Our planet has so many wonder places to explore. However, some places are just too dangerous, too protected, or maybe too unique to visit—even for the most seasoned voyager. These areas have been completely cut off from the outside world.
Have a look at these places that nobody is allowed to visit.
1. Heard Island Volcano, Australia
This place is a barren volcanic Antarctic Island. It lies between Madagascar and Antarctica and is considered one of the most remote places on earth. This 368-square-mile landmass is mountainous and has 41 glaciers. It is also home to an array of wildlife including penguins, seals, and marine birds. However, in 2000, Mawson’s Peak, a 2,745-foot-high complex volcano became active, and since then two-kilometer-long lava flows from there. Besides volcano and its dangers, the weather on the island is notoriously poor. Also, it’s a minimum two-week sail to any other major land mass. All these happening makes the place one of the most dangerous, and hardest places in the world to access.
2. Snake Island, Brazil
Snake Island or Ilha da Queimada Grande is a 43-hectare island located off the Brazilian coastline, approximately 20 miles from the city Sao Paulo shore. This island is home to one of the most deadly species of snake, the Golden Lancehead Viper, who’s venom is can eat through flesh. Local lore says that there is one snake for every five square meters of the land. Whatever the story be, the Brazilian government has prohibited any visitors from setting foot on that island. In fact, every year government grants a handful of scientists a permit to study the snakes.
3. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands
This small, heavily forested island is in the Bay of Bengal. It is completely encircled by the coral reef, making it difficult to approach by boat. However, its inaccessibility is not the biggest obstacle to a visit. The thing is that North Sentinel Island is inhabited by a small indigenous population known as the Sentinelese. These Sentinelese people have rejected contact with all other peoples — they are among the world’s last communities to remain untouched by modern civilization. And that is so important for them that when in 2008, two fishermen whose boat accidentally strayed too close to their island they killed those people.
4. Lascaux Caves, France
This is a complex series of caves, located in Northwestern France. It is home to Paleolithic cave paintings, ever discovered. This old artwork is believed to be over 17,000 years old. The depicts mostly images of large animals that have been proven through fossil excavations to have been living in the area at that time. The caves are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, since 2008, the caves have been completely closed off to the public following a fungal outbreak, with only a small handful of scientists allowed to enter for just a few days a month to study the paintings.
5. Poveglia, Italy
This island is located between Venice and Lido. Throughout its history, it has been home to a fort, used as a shipping checkpoint, been a quarantine station for the Bubonic Plague, and since the turn of the last century, there has been as an asylum. In 1968, the psychiatric hospital was closed down, thus leaving the island abandoned. It’s no wonder all these reasons make Poveglia one of the most haunted places on earth. Rumor has it that the ghosts of plague victims, war victims, and the ghost of a murderous asylum doctor roam the decaying grounds. The Italian government offered the island up for long term lease (99 years) in 2014 in the hope that someone would redevelop the land.
6. Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City, Italy
Archives is buried deep within the walls of Vatican City and is mostly underground. It is the house the extensive history of the acts of the Holy See, along with historical documents, state papers, papal account books, and other official correspondence, some of which dates back to the eighth century. The Archives is the official property of the current pope, have been estimated to span over 52 miles of shelving with more that 35,000 items. Other than a minuscule staff who take care of the archives, access is strictly limited to qualified scholars from very elite higher education and research institutions, all of whom have to undergo a rigorous access application process.
7. Ise Grand Shrine, Japan
Visitors are allowed through the gate, where they can offer their prayers, but never beyond. Isa Shrine, located in the town of Uji-Hitachi, Japan, is a Shinto shrine complex dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu-O-Mikami. It consists of two main churches and about 125 secondary shrines. The church is said to date back to the third century. It is because of the belief regarding death and renewable; the standing structures is destroyed and replaced every 20 years — most recently in 2013. From outside only a fence and thatched roofs of the buildings is seen. High priestess or priest have access to the shrine, who has to be a member of the Japanese Imperial Family.
8. Area 51, Nevada
No list would be complete without mentioning Area 51, which is the nickname for a remote detachment of United States Air Force facility Edwards Air Force Base, located in Southern Nevada. It has long believed to be a testing facility for experimental aircraft and weaponry. Conspiracy theorists say that the base is where the U.S. government examines and stores a crashed alien spacecraft and the alien occupants, including evidence from a supposed alien crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Access to Area 51 is completely prohibited. Except for intelligence and military personnel with special clearance, no one is allowed there. The airspace above the base is also a no-go area.
9. Tomb of the Qin Shi Huang, China
The tomb of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, is buried deep beneath a hill in Central China. The burial complex was filled with all the things the Emperor would need in the afterlife, including the Terracotta Army. Since its initial discovery in 1974, over 2,000 statues have been excavated, each of them unique. Experts believe that there may be more than 8,000 figures surrounding the central tomb, which are yet to be uncovered. However, the Chinese government never allowed the excavation of the emperor’s tomb, choosing to respect the ancient burial rites. So the old warrior’s main tomb may remain undiscovered indefinitely.
10. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
It is a vast subterranean seed bank and storage facility on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, around 800 miles from the North Pole, built 400 feet into a mountainside. It was officially opened in February 2008. The facility now stores around 840,000 samples of 4000 different species of seeds, from all over the world. The idea behind the seed bank is to provide a safety net against accidental loss diversity in the case of a major global or regional event. Highly advanced security systems protect the 11,000-square-foot facility, and access is strictly limited to a handful of employees.