Hidden away in the southern part of the vast Indian Ocean, the Kerguelen Islands are extremely far away from their ’home’ country of France. No planes or tourists go there, and the only way to reach them is via boat from the island of Réunion, close to Madagascar. They might as well be part of Atlantis for all humanity knows about these hauntingly beautiful islands.

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Tourist on a beach on Kerguelen Island, Territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, with an estimated 200,000 King Penguins ~ Photo provided by Olivier Staiger

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Kerguelen Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A banknote of the Kerguelen Islands

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A banknote of the Kerguelen Islands

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Engraving of "Hope Cottage", the name given to the two comfortable cabins built at Long Point (now called Pointe Charlotte) on the east coast of Courbet Peninsula of the kerguelen Islands by a shipwrecked British cartographer and sealer named John Nunn and his crew in 1825. They weren't rescued until 1827, and didn't return to England until 2 years after that.

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