 

Tristan da Cunha has wide open spaces for children to play in. 

Tristan da Cunha has wide open spaces for children to play in. 

"The Settlement’, as it’s called to its inhabitants. 

"The Settlement’, as it’s called to its inhabitants. 

Tristan has a small population of 264 people. The island is only 10km wide. 

Tristan has a small population of 264 people. The island is only 10km wide. 

The journey to Tristan da Cunha can only be completed by ship, as there is no airfield. It takes between 6 and 12 days to reach, depending on sea conditions. 

The journey to Tristan da Cunha can only be completed by ship, as there is no airfield. It takes between 6 and 12 days to reach, depending on sea conditions. 

Tristan da Cunha is about 3000km from the mainland (South Africa)

Tristan da Cunha is about 3000km from the mainland (South Africa)

Tristan da Cunha

Tristan da Cunha is the worlds most remote inhabited island. On November 1st 2011, I will sail to Tristan. The journey will take between 6 and 12 days.