While the vast majority of the planet has been explored, there are some locations that few have ever ventured. These locations are teeming with adventure and danger. Take a look below for 10 forbidden places you’re not allowed to visit.
1. North Sentinel Island
North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It is officially under Indian government. It is actually inhabited by tribal Sentinel people. These dangerous Aborigines avoid any contact with civilization and furiously resist any interference.
According to scientists, they have spent about 60,000 years isolated from any other civilization. They are very severe when defending their territory and they are certainly going to kill any intruder. Some of their last victims were fishermen that got lost and ended up in the island. After that, the Indian authorities urged citizens to keep away from these people
2. Surtsey Island
In 1963, a volcanic eruption took place in the southern part of Iceland. Four years later, an island was formed. It was called Surtsey, after a mythological character. It is one of the most recently formed islands in the world.
Since its appearance, the island has aroused interest from scientists all over the world, being a wonderful example of the uprising of a whole new ecosystem. Nowadays, no humans are allowed on the island except for scientists.
3. Gruinard Island
The British government bought the Gruinard Island from Scotland in 1942 to test biological weapons, in particular the Siberian plate. During an experiment, it was discovered that anthrax has polluted the territory causing death in 95% of cases. Until 1980, the island was one of the most dangerous places in the world.
It was only in 1986 when scientists finally started cleaning it and, in 1990, it was claimed safe for visiting. Nevertheless, no one has ever settled there and experts warn about some Siberian plague spores left in the ground.
4. Poveglia Island
Poveglia Island, in Italy, is officially closed for tourists, but that wouldn’t stop a real mystic enthusiast. The history of this island is really horrid. In the 16th century, during a plague epidemic, Venice exiled many of its symptom bearing citizens there and the corpses were burned on giant pyres in order to stop the disease from spreading.
In 1922, a hospital for the mentally ill was settled in the island and an awful legend started to appear like the one about the doctor who supposedly tortured patients and used them as guinea pigs. There was another one about patients and staff seeing departed souls all across the island.
The island is often called the “Gates of Hell” or a “Shelter for Lost Souls.” As a result, it is now abandoned and even local fishermen try to stay away from it.
5. Room 39 in North Korea
It sounds like a name for a horror movie and not without reason because the kind of things that happened in that room are really horrifying. The room is located in Pyongyang and belongs to a secret government organization.
Even though the operations performed in there are mostly illegal, there is some evidence that this is the place where many illicit schemes occur. For instance, document forgery, counterfeiting, drug production and many other things take place. Civilians are banned from entering the room and it is highly guarded.
6. Area 51
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the notorious Area 51. It is located northwest from Las Vegas and, since 1950, serves two mysterious state purposes. Nowadays, no one knows what it is actually used for, but of course there are some rumors.
Some people say that the U.S. government uses it for developing and testing new weapons and others think that they use it for storing a UFO which landed decades ago. According to the official line, they use the location to develop experimental weapons.
7. The Seed Vault
Have you ever thought what would happen if we run out of natural resources because of some disaster or a war? We would probably die of hunger if we didn’t have the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
This storehouse contains thousands of seeds of every plant on the planet, which could be used to restore the plant kingdom and to provide us all with decent food.
8. The Pine Gap
The Pine Gap is a commonly used name for a satellite ground station in Australia which is operated by both Australia and the United States and has become a key part in the local economy. An airspace of 3.5 thousand miles above and around is limited and they’re not telling us why. The location is highly guarded with little to no information coming out for its true purpose.
9. Kumada Grande Island
This island is located about 90 miles off the South Paulo Coast. It looks just like Heaven on Earth at first sight but one journey there could cost you your life. This place bustles with snakes on a surface of 500,000 square yards.
There are up to 4,000 of the deadliest kinds of snake, the golden lance-head. Its bite causes almost instantaneous necrosis and death. Its poison is five times more powerful than the one from other snakes. For that reason, Kumada Grande is also known as Snake Island. Tourists are banned from visiting by Brazilian authorities.
10. Emergency Operations Center
The Emergency Operations Center is a civilian command facility in Virginia. The facility is a major relocation site for the highest level of civilian and military officials in case of national disaster, playing a major role in U.S.’s continuity of government.
Mount Weather is the location of a control station for the FEMA national radio system, a system connecting most federal public safety agencies and the U.S. military with most of the states. This allows the president to access the emergency alert system.
The territory is divided into two areas; the above-ground portion of the center area is at least 434 acres. The second part is an underground component of the compound. It is 600,000 square feet, according to the official line. After the September 11th attacks, most of the congressional leadership was evacuated to Mount Weather.