The 8 wildest toilets worth holding out for

From hanging over a cliff to the middle of a desert, here are some of world’s most extreme latrines.
By Alison Mann

You don't have to be staying in a top hotel to enjoy high class facilities on your travels. We’ve searched the globe to find the world's most remote toilets – and with views that are unbeatable. Because it doesn’t matter where you are, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go…

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A patriotic outhouse in Switzerland

The Segantini Hut stands out on the Languard Alp, Switzerland
The Segantini Hut on the Languard Alp. © Hans Georg Eiben/Getty Images

Where: Segantini Hut, Switzerland
Scenic beauty: 8
Remote factor: 5

This hut in the Swiss national colours sits before the Segantini Hut on the Muottas Muragl mountain, St Moritz. The view is incredible, overlooking the Engadin lake plateau and the Bernina Massif. The hut is actually named after famous painter Giovanni Segantini, who greatly admired the landscape and died there – but not in the toilet.

(South) Pole position

Where: South Pole
Scenic beauty: 8
Remote factor: 9

Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard took time to catch up with some reading on the loo after reaching the South Pole. He reached the remote toilet as he took part in the Walking with the Wounded Challenge, he was representing the American Team Noom Coach. The tough trek took place to raise money for wounded soldiers.

Powered by the earth in Iceland

A toilet and hot spring from geothermal power at Krafla volcano, Iceland
Powered by the earth in Iceland. © Dennis Fischer Photography / Getty Images

Where: Krafla volcano, Iceland
Scenic Beauty: 7
Remote Factor: 6

This unique toilet and shower is powered from a geothermal hot spring at the Krafla volcano near Lake Myvatn, Iceland. It's pretty exposed but visitors can enjoy the incredible Icelandic scenery, which has been carved by volcanic activity.

Long drop in New Zealand

Loo with a view at Pioneer Hut on the Upper Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Loo with a view at Pioneer Hut, New Zealand. © Grant Dixon/Getty Images

Where: Upper Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Scenic beauty: 9
Remote Factor: 8

This extreme latrine sits just outside the Pioneer Hut on the Fox Glacier in Westland National Park and serves the skilled alpinists exploring the region, including those who are attempting to ascend Mount Tasman, New Zealand's second highest peak. Mind the drop!

Cliff-top outhouse in Siberia

Extreme toilet at weather station Kara-Tyure in the Altai Mountains, Siberia
Extreme toilet at Kara-Tyurek, Siberia. © Siberian Times

Where: Altai Mountains, Siberia
Scenic beauty: 7
Remote factor: 10

This precariously placed privy is one of the most extreme in the world. It is used by the brave souls working at the remote weather station at Kara-Tyurek in the Altai Mountains, Siberia. Not one for those suffering from vertigo, this loo is perched on a cliff 2,600m above sea level.

Exposed in the Cascade mountains

A remote outhouse in the Cascade Mountains in Washington state, USA
Outhouse in the Cascade Mountains, Washington. © Tim Gallivan/Getty Images

Where: The Enchantments, Cascade mountains, Washington, USA
Scenic beauty: 9
Remote Factor: 6

Privacy isn't really an option if using this rustic-looking toilet in the Cascade mountains. It does offer great views of the alpine landscape however. The loo is situated in the park, which is home to jagged peaks, waterfalls and forest valleys.

Desert dunnie

This bright outhouse sits in the Mojave Desert, California
Bright outhouse in the Mojave desert. © Peter Bohler/Getty Images

Where: Mojave National Preserve, California
Scenic beauty: 7
Remote Factor: 6

A quaint, bright orange outhouse sitting in the dry Mojave desert amongst Joshua Trees could look like a mirage to those struggling along the road. The toilet is placed in the 6,224 km² park and offers a slice of solitude amongst the views of rolling sand dunes and vast plateaus.

Tundra toilet

A frozen outhouse in Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest city on earth
A frosty outhouse in Russia. © Amos Chapple

Where: Russia
Scenic beauty: 7
Remote factor: 9

Oymyakon, Russia is the coldest town on earth! It's a pretty tough life for those living there but it brings with it some spectacular views, if you can brave the cold. This outhouse is situated on the tundra just outside Oymyakon. Oh my god more like – many toilets in this area are basic as it's incredibly difficult to dig plumbing due to the constantly frozen ground.

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