Bouvet Island is one of the most isolated places on Earth. The uninhabited island is located in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from the nearest land, Antarctica. The island is covered in glaciers and has a rugged, volcanic landscape. There are no trees or other vegetation on the island, and the only animals are a few seals and penguins.
Bouvet Island was first discovered in 1739 by a French explorer, Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier. The island was claimed by Norway in 1895, and it has been administered by the Norwegian government ever since. Bouvet Island is a popular destination for polar explorers, and there have been several unsuccessful attempts to establish a permanent human settlement on the island.