Unusual post offices
Have you ever wondered how are post offices in the most distant corners of our planet? If you haven't, see them in the photos below.
Fieryland, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands, Argentina
This tiny post office is located in the southernmost part of the South American coast. The post has a romantic name "end of the world" and is located near Terra del Fuego, at the end of an unnamed road. Despite its peripheral location, hundreds of tourists visit this facility every year.
Port Lockroy, Antarctica
The southernmost post is placed in Port Lockroy on the Antarctic coast. It is located about 1000 kilometers from the southern coast of Chile. About 70,000 letters and postcards are sent from this place annually, being addressed to over 100 countries around the world.
Post Bay, Floriana Island, Galapagos
That's probably the only post office in the world where customers are responsible for delivering mail. Every sailor, whose ship went to Floriana Island for water or food, can leave here a message and pick up letters left by previous people, next they will be placed in a mailbox in civilized places. Over years, more than 2,000 letters were sent from this post office.
Post office on the island of Mele, Vanuatu
On the island of Mele, Vanuatu, there's the only unit of underwater mail in the world. It is designed for divers who want to send a special waterproof postcard for friends. The department was opened in 2003 and operates at a depth of about 10 meters. For those who can't dive so deep, a specially hired postman-diver delivers correspondence to the post office.
Tanera Mòr Island, Scotland
A letter sent from the island of Taner Mor in the Scottish Islands of Summer must have two stamps. The first stamp is designated to circulate on the Summer Islands themselves and the usual British postage stamp for further transport. Letters from the island are exported by boats.
Ostrov Asenson, South Atlantic
Ostrov Asenson (pl. Wyspa Wniebowstąpienia) na południowym Atlantyku należy do brytyjskich terytoriów zamorskich. W lokalnym urzędzie pocztowym pracują trzy osoby. Praktycznie żadna z dróg lokalnych nie ma nazwy, więc adresaci dzwonią na pocztę i sprawdzają, czy nie ma do nich listów, które sami muszą jeszcze później odebrać. Wyspa ma własne znaczki pocztowe, które są wydawane od 1924 roku.
Santa Claus' Main Post Office in Lapland
Probably one of the most famous post offices on Earth! 600,000 letters from children from over 150 countries get to this mailing address, 8 kilometers from Rovaniemi. The post office is officially in the balance sheet of Finnish state post and is maintained by friendly elves who are fluent in several languages.
The main post of Greenland is located in Ilulissat. Despite its remoteness from the civilization, about 4,500 people use this post office, besides tourists. Postmen must work here in difficult conditions: the average winter temperature does not exceed -20 degrees Celsius, and in the summer is no more that 10 degrees Celsius.
King Edward Point, South Georgia
This mail is opened only if is needed. During the visits of cruise ships, a team of postmen moves to the abandoned Gritviken estate and awaits the tourists.
Everest Base Camp, Tibet
The post office at Mount Everest base is located at an altitude of around 5,000 meters and is considered to be the highest placed post office in the world. Chinese Post Office was opened in 2008, but due to difficult weather conditions it only works from April to August.