Adventure-seekers are constantly scouring maps in search of their next destination to travel to. But while many are willing to go above and beyond to discover remote locations, not every place is easy to get to. In fact, there are many that are restricted to the general public, leaving even the most savvy of thrill-seekers barred and distraught. From government-run sites and secret underground locations to eerie islands and private clubs, get a sneak peek at the places you likely won’t ever be able to see in person.
Fire, black plumes of smoke, screams of agony – that was the scene at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 2, 1988 when the worst nuclear disaster in history occurred. Because of the extreme levels of radiation still lingering after the catastrophic accident that left dozens of people dead and thousands more affected, there’s no surprise why this site has since been deserted and restricted to the public without special permission.
2Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
The only time this place sees human contact is when new seeds are accepted to prep for a global catastrophe that would destroy the world’s crops. So far, the site houses 1/3 of the most important food crop seeds across the globe, but it can hold up to 4.5 million! An expansion made by the Arctic World Archive is also in the works to store crucial data, including key documents, books, and files on photosensitive film in protective boxes.