Construction, vehicles, sound systems, and other human-made sound devices have drastically increased sound pollution across most places on Earth. This has resulted in the search for peace and quiet. Luckily, there are several remote places on earth that are so quite to that you can hear your heartbeat. Here is a list of 10 most quiet places on earth.
1. Building 87, And Olympic National Park, Washington, US:
Two of the US’s most quiet places are Building 87 and the Olympic National Park located in the Hoh Valley in Washington. In building 87, the Microsoft research lab is officially the quietest place on Earth, according to Guinness World Records. Previously, the Anechoic Chamber in Minnesota held the Guinness record for being the quietest place. Along with the One Square Inch of Silence in Washington’s Olympic National Park, one of the most pristine, untouched and ecologically diverse environments in the country, the Kelso Dunes in California is also considered as one of the quietest places.
The southernmost continent, Antartica is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. It is home to many wild animals including many penguins. It has no town or villages and is one of the remote places on earth. You can take a trip by cruise and enjoy the silence with a magnificent view.
3. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana:
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is a 3,900 square kilometre salt flat sitting squarely in the northeast desert in Botswana. Remains of the dead Makgadikgadi Lake and with the only plant life is a thin layer of blue-green algae. In the dry seasons, very little wildlife exists in the area. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world and after the sunset, the night sky here opens up and appears massive against the distant horizon.
4. Tak Be Ha Cenote, Tulum Mexico:
The Underwater caves in Yucatán, Mexico, are also known as cenotes. Joining two previously known underwater caves, this is the world’s largest underwater cave discovered. Lack of sound and light makes the Tak Be Ha cenote in Tulum one of the most silent places on earth.
5. Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Russia:
This remote reserve has a breathtaking landscape and the Russian government has been very intent on protecting this reserve and keeping it in its natural state. Only a maximum of 3,000 visitors is annually allowed to explore this reserve. Also, known as the Land of Fire and Ice, the area is so vast and removed from civilization you’ll only hear the wind blowing.
6. Negev Desert, Israel:
Away from the busy cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv you can drive to this desert and go for a hike to Mt. Livni near the Ramon Crater. You will experience a tremendous spiritual adventure. The view is beautiful from the mountaintop and there are several spots to stop along the way, including the town of Mitzpe Ramon, which overlooks the Ramon Crater.
7. Kielder Mires, England:
Located in Northumberland, Kielder Mires was declared the most tranquil place in England a few years ago. It is near a small remote village and it is England’s largest area of blanket bog.
8. Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway:
The 8.3 km drive on the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway is through the remote West coast of the Scandinavian peninsula. With the scenic view as it passes through the islands, vanishing horizons, vertiginous mountains and tranquil coastlines dotted by sleepy fishing villages this calming commute across causeways, ways and eight bridges.
9. Landmannalaugar, Iceland:
Located in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland, Landmannalaugar is another place where you can enjoy a peaceful and quiet time. You can go miles without seeing anyone and as it is at the edge of Laugahraun lava field, you will find some natural geothermal hot springs and surrounding landscape.
10. Grasslands National Park, Canada:
One of 44 national parks and park reserves in Canada’s national park system, the Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan is one of the few still existing natural grasslands in North America. This 907 sq-km patch is the quietest grasslands ecosystem on Earth. You can see animals grazing and play on the grass-land and can only hear the sound of nature.