We all love a bit of mystery.
When it comes to travel, generally, places to visit include the famous sights of the world, such as the Empire State Building or the Taj Mahal. But what about the destinations of the world shrouded in mystery that are completely forbidden to visit? Here is our list of the most illegal places to travel in the world.
1. Ilha da Queimada Grande: Brazil
Snake Island. Enough said. The Brazilian government has outlawed visitors from the island, as it has the highest concentration of one of the deadliest snakes in the world, the Golden Lancehead Pit Viper. Inhospitable to humans, the island is said to be home to ancient pirate’s treasure and some even say it is home to aliens. All we know for sure is we wouldn’t like our insides liquefied, so best to steer clear of this island off Santos.
2. Surtsey: Iceland
This island south of Iceland formed by volcanic eruptions was only born in the 1960s and is the youngest landform in the world and for that reason is protected by human interference. Surtsey is a pristine natural laboratory that can only be accessed by scientists, who stay in the only man-made structure on the island, a small shack with bunk beds inside. The island has been providing information about the colonisation of new flora and fauna, and scientists have to remove any trace of their interaction when leaving. For the sake of science, please do not try to attempt to go to Surtsey, please.
3. Area 51: United States of America
This one is a given. The mystery surrounding Area 51 has been the subject of many movies and the conspiracy theories about the restricted area are incredibly popular. The Area came to light after documents were leaked and the CIA confirmed its existence in 2013. The general consensus surrounding its usage is that it is a base used to test aircrafts and weapons for the US Army, but we will never know as it is strictly prohibited. There is a belief that it is used for extra-terrestrial research, and when a US Scientist by the name of Bob Lazar went public about his experiences working in the prohibited area, this idea was given some grounding to be true. Whether Bob Lazar was lying or not, we will most likely never find out – but one thing we do know for sure is you certainly will not be allowed to visit Area 51.
4. Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Norway
Cut into the side of a mountain of the island of Spitsbergen, and halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole is one of the most secure locations in the world. Housing over 960 thousand seeds from countries all over the globe, the seed vault is a safe place to protect seeds and flora species, the seeds can be extracted in the case of circumstances which destroy all life of the plant from the location. Only people who work there are allowed in, it is secured by several doors and security features, and is only accessible by aircraft or snowmobile. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is definitely a great location and one we should steer clear, because we may regret attempting to tamper with it in the future if we ever happen to lose all of our food sources.
5. North Sentinel Island: North Andaman Islands, India
Unless you want a barrage of arrows and rocks coming your way, we certainly suggest not visiting North Sentinel Island. The local people are one of the last communities untouched by modern civilisation and are willing to keep it that way by any means possible. The area is also guarded by the Indian Navy as contact with outsiders may be fatal as the island community have been disease-free. You are not allowed within 5 nautical miles of the island, with the population wanting to be kept to their own devices.
6. Poveglia: Italy
The island, less than half a mile from Venice is said to be the most haunted place on earth. It was once used as a plaque quarantine station and it is said to have been home to over 160 thousand infected individuals. Rumour has it, the soil on Poveglia is 50% human remains, and in 1922 a mental hospital was opened on the island. Again, legend has it that a doctor in the mental hospital tortured and killed them in horrible fashion. The island is now illegal to visit and strictly off limits.
7. Mezhgorye: Russia
Situated in the Republic of Bashkortostan and donned Russia’s own Area 51. Mezhgorye was given town status in 1995 and is top secret. All access to the town is monitored by the President himself and it is all because of infrastructure built into the side of the mountain. The town is said to be home to nuclear weapons that were stored after the Cold War and have enough space and supplies for 60 thousand people. Mezhgorye also allegedly houses 72 nuclear missiles and the infamous ‘Dead Hand Project’, in which an AI system can release nuclear weapons based on a computer system, even after all of the commanders have died. Scary right? Do not attempt to visit this place.
8. The Queen’s Bedroom: England
Here is a different one. Deep into Buckingham Palace is Queen Elizabeth’s bedroom, and it is completely off limits. Firstly, you would have to find your way into the Palace, which is already near impossible, and then make your way through the Palace. Not only is it illegal, but it is also near impossible. Yet, we say near. Why? Because someone managed to get to the fabled room. In 1982, a man named Michael Fagan managed to get into the room and is historically considered to be part of one of the biggest royal security breaches.