It seems that globalism has given the opportunities to anyone who has the desire and money to travel wherever they want.
But there are several places on Earth where no tourist is allowed to go. Here are some of the most popular and mysterious places where nobody ever goes.
1. Surtsey Island.
In 1963, in Iceland‘s waters was formed an island with a surface area of 2.7 square kilometers within a short time from the outbreak of an underwater volcano. This immediately drew the attention of scientists from different parts of the world. That was an extraordinary example of the formation of an island and the birth of a new life. Since then Surtsey, named after the mythological character Surtr, has served only for scientific purposes. It is considered a banned area for tourists.
2. Ilha da Queimada Grande.
Ilha da Queimada Grande, located 35 km from the coast of Brazil, looks like a real paradise. But traveling in this place is too risky because it is conquered by poisonous serpents. Eith an area of 0.43 square miles, this place is populated by 4,000 snakes. One of the most dangerous is bothrops insularis, or the golden serpent. That is why Brazilian authorities forbid anyone to visit this island, also called ‘The Island of Snakes’.
3. North Quentin Island.
One of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal is the home of a dangerous tribe of Sentinelese natives. They avoid any contact with civilization and react sharply to any interference. According to scientists, aboriginal residents have spent 60,000 years in isolation from the rest of civilization. These people actively protect their territory. In 2014 they shot an Indian government helicopter who flew over the island after a tsunami to see if locals needed help. Their last victims are some lost fishermen. After their kills, the Indian government urged citizens to stay away from the Sentinel residents and their land.
4. Ise Grand Shrine.
In Japan, one of the most important sacred places in the whole country is the complex of Ise Jingu temples. The main temple is surrounded by a high wooden fence. Only high ranking priests and members of the imperial family are allowed inside. Until 1945, ‘Ise’ was even more difficult to reach. The temple was separated from the outside world by the river Miyagawa, which symbolized the customary and sacred border. The monks were strictly forbidden to cross the river. It was believed that this would lead to a violation of holy sanctity. Also, it would cause problems for all of Japan.
5. Gruinard Island.
In 1942, the British government bought the Scottish island of Gruinard to carry out biological weapons tests, in particular, anthrax. The territory was contaminated with anthrax for a long period of time. That was the cause of the death of population in 95% of the cases. Until 1980, the island was one of the deadliest places on the planet. Only in 1986 did the scientists finally begin the ‘disinfection’ of the ominous island. The island was declared save in 1990. However, nobody moved back there. Experts warn that Anthrax may have remained on the island’s soil. This means it will not be suitable for hundreds of years.