The Remotest Post Office in the World, The Staff Takes a Shower Every 2 Weeks

Antarctica

Last year the world’s remote post office opened a job opening. Unexpectedly, the list reached thousands of people.

This post office is in Port Lockroy, Goudier Island, Antarctica. Located on the southern tip of the earth, this post office run by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) has sub-zero temperatures.

Working here means that the staff must be mentally prepared. Apart from temperature, this region does not experience night and summer. There is no clean water supply from the company and the empowerment of modern toilets. Everything is limited.

Postal employees who want to work here also have an additional task, namely counting penguins. Reported from BBCPort Lockroy became the habitat of a penguin colony.

The remotest post office on earth, Port LockroyThe remotest post office on earth, Port Lockroy Photo: (UK Antarctic Heritage Trust)

If you want to take a bath, water will be provided by a supply ship that stops at Godier Island once every few days. However, if the situation worsens, the water supply ship only comes once every two weeks.

UKAHT had opened four positions to work there for five months. Did the traveler know, if it turns out that the list is up to 6,000 participants.

Finally, UKAHT recruited four British women as its employees. They are Clare Ballantyne, Mairi Hilton, Natalie Corbett and Lucy Bruzzone.

Natalie Corbett tells about her new experience. Recently married, Corbett had to be willing to part with her husband and head to Antarctica for this very rare job. Even Corbet describes this trip as a honeymoon alone.

Meanwhile, the task of counting penguins was handed over to Mairi Hilton. Prior to working at this post office, Hilton was a conservation biologist.

“This is my first time to Antarctica and of course I’m very excited. Frankly, I can’t imagine how cold it is there. I don’t know if I have to go through heavy snow every time I go to work,” Hilton said.

The remotest post office on earth, Port LockroyThe remotest post office on earth, Port Lockroy Photo: (UK Antarctic Heritage Trust)

Hilton said she was very happy with this task. He and other new employees will receive first aid courses in accidents and attend seminars from penguin experts.

Each year, the office handles about 80,000 postcards sent to over 100 countries. More than 18,000 people visit Port Lockroy annually. This makes Port Lockroy one of the most visited places in Antarctica, and visitor visits are UKAHT’s main source of income.

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