Considering the staggering rates of global expansion and technology development, it’s impossible to imagine that there is even a sliver of this planet that remains undiscovered or unexplored.

There are many such forbidden places around the world and here are some of them:

Surtsey Island, Iceland

Surtsey Island is a natural wonder (mostly) untouched by human activity.

Surtsey Island is one that might have to go unchecked. This volcanic island lies about 20 miles off the coast of Iceland and has existed as a natural laboratory since its inception in the 1960s.

North Brother Island, United States

Riverside Hospital sits abandoned on North Brother Island.

Located on the East River between the Bronx and Riker’s Island, this abandoned island used to be the home of Riverside Hospital in the 19th century, where patients suffering from diseases like tuberculosis, yellow fever and smallpox were quarantined.

Mezhgorye, Russia

This sign in Mezhgorye translates, ironically, to "Welcome."

Mezhgorye sits in the Ural Mountains, about 120 miles from Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan. Founded in 1979, this small town is said to be home to a nuclear missile site. Though unconfirmed, it is believed that the site contains automatic missiles that can be activated remotely.

The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock is not completely off-limits; Muslims are allowed into the holy site.

The holiest site for Jewish believers, this temple dates back to the first century BC. It is also the third holiest site for Sunni Muslims after Mecca and Medina. But within the Temple Mount is an even more holy and exclusive site — The Dome of the Rock.

Niihau, United States

This stunning Hawaiian island is enjoyed exclusively by residents.

One mysterious island, Niihau, is nicknamed “The Forbidden Island,” and that is not an exaggeration. Even its visibility remains elusive, as the only way to catch a glimpse of it is as the sun sets over Kauai’s Kekaha Beach when its silhouette emerges.

 

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